Hofner President Blonde Round Panel 1956

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This 1956 Hofner President is a fantastic piece.  It is a joy to play, and just to look at as well.

The guitar was refretted prior to our ownership, a nice, professional job.  The chunky neck and frets combine to give some amazing playability.  Speaking of the neck, it appears to have had a professional neck reset in the past as well - something all of these old Hofners eventually need.

It is a rare in this configuration in particular - just rare in general.   

Hofner used some fine woods and fine craftsmanship on these early guitars.  The sold, carved spruce top is beautiful. The flamed maple is three dimensional.  And the small details - the inlay work, the nut, the unique tuners- it all comes together in such a unique way.

You get great sound acoustically or plugged in.  It is really fun to play unplugged!

There are no issues whatsoever.  The nut appears to have been reglued, the only other apparent change with the exception of the refret and neck reset.  The truss rod has room for future neck relief adjustment.

Non-original hardshell case included.

  • Color: Blond
  • Weight: 5 lbs
  • Top: Bound German Spruce
  • Body: Bound Maple
  • Neck: Maple
  • Fretboard: Bound Brazilian Rosewood
  • Inlays: Mother of Pearl Dots
  • Frets: Original
  • Fret count: 22
  • Nut: Original, may have been re-glued at some point. See pics.
  • Nut width: 1-11/16"
  • Scale: 25-1/2"
  • Radius: 7"?
  • Neck thickness at 1st fret: .93"
  • Neck thickness at 10th fret: 1.9"
  • Action 1st String at 12th Fret: 3/32"
  • Action 6th String at 12th Fret: 2/32"
  • Total length: 41"
  • Lower bout: 16-1/4"
  • Waist: 9-3/4"
  • Upper bout: 12"
  • Body depth/thickness outside edge: 3-5/16"
  • String gauge: .010-.046
  • Hardware Color: Chrome
  • Bridge Pickup/Brand: Hofner "Black Bar Pickup" H517-GB
  • Bridge Pickup Reading: 7.245k
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Neck Pickup/Brand: Hofner "Black Bar Pickup" H517-GB. Missing 1 height adjuster.
  • Neck Pickup Reading: 7.26k
  • Pickup Original?: Yes
  • Pickguard: None
  • Bridge: Original
  • Tuners: Original, seems to have replaced screws on both E tuners. G tuner has slightly bent shaft, works fine.
  • Switch: 2 On/Off switches for individual pickups
  • Pots/Codes: Original
  • Case: TKL Hard Shell
  • Notes: Looks to have had a neck reset, see pics. Neck is straight and plays well all the way up.

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