2219 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. 55404. (612) 338-1079
Shop hours: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm weekdays; 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Saturday
WELCOME TO HOFFMAN GUITARS
Welcome to the Hoffman Guitars Web Site. I hope that you share our love of guitars and will explore this site to learn more about us and perhaps pick up some useful information along the way. Of course, we would love it if you also decide to do some business with us.
Since 1971 Hoffman Guitars has provided a full range of services to guitar players nationwide. We have always worked to provide the finest in instrument repair services and handcrafted guitars. We provide a full range of repair services, including factory authorized warranty service for C.F. Martin, Gibson, Guild, Fender, Taylor, Jim Olson and others. I (Charlie Hoffman) have built over 600 individually handcrafted guitars, which are (or have been) played by such players as Leo Kottke, Tim Sparks, Dakota Dave Hull, Ann Reed, Jerry Rau, Charlie Maguire and others. In addition, we carry a fairly complete range of accessories for guitar players (strings, picks, capos, pickups, cases, etc, etc.). In this day and age it may seem a bit anachronistic but we really believe in customer service and strive to provide the very best.
The various pages of this site cover both our repair work and the guitars I make, and include both descriptions and prices. I also cover a variety of other guitar related subjects of interest to me (and, hopefully, to you too), particularly an extensive section on how I build guitars.
Many customers who order guitars love to come in and see their guitar in progress and have me explain what I am doing. So....., I thought I would put some of that here. The Current Production section provides a way for customers who can't visit the shop every week to get a glimpse of their guitar as it is being built.
For those interested in exploring guitars on the web I have included links to a variety of pages which I find interesting. Perhaps you will too.
New and Exciting: Michele Beardsley, who has worked as a repairperson in my shop for over 20 years, has added a new arrow to her quiver. She is making very nice lap steel guitars. She calls them HEPCAT STEEL GUITARS. Her web site is at www.hepcatsteelguitars.com. ( naturally). Check them out as they are very nice.
If you have any comments about what you see in this web site, we would love to hear from you. Our E-Mail address is below. Of course we are particularly anxious to talk to you about our repair services or our handcrafted guitars. But -- don't let that limit you. We would love to hear your ideas about any guitar related topic. (One such e-mail led to the harp guitar project) We WILL respond, generally quite soon. If you have a question that you would like to see addressed in our Q& A page, let us know. Our E-Mail Address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. (at the shop) or email@example.com (my home address).
You may write to us at: 2219 East Franklin Ave., Minneapolis, MN. 55404. Our phone is (612) 338-1079. (Same number for fax) Our business hours are 9:00 am until 5:30 pm on weekdays (open until 7:00 on Tuesday and Wednesday) and from 10:00 am until 5:00 pm on Saturday.
A Note About this Web Site: I first launched this site in late August, 1997. So far, about 524,026 people have visited the site. Many thanks to all of you. I try to make improvements and additions often, so be sure to come again soon.
A Note About Navigation in this site: All of the internal pages have a general navigation bar at the top of the page and a page specific navigation bar at the bottom of the page. If you have trouble finding what you want, try the Site Map.
Hoffman Guitars is now on Facebook
This is very much a work in progress. Please check it out here:
My guitars show up from time to time on Youtube. Here is a list of some of them.
This is Nikki, our new shop dog. 2 years old and 61 pounds. He is a big boy. He loves to run in the snow. Our customers love him - he is very affectionate.
Acoustic Guitar Magazine recorded some video interviews with builders at this summer's Healdsburg Guitar Festival. The one they did of me (which features one of my 12 string guitars) can be seen here: http://www.acousticguitar.com/Features/Healdsburg-Guitar-Festival-2013/Hoffman-Guitars-at-Healdsburg-2013
Apparently I am a bit of a media hog. WCCO, the local CBS affiliate has a weekly feature called Finding Minnesota and this week they did a piece on me. It also featured Nikki. Look for it here: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2013/02/05/finding-minnesota-charles-hoffmans-handmade-guitars/
Minnesota Public Television has a wonderful program called Minnesota Original (www.mnoriginal.org)which features artists, artisans and musicians in Minnesota. Recently they did a feature on me and Tim Sparks. I am very excited and honored. I hope you will tune in , or at least look at the segment on their web site. http://www.mnoriginal.org/episode/316-charlie-hoffman-christina-habibi-the-cactus-blossoms/charlie-hoffman/
I have started a BLOG. I don't post often but check it out just in case.
Some thoughts on guitar ERGONOMICS
This website and all of its content, text and images are copyright © 1997-2013 by Charles A. Hoffman, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Minneapolis, MN. 55404