This was my first vintage guitar. i bought this from e-Bay. I believe it is a 1960-61 Hofner Congress. This is because it has a lower bout width of 14.5', which feels quite a lot smaller than Hofner's "standard" body guitars, which had a lower bout width of 16", I was drawn to this vintage guitar because it had a sentimental value to me, being one of the first guitars that I remembered playing when I was a young boy back in the late '60s. Horner then was a affordable low cost guitar and quite popular. Since this first acquisition, I had been smitten by this vintage bug and my collection started to grow. It has opened a whole new experience and meaning to me about what it means to "live the music". The complete enjoyment of music is more than just being able to play the guitar well. It is about re-living, experiencing and appreciating the history and significance of the events, the artists, the musical evolution, the craftsmanship in the instruments, and the sharing and community with other like-minded musicians and collectors. It is for this reason and vision, that I started Six String Vanguard, 'A COMMUNITY DEDICATED TO THE COLLECTION, MUSIC AND EXPERIENCE OF VINTAGE GUITARS AND THE PEOPLE WHO LOVE THEM"
The Congress was the "bottom-of-the-range" archtop in the Selmer catalogue throughout the whole of Selmer's distributorship in the UK i.e. between about 1953 and 1972/73. It was Hofner's small body archtop with a body size of 19.5" length x 14.5" or 15" lower bout width x 3" body depth. This size feels quite a lot smaller than Hofner's "standard" body guitars, which had a lower bout width of 16", and consequently the Congress is an easier guitar to play than the likes of the Senator and President. It has almost a "parlour guitar" feel to it, despite it having a full-size 25.5" scale length.
The main features of the Congress, carried across all variants, were: