Hopf Allround, Manfred Pletz, 1967

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Product information Hopf Allround, Manfred Pletz, 1967

It is known that Hopf purchased many instruments from other manufacturers. Especially electric and jazz guitars were mainly not made by Hopf. Fasan, Klira, Glassl and Hüttl, among others, built for Hopf. In the case of the Allround, experts do not agree whether the design goes back to Gustav Glassl or Manfred Pletz... However, due to some typical Pletz details, e.g. the neck fastening by means of furniture screws, we assume that our guitar was built by him. Unjustly almost forgotten today, the master guitar maker Manfred Pletz, who lived in Taunusstein-Bleidenstadt in the immediate vicinity of Hopf, was one of the most innovative and independent spirits of the German post-war era. For example, he was the master teacher of Lakewood founder Martin Seeliger. And he certainly developed the legendary Saturn and Explorer models for Hopf in their extremely individual construction and also built most of them himself by hand. The Allround is more of a thinline standard in the style of the time, but the French walnut finish, for example, is extravagant and the design with the small Florentine cutaway is an unmistakable stroke of genius.

The guitar is a real thinline without a central block. The laminated maple body has beautiful French walnut as the top veneer layer all around. Back and top are arched, the finish is bookmatched. The neck is made of maple plywood, which was inescapable at the time and extremely difficult to manufacture, as usual straight as a die and indestructible. It carries a very dark rosewood fingerboard with mother-of-pearl side markers. Solid and chromed vibrato tailpiece by ABM-Müller and fully compensatable Hoyer bridge. Plus the extremely rare palm rest with damper!

As usual, no two Allrounds are alike. Here, Pletz has opted for two Schaller single coils plus complete Schaller control equipment. The pickups are selected with a classic three-way toggle switch, each with its own volume and tone control. In addition, there is a master volume control for quick switching off when pulling the cable. Everything is easy and intuitive to operate and perfect for versatile sounds.

Instruments history:
The Allround spent its entire life in the living room of a collector who did not play it for decades. Its condition is corresponding.

Restoration work:
Complete cleaning and blowing out of the body. Polishing of all lacquer surfaces and hardware. Tuners cleaned and re-oiled. Fingerboard cleaned and oiled, frets polished. Electrical system checked and found to be in good condition. Finally, new strings were fitted and a setup was carried out. There was nothing more to do.

Current condition:
Above all else, the Pletz-Hopf is a walnut beauty in perfect manufacturing quality, combining classical and modern elements. It is in original condition down to the last screw. Except for a few and tiny quirks and scratches on the back (wicked belt buckle!), it is flawless. The two single coils deliver the expected fat sound, the bridge pickup a little weaker and crystal clear-brilliant, the neck pickup blows everything away with a powerful appearance. We like them best when connected together. The condition is perfect, the neck as good as new, the string action very low with easy playability. Switches and controls work noiselessly. The guitar is of course clean and odourless. A great and original sixties player with wonderful sound in top condition to play and look at. Or highlight in the next collection.

Overall length 108 cm/42.6”; body length 51 cm/20”; lower bout width 41 cm/16.1”; waist width 23 cm/9”; upper bout width 29,5 cm/11.6”; body depth 4,5 cm/1.8”; scale length 62,5 cm/24.6” (zero fret to saddle); fingerboard width 4,3 cm/1.7” at zero fret, 5,4 cm/2.1” at 12th fret; overall weight 3.220 g, string action on 12th fret 1-2 mm/0.04-0.08” (adjustable).

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