Steelstring-classic-hybrid Höfner 495 S from 1963, 100% original condition with nice patina

Steelstring-classic-hybrid Höfner 495 S from 1963, 100% original condition with nice patina
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Product no.: 311
Steelstring-classic-hybrid Höfner 495 S from 1963, 100% original condition with nice patina

Instrument:
Really beautiful looking hybrid, usable for steel and nylon strings. This one has the classic string through bridge. Here’s what Höfner guru Steve Russel wrote: “A rather unusual guitar, with the five-piece neck of the contemporary President model, including lily of the valley headstock inlays, but mounted on a 24" long by 16" wide flattop body, complete with circular soundhole. Hofner themselves seems to have been pretty confused with this model, as generally it was produced with nylon strings but it some were also fitted with steel strings!” Back then, when mainly archtops have been demanded in Germany, the 495 S was ahead of time. Not a great success then, but now – over 50 years later – she’s a rare and demanded collectors item. Handwritten date beneath the top is 5.6.1963 (see picture), so it's a late 495 S.

Material:
The top is made of massive spruce – manufactured as one piece! Sides and back are made of laminated mahogany, upper back layer also extensively made of one piece. The maple neck has five layers, including two mahogany stripes in the center. Neck and headstock are one piece! Wonderful floral designed inlays at the headstock, the typical mid and upper range Höfner design that day. Rosewood fingerboard and bridge, open original tuners. Massive multi layer bindings and purflings all around the body.

Instruments history:
Unknown. Must have been refretted some time ago. She must have been played very often – play wear at the top and overwhelming, warm sound prove for it. Unfortunately the Höfner logo disappeared, we don’t know how and when.

Restoration works:
Extensive in- and outside cleaning, frets slightly polished, fingerboard oiled. We clearly decided against refurbishing the top. It yould be a pity to eliminate the true patina.

Actual condition:
That’s vintage at its best, this guitar represents the fifties and long passed former times! A sixty years old gem, showing its fulfilled life. Beautiful authentic patina and everything I fully original condition. Also very flexible: top bracings tolerate both nylon and steel string usage! We checked both, but prefer steel strings. Full and assertive sound, warm and well balanced – greetings from the massive top. Fingerboard has a plain shape like classic guitars. It’s quite wide, very small hands might have some trouble with it. Everything works perfectly, playability is great, string action with 3 mm at 12th fret at its best. Overall really a rare opportunity for players and collectors!

Measures:
Overall length 105 cm, body length 51,5 cm, lower bout width 41 cm, waist width 25 cm, upper bout width 30,5 cm; body depth 9,5 cm at neck, 10 cm at lower bout, widest range in the middle of the body; scale length 64 cm (zero fret to saddle), fingerboard width 5 cm at nut, 6 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 1.900 g, string action on 12th fret 3 mm.

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