Hofner Club 50 Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar , c. 1959

Hofner  Club 50 Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar ,  c. 1959

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Hofner Club 50 Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar, c. 1959, made in Germany, natural lacquer finish, laminated maple body, spruce top; laminated maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, period black hard shell case.

The Club 50 is one of the Hofner company's most original creations -- a small-body slim archtop with no f-holes that was available in Europe and the UK in the late '50s and early '60s. These were one of the most popular Beat-group guitars in early 1960s Liverpool; all three Beatle guitarists played similar Club 40 models during their early stages as a group.

This Club 50 dates to around 1959, with the earlier style plastic-covered pickups mated to the newer 2-knob, 3 switch control panel introduced in 1958. This is a very rare guitar in the US; they were not imported or sold here when new, and have been mostly brought over individually by Beat fans in the years since. A very cool Hofner classic, in extremely playable condition.
Overall length is 38 in. (96.5 cm.), 13 in. (33 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 in. (5.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 1/4 in. (616 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.).

This is a superb all-original example; there is some general wear to the finish, but the only alteration is the wooden bridge saddle has been lowered somewhat from below -- an almost ubiqutous modification on these period Hofners. A couple of back seams in the multi-laminate neck show signs of having been re-sealed and the neck has almost certainly been re-set, but overall this guitar is in fantastic condition for a Club of this vintage. An excellent player with the typical bouncy sound; includes a period German-made HSC. Excellent - Condition.