Höfner was established in 1887 by Karl Höfner who was followed by two of his sons and his grandaughter in developing the company into a world leading instrument manufacturer. Our electric guitars are used by some of the most discerning professional players who demand quality, tone and playability. Our Violin Bass has become one of the world's iconic guitars and remains, after 60 years, as the preferred bass guitar for many, from those starting out to seasoned professionals.
Established in 1887 by Karl Hofner, Hofner Guitars are a business that has since remained a family firm, while expanding and developing to meet the demand for their unique and high-quality approach to guitar making. As the largest manufacturer of stringed instruments in Western Europe, Hofner can draw upon over 30 years of acoustic and engineering experience to make guitars that are refined in sound and striking in style.
Hofner has great versatility with guitars affordable and suitable for beginner musicians and also guitars on the opposite end of the spectrum, pro guitarists who have a larger budget.
Hofner provides electric and bass guitars which are both equally as popular and loved by customers, Hofner Bass Guitars were first publically shown at the 1956 Frankfurt Musikmesse. This was the Violin Bass - now established as one of the world's iconic guitars, and used for over 50 years by Sir Paul McCartney, bass player for The Beatles