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Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by bob1234, Dec 28, 2014.
No S! I wanted a Gibson Les Paul since I was a kid, after I got that one; forget about it!
I traded a Taylor electric for a D'Angelico, off a really nice guy who had a number of guitars, in Houston and the guy had an old Hondo Les Paul that he really liked. He was the first real guitarist that I had heard complimenting a Hondo, my memories as a kid were that they were the cheap catalogue guitars.
Overgeneralizing about Hondos:
Most early Hondos are junk.
Most MIK Hondos are junk.
But Hondo II Professionals are beautifully-made MIJ guitars. I assume that the basses are the same.
The Strat-style Hondo II Professionals are Fender Lead clones. If you see these headstocks on a Hondo strat (or a "Professional" truss rod cover on LP clones), then you should plug it it and give take it for a drive:
Same goes for many of the old MIJ brands. Two guitars under the same brand can be night and day in terms of quality. Some are crazy plywood 'n plastic monstrosities, others are quality instruments built from solid wood and finished to a tee. I've had an interest in these for awhile and owned/ rebuilt a couple.
Among the best I've seen are the mid-70s Ibanez LPs and SGs, Tokai "Love Rock" (LP), and some of the Grecos. A lot of them have set necks, quality pickups, and basically give similar period Gibsons and Fenders a run for their money.
For Teles, the early 80s Fernandes are worth checking out. I have a friend with several of these and they are literally identical to desirable JV Fender MIJ Teles ... built in the same plant, I believe. Only the headstock is different. The Fernandes Strats are similar in quality, as are the Tokai Strats and Teles of similar vintage.
Indeed! I heeded advice and RAN lmao
What did you get instead?
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here is the second hondo i picked up this spring for $125. stripped it down and found dimarz hb pu's in bridge/neck, brass colored basses stamped/etched dimarzio usa. stripped guitar down, needed rewire/solder. truss rod didnt work/frozen so i layed it on floor, propped head on block and pushed down to bow neck. truss rod loosened, retightened it and good to go. neck/frets needed cleaning. $8 nut, fresh wiring and strings, guitar sounds great. i play them next to my us les p and it is in the ballpark. it is fun to bring back to life an old guitar. love the aged crackling binding. i would never burn a guitar.
Hondos were always in the "so you're a beginner? Have I got a guitar for you." part of the music stores I went into. I swear that they made these just so retailers could have something to sell to someone who didn't have the dough for a Les Paul.
ready to go........maybe make a duane clone.
of course...........and a lot of good players would never have got their start. but its the that was then this is now and who cares.
now you have some better advice..............
very nice guitar.......
Wow. That shows some quality craftsmanship, right there.