Hilton musician restores rare German-made guitar used as cricket bat

2015-05-09 09:01
Nick Pharazyn with his 1965 Hofner Verithin 4575 semi-acoustic guitar which is one of only 16 in the world.

Nick Pharazyn with his 1965 Hofner Verithin 4575 semi-acoustic guitar which is one of only 16 in the world. (Jonathan Burton)

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ONE of the world’s most rare guitar’s was once used as a cricket bat.

Hilton musician Nick Pharazyn said it was when he found his friends’ nephews using a rare German-made Hofner 1965 Verithin 4575 guitar as a cricket bat about eight years ago that he decided to restore it and bring back it’s glory.

“The guitar originally belonged to my good friend Patrick Stewart in Australia, and when he visited his South African home eight years ago he found his guitar broken at the neck. Thank God these kids were using just tennis balls!” laughed Pharazyn.

The semi-acoustic guitar has three humbucker pick-ups which make it rare.

Pharazyn said that according to his research there are only 16 such guitars in the world and he owns the only one in South Africa.

An architect by day and Phace band member at night, Pharazyn said he now uses his 50-year-old guitar for his rock, blues and jazz gigs.

“I absolutely love it. The tone is unbelievable.

“They say a guitar gets ­better with age and this is certainly the case.”

SOME Hofner Verithin 4575 guitars were produced with active electronics including treble boost circuits. The Verithins were introduced in the 1960s and were produced with the Venetian double cutaways until 1965 when they was changed to pointed Florentines. Since the guitar is only about one-and-a-quarter inches wide, it was named Verithin.

The guitar is finished in cherry red. The neck is made up of a three-piece maple/beech/maple finish and a rosewood fingerboard. The headstock is known for its standard mother of pearl flower motif

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