Gear Reviews

Hofner HM88 – master built classical guitar review with “Top Gear” award

TopGuitar is proud to announce that the Hofner HM88 master built classical guitar was reviewed in the March issue of the magazine and received a “Top Gear” editors’ award this month. The instrument was delivered for review by Hofner distributor in Poland, Sonorus.

Below are some excerpts from a successful review by gear department editor Krzysztof Blas, which may serve as reasons for the award:

“Hofner HM88 undoubtedly continues the best traditions of German luthiery represented by the company. It is a high-class instrument built entirely by one man – a master builder whose signature we will find inside the sound hole.”

“This characteristic sound represents so-called German school of luthiery, which is very different from what we know from Spanish guitars. It is definitely worth familiarizing with, as the original tone of these guitars can be an interesting change from the predictable instruments that can be found in most stores.”

“Taking into account that this is a totally master built and one of a kind instrument, the costs are incredibly low, especially that we are talking a legendary manufacturer that not only has tradition on his side, but also large stocks of well seasoned woods.”

The latest issue of TopGuitar magazine is available across Poland in Empik and Ruch press retail networks, in the online store (, and as mobile version for tablets and smartphones using iOS ( or Android ( operating systems.

Hofner HM88


Published since 2005 as a printed magazine, TopGuitar is a magazine of opinion for professional and amateur musicians. Since 2020 on a digital platform. Contain reviews of various guitar-related musical gear, interviews and original articles on world’s most popular artists, music reviews, event reports, guitar workshops and tips, the latest products and artist news. The Editor-in-Chief is Dr. Dariusz Domanski, a guitarist and academic teacher, doctor of musical arts.