First made in 1990 to replace the ST-57 model, this guitar was made before Hohner acquired the "Rockwood" name & moved production of those cheaper type guitars to China. Samick, for those who know, also made Fender Squier Teles/Strats & also guitars for Epiphone, Yamaha etc. At the time of purchase, this was quite expensive & has the original (then revolutionary) passive pickups with "ATN [Advanced Tonal Network]circuitry" where all the pickups are wired into a big capacitor. The quality body is solid Indonesian Alder, the skunk neck is one-piece Canadian Rock Maple & fretboard is Indian Rosewood. The, now faded, original "gold" hardware still looks ok & the machine heads are real quality Schaller units that hold this guitar in tune.
At 19 years old, this guitar has been gigged & has a few scratches, the odd scuff + a few dents/dings some of which go down to the wood but nothing major at all. This was always transported in a hard flight case on gigs (not included!) & has been well looked after (lemon oil etc.) as a working instrument. Sorry to see this one go but the old arthritis won't go away! Great sound through my big Fender amp, this guitar is heavy & has great sustain. Has brand new D'Addario 10/46's just fitted this week. Start price reflects the fact that I am not going to give this greatly underrated guitar away. Check reviews out on the net + also at : http://hohnerguitars.de.tl/ST-59.htm
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