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NBD: 1972 Hondo 830 Deluxe

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by RawOrange, Jan 22, 2012.


  1. RawOrange

    RawOrange Not really an orange Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2009
    Southeast Wisconsin
    Just picked this up from a guy on craigslist. It's really a great bass. I'd put it up against most Fender P-Basses. Really comfortable to play, and it sounds great. All it needed was a little cleaning up. The previous owner put some SD SPB-3s in.

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  2. Damn. Love it. What kind of lumber is the body?
     
  3. That's one funky looking finish. Funky cool, not funky ugly.
     
  4. That looks awsome!
     
  5. Flyingfrets

    Flyingfrets

    Dec 25, 2011
    Looks like some kind of stained pine. Unusual but pretty cool...
     
  6. mcblahflooper94

    mcblahflooper94

    Aug 31, 2011
    How much did you pay?
     
  7. birdman14

    birdman14

    Feb 7, 2011
    Boston
    I believe that these are made out of mahogany, and this one probably just has a clear coat over it.
     
  8. Hondo, while being a very inexpensive brand, has some quality gear. I ordered an Strat copy with a built-in amp and it played so nice the lead guitarist in the band i was in at the time bought it from me to gig with.

    Nice buy!
     
  9. RawOrange

    RawOrange Not really an orange Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2009
    Southeast Wisconsin
    From what I understand, it is mahogany, but I'm not positive. It's not super heavy though, I'd say about eight and a half pounds. I love the grain, It's super different.

    Also, Mcblah, I paid $100 even for it. I think it was a pretty fair price for a really nice playing bass.
     
  10. mcblahflooper94

    mcblahflooper94

    Aug 31, 2011
    Ergh! Man, you are lucky! I was lurking on the Internet for a steal just like that one for the EXACT model. Lucky you, I hope you treat her well.
     
  11. RawOrange

    RawOrange Not really an orange Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2009
    Southeast Wisconsin
    I'll be sure to let you know if I'm ever looking to sell! ;)
     
  12. mcblahflooper94

    mcblahflooper94

    Aug 31, 2011
    Is that the natural (stock) finish?
     
  13. RawOrange

    RawOrange Not really an orange Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2009
    Southeast Wisconsin
    As far as I know, yes. It doesn't appear to be refinished. I have seen others the same color too.
     
  14. mcblahflooper94

    mcblahflooper94

    Aug 31, 2011
    Ergh! It's soooooo awesome.
     
  15. RawOrange

    RawOrange Not really an orange Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2009
    Southeast Wisconsin
    I hope you find another one man. I'd take this and my '95 Peavey Fury over a Fender Precision any day.

    Does anyone know anything about the serial system used by Hondo? I don't see a serial number anywhere. There is a sticker on the neck plate with what looks to be a model number on it, but no serial number.
     
  16. I believe the body is Japanese ash. My CSB-450 has a similar look.
     
  17. RawOrange

    RawOrange Not really an orange Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2009
    Southeast Wisconsin
    That is entirely possible.

    Does anyone know if these were made in the Matsumoku factory?
     
  18. stambroker

    stambroker Supporting Member

    Aug 12, 2011
    NoVA
    HNBD! That's probably the best finish I've ever seen on a Fender-esque copy!
     
  19. RawOrange

    RawOrange Not really an orange Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2009
    Southeast Wisconsin
    I know! I love it.
     
  20. RawOrange

    RawOrange Not really an orange Supporting Member

    Aug 19, 2009
    Southeast Wisconsin
    Nobody knows about Hondo's dating system? How can it not have a serial?
     

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