Up for sale, a 2002 Hofner Verythin Standard in near mint condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case and hangtag. Originally introduced in 1960, and ostensibly reactionary to the Gibson thinline ES models being produced across the pond, this Verythin Standard is a very rare modern iteration, expertly handcrafted in Germany, not to be confused with lesser Chinese-made "CT" iterations.
The thinline design lives up to its name with a wafer-thin 1 1/4" deep body, boasting bookmatched and highly figured Anigre (African Maple) body construction with a spruce center block. Acoustically, the guitar has a sparkling cut and singing sustain, qualities which translate well through the Schaller-made Hofner diamond-embossed mini humbuckers. A real rarity on any modern Verythin model (as the majority come with standard humbuckers), these minis have a correct vintage appearance, offering a crispy snap in the treble range and a warmth and underlying heft in the bass register. The neck pickup has an inherent sweetness while retaining ideal clearity, and the bridge pickup has a focused snap. Featherweight at 6lbs, this Verythin has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, accurate intonation, and low action.
The one-piece maple neck has a slender rounded C-shaped profile, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .930” at the 12th. The bound rosewood fretboard sports multi-dot abalone inlay and pristine stock jumbo fretwire. The guitar plays effortlessly up the 25 1/2" scale with a straight neck and responsive, ideally adjusted truss rod. The headstock features a mother of pearl Hofner script and lily inlay, and the nickel-plated Schaller tuners with tulip buttons turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
On the body, the stock electronics function flawlessly, with a three-way toggle pickup selector and individual Volume and Tone controls for the pair of pickups mini humbuckers with nickel diamond-embossed covers that show just a hint of patina. Visible through the bass-side soundhole, the original label is intact, signed by Hofner luthier, Hubert Kaa. The hardware includes a Schaller-made Tune-o-Matic bridge and corresponding stopbar. The rich Cherry finish highlights the broad, deep bookmatched figuring in the maple on the top and back. The gloss finish is nigh flawless save for a small amount of finish cloudiness on the neck profile behind frets 9-15, and a tiny spot of similar cloudiness in the clear coat on the back bass-side lower bout edge.
The original form-fit tweed hardshell case is included, along with the original hangtag.