Hofner Model 491 / Hofner "Western" Guitar
Hofner's mid-range acoustic flat-top during the mid-late 1960's and 1970's. Production commenced in 1964 and finally ended in 1985.
The 491 had a laminated mahogany back, with a solid spruce top. Initially the body shoulders were well rounded, but in 1973 these were squared off. Numerous changes in detail took place over the production period, with even a neck-rake adjustment being provided for a few years from 1968. For most of the time though, a glued-in neck/body joint was used, The early guitars are generally finished in sunburst, and had bound necks, wooden mosaic soundhole decoration, and a dagger inlay in the headstock. However, by the 1980's, a natural finish body top was provided and the headstock ornamentation dropped.
An electric version called the 491E was offered, together with corresponding 12-string versions - the 492 and 492E.
The 491 was shipped to Selmer London from 1964 through to the early 1970's, and it was sold under the Hofner "Western" name in the UK and certain Commonwealth countries.