The Leader guitar range has been developed to offer the player an instrument that has tremendous tonal capabilities, is lightweight and a visually stunning double cutaway.
The Professional version, like all Leader models, is a hollow body construction but incorporates a solid centre block, in this case mahogany, for better sustain and to avoid feedback. The hollow body makes for a lightweight instrument that can happily be played for hours. The centre block is a special Höfner design that allows us to build the guitar without creating any opening in the back to install the potentiometer and switch.
The headstock shape of the Professional is part of the Höfner heritage as it is taken from our guitars made since the 1950s. With the traditional Höfner "Script and Lily" we are proud of it! The fingerboard is of ebony, so there are no problems with CITES certification as none is required, and incorporates double dot markers only at the 12th fret. Simple yet beautiful. The neck and the body are bound for additional good looks. The body has a spruce top and spruce back and sides, with a deep blue and very subtle silver sparkle lacquer finish.
We have fitted pickups from a small Bavarian company, NoWaxx, dedicated to producing the very best handwound products. At the neck is a classic P90 while at the bridge is a beefy humbucker, both of which were produced exclusively to our specifications. These two allow the player an extensive range of tones to suit every mood. Part of the design brief was to keep the controls simple but effective. The Professional has a master volume and a three-way switch. Sometimes simple is better and with the two controls on the Professional, this is certainly true. The tuners are of the enclosed type, from Schaller. A traditional stop tailpiece and tunamatic bridge are used to give the best tonal characteristics for this type of guitar.
The Leader Professional offers you a truly versatile guitar: simple, uncluttered, lightweight, effective and beautiful.