Uwe-Eschner with his restored Hoyerguitar

Hoyer Today (Not) Gone Tomorrow

June 6, 2017 in News by Dietmar Krueger

This Hoyer is a unique instrument, very probably a prototype from a time (late 50’s or early 60’s) when at Hoyer’s a lot of experimenting took place.

When Uwe first shared this instrument with us it was clear that the bridge had obviously been replaced in the past. There were also traces of an arch-top like tailpiece, but there are no records or illustrations of the original concept and the opportunity to get an answer is now long gone.

Uwe’s original requirement was a change of an unsatisfying pickup. We installed a double system with a B-Band and Fishman options, which would allow Uwe to blend a more jazzy tone, with a more percussive sound and accentuate either tone as required.

The other change came about when he saw the instrument: I am not sure what shocked Dietmar more – it’s outer appearance or how little Uwe seemed to care about that…

So in-keeping with Uwe’s wishes we simply decided to renew the fretboard completely, (always staying in touch and asking him about the thickness of the frets and the number of them, dots and stuff. When asked Uwe said “I would never have wasted a thought on this myself, you know – there was a fretboard which seemed to work…”)

Whilst working on the headstock, which had be broken twice (in former times) we cleaned up the old repairs and renewed its cover (cap) whilst also replacing the original abalone inlay with a sustainable alternative, crafted and fitted by Dietmar.

As with all repairs Dietmar also provided a full service, restring and intonation check so that the guitar left his workshop in perfect condition.

Feedback: Uwe Eschner

Apart from the new looks the playability had improved so much that I practiced with a furor that a spinal disc slipped … Not Dietmar’s fault.

Playing is smooth and when I thought before it was enough to put the finger in the right place and the guitar would do the rest, now it seemed to me it would even speed up my musical thinking while improvising.