Review: Hofner HVC Verythin Classic Electric Guitar

Hofner HVC Verythin Classic Electric Guitar

Who is Hofner?

The Höfner Company was founded by Karl Höfner in the city of Schönbach, Germany in 1887, and it soon became the largest manufacturer of string instruments in the country. By around 1920, Karl’s sons Josef and Walter joined the company, and began spreading the brand’s reputation throughout the world.

Off The Rack

The Hofner HVC is very thin and light weight. When I first picked it up, it felt a bit odd since the body is rather large, but after a few minutes, I found the sweet spot and it became very comfortable. The HVC has a beautiful bright tone, perfect for any clean style of music. The axe has really great action and a smooth fast neck that makes runs very easy. At first the Hofner seemed to be very sensitive in regards to staying in tune. I noticed that if the guitar is roughly tuned (meaning not perfect tuned) or close to perfect pitch, the B and G string will fall out of tune slightly. However if you use a tuner and pitch every string to the sweet spot it stays in tune beautifully.

The Specs

  • German spruce top
  • Back and sides are flamed maple
  • European hard rock maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard, bound, 22 frets
  • Mother of pearl block inlays
  • Schaller M6 machine heads with tulip buttons
  • Schaller STM bridge with string spacing adjustment
  • Hofner 62/10-G harp form tailpiece, brass
  • Pickups: Hofner 514/VC-B, 514VC-N humbuckers
  • 2 volume controls, 2 tone controls, 3-way toggle, “Clean Contour” tone control
  • Gold-plated hardware
  • Natural finish

The Low Down

The Hofner HVC is a great Jazz guitar that has the versatility to blend nicely with other styles. The Tone is bright and smooth with a great tone and volume pot that can tweak the sound in a wide range. As mentioned, the HVC also has great action that can accommodate a variety of styles from shred to finger style.

The HVC sounds great through both clean and crunchy channels giving you that early jazz tone to rockabilly flare. The light weight of the guitar makes it a breeze to play for long periods of time with ease. The semi-hollow body resonates nicely lending to that extra smooth sound. If you are looking for that special guitar that has it all, great tone, versatile, smooth action and is light weight, then the Hofner HVC is the guitar for you. Try one out for yourself and see what I mean!

Pros: Great tone, Light weight, versatile, smooth action

Cons: kind of pricey, sensitive machine heads.

MSRP – $2795.00

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email:

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