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Hondo II

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ChicagoMedic  
4 Feb 2011 13:38 | Quote
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nice belt strap, that rocks
macandkanga  
4 Feb 2011 14:42 | Quote
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Yep. That's it! I have'nt worked on it in a couple of months. I need more luthier tools. I don't know if I should continue to work on it myself or bring it to this guy that will finish it for about $300.
luthier  
4 Feb 2011 16:35 | Quote
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Dude, that's gorgeous. I love Hondo II Guitars.
TyborgHUN  
4 Feb 2011 21:44 | Quote
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OK, guys! The starp is'nt included. The seller is an old gipsy musician in a little hungarian village. Just his wife's sister can use internet. The whole price was 30.000,- HUF. It's about 130 USD.

I'm a jurnalist, but now I'm working in a musical instrument shop, and in my free time i'm restorating guitars. Now I'm working on a Gibson Les Paul Lite '1997. It was in wet place, and the original lackier gone down in little peeces. I will refinish it, and the price will about 100 USD.

TyborgHUN  
4 Feb 2011 21:47 | Quote
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TyborgHUN  
4 Feb 2011 22:01 | Quote
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I have an idea for your headplate. I don't know how it goes in USA, but in Hungary in every hipermarket is a little shop, named Mister Minit, and some others. They repairs shues, copies keys, and makes nameplates from laminated plastic. These plates are laminated from different color flakes, and these guys can make everithing with a CNC miller, what you designed on your computer. I will post a photo of the original headplate, and you can reproduce it whith this way.
The guitar will arrive on monday.
macandkanga  
7 Feb 2011 17:56 | Quote
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Cool TyborgHUN!

I don't think I'm going to restore it to what it looked before. I'm going to keep it natural and glue a veneer on the headstock. I'll post pics as I work on it.

Is that a real Les Paul or a copy? If it's a real one, you got a great deal.

One more thing. Don't worry about your English. As long as we understand each other!
TyborgHUN  
8 Feb 2011 02:20 | Quote
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Thanks!
The Les paul is real, but not myne. I'm just working on it.

The HondoII has arrived!
the pictures:






macandkanga  
8 Feb 2011 10:18 | Quote
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Awesome! Are you restoring it? You will find that it is made well. It is made out of mahogany, maple and walnut. The joints are done well also. The hardware and electronics are kind of cheap though. But as is, it still sounds great1
TyborgHUN  
8 Feb 2011 10:56 | Quote
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Yes. I just turned back neck pickup to the right position. There are "Patent applied for made by goto" (Gotoh) pickups. The sound is wery good "creamy". The tuners are not so good, and in the elecrtonic is some strange thing. For example the 3 little switch is out of circuit. I found a schematic of the original BC Rich. I will restore it.
I want to save it with original parts. Just some little srcews, and the 3th knob lost, but it is Gibsonlike, not to hard to buy one. (or 3)
luthier  
9 Feb 2011 10:23 | Quote
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Hondo II was great. My H II P-Bass is amazing. It's basically an exact replica of a '69 p bass.
macandkanga  
9 Feb 2011 18:21 | Quote
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I bought the chrome version of the Planet waves auto trim locking tunners and the chrome Hipshot hardtail bridge.





EMB5490  
9 Feb 2011 19:01 | Quote
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Reminds me of Jerry Garcias Guitar :)

Approved!
macandkanga  
10 Feb 2011 13:11 | Quote
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I love Jerry Garcias Guitars! Especially the Tiger. You will love this site Emb, if you havent seen it already.

http://obie1.homesite.net/deadcd/garcia_guitars.htm
TyborgHUN  
10 Feb 2011 14:19 | Quote
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Wow!
I love that Hipshot bridge.
But I didn't found a hungarian Hipshot dealer. I must to be satisfied with a sipmple bridge.
I decided to change tuners too, but I don't think about lockings. It's a fix bridge guitar, I think, an oil pattented tunerset is enough.
luthier  
11 Feb 2011 10:07 | Quote
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That bridge is great...
macandkanga  
11 Feb 2011 10:32 | Quote
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Yeah. The bridge is nice and heavy and has stainless steel saddles.
TyborgHUN  
13 Feb 2011 03:49 | Quote
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And 70 USD ... :(
TyborgHUN  
16 Apr 2011 09:54 | Quote
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I found a wery similar bridge from Boston Guitar Parts catalog. Its for about 17 USD. Arrives next week. :)
macandkanga  
17 Apr 2011 22:00 | Quote
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Cool. That should do just right.

I'm obsessed with shaping this guitar! It's coming out great but I should stop. I might over sand it.
macandkanga  
20 Oct 2011 11:14 | Quote
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Well, I'm still sanding! I'm sanding it all by hand with a finer grits of sand paper for fear of sanding away too much with a palm sander. I don't get a chance to get to it too often either. It's coming along though. I put a thin curly maple veneer on the headstock to cover the joint line and that came out pretty good. I also radius sanded the neck to a 12in radius. As you can see, I didn't attempt to remove the white paint in the cavities of the body. That would be way too much work and it will be all covered up anyway. Next is to fine sand all the lines and scratches out and then even finer finish sanding.






macandkanga  
23 Jun 2012 22:12 | Quote
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I'm done! Well, not all done. I still need new pickups and electronics but this is it for now. I made it fretless. It sounds so cool.


macandkanga  
23 Jun 2012 22:15 | Quote
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macandkanga  
23 Jun 2012 22:16 | Quote
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GuitarGeorge  
24 Jun 2012 07:18 | Quote
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Wow, that guitar is looking amazingly good.
Guitarslinger124  
24 Jun 2012 11:06 | Quote
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Awesome dude! You gotta post a video of you paying it now. I can't wait to hear it. So cool.


Rock on!
macandkanga  
24 Jun 2012 17:59 | Quote
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Thanks you guys! As soon as I get pickups I'll post a video.
DarkRiff  
24 Jun 2012 18:40 | Quote
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I applaud thee, especially for making it a fretless. The guitar really looks beautiful. I hope you're keeping that natural wood look.
Aymen  
25 Jun 2012 11:02 | Quote
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Paint it BLACK! *.*
Antho792  
5 Mar 2014 13:00 | Quote
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Hi hommies!

As I also have a Hondo II guitar (Sg copy 74-75), I read all the posts to see if you had already dealt with a similar problem but it seems that you didn't so here I am with my question! ;)

So, I found in a friend's garage a Hondo II EG-502 but in a really bad state (mic unplugged, ...) and I'd like to know whether it's worth spending time repairing it or not ^^

Here is the link to the pictures (https://www.dropbox.com/home/HONDO%20II)

And if you have any information about it (origins, value, types of pickups, ...), they are welcome! :)

Thanks a lot

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macandkanga  
17 Mar 2014 21:22 | Quote
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I don't know. If you want to repair it only for the potential vintage value it may have, you might be wasting your time. I did this project just for the experience and to have something cool and different.
philroyce  
7 Jun 2014 17:04 | Quote
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I was givin the exact same guitar when I was around 13 and I still Have it. I am 47 about to 48. I suppose it was a year old when I got it. That would make it about 35 years old. I still have mine by the way. It is being restored also. one thing I have to get is a brass nut which it originally came with.It was a great sounding Guitar with great sustain.
It was my first guitar and I have had many since. I Cant wait to get it finished.
macandkanga  
9 Jun 2014 21:13 | Quote
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That's cool philroyce. I've had mine since sometime in the 80s too. I made the mistake of making it fretless. It's cool and all but I find that I never play it. One day when I have the time and money I'll put frets back on.
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