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Dating Höfner/Hofner 500/1
Model year product changes of the 500/1 series during the 'most interesting' years (rectangular control panel) from 1960 to 1975
The common and well known Potentiometer Code* is neither the only hint nor is it unerring. Potentiometers and contol panels can be changed...
|logo||Headstock logo vertical (capitals)||'raised' plastic||laquered decal gold|
|tuner||2+2 strip, open||single open |
axis through wing
|single closed (van Gent), |
|single closed |
|513 (blade) with engraved Hofner logo||513 (blade) no logo|
|tortoise||cream pearl small, 32 x 105mm||cream pearl large, 40 x 104mm||pearl white||white pearl|
fits small switches
|knobs||'teacup' cream with concave brass inlay||black|
|switches||cream slides||black||black, small|
|tailpiece||long with KH-logo||long||short|
|'doglead'||metal or plastic button on neck heel||cream plastic button on neck heel|
|heel end||no cover||pearl cover||cream cover stamped:|
'Made in Western Germany'
|short heel, rounded wood|
|pickguard||tortoise||pearl cream||white pearl with 'Höfner' Logo|
|some early models had an |
additional logo on the body
|'67 model also built in |
the first half of '68
Since I have not really much data from the post-teacup period after 1971, I appreciate any help based on proved knowledge concerning anything of the following unanswered questions:
Somewhere in the (later) seventies (or even later)
- the 'Preh' potentiometers were abandoned and so the easy method of dating old Hofners vanished as well - when?
- the blade pickup (type 513) was changed into a model without the punched 'Höfner' brand - when?
- the golden decal changed to silver - when?
- the control panel abandoned the small switches and used the bigger (black) switches again - when?
- the black 'Höfner' logo on the pickguard disappeared again - when?
If you feel having an important amendment to that topic feel free to send it to admin at fuenfhunderteins.de.
*The 'Preh' potentiometers used until the seventies had a two- or three-digit number folliwing the 250K resitance value. The first one or two digits were indicating the production week (of the pot), the last digit stood for the year. e.g: 250K28=2. week 1968, 250K355=35.week 1965