Some Antoria models exist without the Rock-Star name but appear to have the same specifications. Between 1974 and 1983 Hondo produced guitars in Japan. Single coils are a little harder to identify but the humbuckers are easy. August 31, 1987 However, as 1990 approached, the use of one digit for the year presented the issue of repeat serial numbers. It's says on a gold sticker yv441 and the silver and black placard on back say 1051883 made in Korea.
I need some help from someone, who really knows about the old Hondo ll Les Paul copies, made in the period of 1977 to 1983 made in Japan at this time. Jean, That is a genuine Samick. It has the letter h on the headstock. It played a lot nicer than I expected. Hondo was one of the first overseas guitar builders to feature American-built DiMarzio pickups on the import instruments beginning in 1978.
I personally would use it to learn how to do this stuff yourself. At this time, Hondo tried to differentiate themselves from these other importers by partnering with DiMarzio, the first company to offer off-the-shelf replacement pickups. All guitar production returned to Korea in 1. All these Japanese guitars were part of the Hondo Professional Series, denoted on the headstock of each. Some of these guitars had DiMarzio pickups but by no means all of them.
I think mine is an upgraded model over what most of you have experienced. You will see a sticker that says Hondo and also lists the model of the guitar, such as H 155 or H 18-12. The pickups are also differ from those on the Revival, seemingly being cheap humbuckers with no adjustment screws unlike the Hondo DiMarzios, these poles are uniformly flat. The Seville model was exactly the same. In an effort to shift customers' perceptions of the Hondo brand, they enlisted the help of pickup maker DiMarzio who revolutionised the guitar world in 1972 by producing the first after-market replacement pickup that could be fitted to any guitar with a humbucker route to improve it's output and overall sound - the now legendary thanks in no small part to one Kurt Cobain some 15 years later Super Distortion. In 1993, the revamped company was relocated to. If I'd known now what I knew then, I'd definitely have offered him a few quid for the pickups! I just purchased an accustic Hondo… at a junk shop in Palacios, Texas.
It is said that Hondo partnered with Samick in Korea to create all of their instruments after this time. Here's a bit from Wiki: Hondo is currently a company that produces entry-level electric guitars and basses, usually based on the designs of more expensive models such as the Fender Stratocaster and the Gibson Les Paul. I say this because this guitar looks like it was made in the 90s to me, the carefully shaped plastic truss-rod cover looking much newer than those on the 70s Hondo Strats. This article needs additional citations for. Acoustics were made in Korea, while electric guitars were initially made in Japan until Samick began producing electrics in 1972. I have pictures if interested.
Not every Hondo guitar had DiMarzio pickups in it. I come to the logical conclusion that the Revival is almost certainly made in Korea, too. The Gibson L5 copy, nicknamed FatBoy, was the top of the line, a superb instrument with very good woods and excellent sound. In 2005, the brand replaced the Hondo name. All the parts makers got their sea legs modding Japanese seventies guitars, so do your best and have fun.
Vintage late 1970's thru early 1980's. Use the keywords and images as guidance and. Both are probably quite rare and almost never seen. The Gibson-y copies were handled by the Matsumoku factory while the more Fender-like guitars were made by Tokai. Hondo guitar information, hondo guitar, gibson 3. All Hondo H935s have a copyright sticker that says 1981 on it. I have a 748 deluxe I think as it never had the proper truss rod cover.
Be aware that some of the information herein is purely conjecture. Overall, it's a good bass; much better than the korean line at the time. Note: The new design did not appear until May 1990 1980's: 1994, production number 10,904 At the turn of the millennium, bolt-neck models kept the same format and neckplate style, so these guitars must be dated by their logo style and other features. Here are the basses I have in mind. The same guitar has been seen branded as the Marathon Replay.