Hondo II Les Paul copy

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Posted by James Gunter on Sun, 06/16/02 - 15:54:54.

Can anyone tell me when Hondo II made the Les Paul copies?
I picked one up.....I have torn it apart and found zip...No
numbers at all.

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Hondo Les Paul copy 78'

Still got my Hondo after 35 years! :-) Saw it in a music shop in Stratford, East London for £65. Had to save up with my paper round money of £2.50 a week. Took me ages to get it. Having had it put aside for me, I remember some bloke trying to take the 'Saved' sign off it- told him where to go!

It no longer has strings, a bridge, and top pick-up don't work but when I get the money, I'm going to fix it all up. Ha! I said that in 1982!

Please help date my Hondo II Les Paul......I'm having no luck!!

Bought this beauty from a pawn shop in Augusta Maine for about $60.00 ......mostly for fun to replace the no name Les Paul copy (first ever electric guitar I ever owned at 12 years old and stupidly traded for some long forgotten item). Cleaned up the pots, set it up, restrung it and WOW! Sounds a lot better than I ever thought a knock off would. So here's the specs: Can anyone out there help me?

Hondo 2 lettering with what appears to be a true attempt at copying the Gibson headstock. Sunburst paint scheme. Slight divit in top of headstock, square inlays. DiMarzio pickups sticker on pick guard, and a sticker serial number on back of HDLP-2BS. I would say definately not maple, some sort of compressed wood. If you didn't see words "Hondo II on the headstock and didn't pick it up (it's a lot lighter) you'd swear it may be an actual Gibson Les Paul just from image alone. I love this little guitar and am really interested if anybody can make sense of the serial or the production era, or the original selling price. Thanks so much!!

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: Can anyone tell me when Hondo II made the Les Paul copies?
: I picked one up.....I have torn it apart and found zip...No
: numbers at all.

hondo was build the les paul copies between 1979 and 1981

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: : Can anyone tell me when Hondo II made the Les Paul copies?
: : I picked one up.....I have torn it apart and found zip...No
: : numbers at all.

: hondo was build the les paul copies between 1979 and 1981

I've still have mine 35+ years and back plate has number

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Had One in 1979, WIne Red was my first guitar. I was 16 then. Paid 199.99 New. Wish I would not have sold her.
Found the same one on line for 180.00 plus shipping, but am leary about buying a used guitar on line. For those of you that still have yours, hang on too 'em. Was a great Japanese Guitar for cheap. Played sounded/good. Would to here what mine would sound like with a Duncan JB and 59 like I have in my Epi Special II (Which sounds awseome).
Peace and Greetings fron the gold US of A

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: Had One in 1979, WIne Red was my first guitar. I was 16 then. Paid 199.99 New. Wish I would not have sold her.
: Found the same one on line for 180.00 plus shipping, but am leary about buying a used guitar on line. For those of you that still have yours, hang on too 'em. Was a great Japanese Guitar for cheap. Played sounded/good. Would to here what mine would sound like with a Duncan JB and 59 like I have in my Epi Special II (Which sounds awseome).
: Peace and Greetings fron the gold US of A

Bought mine in 1978 still have it, just bought my son a Fender squire.

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I've just let mine see light after moving house about 15 months ago.
Been using a newly aquied Strat so she's been left a bit forgotten.

Having fired her up again i reallise she's in need of a bit of attenion so I've been surfing with an aim to rewire and came across the guitarsite.

I bought her 2nd hand in 1977ish for £75 which was an absolute fortune. I've had her set her up to a great action. Over the years there's been the poo poo comments from 'those who know' "it's plywood!!" but they reconsider when they hear the tone and sustain!!

Rip it up,
Johnny

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: I've just let mine see light after moving house about 15 months ago.
: Been using a newly aquied Strat so she's been left a bit forgotten.

: Having fired her up again i reallise she's in need of a bit of attenion so I've been surfing with an aim to rewire and came across the guitarsite.

: I bought her 2nd hand in 1977ish for £75 which was an absolute fortune. I've had her set her up to a great action. Over the years there's been the poo poo comments from 'those who know' "it's plywood!!" but they reconsider when they hear the tone and sustain!!

: Rip it up,
: Johnny

i have a Hondo II Les Paul copy 1969 solid swomp ash body its heavey its 22 frets on a shourt neck and i need to replace the fingerboard can any one help me fined the corect size of this fingerboard please mike at twicflic@gmail.com

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I'm fixing up my brother-in-law's Hondo II, which he got off a mate for next to nothing.

It's not working, has a broken bridge, is missing the nut and a fret board inlay. Lucky for me I have all the parts & wiring off another LP (a mate was gonna paint the body, and um, his parent's threw it out in a cleanup).

I've told him these guitars are semi-collectable, so he's pretty happy with his score.

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Semi-collectible? These guitars are getting even more rare as the days go by. I was on eBay the other day and I was trying to find other Hondo II Les Paul copies for sale. The funny thing was that I could not find any! I am the guy who thought I had a $300 buyer for my 1974 Hondo II Les Paul copy back in September of 2007. I still firmly believe that my guitar is worth $300 all day long without its hardshell case. I bought a TKL hardshell case for the Hondo in October of 2007 which came with a 1995 Samick Artist Series Les Paul copy. I ended up getting $200 for the Samick on eBay even though it had messed up tuners. What a nice axe but I needed the money. As for my Hondo, I will continue to keep it until I receive an offer I'm comfortable with. If anyone is interested, I want $400 for the Hondo plus the hardshell case.

: I'm fixing up my brother-in-law's Hondo II, which he got off a mate for next to nothing.

: It's not working, has a broken bridge, is missing the nut and a fret board inlay. Lucky for me I have all the parts & wiring off another LP (a mate was gonna paint the body, and um, his parent's threw it out in a cleanup).

: I've told him these guitars are semi-collectable, so he's pretty happy with his score.

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Hey, first girl around here?
I'm in Argentina, I have just bought my Hondo II today at an auction sale. I want to know everything about her... or him, I guess it's a she. And "she" it's at the luthier now, getting beautiful, so I can't wait to play it at home! I read great things about it but I want to learn more. So if you have any information, let me know!
Greetings from Buenos Aires,
Clara V.

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You could be the first girl around here, heh. Congratulations on your guitar purchase! I had no idea that Hondo guitars were produced in Argentina. If you would like to find out more about your Hondo II, please let me know and I will try to help.

: Hey, first girl around here?
: I'm in Argentina, I have just bought my Hondo II today at an auction sale. I want to know everything about her... or him, I guess it's a she. And "she" it's at the luthier now, getting beautiful, so I can't wait to play it at home! I read great things about it but I want to learn more. So if you have any information, let me know!
: Greetings from Buenos Aires,
: Clara V.

Not produced in Argentina!

Hi, just dropping by to clarify a little mistake here... No, ... definetly Hondos are not produced in Argentina (we have astonishing luthiers doing great guitars here though...).

I own a 1979 Hondo II Les Paul, and it is in great shape. I traded it for a painting of mine some 15 years ago. It has been my main guitar since then, regardless the fact that I have other three good axes and had an american Fender Stratocaster for a long time.
Never mind the plywood body! It sounds amazigly good: great sustain, warm tone, very similar to a Gibson. Has two Dimarzios and I use it with flatwound strings. The sound is very similar to the gibson in the band The XX.

I was surprised yerterday when I saw one in an internet marketplace (same model as mine, but redwine. mine is black) and they were asking some 400 U$S dollars. Last time I did a search some 2 years ago, there was one for 180 U$S... I guess they will wind up being a real collector's item. Who knows how much will they end up costing?

I will not sell mine anyway....

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I purchased a Hondo II new in 1978 from Texas Toms Music in Houston, Texas. Paid 199.99 and had a set of Grovers put on for $40 bucks. I have played it since then and still play it every week. It is blonde and has the number HDLP-2N on neckplate. Had to have it refretted last year. I have never pick up any guitar that has the feel or the sound. It has the original open coil humbuckers. I have no idea of the value. I found this site looking up some old Epiphone guitars that i have. Epiphone has a site that with serical numbers will give you where it was made, what year and production number. Anyone know of a Hondo site like this. Curious if this may be one of the mistakes.

hondo II

Hey James,

I exchanged a squier stratocaster against a hondo II (hdlp 2N, a blonde lp-copy like yours) yesterday. I've found a site with some reviews on hondo guitars:
http://reviews.harmony-central.com/reviews/Guitar/brand/Hondo
maybe you've already found it too. Do you have any other interesting information on this guitar, or tips?
I really like it and I think I did a good deal. How about you?
Oh, and one thing I read and really liked it that it originally has Dimarzio humbuckers. It sounds great for what i've heard of it.

greetings from belgium

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: Can anyone tell me when Hondo II made the Les Paul copies?
: I picked one up.....I have torn it apart and found zip...No
: numbers at all.

I have a hondo2 L.P. copy I bought at a flea market about 15 yrs. ago for $5 ! It was in very ruff shape.
I actually gave it to a neighbor's kid to learn on and i guess he got bored of it. I found it in the dumpster and picked it back out! I would love to know where it was before i got it, lol.
But , it is an awesome guitar for what it is.
I put a few new pieces on it but I think the neck has seen better days . I had it adjusted but it still buzzes at the bottom.
It is a solid body and like most of yours' it has no #'s and I cant find any info on getting parts.

IF ANYONE HAS ANY INFO ON HONDO OR WHERE TO GET PARTS FOR THIS on-going restoration project , PLEASE email me. Thanx.

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I just bought one for $80. It says "Hardo II" on the headstock rather than "Hondo II" A long time ago I read a story on the net about a mistake made at the factory. Supposedly, the ones with the errors on the headstock are rare and possibly worth some money.

By the way, mine has the numbers "HDLP-2W1" on the neck-plate. that's probably the model number cuz my buddy's Hondo II (his doesn't have the error) has the same number.

My Hondo sounds better than my Epiphone LP. I can't believe the amazing tones I can get from this thing. Perhaps somebody should start a website about Hondos.

If anybody knows anything else about the error on the headstock, please tell me.

: Can anyone tell me when Hondo II made the Les Paul copies?
: I picked one up.....I have torn it apart and found zip...No
: numbers at all.

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I just got one of these at a garage sale for $50. The cool thing is the guy knew nothing about it and sold it to me in a real Les Paul case. The case is probably worth 3 times what I paid for both.

It's a great looking guitar in pristine condition. It looks like it porbably just sat around for years.

Anyway, mine has a sticker on it with what appears to be a serial number. As with everyone else though I can't find any info to date this guitar. I'd love more info.

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I just picked up what I believe is a Hondo (nothing on head)and it has the serial number hd740w on neck plate - is it a Hondo?

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I have a Hondo 742 delux Les Paul that I bought in Virginia and have had since 1982. beautiful guitar! great burgundy flame finish.tiger maple top, set neck , rose wood fingerboard. pearl inlay,cream color binding. plays awsome. they were made from 1978 to 1982 till the Gibson lawsuit shut down production, not so much for the exact shape of a les paul, so much as the exact shape of the gibson copywrited "mustache shape" of the headstock. as I have heard the set neck varietys were made in japan, and some of the bolt on variety were made in koria, but I have no idea how many , or when.
great guitars though. treat it nice.
as I said, I've had mine over 20 years now.
db
Fallon Nevada USA

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Wow...didn't know a few of you out there had hondo II's.....I inherited mine from my uncle who has like 8 guitars... He rebuilt it a lil in 1984... I put Grover Machine heads on it (in lieu of those cheap tuners...) and overall it plays pretty good.. (I have a 2000 Fender Strat for "good" stuff lol..) but the hondo is a workhorse

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i have a late 60's - early 70's hondo strat copy. it is, in all aspects, the most wonderful guitar i've ever played. it sounds better than a fender. i payed 90$ for it :)

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: Can anyone tell me when Hondo II made the Les Paul copies?
: I picked one up.....I have torn it apart and found zip...No
: numbers at all.

Hi,

Wow... i've got a Hondo II Les Paul copy, had it for about 20 years (my sister bought it for me for £40!). Great guitar, i do however have a PRS CE22 now.. but still like my Hondo. Just never play it, anyone interested in buying it I might consider it just as long as I know she'll be looked after

Mike

m.phillipson@btinternet.com

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Hi
Just looking for other Hondo II Les Paul owners and spotted your postings... Do you still have one?

I brought my Hondo II Les Paul brand-new back in 1977 when I was 16, I've still got the thing! Only problem is that I didn't touch it for almost 20 years (got married and had kids, an-so-on) now i'm trying to play again.. I'm building a replica of a Matchless Spitfire tube Amp to go with the very blue, grubby sounding (cool) humbucker pickups...

Cheers from
Chris

Melbourne, Victoria
Australia.

: Can anyone tell me when Hondo II made the Les Paul copies?
: I picked one up.....I have torn it apart and found zip...No
: numbers at all.

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I have a brown Hondo Les-Clone. Bought it at Pawn exchange for $70. After I put a good set of strings on it, I adjusted the action and pluged it in. What I found is that I had simply the best squeal I have ever heard on a guitar. After playing many Les Paul Copies I expected it to be good, but not like the phenomenal sound I heard coming from the amp.

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I have one as well,
its dark red wood with the name Mansfield printed over Hondo II. It took me a while to figure out what make it was untill I found out that it is an 80s copy of a Gibson L5s. It has a set neck and is worth about $400.00.
iM still trying to find any info about it so if you come accross any please let me know thanks

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: Can anyone tell me when Hondo II made the Les Paul copies?
: I picked one up.....I have torn it apart and found zip...No
: numbers at all.
hey i just been given one and it needs slight repair but it sounds unbelievable do you know moch about it

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I got this guitar from my grandpa and i want to know how much its worth can you help[ me

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hey, i just bought one for 75 bucks from my uncle. post something if anyone knows mucha about them

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: hey, i just bought one for 75 bucks from my uncle. post something if anyone knows mucha about them
I've have one that my late mamaw gave me before she died and it is in perfect shape it still has the paper stuff over the plastic guards and still has the inspected by sticker on it.Its a blonde that she had said she bought it in 1974 it has a sticker that says HLP-2N on the back just wondering what it is worth.

HLP-2N

One of the least popular models made by Hondo the HLP-2N, was pretty to look at great to play and has an amazing range. Downsides, the machine heads are crap and need to be replaced, the bridge saddles have very little in the way of fine tuning and the pots tend to produce immense static at the 8-10 range. Overall a nice axe, value....to a collector around $300 to $500 to an average Joe looking for another guitar to use in his garage band, maybe $80 to $125 depending on the condition of the body and neck.
My 13 year old son has one that was given to him, after about $50 invested for new machine heads, bridge , truss rod cover and a set of strings all at wholesale price, he has a real player on his hands, feels and sounds like the real thing, even has real D'Marzio humbucker pickups in it from the factory. In its day it was a hidden treasure for under $500, today depending on condition, it can be parts or a real player. Most of the ones I've seen are all in use except for one on Ebay that the seller is asking like $125 just for the body and neck with no guts. That is in no way worth it, the value is in the Humbuckers and the Mustache Headstock, those two characteristics make the Hondo II series of LP clones the best for the buck, well at least in their heyday. Rock it, mellow it, drop in some Blues, and just enjoy it, do any work it needs to keep it up, you'll be glad you did.

Bobcat Bigg
Lead Guitarist and singer of DEMS ( Diverse Extreme Music Styles)

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i just bought one for 90 bucks at a pawn shop. after a quick change out of the strings and a small adjustment to the bridge, this thing plays and sounds incredible. now i don't know what to do, 'cause i bought it to break on stage. it might be too cool to do that now.

also, i can't find any numbers, either. is hondo a shady company or something?!!

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: hey, i just bought one for 75 bucks from my uncle. post something if anyone knows mucha about them

i have a hondo 2 les paul but the neck needs repairing my uncle bought it brand new in 1978 its sounds amazing

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i had one i got it for £80 it has to be the best guitar ive owned... i regret selling it. i havent seen any more since and that was 3 yrs ago.
if any one knows where i can get one online plz e-mail me a link.

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