NGD, a really old Hondo Les Paul

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  1. Sparky2

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    I have eyeballed this elderly Hondo Les Paul copy for more than a few days on Craigslist, and so today I traveled over to Decatur, Alabama and bought the old rascal. I paid $150 in American cash.

    The seller is a good fellow, known far and wide as Guitar Bob, and he was a real straight shooter.
    The guitar (a 1981 H-737 from the Deluxe Series, and made by Samick in Korea) is structurally sound, plays nicely, and has more than her share of small dings, wear, and scratches.

    But she will be a fun project for me over the next few days.

    Here are some 'before' pictures.
    I have no idea why she shows up with such a red tint in the photos I took at home this afternoon.
    She's actually quite dun-brown walnut in appearance, in person.


    First, the photo from the Craigslist ad:
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    Here are a few pics from after I got her home.

    Her knobs are mis-matched, she's a bit dirty and corroded, and she's missing the butt-end strap pin.

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    That was the guitar I wanted as a kid when I took my first guitar lessons. It was on the wall in the music store but my dad said it was too expensive. I wanna say it was like $89 circa 1978. So he bought me an old Teisco instead for like $49. I was so bummed. I wanted the Hondo (I really wanted a Gibson LP but no way in hell would that ever happen).
     
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    A fun fixer-upper, no?

    The specs tell us that the pickups are single-coil jobbies, but topped with humbucker chrome covers.

    Too funny.

    She sounds really good though, I must confess.

    The original speed knobs are long gone, but I have some really nice volume and tone knobs in the Subaru, ready to go on there.
    ;)
     
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    Brings back memories. My first electric guitar was a Hondo II Les Paul.
     
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    I remember lusting for a Hondo ANYTHING back in the '80s when I was first learning to play, because they were (in my eyes) quality instruments that were almost, but not quite entirely, affordable. Back then, five bucks was quite a lot of money to me, so a genuine Standard Strat at $600 was akin to a down payment on a house or something.

    Congrats Sparky! It does look like a fun fixer-upper. Enjoy!
     
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    Beautiful! I love the plain top. And the burst looks great too!
     
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    Nice looking top on that and a great price. I had a Hondo acoustic when I first started playing.
    Is that belly cut original? I didn't think they did that back then.

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    Nice fixer upper. Can I see ya and raise ya with my own NGD? It will have it’s own post.
     
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    When you get to the pickup setup portion, spend time dialing those pickups in. They are humbucker shaped P90s and can have fantastic growl. I think one or two factories made pickups for all the import guitars in those days. Be careful with the screw poles as some of the pickups those were just ornamentation.

    I have a blood red Hondo LP with the German-carve. Binding too. I'll have to dig it out. After some work it played well and sounds great so I expect you'll have good success too.

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    My first was a Hondo Paul much like that in black. Nostalgia!
     
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    I heard a guy playing one in a Market one Sunday and thought it was a Les Paul- it sounded that good. On closer inspection it was a Hondo.
     
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    Is it plywood?

    In one of those pics it looks like it may be.

    PS- I ate at a really good BBQ place in Decatur once.

    It was called Greenfield or Greenwood or something like that. Line
    a mile long at what was basically a shack.
     
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    Ahh memories. Christmas 1980, moved up in the world from a Teisco to a Hondo II Les Paul. (And from the molded plastic Teisco amp to a Sears amp that had one tremolo speed)
     
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    A couple of years earlier, my moulded plastic amp had a 7" oval car radio speaker and a cardboard back cover. My guitar was an Avon plywood Les Paul copy that made the Hondo II look like a real Gibson. :)
     
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    Mine too!
     
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    Congrats and HNGD! If those pickups are P90s then you have a special kind of tone heading your way, enjoy!
     
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    If you look up bluesman Alvin Youngblood Hart on facebook or youtube he often takes old beaters like this and really soups them up. Hot rods amps also.
     
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    Hanging near the wall of Gibsons this morning.
    She's polished, restrung, repaired, and in tip top shape.

    Looking great and sounding really good!
    I think I mounted just the right volume/tone knobs.

    And this camera captured the faded camel colours better.
    She's really not all that red.

    It's funny how the camera in my old Blackberry phone made the sunburst look closer to its 1981 colours, but the Kodak camera shows us the true hues.

    :p
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    :)

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