As a "new to guitars" parent of a 11 year old boy that just started playing I do not really know a lot. I purchased him a used Davison "BC Rich Warlock" knock-off to start out learning on. He loves it, it sounds good to me so it was a good starter for a kid I am not sure will stick it out.
Anyway while at a local auction I saw a Hondo II Les Paul style guitar and bid on it for $25, (surprised us we won it too). Never heard of it before and it was in need of repair as the pickups were rusty looking but for $25 it was a cheap chance item. I did a bit of research, hit GC and bought all new 500k pots, a 3 way and Seymour Duncan Distortion Mayhem P-up set. After an all-nighter learning to wire a guitar we took it to GC for a full set-up and final check-up to see if I did it right . Got it back today and it actually sounds BETTER than his Davison! I was told it was a mid 80's model and because it has 2 knobs unlike most 4 knob models so it is more obscure. (?) Not sure of the true value but the fact my 11 year old and I rebuilt it ourselves and then heard whatweI considered a really nice sounding guitar (yes I know it is not gonna sound like a Gibson) we were happy campers. Just thought I would share my experience.
Kinda got me hooked on doing this stuff now. Maybe I might even learn to play.
Hondo guitars from the mid 70's to the early 80's were made in Japan. These were some relatively nice instruments for the money. Somewhere in the mid to late 80's they began manufacturing them in Korea.
Hondo was actually an American company that just outsourced construction overseas.
They made a line of entry level guitars for S.D. Curlee for a while...before Curlee went belly-up. These are the Curlee's you see on eBay all the time.
For $25.00 you stole that guitar.
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