Guitar Man Joe brought us another funky classic—a tobacco sunburst Hondo II Les Paul copy. Joe even has the original sales receipt for this guitar, bought for $120 in June 1980 at Sam Ash in Paramus, NJ!
Home Repairs Gone Bad
These instruments are praised for the quality of their construction, with a lineage that goes back to the famed Matsumoku factory in Japan and the Samick-run factory in Korea. Joe’s Hondo II is a beefy beauty; she weighs in at 8.5 lbs but feels heavier. She came to us in rough shape—a broken input jack, a bowed neck, and a backwards bridge pickup, pickup rings, and tune-a-matic bridge.
Cleaned-up and repaired—including installing a chrome pick-up cover and a black selector switch tip—the Hondo II was back in action. This almost 40-year-old instrument plays and sounds great, delivering a vintage Gibson tone, with classic clarity and crunch courtesy of the DiMarzio bridge pick-up.
Check out Guitar Man Joe’s Hondo II on the tracks below!