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'The Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar was first produced back in the 1980s and Hofner continue to offer this compact travel guitar for those guitarists who can't bear to be without a guitar even when on holiday! The Hofner Shorty offers full scale length combined with such small overall dimensions that it can be taken anywhere. Comes loaded with a great-sounding Hofner Open Humbucker.

Includes a Hofner gig bag.

Features
  • Basswood top and back
  • Maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • 24.7" (62.8cm) scale length
  • 42mm nut width
  • 22 frets
  • Hofner Open Humbucker
  • Includes Hofner gig bag
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HofnerShorty Electric Travel Guitar
 
4.2

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (19)
  • Good pick up (15)
  • Good tone (13)
  • Good feel (10)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (17)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Small venues (4)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (15), Professional musician (5), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great little travel guitar

I picked up one of these recently and overall I am very happy with it. I had been wanting a travel guitar for quite some time but wasn't in the market for something crazy...Read complete review

I picked up one of these recently and overall I am very happy with it. I had been wanting a travel guitar for quite some time but wasn't in the market for something crazy expensive and several of the other travel or mini guitars i have come across still had a fairly good sized boy on them. This is nice with the VERY small body and full size neck. The pick up sounds fine, not great - a tad muddy, but rocking none the less. The neck has a decent feel to it. Super easy to travel with, i schlepped mine back from Europe with zero issue. The gig bag is comes with is very handy, but doesn't provide a ton of protection (i pack T-shirts around the guitar inside the bag for added protection. lol

OK - so that all being said, there are a couple things that need to be pointed out. CHANGE STRINGS RIGHT AWAY. The strings that come on it are trash, will not stay in tune and are super crazy light. I went to some 10 gauge slinky and it stays in tune and sounds awesome now. The strings are a bit high, so some adjustments will need to be made by the new owner or the shop when you get it.

Beyond that, for the $$$, it's a great choice.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Evil but I like it

This is a special purpose travel guitar and thereby really shouldn't be judged like a standard guitar. If you are considering this as your only guitar, then run away. The focus here is...Read complete review

This is a special purpose travel guitar and thereby really shouldn't be judged like a standard guitar. If you are considering this as your only guitar, then run away. The focus here is on portability so literally, all the corners were cut. It works for me, but it is a stark utilitarian tool. I can't recommend it for anyone, and especially not for beginners. If you are considering buying this for your kid because it is cheap, then also, run away. (Although riding to Grandma's house in the back of the mini-van with one of these would have been pretty cool.) The balance is really awful, and it is a challenge to find a position that keeps your hands free. It is head heavy. Maybe Hofner could have made a removable wire base or something to hold it in the proper position. As someone else mentioned, attaching the strap to the head works ok. I've attempted various contortionist yoga poses with it, locking it in my lap in the crook of my left knee. Crazy. I've tried sitting on the strap with it pulling the guitar down on the right side. Sitting back with my feet up on my desk and the guitar locked into the arm of my chair seems to work ok. If you're creative and flexible, you might find a position that works for you, but this ain't the most comfortable guitar out there. Maybe I'll bend up a removable wire base or hook or something.

Changing strings on this little monster is another challenge. Gaaa! Go through the hole, not under the bridge! Good luck with it. It plays and sounds better with heavier strings so it is worth the effort.

There are many reasons to hate this little demon but I'm actually loving it more every day. I keep it hidden under my desk at work and along with my Tablet, a Boss Micro BR, and some headphones, I have a serviceable lunchtime practice rig. After some minor adjustment, I'm happy with the neck. There are better travel guitars out there, but they are a lot more expensive. I bought this used so if it is lost or stolen, it is no great loss and could be easily and inexpensively replaced... and I would probably replace it. I have far better guitars at home, but I will take this with me on vacations and business trips and I love having this cheap little demon at the office.

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5.0

Fantastic little guitar!

By Anthony

from Boise, ID

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

    Great little electric guitar. Can't put it down.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    My new favorite guitar

    By Mr.Mike

    from Phoenix AZ

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

        The guitar doesn't match the picture it's much nicer the head stock is black and the logo is on the pic guard.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        what a steal and deal!

        By rocker11

        from Cleveland

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

          This thing is amazing, way better quality and sound than I expected. I used it for my entire 3rd set this weekend. The pickup smokes and plays like a dream. The fretwork is ready out of the box. 5 stars

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Great little travel guitar

          By Whitey D

          from Wichita, Ks

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up

          Cons

          • New strings are a MUST!
          • Set up is a MUST!

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Travel

          Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

          I picked up one of these recently and overall I am very happy with it. I had been wanting a travel guitar for quite some time but wasn't in the market for something crazy expensive and several of the other travel or mini guitars i have come across still had a fairly good sized boy on them. This is nice with the VERY small body and full size neck. The pick up sounds fine, not great - a tad muddy, but rocking none the less. The neck has a decent feel to it. Super easy to travel with, i schlepped mine back from Europe with zero issue. The gig bag is comes with is very handy, but doesn't provide a ton of protection (i pack T-shirts around the guitar inside the bag for added protection. lol

          OK - so that all being said, there are a couple things that need to be pointed out. CHANGE STRINGS RIGHT AWAY. The strings that come on it are trash, will not stay in tune and are super crazy light. I went to some 10 gauge slinky and it stays in tune and sounds awesome now. The strings are a bit high, so some adjustments will need to be made by the new owner or the shop when you get it.

          Beyond that, for the $$$, it's a great choice.

           
          4.0

          Nifty little ax

          By Heywood Jahblome

          from Central New York

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

            Looking forward to jamming at the beach this summer with this li'l guitar, a Line-6 Pocket Pod, a set of headphones and a 6-pack!

             
            5.0

            The Hofner Shorty is the Perfect fit

            By Char

            from Tulsa, OK

            About Me Novice

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming

              Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

              I went from a big 4 door pickup to a Jeep Wrangler. There's no longer room to take my full size Les Paul when I go see my son on weekends. The Hofner Shorty works perfect.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not Good

              By WillowManson

              from Tampa FL

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Great Action

              Cons

              • Uneven weight distribution

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

              I really wanted to like this travel guitar but it is not meant to be. It looks good, it sounds good, and it plays good right from the box however the uneven weight distribution leaves you fighting with the neck to keep it held upright or in a comfortable playing position. I tried numerous sitting positions, I tried using a strap and I even tried one of those acoustic straps that ties around the headstock but alas nothing worked and the guitar kept dipping down to the left. Very disappointing because it is a rocking travel guitar. If Hofner made the body a tad bit bigger for your lap then this guitar would be a winner so in the mean time I am having to return it.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I'd would recomend to others

              By Bill

              from Gilbert, MN

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Practicing

                Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

                I bought it to use as a practice unit as I haven't played for awhile. Really like it. the small body was tough to get used to but shortly found a good way to hold it. Now works well

                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                2.0

                Can be a decent product if manufacture had Some QC

                By Mario

                from new york

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                • Noisy Input Jack
                • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
                • Will not stay in tune

                Best Uses

                • Practicing
                • Travel

                Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

                For the price, I didn't expect it to be top quality regarding sound,electronics and materials. However, I do expect some form of quality control before approving item for sale. The fretboard had a groove on the 5th fret. The pick guard, pickup, strap plugs were all screwed in incorrectly. Screws were inserted on an angle and stripped out. If the manufacture took a little pride in workmanship this product would be awesome for the price.

                 
                4.0

                Great little practice guitar

                By JWCole

                from North Alabama

                About Me Novice

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Hofner Shorty Electric Travel Guitar:

                  Great little practice guitar. Fun to sit with while watching TV, running through chords and licks. Intonation is a little off but adjustable.

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