Now manufactured in China rather than Germany and coming from Höfner’s Contemporary Series, the CT looks and feels not unlike a vintage Verithin. The headstock shape, striped fingerboard inlays, and rectangular pearl tuner buttons all look the part. We’re less enamoured with the headstock inlays, but the knobs and pickguard shape add to this affordable thinline semi’s vintage aesthetic.
While by no means a deal-breaker, the thick poly gloss finish (with noticeable build-up around the neck join) and the slightly scruffy dress of the tall jumbo frets betray its mass-produced, budget origins. At this price, however, some build and finish inconsistencies are to be expected.
Fiddleback maple grain pattern can be seen all over the body through the transparent sunburst finish and inside, there’s a centre-block to enhance sustain while reducing feedback. Stop tailpieces weren’t a period feature, but many players will prefer this one to the earlier trapeze-style tailpiece.
Little information is provided about the pickups, besides the fact that they’re ‘full sized’ Höfner humbuckers. They combine with the tune-o-matic bridge, three-way switch and conventional control layout to make the CT an attractive hybrid of Höfner style and ES-335 practicality.
DESCRIPTION Semi-acoustic six-string electric guitar. Made in China
BUILD Bound maple-ply body, set medium-depth C profile neck, bound rosewood fingerboard with stripe markers and 22 jumbo frets
HARDWARE Die-cast tuners, Tune-o-Matic bridge, stop tailpiece
ELECTRICS Two Höfner humbucking pickups
CONTROLS Individual volume and tone controls, three-way switch
FINISHES Red, sunburst, black
SCALE LENGTH 628mm/24.7”
NECK WIDTH 44mm at nut, 53mm at 12th fret
NECK DEPTH 21mm at first fret, 23mm at 12th fret
STRING SPACING 34.5mm at nut, 51.5mm at bridge