hofner guitars

“My first attempt at electrifying the guitar, a Hofner President. Outside school with Rod Wyatt [on the right]. One day at school a guy called Rod Wyatt was playing and singing a Lonnie Donegan song, a record that I had at home and had seen performed on television. This was a pivotal point, as I said, ‘I have a guitar at home.’ And he said, 'Well, bring it to school and I’ll show you how to tune it and play a few chords.' 


Back to bass-ics.

Various basses I have seen in my travels lately.

  • Brand new Rickenbacker at Long & McQuade, Burlington, Canada
  • New Gibson Es semi hollow bass, also at Long & McQuade in Burlington.
  • 1973(?) Fender Mustang Bass, at The Twelfth Fret Guitarists Pro Shop, Toronto Canada
  • Hofner Union Jack Violin Bass, also at The Twelfth Fret, Toronto

NOTHING says “Christmas” like guitar shopping at Toronto’s much-loved vintage guitar boutique, Capsule Music!:

  1. Wow…I had never even heard of this model before…it’s a 1981 Gibson Firebird CMT.  I like Firebirds enough normally, but this one is really interesting and only $2,350!
  2. Refinished 1967 Epi Casinos.  Yes, refins, but EXCELLENT refins!  And the price reflects the mods nicely at $1,999 - like ½ to 1/3 of the price of an all original 67 Casino!  Unleash your inner John Lennon!
  3. Cool vintage resonators!  On the right is a 1921 National Style 1 tenor at $2,100, and on the left is a 1930 National Style 1 mandolin at $2,400.
  4. TRUCK!
  5. Too quote David Lindley…  "if I had money, I tell you what I’d do, I’d go downtown and buy a 3-30 or two!  I’m crazy ‘bout a 3-30!“  (see below …) It’s a lovely Gibson USA ES-330 in blue - a rare colour even for this modern example.  $2,300
  6. Nice, but recent.  ES-335 in "faded” finish.
  7. I think someone boogered on this Boogie!  :D
  8. Hofner basses - paired with #2 above and unleash your inner Betales!
  9. 1964 Thunderbird IV.  $7,000!
  10. For my mate guitarlust!  A lovely lefty Les (Paul)!