Beautiful & Rare 1959 Hofner Colorama ll Dark Red Cellulose & Gold Racing Stripes


  • Reinforced laminated top & back
  • Framed body sides
  • Twin gold racing stripes
  • Two-piece maple neck with a beech centre strip,
  • Thick “baseball bat” round profile neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with ‘zero’ and 22 original medium frets
  • Pearl dot markers.
  • Nut width- ca 1-11/16 inches
  • Scale length of 24 1/2 inches
  • Twin Höfner “black-bar” single-coil black plastic pickups
  • 2 volume controls, with additional tone & solo slide switches
  • Weight: 4.5lb
  • Padded gig bag

Here we have a really superb example of this rare,1959 Hofner Colorama ll in Dark Red cellulose, with gold racing stripes. It has a “semi-solid” construction, with plywood top and bottom of the body, sandwiching solid timber. Her overall condition is excellent with very few age related marks. Probably the best identification feature of this model is the twin gold stripes running around the body sides – presumably to disguise the joints in the solid body area! Interestingly, these stripes were introduced a full ten years before Fender used ‘racing stripes on their Mustang! The controls are installed in the classic Hofner consul, with the teacup knobs & she has a nice early serial #205. The control panel is in great condition & the two pickups, inc all electrics work well (Note the ‘Dod Lead, leather strap retainers are still intact)  Fitted with the original brass, bar-bridge on a height-adjustable metal base and a Höfner basic ‘trapeze’ tailpiece with brass string anchor bar, secured to lower edge by two pins and one screw. Her chunky, voluted neck, is lovely & straight with really great action. The only possible modification may be the machine heads! Whilst of an original design style, they just seem too new to be 60+ years old & are secured with ‘cross-head’ screws as opposed to slot head screws!

The Colorama was very popular in the UK between about 1961 and 1964 and was responsible for launching many budding guitarists into the world of rock bands and electric guitars.


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