A 1960 Version of John Lennon & George Harrison's Club 40
1960 Hofner Club 40 Distrubuted by Selmer, London (Model 125 semi-acoustic)
This rare 'Natural' Club 40 weighs just 4.00 lbs and has a 13 inch wide, 2 1/8 inch thick, semi-hollow, lightly arched on the top and back, single-cutaway body. Two-piece natural spruce top with a one-piece lightly flamed maple back. The sides of the body are flamed maple and triple-bound bound in black. Single-layer tortoiseshell heel-cap with professionally added ebony strap buttons. Three-piece (maple-beech-maple) neck with a scale length of 24 1/4 inches, a nut width of just under 1 5/8 inches and a very comfortable medium profile. On the back of the headstock, stamped in blind is the serial number "1452". 'Slab' rosewood fretboard with 'triple-layer' nut, 'zero' fret and 22 original medium frets with inlaid 'graduated' pearl dot position markers. Ebony capped headstock with "Hofner Distributed by Selmer London, Foreign" and treble and bass clef in gold-leaf. Two-ply black over white plastic 'bullet' shaped truss-rod cover with three screws. Open-back strip tuners with rectangular plastic buttons with rounded edges. Single 'Type 2 Hofner Toaster' pickup with 'Diamond' logo' and an output of 7.42k. Original tortoiseshell pickguard, edged in white and secured by one pin into the side of the neck, another into the bridge and a metal bracket attached to the treble-side of the body. Single volume control plus three selector 'slide' switches, all on rectangular tortoiseshell panel (edged in white) on treble bout. Original Hofner 'teacup' control knob with securing grub screw. Hofner ebony bridge on ebony base with six individually adjustable saddles (actually lengths of fretwire). Hofner 'trapeze' tailpiece with "made in Germany" stamped on the bottom edge. This super rare little guitar is in near mint (9.25) condition with just a few small and insignificant surface marks on the spruce top. Minimal wear to the the first three frets only. Small black side-dot markers have been professionally added to the bass-side of the neck. The playability of this guitar is quite outstanding. Housed in the original Hofner five-latch, shaped black hardshell case with green felt lining (8.50). (#1842)
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