The Hfner company was founded by luthier Karl Hfner in Schnbach, Germany in 1887. In 1994, Hfner became part of the Boosey & Hawkes Group. After near-bankruptcy in 2003 Boosey & Hawkes sold its musical instrument division to The Music Group.In January 2005, it was sold again to Klaus Schller, General Manager of Hfner for many years.I build them in Cincinnati, Ohio US The first four digits of the serial number are the month and year the label was placed in the instrument and the last three digits are the number manufacture starting with 001 and continuing.If i ever manage to build more than 999 in my lifetime that will become the second four digits in the serial number.Through Hirade's dedication and commitment to Takamine, he was able to begin an overseas trading business in 1975The first few guitars were hand signed and numbered on the backstrap down the inside back of the guitar.Beginning on #2005-18 I started using a label that has both the model name as well as the month and year of manufacture.I started with #1 in 1990 and am now working on the numbers 80 and 81. [Source: Hill ] Hilo was an Oscar Schmidt brand name (along with Stella, Sovereign and La Scala).Once or twice I have made an instrument that was not a classical concert guitar, but I just gave them the next number. Kenny Hill began building guitars in the mid 1970's, first in Santa Barbara, CA, then later in the Santa Cruz area. Hilo guitars were often sold by mail-order through the Schmidt-owned correspondence school: "The First Hawaiian Conservatory of Music". Stan Hinesley began playing guitar at 13 and a few years later switched to bass.
If you feel having an important amendment to that topic feel free to send it to admin *The 'Preh' potentiometers used until the seventies had a two- or three-digit number folliwing the 250K resitance value.Graham is skilled in the building of electric and acoustic guitars and mandolins.