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Genius is never appreciated in its own time. Thus, while most rockers looked at the Galaxie in the ‘60s and thought “too many switches”, Höfner’s CT Series reissue is just what the retro-obsessed market is crying out for.
With three humbuckers, umpteen dials and an art-school quirkiness, this is the axe equivalent of Franz Ferdinand. Should you take it out? Stupid name, but we love everything else.
The offset body is fresh enough to catch your eye, but close enough to a standard doublecut to offer true comfort and access. The unfinished neck is a great surface for pretty much any technique, and the inlays give a sense of retro whimsy you don’t expect for under £300.
That extends to the pickup configuration, switching system and vibrato. It’s hard to imagine a post-millennial luthier designing ’em, but a certain type of player will be charmed by the scope of warmth and twang, and left misty-eyed by the Shadows-style wobbles that roll off the bar.
We’re not saying the Galaxie is the same kind of ‘five star’ product as a '60s Gibson. We’re just pointing out that it offers an impressive level of performance that bears no relation to the horror axes budget-conscious players had to contend with in the past. Just as important, it looks cool and carries an iconic name. Call us shallow, but that stuff matters.
Pros: Quirky, versatile, amazing value.
Cons: We can’t knock it at £259.