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1958 Hofner Club 50 (Model 127) Vintage Hollowbody Guitar Natural w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1958 Hofner Club 50 (model 127) in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. This rare early Hofner guitar features hollowbody construction with an arched solid spruce top, maple back and sides, a three-piece maple/beech neck, and a slab Brazilian rosewood fretboard. The Hofner Club guitars are best known for their appearances in the hands of very young British invasion artists including baby-faced Beatles and David Gilmour prior to their success.

Featherweight at 4lbs 3oz, this Club 50 has tons of natural resonance on tap, with a warmth and woody bark faithfully captured by the pair of single coil pickups. These pickups are very sweet and smooth-sounding, with plenty of lower midrange heft balanced by singing treble articulation. The simple control layout, and in particular the Rhythm/Solo switch ensure plenty of range, from almost piezo-like snap to rich, bassy sounds that rival humbucker heft. This Club 50 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-52 roundwound strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

Neck Specs:

-Wood: Three-piece maple/beech/maple
-Shape: “Baseball bat” chunky C, very generous shoulders, measuring 1.025” 1st fret, 1.075” 9th fret
-Fretboard: Brazilian rosewood slab, 9 1/2“ radius, dot inlay
-Frets: Slender, light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-6
-Scale Length: 24 1/4”
-Nut: 1 5/8”, zero fret
-Tuners: Open-gear strip tuners, pearloid buttons
-Serialization: Three-digit serial on back of headstock dates to ‘58

Body Specs:

-Wood: Solid spruce top, maple back and sides
-Pickups: Single coil x2
-Harness: Volume, Tone, Bass (neck pickup) On/Off, Treble (bridge pickup) On/Off, Rhythm/Solo switch
-Hardware: Floating ebony bridge
-Plastics: Tortoise control plate and pickguard, teacup knobs

The gloss Natural nitro lacquer finish exhibits isolated checking along the perimeter, and cosmetic wear is limited to some minor nicks on the body as a whole, most prominent on the top, and light buckle rash on the back. The neck profile retains its smooth ambered gloss.

The original hardshell case is included; all of the original latches are functional and the original leather handle is intact.