1954 Hoyer Archtop ‘Herr im Frack’ – £599
NEW ARRIVAL Amongst the niche market that is post war German archtops, Arnold Hoyer examples are amongst the most desirable with stunning looks that really stand out from the crowd, and excellent build quality. The ‘Herr im Frack’ translates to ‘Gentleman in Tails’ which is quirky to say the least – but also very cool. It was their flagship model in the 1950’s, featuring a carved Spruce top, Maple back and sides, and a bound Rosewood fingerboard with an Ebony bridge base. Then there’s the pearlised pickguard, classy AW tailpiece, and metal bridge with roller saddles. Tonally it has a bigger sound than most archtops, thanks to the added soundhole, which produces greater response in the mids, and playability is very good with comfortable action all the way up the neck. The guitar’s in good all original condition, with no cracks or repairs, just the kind of nicks and dings you’d expect from a well played 50’s guitar.