Old German archtops



  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    edited September 2023 Posts: 835

    a rather short recording between two lessons at school, with my smartphone and a thin plectrum:

  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    edited September 2023 Posts: 835

    At the flea market again today. The guy wanted 600 € for this Höfner. Beautiful guitar, very good sound, but too much money regarding the damaged neck (last picture).

    Edit: I think it's model 462.

  • BillDaCostaWilliamsBillDaCostaWilliams Barreiro, Portugal✭✭✭ Mateos, Altamira M01F, Huttl
    Posts: 636

    Yes, neck joints can certainly be a headache on these guitars.

    Looks lovely though.

  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    edited January 1 Posts: 835

    Happy NewYear!

    Found pics of interesting guitars on this homepage They show a lot more, but I focussed on less known brands. Trying to research more information about the luthiers the next days.

    Martin Graubner Jazz, 1955

    Graubner Rex (Herrnsdorf), ~1955

    Kurt/Heinz Seifert, Goldklang-Logo, ~1952

    Seifert Jazz, Meinel & Herold label, 50s

    Aschado Jazz, Alfred Schaufuß, 1953

    August Neubauer, unique piece, 1955

    Neubauer Solist, late 50s

    Astro Jazz, Georg Strohmer, 1963

    Klira Red King, 1962

    Klira Lady, 1972

    Herbert Wurlitzer 17" Jazz, mid 50s

    Soli (Helmut Hanika) Orchidee, 1959

    Migma "Showguitar", L. Kerner, 1959

    Cremona Luby S. F. Jazz, 30s

    Marma Jazz, 1964

    Alosa Standard, Alois Sandner, 1952

    Herbert Todt/Alfred Schaufuß, early 50s

    Herweton, 1959

    Otwin Rhythmus, early 60s

    Otwin Sonor, late 50s

    Tellson 10/S, 60s

    Penzel Standard, 1960

    ... and a little bit off topic:

    Hoyer 3063 Western-Gypsy, 1976

    Schönbach Hawaii model, 30s

  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    edited January 1 Posts: 835

    Martin Graubner, born 1910, worked in Markneukirchen in the GDR, in his private workshop and for manufacturers like Perl-Gold. He developed special lacquer with less health issues for Musima (

    Quoted from this Reverb page

    Graubner war einer der vielen großen Meister deutscher Gitarrenbaukunst der Region um Markneukirchen dieser Zeit und baute zunächst in seinem eigenen kleinen Betrieb und später für größere Hersteller, wie Hernnsdorf und co. 

    Graubner was one of the many great masters of German guitar making in the region around Markneukirchen at that time and initially built in his own small company and later for larger manufacturers such as Hernnsdorf and co.

  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    Posts: 835

    Heinz Seifert, born 1923, learned lutherie from his father Kurt, born 1894. Stefan Lob of regards him as one of the best German luthiers. 1955 he became part of the Migma distribution in the GDR.

  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    Posts: 835

    Another Aschado, probably built by Todt/Schaufuß:

  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    edited January 2 Posts: 835

    Osbama Tango:

    Oswald Bachmann, 1887 - 1982, and his son Heinz, born 1913, luthiers in Markneukirchen. The Tango seems to be their flagship model. In 1955 Heinz fled to West Germany, where he first worked for Höfner. In 1962 he started his own workshop where he mainlyto built celli.

  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    Posts: 835

    Herbert Wurlitzer probably learned lutherie in the Osbama workshop before he started his own in 1953.

  • WillieWillie HamburgNew
    Posts: 835

    Alfred Gustav Schaufuß, 1904 - 1986. He too was a member of the Migma distribution in the GDR, later he made instruments for Musima. His wife worked in the mother of pearl manufactory, which gave him easy access to the material needed for his opulent embellishments.

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