Hofner Committee Arch Top Acoustic Guitar (1963)

Hofner  Committee Arch Top Acoustic Guitar  (1963)

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Hofner Committee Model Arch Top Acoustic Guitar (1963), made in Germany, serial # 3856, sunburst lacquer finish, burl maple back and sides, spruce top; laminated maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, black hard shell case.

"Designed by a committee of Britain's six top guitarists" is how Selmer, London advertised this very flashy guitar in the late '50s and early '60s. Except for a couple of years when the gold-plated "Golden Hofner" was available, the Committee was the top of the Selmer/Hofner line. This very fancy 18" arch-top was offered in both electric and acoustic versions; this is the rarer purely acoustic model. In the 1950s before Gibsons were generally available in the UK, this was about the best carved top guitar available there, and still a fine value in the 1960s.

The Committee is certainly a very striking looking guitar; the body and neck have multiple layers of binding with a milky pearl celluloid outer layer. The top is carved spruce; the back, sides, and neck laminated curly maple. There is an inlaid decoration on the back specific to this model, and the f-holes are multi-bound. The hardware includes Hofner's heavy tailpiece, rosewood adjustable bridge, and clear Lucite pickguard.

The rosewood fingerboard and headstock face are elaborately inlaid with shaped and engraved pearl -- even the truss rod cover has pearl decoration! This is a very pleasant guitar to play, and while sonically it won't give most Super 400s a run for the money has a nice bright tone with plenty of volume. This Committee is super cool arch-top guitar for the price, and an unusual find on this side of the pond.
Overall length is 42 1/2 in. (108 cm.), 18 in. (45.7 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 in. (7.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 25 1/2 in. (648 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.).

This is as clean and original an example as we have ever seen of this rather uncommon guitar. There are very small screw holes in the side of the fingerboard and on the pickguard from a discreet pickup mounting, which left no other scars. One of the bridge adjustment wheels looks newer and the celluloid heelcap is a replacement, but other than that the instrument shows no alterations and only light signs of play. There is a bit of finish checking and some small dings; the frets and fingerboard show hardly any wear. A superb example, extremely rare in the US, and including a high-grade HSC. Excellent Condition.