This semi-hollow body arch top is a Saturn 63, perhaps the most successful guitar from German manufacturer, HOPF, made in 1963. It was made with a carved spruce top and maple back that come together seamlessly. Two teardrop sound holes with chrome binding are located on the bass side of the body. The guitar features a satiny smooth tremolo tailpiece and a rocker mounted adjustable bridge. It has a "futuristic", space-age design inspired by the early 1960's era of exploration off of the Earth. The unique look of this model, with its metal piping for binding on the body and f-holes, got the guitar a starring role in an advertisement for the famous "Star Club" in Hamburg. Robert Smith of the Cure played one of these in his 1992 video, "Friday I'm In Love". This Saturn 63 is 100% original and in excellent condition, great for playing and collecting. It looks really good for its age. With its wonderful warm, big tones, it plays and sounds terrific. Make sure you get hold of this really rare model before someone else does at this great price.VintageSilvertones.com
CONDITION:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
This guitar is in very good condition. Clean sunburst finish with metal piping for binding. There are no finish cracks (crazing) on front and back of the body nor on the headstock. Very minimal finish cracks (crazing) on one of the sides. 100% original. Description from VintageSilvertones.com
TUNERS:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Closed back individual chrome-plated tuners with custom crowned, pearloid buttons, in very good working order.
NECK:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Bolt-on, straight neck with dot inlays on a rosewood fretboard, 20 frets plus a zero fret, and 25" scale. The neck was built of vertical slats of maple about one millimeter thick for high tensile strength and is perfectly straight now after over 50 years without the need of a truss rod. Frets are in good condition with no visible wear. The back of the neck has very minimal playing wear. The hockey stick-style headstock is extremely clean and features an inlaid Saturn 63 logo.
PICKUPS:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
It has two chrome covered powerful, non-noisy single coil pickups controlled by two volume pots and a three way tone control located on a chrome mounting plate. It also features a pickup selection toggle switch. The neck pickup has a fat, round, loud tone great for blues, rock and jazz sounds. The bridge pickup has a flat, twangy sound perfect for rock, country and blues. Both together are strong with a variety of sweet tones depending on the settings. All the electronics are in proper working condition.
The Dimensions are:Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Overall length: 40.5"
Body width: 14.75"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Body thickness: 1 5/8" (with neck: 2.5")
Scale: 25"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Width of the nut: 1 5/8" (Depth at nut: 10/16")
String height at 12th fret: 3/16"