#1
Hey guys, this is my Old Guitar Day!
What I'm sharing with you was my grandfather's Hofner Congress Archtop acoustic guitar (1957/1958). What I found quite interesting was the overhanging fretboard (pictured).

-Three piece neck

-Compensator Tail Piece

-A plain maple veneer body top, and the use of plain or slightly flamed maple veneers for body back and sides.

-Small body size of 19.5" length x 14.5"(initially, with15" later) lower bout width x 3.1" body depth.

-Brunette Finish

-Only binding to body top. None to body back, f-holes, or neck.

-Double dot markers to 5th, 7th, and 9th frets. Single dot marker to 12th fret.

Here's some information I found on another site:
The Congress was the "bottom-of-the-range" archtop in the Selmer catalogue throughout the whole of Selmer's distributorship in the UK i.e. between about 1953 and 1972/73.
It was Hofner's small body archtop with a body size of 19.5" length x 14.5" or 15" lower bout width x 3" body depth. This size feels quite a lot smaller than Hofner's "standard" body guitars, which had a lower bout width of 16", and consequently the Congress is an easier guitar to play than the likes of the Senator and President.
It has almost a "parlour guitar" feel to it, despite it having a full-size 25.5" scale length.


Now for the pics:















You may or may not be interested in this, but I thought I'd share.

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I originally posted this in the e-guitar forum by accident
#3
I can't really tune the d string as the tuning peg is broken (pictured) and the action is a bit crazy so I'm not too sure.
#4
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I can't really tune the d string as the tuning peg is broken (pictured) and the action is a bit crazy so I'm not too sure.

Well, those things are an easy fix for a luthier. The one that I have near me would gladly fix that since he somewhat adores a little bit older guitars.
Gear pics

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#5
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Well, those things are an easy fix for a luthier. The one that I have near me would gladly fix that since he somewhat adores a little bit older guitars.

Once I start making money I'm gonna get it fixed up and hopefully playable.
#6
If you get it up and running, put a recording up of what it sounds like and tell us on the forums. Be really interesting to hear it. Thanks
Fuck the system - Use non-standard tunings!

"Now the guitar is no more than a cowbell, so easy to play, that there is no stable lad who is not a musician on the guitar" Inquisitor Covarrubias 1611
#7
No problem, I played it a bit there and it sounds old.....
I'll try get a short recording but it's still pretty hard to play, the low e buzzes and I'm not too sure why (it's not fret buzz).
#8
Still be cool to hear it. To see how much guitar sounds have changed over the years.
Fuck the system - Use non-standard tunings!

"Now the guitar is no more than a cowbell, so easy to play, that there is no stable lad who is not a musician on the guitar" Inquisitor Covarrubias 1611