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Small hollow-bodied archtops (17" x 13" x 2") with no sound-holes.Fitted with either one (Model 125 & 127) or two (Model 126 & 128) pickups.Evidence of this is provided by the fact that there is no Hofner logo anywhere on the guitar, apart from on the pickup (Type 510) casings.Another item of evidence is that all examples that have surfaced to date have been in the US.Walter Hofner was very interested in guitar circuitry, and this was no doubt just one of his projects.The 1260 was basically a 126 Club-Style guitar fitted with a transistorised amplifier circuit, a battery, and a small loudspeaker.The 455 was finished in a brown tobacco sunburst finish, but this was changed to a red shaded fish for a time during the 1960's. When Hofner re-commenced production in Moehrendorf, Bavaria after WW2 in 1949, the 456 was one of the archtop models offered.Binding to back and sides of body, but earlier guitars did not have neck binding. Acoustic & Electric (one, two, or three pickup) versions available. A very similar archtop had been produced with that model designation before the onset of the war when Hofner were based at Schoenbach in Bohemia.
In addition, the headstock is of the 6-a-side type.
Manufactured between around 1953 and the 1980's, over which time Hofner produced many variations on the theme.
Majority finished in brown tobacco sunburst, but also some in wine red sunburst.
The 125 & 126 were the budget Clubs The 127 and 128 was the deluxe versions. This guitar can really only be considered as barely more than an experimental model.
It did actually appear in the "New Guitars" supplementary price list of Spring 1960 together with the Fledermaus guitar, but not in the main Hofner price list.