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Hondo Deluxe Series 781 Van Halen Explorer

Not for sale The owner does not want to sell this guitar (2011-01-16)
Price paid : US $ 150



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This is a Hondo Explorer Deluxe Series 781 "Van Halen" model, made in Japan in the early- to mid-1980s. It has a two piece maple neck and maple fretboard. The neck is highly figured with curls (flame), and the fretboard is mildly figured with curls. It has a Dimarzio humbucker pickup, one volume knob, and one micro switch which seems to select between double coil and single coil, though I'm not certain. It has a standard Strat style tremolo bridge.

I have restored and refurbished this guitar to nearly "like new" condition. Check out the photos of the bridge assembly, and you'll see what I mean.

This guitar sounds absolutely beautiful through my 1979 Hiwatt stack (100wt model DR-103). The all-important volume pot is in perfect condition, no scratchiness whatsoever!

This is a classic Japanese guitar from the days when Japanese companies were just beginning to break into the American market with copies of Fenders and Gibsons, and they felt they had something to prove with the quality of their guitars. All in all this is a great guitar, and I'm happy to add it to my Hondo collection.

Wikipedia says that by the late 1970s, Hondo "featured designs based on classic American favorites; these copies were very good instruments and have become highly collectible."

If you buy a vintage Hondo, it will almost certainly require some basic restoration, mostly cleaning years of neglect off of it, but you’ll never regret it!



Not for sale The owner does not want to sell this guitar (2011-01-16)
Price paid : US $ 150



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