Hohner USA got back to me about the EGS Electric Guitar and here’s what I learned…
At this time, the guitar is only available on a special-order basis in the US.
This instrument was developed for our overseas market, and we’re still evaluating its viability for the US market.
The retail price is $2999.99, and orders typically take about 6 months from order dateâ€¦
And so, the news is bittersweet. On the one hand this ergonomically designed guitar is available and thus a major triumph. A major guitar manufacturer has chosen to do something bold and innovative rather than just something bland and derivative. And in addition to its ergonomic advantages, it has very nice specs as detailed in The Hohner EGS Electric Guitar. Unfortunately, it’s not the bargain that some of us had hoped for.
With used Klein electric guitars selling for thousands of dollars and alternatives meaning custom guitars like the Forshage, it would have been great to have a major manufacturer leverage their economies of scale and make an ergonomic guitar accessible to the average guitarist. Understandably, this is a fairly risky venture for Hohner and so the instrument is only available on a limited basis.
Nonetheless, I’m looking forward to more details on the EGS and if Hohner is listening, how about a version with simplified electronics and perhaps a bolt on neck? And since you already have headless guitar parts from your Steinberger licensing arrangement, a headless version would be nice as well…