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HOPF GUITARS - GERMANY
If you have any enquiries about the guitars below or would like to purchase any, please email Steve using the icon at the end of the description of each guitar.

1961 Hopf 319S Tenor Guitar  -
This is an unusual German Hopf four string archtop electric guitar based on their 319/320 six string models. You can see an excellent series of Hopf six string guitars in this article and they show some design similarity to this four string guitar: http://jazzgitarren.k-server.org/hopf.html. This Hopf four string guitar is not technically a tenor guitar as it has a six string guitar scale length and so it cannot be tuned to regular CGDA tuning. It can be tuned to DGBE, CGBE or GDAE turnings. A guitar collector in Germany contacted me out of the blue about it and asked if I was interested and I thought it was an intriguing four stringed guitar. Apparently it was built as a one off custom order by the top luthier at Hopf Guitars, Gustav Glassl. There is an interesting story about this and other makers who were originally located as part of the German speaking population within the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia and whose 3 million odd German speaking people were expelled after WWll and had to re-locate to Germany. They went to an area in Bavaria and were surrounded by US military bases and guitar builders were able to sell thousands of instruments to U.S. soldiers.
 


Hopf Tenor Guitar
Mr F. H. Rolf Seringhaus custom ordered the guitar from Hopf Guitars in 1959 in Germany who then commissioned Gustav Glassl to build it. Mr Seringhaus, now in Canada, still owns the guitar and says it has a great tone. 
 
 

Hopf 319S Six String Guitar - Made by Gustav Glassl

Hopf 319S Replica

Hopf 320SL - Made by Gustav Glassl

Hopf 320 - Made by Gustav Glassl