Dating a Hohner guitar requires the owner to describe the instrument in detail and ask the company to estimate the date of manufacture. Note whether its strings are nylon or steel and note the body style.
He thought it was a great guitar and does sound good for what it is, a mahogany laminate. However, it stays in the case most of the time as my Martin is my main guitar. I acquired the HG 360R off shopgoodwill - after searching many years for any 360. Mine has been played by many players of expensive high end guitars and it never fails to impress.
Because it belonged to him I will keep it along with his mandolin that I have no idea how to play. I, too, have a pair of vintage 1970s/80s MIJ Hohners. My 360M was badly damaged in 1986 and all I wanted was a replacement. https:// main guitar until I purchased my Martin M38 last year was an all solid wood (spruce top with RW back and sides) 1978 Hohner HG-320. I even had a collector of high end Martins play it and was telling him how much I paid and that as a "player" I couldn't replace it for under $2000.
These days, your best bet (albeit a long shot) would be to chat with shop owners (the ma and pa type) that sold them during the years of production indicated on the historical models list.
These are the kind of shops that have old catalogues and sales / inventory records collecting dust in the attic.
It had a classic "Musician's union say Keep music live' sticker on the bout. There is still evidence of me trying to scrap the thing off.
Lovely sound but has an action so high that the incredible hulk couldn't make a F barre chord on it.
A friend of mine has one of the Hohners with the vertical logo. He also has a Martin that he sometimes brings, but I know for a fact he also loves that Hohner. He looked up at me while playing it and said "00, you couldn't replace it for 00! I still don't think I'd go that high but there really are a lot of unsung gems out there to be had.
You just have to ignore the name on the head stick. It doesn't have anything on the headstock but has a label inside saying that it is a hohner.
These days, your best bet (albeit a long shot) would be to chat with shop owners (the ma and pa type) that sold them during the years of production indicated on the historical models list. You just got to know which ones Lucky us if everyone continues to think they're crap ....