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Any Idea Where This Hondo II was Made

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ronin614, Oct 30, 2017.

  1. ronin614


    May 15, 2008
    New York
    The title pretty much says it all. Is there any way to tell whether this was made in Korea or Japan? The seller says its from the late 70s

    Any input is appreciated.

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  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
  3. Skybone


    Jun 20, 2016
    IIRC, most Hondo II's from the mid-70's to the mid/late-80's were MIJ's.

    Once Japanese production costs started to rise mid/late-80's, we saw the rise of Japanese brands employing Korean manufacturer's in a bid to maximize production & minimize costs (much as we've seen the Chinese manufacturer's take over from the Koreans in the last 5-10 years).
  4. ronin614


    May 15, 2008
    New York
    Are they decent? I know they're inexpensive, but are they any good? I'm talking specifically of the ones with the "fender" headstock
  5. ronin614


    May 15, 2008
    New York
    Oh, and thanks for the input. :)
  6. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    The oversized control knobs in that configuration would cause inadvertent turn-down while playing issues. (for me anyway) And is it a short scale bass? Looks like an inexpensive beginner bass at best.
  7. Skybone


    Jun 20, 2016
    Are they decent?

    There in lies the question...

    The only thing that I would say, is that you would need to play it & find out for yourself.
  8. What I don't like about these early/cheap MIJ basses is the headstock. Maybe it's just cosmetics, but a headstock that is made out of three pieces of wood? Looks so cheap.

    Seems very common for early or cheap MIJ Fender copies prior to Tokai/Fender (Squier).
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2017
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