It was then transfigured into the second version of the 4579, which was a solid body guitar, based even more on the G..Les Paul concept.(See Solid Guitars Gallery) Bottom of the range archtop made between the mid-1950's and the early 1980's.This all leads to a heavy guitar with limited sound quality and battery endurance.It would seem that they were not a success and hence, just as with the Fledermausguitarre, the model had disappeared within months.Manufactured between around 1953 and the 1980's, over which time Hofner produced many variations on the theme.Majority finished in brown tobacco sunburst, but also some in wine red sunburst.
Introduced in early 1970, just as the earlier Club-style models were being phased out, it only seems to have been offered for a year or so, with or without a Hofner vibrato tailpiece.Small hollow-bodied archtops (17" x 13" x 2") with no sound-holes.Fitted with either one (Model 125 & 127) or two (Model 126 & 128) pickups.The 455 was finished in a brown tobacco sunburst finish, but this was changed to a red shaded fish for a time during the 1960's. When Hofner re-commenced production in Moehrendorf, Bavaria after WW2 in 1949, the 456 was one of the archtop models offered.Binding to back and sides of body, but earlier guitars did not have neck binding. Acoustic & Electric (one, two, or three pickup) versions available. A very similar archtop had been produced with that model designation before the onset of the war when Hofner were based at Schoenbach in Bohemia.