Höfner 4830, 1978

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Product information Höfner 4830, 1978

The 4830 was an entry-level model with a minimally scaled-down body for youngsters, but built to a very high standard of quality. As one of the most successful Höfner concert models, it remained in the product range from 1969 to 1988. Our model dates from 1978.

The top is made of Alpine spruce, the sides and the back of uniquely beautiful flamed maple. The back was elaborately crafted from one piece of wood and has no central joint. The two-piece mahogany neck is glued lengthwise including the headstock and contrasts beautifully with the rosewood fingerboard and the rosewood tailpiece. The soundhole rosette is also inlaid with rosewood. Open, engraved tuners with white pearloid knobs.

Instruments history:
The guitar was bought new in 1978 by the first owner in a music shop in Würzburg, Germany. It spent a quiet life in the living room. We took it over somewhat dusty but completely intact together with several concert guitars, as the owner can no longer play it due to his age.

Restoration work:
We cleaned and polished the guitar, blew out the body, polished the frets and oiled the fingerboard. A new set of strings was mounted and a basic setup was made.

Current condition:
The condition of our 4830 has remained practically unchanged as new for 44 years. It has no cracks in the varnish, only tiny scratches, but otherwise no damage. Fingerboard and fret sticks are as untouched. Of course, the Höfner is completely odorless and clean. With the bright body, the tasteful rosette and the wonderful flamed maple it looks very classy. It plays very pleasantly with a good string action for classical guitars; the sound is loud, warm, woody and very harmonious. A rare piece and also a wonderful player guitar.

Overall length 96 cm/37.8”; body length 46 cm/18.1”; lower bout width 36,5 cm/14.4”; waist width 23,5 cm/9.3”; upper bout width 27 cm/10.6”; body depth 8,6 cm/3.4” at neck, 9,6 cm/3.8” at lower bout; scale length 62,5 cm/24.6” (nut to saddle); fingerboard width 4,5 cm/1.8” at nut, 5,5 cm/2.2” at 12th fret; overall weight 1.340 g; string action on 12th fret 3 mm/0.12”.

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