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Hondo Formula 1 Explorer

Not for sale The owner does not want to sell this guitar (2011-01-16)
Price paid : US $ 350



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I bought this guitar on eBay in February 2010. The face is curley maple under a thick transparent blue finish. It has a set neck, and the fretboard is Brazilian rosewood with a nice redish color, and it has richly figured mother of pearl inlays. There is white binding around the front of the body and around the headstock, and there is white-black-white striped binding around the heel of the neck and up the front of the fretboard. The Hondo logo is in gold, and all the hardware is gold plated. It has two single coil pickups and one double coil. There are three barrel knobs--one volume and two tone--and four micro-switches which select the coils, their phase relationships, and the tone knobs. The tremolo mechanism is a Kahler Flyer with a string locking nut. I collect the old Hondos--mostly 781 Explorers, 775 Stars, and H1 Lightning Bolts--and this is the all around best Hondo that has come through my hands. If you asked Gibson to copy this for you, they'd probably charge you $4000, and it wouldn't play or sound one lick better than this old Hondo. We live in a Golden Age of ridiculously under-priced Hondo electric guitars.

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 $ 350



Post a comment on Hondo Formula 1 Explorer :

80s Guy said...
http://www.marshallforum.com/guitars/32033-ngd-pics-questions.html Check out the above link, I own a similar model but mine is plywood! Have you checked yours?

Rich said...
I agree. Most Hondo's are great. So many asses say they are crappy but if you ever played one you will be amazed. I've owned one for almost 26 years and it is truly amazing. Some new budget Fender guitars have sharp frets and other signs of low quality (quick) workmanship you will not find on an old Hondo.