Saturday, 7 September 2013

Another of Höfner's less celebrated guitars, the S3N
Following on from this post, here's another of Höfner's less celebrated guitars. The seller says this Höfner S3N dates to the 1970s or 1980s - my guess would be the 1980s simply because of the presence of Shadow pickups on this particular example. The seller also likens it to a Les Paul, which is a pretty lazy analogy because the only thing Les Paul like about it really is the single cut body design (and I'm guessing scale length too). The slab body, bolt-on neck, pickup types and control layout are all decidedly un-Les Paul like. Other than this, I am afraid I don't have much to tell you about this guitar. It certainly looks nice enough, and knowing Höfner I'd imagine it plays well; I could see using this as a general workhorse of an instrument - it's nothing too flashy or over-the-top but it looks like the kind of instrument that would get the job done without any fuss.

But maybe you know differently?

Currently listed on eBay UK with a Buy It Now price of £425.

G L Wilson

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  1. Looks like a crazy cross between a Gibson Marauder and its bass partner the Grabber. It shares the Marauder's combination of a contoured single-cut body, bolt-on neck, humbucker+single-coil (not angled in this case) pickup configuration, along with the Grabber's distinctive love-it-or-hate-it angular scratchplate, whose design appears to completely disregard the shape of the body.

  2. It has more in common with a Marauder than with a Lespaul!

  3. To my way of thinking, one of Hofner's daffiest guitars has to be the Razerwood (
    Extremely elegant in its simplicity, but as far away from a 'conventional' Hofner design as one could even fathom.



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