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Hofner Colorama Special Electric Guitar  

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Hofner German-made P-90 pickups are just one of the amenities that take this vintage vibe giant to the next level. This bound fingerboard, set-neck g...Read More

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Biting P90 pickups for killer blues tone!

Hofner German-made P-90 pickups are just one of the amenities that take this vintage vibe giant to the next level. This bound fingerboard, set-neck guitar also features Grover tuners for tuning stability, and beautiful abalone inlay work on the neck and headstock.

FEATURES
  • Two P90 single-coil pickups
  • Conventional wiring
  • Set-neck construction
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4.7

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I'm finding the flaws

I've already submitted a review that hasn't posted yet. I've had more time with the Colorama and I'm finding the flaws.I still enjoy the guitar, quite a bit in fact, but it does...Read complete review

I've already submitted a review that hasn't posted yet. I've had more time with the Colorama and I'm finding the flaws.I still enjoy the guitar, quite a bit in fact, but it does have some fairly big flaws that you need to be able to deal with.In general, I still find that the finish is quite nice. It's a pretty guitar and the finish quality is quite nice. The fit and finish of the tune-o-matic is lacking but it's just a couple hunks of chromed steel so no biggie. It's got a bound neck, nice inlays (wish they were bigger), nice grain, and a nice overall construction. The pick-guard is not floating, so it looks a bit cheap too. The red transparent finish is more brilliant than I expected, a bit more flash than a gibson double cut. :-)The neck is big but I'm more accustomed now with my ES-335 getting regular play too. The wood seems to be in the Mahogony family so the neck is fat. it's also very broad and the action is low so it's an oddity. Fret board up, it's like my Ibanez shredder, board down it's like a 'baseball bat' Gibson.The tone is very full and sweet. It's got the best dual-pickup tone of any of my 5 guitars.Here's the down sides I'm discovering as I play with it in more settings.I don't think it's wired properly. it's my only dual P-90 with 3-way switch so I can't directly compare but it's not wired like a les paul (not like I remember). It's very loud (hiss) with either neck or bridge pickup on but silent with both on. The volume pots for each pickup are also wired together. If you put the 3-way in middle and play both pickups, you can't turn one pickup all the way down without totally cutting the signal. Because of the wiring, as you turn ether pickup down, the total volume decreases and if you turn either all the way down it cuts the full signal. I'll be comparing it to some wiring diagrams when I get more time, but there is definately a problem. The other wiring oddity.. the noise in single pickup mode is variable. I can have bridge on at full volume and the hiss comes in and goes out with no clear pattern. I've been mainly playing it with my modeler through my 5.1 stereo mainly (sounds better than my 2x12s) and there is a huge difference in moving the guitar and messing with my modeler settings, though I haven't figured out exactly what makes the hiss the worst yet.Other problem and this is more annoying..The guitar is neck heavy. Specifically it is balanced right at the horn so it doesn't hang right. It's heavy and it wants to hang perfectly horizontal to the floor. Because of the odd balance, it's also a bit odd to play on your knee. It just doesn't sit right.. like it wants to tip head-stock down. It's definately not comefortable like a strat.Overall, it's an interesting guitar. It's almost half Les Paul and half flat fret board shredder. It's fun to play in its own way but I'm glad this isn't my only guitar. I get some really sweet tones out of it, creamy with a nice P-90 growl and great sustain. It's just got two oddities.. noise (ground loop?) and poor balance.Given the price, if I can work around these issues I'd give it a 10 considering the price. I'm giving it 7 (with price considered) because it's got a couple annoying flaws.Overall, I'm not sorry I dropped a couple bills on it to add a guitar to the collection. If you want an interesting guitar with a classic look that you can pull some nice tones out of.. buy it.

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Hofner Colorama Special

A pretty basic cheap Chinese guitar that sounds great. Reminds me of my garage band days, but with good sounds. It is no substitution for a Paul or an SG... but- ...Read complete review

A pretty basic cheap Chinese guitar that sounds great. Reminds me of my garage band days, but with good sounds. It is no substitution for a Paul or an SG... but- The combination of sealed Grover tuners, light guage strings and nut = tunes easily and stays in tune. The Hofner P-90s sound great, and it is a very cost effective instrument to adding a new sound to your collection. No regrets for buying. It's a keeper.The triple dots on the neck are a bit cheesy...

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5.0

Great Deal

By Jeff in Ketucky

from Pinsonfork, KY.

This is one of the BEST guitar values I've ever got. Set the neck, change strings and set the bridge pick-up up closer to the strings and no lost volume. It just Rocks. Don't miss out on this deal. And it hang's just like my LP.

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3.0

Hofner Colorama Special

By Jimc75

from Sugar Land, TX

A pretty basic cheap Chinese guitar that sounds great. Reminds me of my garage band days, but with good sounds. It is no substitution for a Paul or an SG... but- The combination of sealed Grover tuners, light guage strings and nut = tunes easily and stays in tune. The Hofner P-90s sound great, and it is a very cost effective instrument to adding a new sound to your collection. No regrets for buying. It's a keeper.The triple dots on the neck are a bit cheesy...

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5.0

this is an amazing deal

By electric caveman

from Portsmouth, NH

I guess I need to stop reading my Musician's Friend sales emails. In the last two months I've added 3 guitars to my collection, 2 Oscar Schmidt OE 40's and now this! This guitar is right between a Les Paul special and a classic double cutaway Melody Maker.The one that I recieved was pretty much flawless....nice paint..hot p-90's. If I had the bucks I'd buy 10 of them and stick them away somewhere. I've been playing buying and selling guitars for 40 years and this is hands down the best deal ever. get one! get two!!

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5.0

Great buy

By Scott-MggZg

from Somonauk, IL

I have guitar's worth 10 times and more than this guitar and I'm still quite impressed with it. I like the heavy feel of it and the red finish is beautiful. My only complaint is the "Hofner" on the head stock is alway's changing it's looks as the guitar is rotated and usually never has the intire name shown.Overall buy one!

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Well worth it!

By Deal Seeker

from Danbury, CT

First off the Cherry Red is much nicer looking in person. The fit & finish is good with minor problems you can live with - especially for the price. > Biting P90 pickups for killer blues tone? - Yeah it does produce a good P90 sound - better than expected and less noise than expected. The Rhythm/Neck setting on the Pups seems to be a bit louder than the Lead setting (adjustment can change that), but it sounds good that way. It sounds good and diverse in all three settings which is nice.> Frets - OK - but needed polishing/minor work > Bound Fingerboard - nice - minor finish issues.> Set-neck - very, very nice and it plays well. The neck is a little fat/wide, but its good for practice and when you move to a guitar with a slimmer neck - you can fly faster in more comfort. > Grover tuners for tuning stability - This thing stays in tune for a long time!> Abalone inlay work on the neck and headstock. - very nice job and finish> Gig Bag - Decent construction(Black)Tone and class? - While I would not say this is better than my Epi LP Gold Top Classic its a better deal at less than half the price.Bottom Line: - This is a great deal and a really good practice guitar. (it's a giggable back up too)

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5.0

This guitar growls and bites

By Tallahassee Picker

from Tallahassee Florida

Got a red one and it plays rather nicely...that said it also growls and barks. I am going to get the black one just so I can have it in two colors.. a full 10 in each category for the one I already have. Wish I had bought the one with mini humbuckers.

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5.0

Best for the Price

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Really nice guitar. Bought it to replace my old squire. P-90's sound really nice, great crunch to heavy distortion. It does hang wierd, but the major problem is the buzz you get unless you turn both pickups on or turn the gain down really low. Beautiful finish( buy the transparent red). Would have been really nice with some of tremelo.

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4.0

I'm finding the flaws

By Ffakr

from Chicago, IL

I've already submitted a review that hasn't posted yet. I've had more time with the Colorama and I'm finding the flaws.I still enjoy the guitar, quite a bit in fact, but it does have some fairly big flaws that you need to be able to deal with.In general, I still find that the finish is quite nice. It's a pretty guitar and the finish quality is quite nice. The fit and finish of the tune-o-matic is lacking but it's just a couple hunks of chromed steel so no biggie. It's got a bound neck, nice inlays (wish they were bigger), nice grain, and a nice overall construction. The pick-guard is not floating, so it looks a bit cheap too. The red transparent finish is more brilliant than I expected, a bit more flash than a gibson double cut. :-)The neck is big but I'm more accustomed now with my ES-335 getting regular play too. The wood seems to be in the Mahogony family so the neck is fat. it's also very broad and the action is low so it's an oddity. Fret board up, it's like my Ibanez shredder, board down it's like a 'baseball bat' Gibson.The tone is very full and sweet. It's got the best dual-pickup tone of any of my 5 guitars.Here's the down sides I'm discovering as I play with it in more settings.I don't think it's wired properly. it's my only dual P-90 with 3-way switch so I can't directly compare but it's not wired like a les paul (not like I remember). It's very loud (hiss) with either neck or bridge pickup on but silent with both on. The volume pots for each pickup are also wired together. If you put the 3-way in middle and play both pickups, you can't turn one pickup all the way down without totally cutting the signal. Because of the wiring, as you turn ether pickup down, the total volume decreases and if you turn either all the way down it cuts the full signal. I'll be comparing it to some wiring diagrams when I get more time, but there is definately a problem. The other wiring oddity.. the noise in single pickup mode is variable. I can have bridge on at full volume and the hiss comes in and goes out with no clear pattern. I've been mainly playing it with my modeler through my 5.1 stereo mainly (sounds better than my 2x12s) and there is a huge difference in moving the guitar and messing with my modeler settings, though I haven't figured out exactly what makes the hiss the worst yet.Other problem and this is more annoying..The guitar is neck heavy. Specifically it is balanced right at the horn so it doesn't hang right. It's heavy and it wants to hang perfectly horizontal to the floor. Because of the odd balance, it's also a bit odd to play on your knee. It just doesn't sit right.. like it wants to tip head-stock down. It's definately not comefortable like a strat.Overall, it's an interesting guitar. It's almost half Les Paul and half flat fret board shredder. It's fun to play in its own way but I'm glad this isn't my only guitar. I get some really sweet tones out of it, creamy with a nice P-90 growl and great sustain. It's just got two oddities.. noise (ground loop?) and poor balance.Given the price, if I can work around these issues I'd give it a 10 considering the price. I'm giving it 7 (with price considered) because it's got a couple annoying flaws.Overall, I'm not sorry I dropped a couple bills on it to add a guitar to the collection. If you want an interesting guitar with a classic look that you can pull some nice tones out of.. buy it.

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5.0

Rusty

By Rusty-DCMTC

from Jasckonville, Ore.

I own quite a few electric guitars including Fender and Gibsons guitars. I don't have anything with P-90's or Mini Humbucking pickups in them which is why I went for this deal. I ended up buying one of each for less then $400 with gigbags. I must say that these guitars are killer! The quality of the craftsmenship is outstanding for an imported set-neck guitar. Both of them played like butter right out of the box. I don't know much about German made pickups but I do know the correct sound that a P-90 makes and this does just that. The mini humbucker model has it's own destinct voice as well. It doesn't sound the same as my Les Paul but it has a very snappy thick tone that is equally as pleasing. I would recommend jumping on one (if not both) of these guitars while you can. I don't know how they got this deal but who cares? It's a great value for the money.

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5.0

Great bargain at twice the price

By Bluseman Wannabe

from Peoria AZ

I recently bought one of these, and was really rather surprised at the excellent quality for the money spent. The P-90's that came with it are nice and vintage/bluesy. Great tone for my style. I play through a Fender Hot Rod amp, with mild distortion, and clean reverb settings. This guitar is descibed as a set neck guitar, however, upon inspection, I find it to be a one piece neck through body construction, which adds a very nice sustain to the instrument.The inlay work, binding, and overall finish are beautiful, and top this off with grover tuners, and you got a guitars that will easily rival a Gibson LP Special, or the PRS Soapbar SE II, equipt with the same electrics. I will probably change strings, I like them a little heavier gauge than what it comes with. A great bargain at twice the price.

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