This web site has gotten way too large for a few simple navigation buttons (as of 12/15/2002 there are 130 separate pages with more than 1000 photos), so I decided to give a try at a complete index. I have tried to create links to the correct page, and in some instances, to the correct image on those pages. I hope this helps.
HOFFMAN GUITARS -- A description of my philosophy of building guitars. Model and Price information. Photos.
Inlay: This page shows some of the inlay patterns which are commonly available. Of course lots of custom work is also available.
Rosettes: Some available Styles.
TONE: An attempt, perhaps foolish, but valiant nonetheless, to define the tonal characteristics of the guitar.
Wood choices. From time to time I will post photos here offering an out of town customer some choices of different woods (such as several different pieces of koa and Brazilian rosewood).
Binding Styles: Shows some of the choices available.
Tone: Some thoughts on the elements which make up the complex concept of tone for guitars.
GALLERY: Photos of interesting stuff that shows up in the shop.
GALLERY 2: More of the same, including a very interesting Howe-Orme Guitar.
GALLERY 3: Matching right and left handed Gibson Harp Guitars. Possibly the only left handed Gibson Harp Guitar in existence.
CURRENT PRODUCTION -- A set of pages about the guitars I am presently making. If you have a guitar on order, here is where you can see its progress. There is a general page (and a general page 2 and a Page 3 and Page 4 and Page 5.) and a page for each of the current batch of guitars. You can reach the individual pages by using these links.
ABOUT US -- Who works at Hoffman Guitars, and related gossip.
GRANDCHILDREN: Regulars to the site know that I often post photos of my grandchildren. We now have three - all wonderful and the joy of our lives.
BUILDING A GUITAR -- This section is quite large, and will eventually be a complete pictorial description of every step in the making of my guitars. Some of the sections are quite long - the section on making necks has 8 separate pages.
STEP BY STEP This section will be a fairly lengthy verbal description of how I do it. When done it will have links to the pages with accompanying photos. It is four pages long - at least now. Page 1; Page 2; Page 3; Page 4
TOP AND BACK
FINISHING AND ASSEMBLY
GUITAR REPAIRS -- Lots of info about our repair business, including prices and techniques.
A VISIT TO JIM OLSON'S SHOP -- Jim Olson and I have been friends for many years and I visit his shop often, Here are some photos of his shop where he builds some really nice guitars. Five pages worth. 1 2 3 4 5 A recent visit with Dan Erlewine led to some other photos of Jim's shop. Look HERE.
A Visit with Dan Erlewine. Dan Erlewine recently visited our shop and we also went to visit Jim Olson's shop. A few photos are here.
Mike Osgar (a dear friend who taught me quite a bit about instruments and craftsmanship.)
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2219 East Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN. 55404