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1965 Hofner Galaxie 176 Vintage Electric Guitar, Sunburst w/ Staple Pickups


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Up for sale, a circa 1965 Hofner Galaxie Model 176, honestly played and professionally serviced, 100% original save for a carved bone nut. This vintage German-made Hofner model features its original trio of "staple" pickups wired to a particularly extensive control array. The bridge pickup has a sweet, snappy sparkle, the middle pickup offers warmth and authority, and the neck position is very bold and wooly with ample growl and richness. This Hofner is notably lightweight at 7lbs 1oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, easy-playing action and accurate intonation.

The neck has a substantial U-shaped profile carve with ample shoulder and substance, measuring .915" deep at the 1st fret and 1.045" at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard has pearl and dark brown tortoise position markers stretching to the fretboard edges, and the original slender fretwire is intact. The frets have ostensibly been leveled and crowned in the guitar’s lifetime, currently showing no wear. The guitar plays cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale length with a straight neck, and a new carved bone nut has been installed, measuring 1 11/16" in width. The headstock face retains the raised Hofner logo in remarkable shape, and the transparent tulip button tuners are present too. The tuners function as intended, and a couple of the gear covers are missing in action.

The elaborate electronics all function as intended, and all three staple pickups have strong output. Each pickup has its own two-way on/off switch, with a Master Volume dial and global Solo/Rhythm switch that engages a treble cut, adjustable via the discreet trim pot adjacent to the switch. On the treble side, each pickup has its own Tone dial, and there is an additional five-way Tone rotary switch, neutral in the middle at “0,” with two Bass and two Treble settings on either end of the dial, darkening or brightening the sound. The electronics are all mounted to the original pickguard which is well secured on all edges, with some of the usual buckling and shrinkage seen with this material, most evident on the bass side of the guard. There is also a repair in the plastic directly above the input jack. Hardware includes the bright chrome plated bridge with molded transparent plastic saddles and flip-up string mute, complete with new foam. The vibrato has a very smooth response, retaining its original arm, in many ways this unit a predecessor in design and function to the current Descendant offset vibrato.

The vibrant Sunburst gloss finish exhibits heavy finish checking, various dings and scuffs on the body as a whole, largely on the perimeter, and some finish loss on the treble side lower bout edge. There is prominent palm wear through the gloss on the treble side and central to the neck profile too.

A modern gigbag is included.