Vintage Hondo Electric - Is this worth $200 bucks?

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  1. ancient

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    No way. Too much coin. Is that even solid wood?
    IMO, only buy Hondo II Professional strat copies... MIJ by Tokai. I have one. It is killer, for what it cost me.
     
  3. bluesjunior

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    I had a Hondo Les Paul about 15yrs ago and it was made of plywood so I wouldn't pay $200 for it.
     
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    My first electric, late 70's, was a Hondo. POS.
     
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    I'm joining the choir here - my first electric was a Hondo, and it was utter crap.
     
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    For $200 you could buy a brand new Squier and have a better guitar.

    Those old Hondo IIs were plywood garbage. Entry-level guitars have come a long way in the last 20+ years.
     
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    IMHO...Hondo and vintage are two words that should not be used in the same sentence.
     
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    I too had a Hondo Strat as my first electric guitar back in the 70s. I would definitely not buy another one again, but at the time it worked just fine for me.
     
  9. Drew68

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    IIRC, the Longhorn was in a class all itself and was considerably more expensive than the Hondo II "copy" guitars.
     
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    Tru dat - I believe that they were made by Tokai in Japan...
     
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    Here's my Mocha Brown Hondo II Professional strat copy - 1 piece maple neck, grey bottom bobbin pickups, Gotoh trem - baseplate and block are 1 solid piece (saddles not original), 3 piece basswood (???) body. I love it...

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    There were also Hondo II Pro Fender Lead copies. I have 2 of them - a Lead I copy and a Lead II copy. Both MIJ (by Tokai I assume) and both great feeling guitars. They show up on ebay from time to time and usually sell for under $100. True bargains.
     
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    I remember back in the ;70's-'80's I wouldn't have touched a Hondo with a 10 foot pole, but as with Tiescos, Harmony's and the like, they are now receiving some affection from collectors. As several others have noted, you can get much better guitars, even new ones, for two bills.
     
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    That one for sale is later - maybe mid 80's. It is a $75 guitar - if you want it.
     
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    I remember back in the 80s, Hondos were cheap starter guitars and total POS. A friend recently got an $80 pawn shop old Hondo and it is a horrible guitar, on par with an $69 Wallmart guitar.

    At the very least , don't buy without trying it. Maybe you will get lucky. There were some cheap Japanese clones made in the 80s that are really nice guitars. I have an old National strat copy that would shame many Fenders.

    Shawn.
     
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    vintage... hondo... I just wet myself laughing...

    I had one in the late 70s. It was plywood. It was junk. I don't miss it.

    Offer 50 bucks. It's maybe worth that.
     
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    Offer him $100, maybe $125. But don't expect a great player.
     
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    Yep. If you were a kid in the 'burbs in the late 70s, early 80s who wanted to play guitar, your parents probably started you out with a Hondo.

    Those things were everywhere. They were fairly cheap and "looked" like the expensive Gibsons and Fenders we saw on MTV.

    All my guitar playing friends had Hondos. All but one. I remember this kid wanted a Hondo Flying V so bad and was so disappointed when his parents bought him a G&L SC-1.

    That old G&L was a badass guitar but, man, was he inconsolable!
     
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    My first electric was a Hondo strat copy I bought in 80/81. That damn thing had to weigh 10 pounds!
     
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    They made a nice run in the late 80's, I remember the tele and Martin copies being incredible for their price. But the one you're looking at ain't one of those.
     

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