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Why Did I Add The Hofner 514 Guitar To My Collection ?

Updated on September 18, 2015

Hofner 514

Lets look back at the 514 Hofner guitar. It was built in 1953 to 1969. This is a small body guitar with an exceptional nice tone. It is a Jugend/Wander. This was used as a student guitar. It is a practical guitar with a modest price tag. Today, it is considered a vintage guitar. I can hear 55 years of playing that has made this pleasant tone. I am not disappointed that this is a Jugend/Wander, I hold it right up there with my other expensive guitars. I absolutely love these old guitars, and if they were taken care of it is even better.

If you remember some of the USA made cheap guitars, then you will remember high action and the guitar felt like a club. The Hofner has great action and the neck is easy to play.The braces in the inside are in great shape. Most of the Classical and Flamenco guitars have no neck adjustment. It has to be built in the guitar. The relief should be measured at about the sixth fret.

I would rather spend money on these fine old guitars, than buy a China one. The performance this guitar produces is great quality sound.

The guitar has steel rollers and uses nylon strings that stay in tune. The guitar can use nylon strings even though the rollers are steel. This is the first guitar I have had that works good using nylon on steel. The Guitar has an extra fret at the top near the nut. Check photo four and you should see the extra fret. The man I got the guitar from lived in Germany, and at one time made his living as a Classical Player. The guitar was bought for $120.00. The Hofner 1940, 1950, and 1960 guitars seem to have aged gracefully and produce a superb sound.

The 514

4 brass position markers on the side.
4 brass position markers on the side. | Source
This is the back of the guitar is laminated maple body, back, and sides.
This is the back of the guitar is laminated maple body, back, and sides. | Source

How Will You Know This Guitar?

1. Small Body

2.Simple black circle around the sound-hole.

3. Extra metal fret at the top.

4. Great established sound.

5. Neck joined at the twelfth fret.

514 Guitar

My photo showing the extra  fret at the top.
My photo showing the extra fret at the top. | Source

Tips For Collecting Vintage Guitars

I look for the sound first. I like them to be in the finest shape I can find. If they are over the hill I will not add to my collection. I personally like about 40 to 50 years old. We need to remember that as a solid top ages the guitar will sound better. After playing for 55 years, I can say this is in my experience to be true.

Hofner 514

Why Buy A German Guitar?

All German Guitars are ?

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Types of Classical Hofners

1953- 1969
Prices varied.
HF Guitars
HF11 To HF18
HZ Guitars
$1100.00 - More
Master Guitars
$2000. - most expensive
The 1953 -1969 are vintage guitars and can be seen in the Hofner museum. You can find these guitars on the Website for vintage guitars.

Hofner Flamenco Guitar

The Hofner company was established in Germany in 1887. The 514 was sold in Selmer, London from 1956 through early 1970's. It was sold under the "Flamenco" name. The guitar was also a concert model.

I have enjoyed the vintage guitars the best. Today, guitars are still made in Germany,but sadly like all the other companies they are opening a factory in China.

My Rating

5 stars for Hofner 514

Andante Played on 1960 Hofner By Stella


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  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    CorneliaM Thank you for reading my hub. I enjoy collecting German guitars. Stella

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    Korneliya Yonkova 

    3 years ago from Cork, Ireland

    The guitar looks really great and is is so good that you have talent to play it. I can't even hold a guitar in a proper manner :(

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Hi Nell, Glad your son has so much talent. Maybe your son will get interested in collecting. This is a good hobby or business and he can make some money. Blessings, Stella

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    Nell Rose 

    3 years ago from England

    My son is the one for guitars, he picked one up, not sure what type, played a few cords and within a couple of weeks was playing everything! taught himself! lol! interesting stuff!

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Hi, The old Stella Harmony was my first guitar, I think I paid $35.00 for it. Thanks for the comment.

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    3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    I agree with Larry...these are informative Hubs, Stella.

    BTW, my first guitar was a Stella!

  • ladyguitarpicker profile imageAUTHOR

    stella vadakin 

    3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

    Thank you Larry, and glad you learned something.

  • Larry Rankin profile image

    Larry Rankin 

    3 years ago from Oklahoma

    I always enjoy learning about guitars from you. Very informative.


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