Why Hofner

A History of Höfner

A very short history of the Höfner company.

Started in 1887 by Karl Höfner and followed by his sons and grand daughter Höfner grew to be the largest stringed instrument manufacturer in Europe.

But it wasn't all easy. Here is a short history of how the company grew from humble beginings to what we are today.


Not too small. Not too big.

Sometimes you can be too small to get anything done.

On other occasions you can be too big to get anything done.

Here at Höfner we think we are just the right size to get things done!



We take the environment seriously at Hofner. Our policy is to always look for ways to protect the environment and to make the best use of waste resources to do so.

The products we use, wherever possible, are chosen because they reduce the impact on the environment.


Höfner Luthiers

What is a luthier? What do they do?

This article explains all about the craftsmen who work at Höfner. How they undertake years of training and education beofre they can call themselves a Höfner Luthier.


Why Hofner Guitars and Stringed Instruments?

In this section we present a series of articles explaining the ethos behind our guitar and stringed instrument production.

We hope you'll find the articles informative and helpful in making your choice of a quality Hofner instrument.

(c) 2012 Karl Höfner GmbH & Co. KG, Hagenau - Germany