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Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar   

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'The Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar was first produced back in the 1980s and Hofner continue to offer this compact travel guitar for those guitarists who can't bear to be without a guitar even when on holiday! The Hofner Shorty offers full scale length combined with such small overall dimensions that it can be taken anywhere. Comes loaded with a great-sounding Hofner Open Humbucker.

Includes a Hofner gig bag.

Big sound, full scale length and ultracompact size make this the perfect travel companion.

FEATURES
  • Basswood top and back
  • Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • 24.7" (62.8cm) scale length
  • 42mm nut width
  • 22 frets
  • Hofner Open Humbucker
  • Includes Hofner gig bag

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HofnerShorty Electric Travel Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 18 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (14)
  • Good pick up (12)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Good feel (9)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (14)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Professional musician (6)

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Great travel companion

The headstock, fret board, pickups, bridge and strings are standard size. The body is one-forth the size of a standard body. The size is perfect for fitting into overhead compartments on airplanes....Read complete review

The headstock, fret board, pickups, bridge and strings are standard size. The body is one-forth the size of a standard body. The size is perfect for fitting into overhead compartments on airplanes. The case or lightly padded bag that came with the guitar is did not give me confidence it would protect anything. I opened up the seams and added additional foam padding. The guitar isn't balanced because of the small body. There is not enough weight in the body. The net result is you have to hold the guitar in your hands and arms to keep the headstock from dipping. I have a hard enough time learning how to play let alone fighting with it. I adjusted my strap every which way, but found that an acoustic guitar strap works much better at maintaining balance. An acoustic strap attaches to the body and the headstock rather than either end of the body. I was disappointed that all headstocks come in black, regardless of the body color. The advertised images show the same color (red, black or blue) on the body and headstock. The reply from MF was that it's a manufacturing decision by Hofner to go with one headstock color (black). I would have ordered black if I knew that. MF went on to say that these are stock images from Hofner. MF offered to exchange, but I wanted the color. Besides, who's going to see me practicing in hotel rooms. I purchased a headphone amp so as not to disturb others while practicing. The headphone amp plugs into the standard output jack socket.
In summary, great guitar for practicing while traveling.

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Evil but I like it

This is a special purpose travel guitar and thereby really shouldn't be judged like a standard guitar. If you are considering this as your only guitar, then run away. The focus here is...Read complete review

This is a special purpose travel guitar and thereby really shouldn't be judged like a standard guitar. If you are considering this as your only guitar, then run away. The focus here is on portability so literally, all the corners were cut. It works for me, but it is a stark utilitarian tool. I can't recommend it for anyone, and especially not for beginners. If you are considering buying this for your kid because it is cheap, then also, run away. (Although riding to Grandma's house in the back of the mini-van with one of these would have been pretty cool.) The balance is really awful, and it is a challenge to find a position that keeps your hands free. It is head heavy. Maybe Hofner could have made a removable wire base or something to hold it in the proper position. As someone else mentioned, attaching the strap to the head works ok. I've attempted various contortionist yoga poses with it, locking it in my lap in the crook of my left knee. Crazy. I've tried sitting on the strap with it pulling the guitar down on the right side. Sitting back with my feet up on my desk and the guitar locked into the arm of my chair seems to work ok. If you're creative and flexible, you might find a position that works for you, but this ain't the most comfortable guitar out there. Maybe I'll bend up a removable wire base or hook or something.

Changing strings on this little monster is another challenge. Gaaa! Go through the hole, not under the bridge! Good luck with it. It plays and sounds better with heavier strings so it is worth the effort.

There are many reasons to hate this little demon but I'm actually loving it more every day. I keep it hidden under my desk at work and along with my Tablet, a Boss Micro BR, and some headphones, I have a serviceable lunchtime practice rig. After some minor adjustment, I'm happy with the neck. There are better travel guitars out there, but they are a lot more expensive. I bought this used so if it is lost or stolen, it is no great loss and could be easily and inexpensively replaced... and I would probably replace it. I have far better guitars at home, but I will take this with me on vacations and business trips and I love having this cheap little demon at the office.

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4.0

Nifty little ax

By Heywood Jahblome

from Central New York

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

    Looking forward to jamming at the beach this summer with this li'l guitar, a Line-6 Pocket Pod, a set of headphones and a 6-pack!

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    2.0

    Not Good

    By WillowManson

    from Tampa FL

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Action

    Cons

    • Uneven weight distribution

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

    I really wanted to like this travel guitar but it is not meant to be. It looks good, it sounds good, and it plays good right from the box however the uneven weight distribution leaves you fighting with the neck to keep it held upright or in a comfortable playing position. I tried numerous sitting positions, I tried using a strap and I even tried one of those acoustic straps that ties around the headstock but alas nothing worked and the guitar kept dipping down to the left. Very disappointing because it is a rocking travel guitar. If Hofner made the body a tad bit bigger for your lap then this guitar would be a winner so in the mean time I am having to return it.

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    5.0

    nice guitar, but a little hard to find

    By Dennisweberroxguitar

    from Fox Lake, IL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

      Took a while, but worth it if you want a steal of a guitar. It actually plays really good and sounds good too. Happy customer even though it took a while. Nice find!

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      5.0

      excellent travel guitar

      By guitarmasternot

      from Tacoma, WA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

        This is a great travel guitar. The price is super low, the sound is great and the thing plays like an expensive guitar.

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        5.0

        plays and sounds great

        By BillG

        from Daytona, FL

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

          Set-up perfectly and sounds really good. I was impressed for price and made very well

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          5.0

          Great traveller!

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          By creekster52

          from Dallas

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

              I had an original Shorty in the 80's. I was working on offshore oil rigs, and it was perfect for the helicopter ride to the rig. I wish I had never sold it. If they would bring back the original natural mahogany finish, I would buy one in a heartbeat.

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              5.0

              Quality and cool!

              By Benthereguitar

              from Franklin, TN

              About Me Professional Musician

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Rock Concerts
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

                I saw this on an Alan Jackson video and I know he has these on his tour bus. I was very happy when it arrived....small, plays like an expensive guitar and with a strap on it is really fun! Great deal and amazing little guitar

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                5.0

                best travel guitar and affordable

                By Hunterguitar

                from Fredricksville, MD

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                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

                  I think this is the best travel guitar on the market and value! the neck is same as my Les Paul! same scale and same playability. the body is small and better with a strap, but this is the best neck and pickup sounds killer!

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                  4.0

                  great value for money

                  By guitar sailor

                  from ontario, Canada

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                  Pros

                  • Good Fit and Finish
                  • great price
                  • Hot Humbecker
                  • Matte Finish Neck
                  • Solid feel

                  Cons

                  • Needs A Strap Always
                  • Poorly Placed Volume Pot

                  Best Uses

                  • Backup guitar
                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

                  Great addition to the herd. Pickups are a bit muddy and I keep accidentally adjusting the volume but great value for money and perfect as a backup and for the occaisional open tuning song (my number one has a whammy and takes too long to retune)

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great travel guitar, needs a set up ASAP

                  By ctgblue

                  from east coast USA

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Powerful Pickup
                  • Super Compact

                  Cons

                  • Poorly Set Up
                  • Vey "bright" Tone

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing
                  • Travel

                  Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

                  Great travel guitar, some set up work required..
                  I have the red version of this guitar.
                  This is a good little guitar, especially for what it is, very portable. It has a nice neck and fretboard, but the hardware is a little on the cheap side. The pickup is high output and it's great for rock, but a little rough for the clean stuff. It's pretty bright, especially for a humbucking guitar, but I suspect it's because there's not a whole lot of body there. As such, it takes a little getting used to in order to play it comfortably, but I play it sitting and standing with a rough leather strap and it works just fine. If you can't play this guitar, maybe this isn't your best hobby.
                  Now, right out of the box it was horribly set up. I spent 20 - 30 minutes adjusting the bridge down and adjusting the truss rod. When I was done, it now plays great.
                  The one thing I changed was the pickup, I swapped it for a Seymour Duncan Invader. That gave it a little more 'oomph', but the stock one is adequate for all kinds of higher gain stuff, I'm just an old metalhead.
                  Overall, it's a good travel guitar as well as just a decent guitar, but be prepared to do a full setup. The bag is good and it should travel as well as the Ministar it's replacing.

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