Is this just a cheap bass or is a hondo 80's p bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JuanLL97, Jun 30, 2019.

  1. JuanLL97


    Jun 24, 2019
    I was at a pawn Shop and found this ver very cheap, like 100 USD (1,800 mexican pesos)
    I know it's not a fender, just a decal, but in another group several people told me it might be a Hondo 80's or 70's p bass, just with another neck
    I like the battered and beaten style that it has and if it actually is a 80's bass I would like to have it, for a future project
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  2. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    o_O At a hundred bucks, I'd snap it up in a heartbeat.
  3. For that money grab it.
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  4. JuanLL97


    Jun 24, 2019
    I would like to know if it is really a bass of the 80's and not just a cheap Chinese bass very mistreated, if it is from the 80's for me it is good to be in that condition
  5. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    Lots of cheap Chinese basses are better than the 80’s Hondos I have played.
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  6. To me it looks like an old bass, and not a cheap Chinese one. Never seen a cheap Chinese one that is string through.
  7. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug

    The string through is usually a good indication of "not a cheap bass".
  8. tpaul

    tpaul Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    Could be a Hondo or Epiphone body. Looks like a cheap aftermarket neck that someone installed an aluminum nut on.

    The string through feature doesn't necessarily indicate it wasn't a cheap bass. The Epiphone Accu-bass was string through IIRC.
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  9. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    The bridge looks very Hondo/Epiphone.
  10. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol

    80s Hondos ARE cheap basses.
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2019
  11. The word Chinese seems to have disappeared from the op,s post. Second bit anyway.
  12. What’s interesting is the truss rod adjustment is at the heel. And it’s got old full size tuners.
    If it’s an Eppi body, it’s probably plywood - if that matters to you.
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  13. sears

    sears Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2005
    ec, md
    Straight ferrules on the back used to be an indicator of quality but I dunno in the age of CNC. If I liked playing it I'd get it for a hundred
  14. Wisebass


    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    Hola Juan :)

    I like it too but...

    Don' t tell anybody! :D

    Haggle amigo, haggle!!!!

    I hope these are enough arguments to get you a better price! ;)

    1) Whatever it was,it was never a highpriced bass! And you can get a cheap new one for $100!

    2) The neck was replaced, because the original neck was crap!

    3) And the replacement is a no name aftermarket with a fake! illegal Fender logo.

    4) It has black water stains (was probably stocked in a basement)

    5) It has a lot of fret wear and it is in an unplayable condition. That neck is toast and has to be replaced.

    6) The pickup polepieces have disappeared.

    7) And someone did a horrible paint job on that pickup covers.

    8) The body needs a complete refinish too!

    Never say anything good! :D

    Offer 900 pesos and have fun! :hyper::hyper::hyper:

    And now go and get it! :laugh:

    may the bass be with you

  15. nilorius

    nilorius Inactive

    Oct 27, 2016
    Riga - Latvia
    On this case, everything depends on sound. If you like it, take it, but it's definetly none hondo or fender.
  16. Williethump


    Sep 10, 2017
    The Epiphone Accu-bass was string through IIRC.
    My Epi 'bat-wing' Accu-bass was not string-through. hdsc05905.jpg
  17. Rib 13

    Rib 13 Supporting Member

    Jun 20, 2006
    Judging from the bridge, its either a Hondo or a Lotus from the early or mid money is on a Lotus

    This is a Lotus:

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  18. BassFishingInAmerica


    Jul 24, 2014
    Whatever it is, that's a nice neck. Maple fb, skunk stripe, adjusts at the heel, and decent tuners. Those tuners were typical on many of the Japanese lawsuit basses. The neck is probably the best part of the bass. I had an old Hondo. It had a rectangular part cut out of the body at the neck heel to adjust a special truss that stuck out into the body.
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  19. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    That is a real Fender, probably a beat up Roadworn Precision. I would be there waiting for the store to open.
  20. Clark W

    Clark W Just Say No To Tort! Supporting Member

    Aug 26, 2018
    My Epi is a string through.
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