This is a 100% original vintage 1963 Hofner Verithin 64 electric semi-hollow body electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 1464, is in very excellent all original condition and includes the original Bigsby vibrato tailpiece and a non-original hard shell case. Original Hofner Verithins from the 1960s are becoming quite difficult to find, in fact, they are rare enough that Hofner decided to reissue the desirable model several years ago, and those currently sell for as much as $1,800.00.
This Hofner Verithin features: German spruce top, Highly-figured Maple back and sides, Very rare sunburst finish, Double-bound body and bound neck, Hofner-embossed Diamond Logo Nova Sonic pickups, Bigsby Vibrato, Non-original hard shell case
There are several versions of the Hofner Verithin: some with 3 knobs, some with 4. Others with Bigsbys, others with a Hofner trapeze tailpiece, and some with a non-Bigsby German-made vibrato tailpiece. Most feature an attractive cherry or mahogany finish, but rarely are the originals seen with a classic sunburst finish such as the one being auctioned. In fact, in the Verithin registry there are only two other documented sunburst Verithins, and both of which claim to be a cherry sunburst finish, unlike this original tobacco sunburst style finish. This particular combination of features on this guitar makes it one of the most rare I have seen.
The guitar is an excellent instrument. The neck feels great and is perfectly straight with a functioning truss rod and beautiful bold inlays. The pickups are quite sensational, and really compliment the super-thin body profile and combine for a unique and musical tone.
The guitar is in perfect structural condition with No breaks, No repairs and No cracks whatsoever. Since I have seen so many different versions, it is difficult to claim with 100% certainty that the both the tune-o-matic style bridge and knobs are original. Otherwise, everything else about this guitar is original without question.
So, “how very thin is the Verithin?” You might ask. Well, it’s barely 5 lbs. with a Bigsby, which makes it one of the lightest electric guitars ever made.