Hofner Colorama

Höfner, the elder statesman of pop guitars, has actually been around since 1887, and though the best-known design is Paul McCartney's 500/1 bass, its Chinese electrics kick ass, too.

"It's the tool for every blues guitarist!" reckons Höfner, and considering the Colorama features twin P90s and a solid body made of real mahogany, this is an interesting spec indeed.

It's actually based on an old Höfner model... "However!" the website reminds us, "this is no yesterday's collector's model, but designed for the tough live performance of today's guitarist." Bring it on, baby!

This electric guitar is a meisterwerk that combines a tidy build with supreme playability, and gave TG a break from the usual humbucker theme with the grinding output and jagged bite of the P90s.

Between the bend-friendly profile, the luxurious fretboard and the surprising level of sustain you get from that slim body, we'd agree that this model would cheer up the bluesmen, but it would also deliver the goods in a hard rock context or even excel if you worship the raggedy-arsed riffs of The Libertines.

MusicRadar Rating

4 / 5 stars
Pros

Classy materials and tone.

Cons

Faces stiff competition.

Verdict

A highly playable, versatile guitar.

Available Controls

2 x Tone 2 x Volume 3-way Pickup Selector

Bolt-on Neck

No

Bridge

Tune-o-matic

Case Included

No

Cutaway

No

Fingerboard Material

Rosewood

Fretless

No

Guitar Body Material

Mahogany

Hardware

Nickel

Includes Bag

No

Left Handed Model Available

No

Neck Material

Mahogany

Neck Profile

Set Neck

Pickguard

No

Tailpiece

Stop-Tail

Phantom power

No

Pickup Type

2 x P90 Pickups

Tremolo

No

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