Gorgeous 1955 Hofner Senator Blonde Archtop Guitar w/Hofner Air Coil Pickup & Vintage Case


  • Specification:”Compensator” style tailpiece with Hofner logo stamped in.Maple laminated body top, and flame maple back and sides.Lower Bout width: 16.25″

    Plain white/black/white/black binding to body edges, top and bottom.

    Three-piece maple/beech laminated neck.

    No binding to the neck.

    3-on-a-plate open machine heads

    Five triple-dot fret markers on fingerboard.

    Flared top headstock with three-piece tortoiseshell fascia with three inlaid central dots.

    No truss rod.

    Rosewood fingerboard.

    “Compensator” style tailpiece

    Two-piece “ebony” single plastic saddle bridge with only vertical adjustment.

    Hofner logo stamped into body top just below, and to treble side of, bridge.

    Note the handwritten details and the “German” number 1 in the Serial No.

What a lovely vintage piece we have here. A treat for the player or collector, this is a superb 1955 Hofner Senator in Blonde, she is fitted with a rare Hofner Air Coil Pickup from the same period. Her neck is excellent & the action is low. She has a lovely slim profile neck as opposed to the older Baseball bat profiles, which makes her very comfortable to play. She wears a lovely Rosewood fingerboard & her frets are in excellent shape. The Air Coil pickup works a treat & has Volume & Tone controls sympathetically fitted to the body. Her overall constructed condition is excellent, with some obvious, but mild age-related play-wear. One machine head button has been replaced & the scratchplate is missing (A lot of owners removed these for cosmetic reasons) but she looks lovely regardless. She sleeps in a vintage case which apart from one of the leather straps being broken, is in really very good condition.

The Senator was the “working-mans” archtop in the Selmer catalogue between about 1953/54 and 1972/73 when it finally disappeared. It sat between the lowly Congress and the mid-range President in Hofner’s archtop hierarchy. Its nearest equivalent in the European/US Hofner range was the Hofner Model 455.

The main features of the Senator carried across all variants, were: A plain (ish) Maple body top, and the use of Flame Maple veneers for body back and sides. Blonde and Brunette finish options. No body cutaway until late 1965, when a Venetian cutaway was introduced initially on electric models, and later on the acoustic version. Five triple-dot fret markers. Compensator tailpiece fitted.
Symmetrical-top headstock with three-piece tortoiseshell fascia with three inlaid central dots.


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