Vintage Hondo info needed

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  1. afireinside

    afireinside Strat-Talker

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    So the neighbor knows im a guitar hoarder so when he helped a buddy move who was going to donate a older guitar he grabbed it for me.

    Has a very gibby like headstock x1 german made Schaler bridge pup and a Japan copy? Kahler trem. Or were they made in japn then? Bolt on neck that was shimmed with x2 picks.

    Rough job in cutting it out for the trem but definitely plywood.

    Any info on the trem or pup? Seems like the most value on this puppy Screenshot_20210417-111925_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20210417-111929_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20210417-112008_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20210417-111945_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20210417-111956_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20210417-112025_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20210417-112039_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20210417-112046_Gallery.jpg Screenshot_20210417-112049_Gallery.jpg
     
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    afireinside Strat-Talker

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    JustABluesGuy Senior Stratmaster

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    I can’t help you too much with the individual parts and if they are stock or not. I have a Hondo I picked up at a pawn shop for $15 just to see if I could rehabilitate it.

    They were very affordable, entry level guitars, hence the ply bodies. I am no expert on pups, but if that one is stock, I would assume it was made to their specs and price point and isn’t a premium model.

    It would be interesting to know if it was upgraded by a previous owner. I don’t remember even checking the manufacturer of the pup in mine while I was fixing the wiring. It didn’t make a sound when I tested it at the pawn shop.
     
  4. stormsedge

    stormsedge Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    There are some good write-ups on Hondo if you search the internet. I got this HD920B in from a stack of “seconds” my Dad purchased from my cousin (who owned IMC). Dad fixed them up and sold them at flea markets.

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    It took some contact cleaner, a truss rod tweak, strings and a hand cut truss cover to put it back in business. You’ll note mine is a Hondo II, which came later after some company reorganization. Yours as a Hondo with the Hondo insignia is from the first company iteration as I recall. The remains of the tag on the neck plate is where the model number of mine can be found. Happy hunting.
     
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    stormsedge Senior Stratmaster Gold Supporting Member

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    LordOfPudding Strat-Talker

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    I had a Hondo strat copy I bought new for $99 around 1982.
    Very heavy plywood. Not a great guitar.

    I had a Hondo Flying V copy I got second-hand around 1989-1990. That was a nice guitar, my #1 and only through college.
     
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  7. afireinside

    afireinside Strat-Talker

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    Cool looks like a 1983 711 with aftermarket schaler pup and kahler copy
     
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