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Projects: Hofner 176 Solid

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What we bought in the 1960s if we couldn't afford a Fender Strat. This was Hofner's attempt to outdo the Jaguar and Jazzmaster. The finish was stripped about 20 years ago. It's had a complete refinish, and I rebound the neck, profiled and repolished the frets, and fixed several problems with the wiring - probably the hardest bit of the job was working out the electrics! Virtually all the metalwork survived (though I had to make a relic'd trem cavity cover), but a lot of repolishing was needed.

Strictly speaking this isn't a Galaxie - the model distributed by Selmer in the UK and Commonwealth countries - but a 176 Solid - Hofner's European and later US version. The Galaxie does not have the 5-way tone selector. In the pics of two Hofners, a Galaxie is on the left, and the Model 176 Solid is on the right.

Thanks to Steve Russell explaining the difference between a Galaxie and a 176 Solid. Steve's Vintage Hofner Site is a must!

Hofner 176 Solid

Hofner 176 Solid and Galaxie

Hofner 176 Solid

Hofner 176 Solid

Hofner 176 Solid

Hofner 176 Solid

Hofner 176 Solid

Hofner 176 Solid and Galaxie

Hofner 176 Solid