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Hondo Deluxe 737 identification help...

 
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hobebru
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 6:01 pm    Post subject: Hondo Deluxe 737 identification help... Reply with quote

Can someone tell me if the Hondo Deluxe 737 LesPaul copy was made in Japan ? If not. where was this model maufactured? Is this model (the Deluxe737) comparable with the Hondo ll?
Thanks for taking the time to read this. Youer assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Bruce
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Ozeshin
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 10:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hondo 737

Hondo II
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japanstrat
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2007 11:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The pre 1983 higher end models seem to be Japanese and probably made by Matsumoku.
If it's not Japanese then it's probably made by Samick.

From the Acoustic Blue Book

http://books.google.com/books?id=dn_wwsIX_mIC&pg=PA278&lpg=PA278&dq=hondo+ii+japan&source=web&ots=Vn7a4SDOro&sig=LiZk-dbLDcwMg5cDUxWOX3fxSaw#PPA3,M1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hondo_%28guitar_company%29

This Hondo 737 Deluxe is from 1981/1982 so it looks like they are Japanese.

http://www.tokaiforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=7293&sid=e3e5c73ca36df5c6c216e7086492ecb1
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Ozeshin
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 1:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
If it's not Japanese then it's probably made by Samick.

And the Hondo's that were made by Samick were done so in their Korean plant.
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japanstrat
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 1:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

And the Korean ones usually have plywood bodies.
I once heard a Korean Hondo with a plywood body through a Gorilla transistor amp fully cranked.
I've never heard anything that bad.
No mids, no lows just pure ice pick in the ear distortion.
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 3:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Agreed...for the most part they are one of the crappiest sounding guitars I've ever heard...and remembering that I've heard/seen/played heaps of them as at one stage they flooded the Australian market.
From memory the Dimarzio equipped ones were'nt too bad....but yeah...the plywood bodies....eewww.
I have an old Emperador MiJ strat body thats plywood too...from about 1979.
As the paint wore off from belt buckles it showed up the plywood underneath.
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2007 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This reminds me of a Black Hondo 11 Les Paul Copy I learnt to play on. A truly awful guitar by any standards. Plywood body, egg slicer action and best of all single coil pickups under the chrome covers!. Oh, and the narrow badly cut nut, uneven frets...... In fact it put me of Les Paul Style guitars for the best part of 25 years. Thankfully, I'm fully recovered now.
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