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NBD 80’s Hondo Deluxe Series 808 Short Scale

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gene Doctor, Aug 16, 2020.

  1. Gene Doctor

    Gene Doctor

    Jan 14, 2014
    Malvern, PA
    Just got this 30” short scale Hondo Deluxe Series 808 off of Craigslist for $100, including the case. Needs some work (the brass bridge will hopefully clean up nice with some brass cleaner, needs new strings, etc) but I’ve been looking for a fun travel bass and this fits the ticket.
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  2. Joe Nerve

    Joe Nerve Supporting Member

    Oct 7, 2000
    New York City
    Endorsing artist: Musicman basses
    Looks like a pretty good score to me :) . Congrats and enjoy!!!!!
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  3. Gene Doctor

    Gene Doctor

    Jan 14, 2014
    Malvern, PA
    I talked them down from $175 as the input jack wasn’t accessible to test it out - hopefully it works or is an easy fix. I’ll post more pics once I get it all set up.
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  4. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    For $100 you did okay, I think... especially if the output jack is an easy fix.

  5. Killing Floor

    Killing Floor Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2020
    Austin, TX
    Right on. Jacks are easy. Plus it's not like a pickup stops working. So you know you can make it right. Super cool and good deal. Enjoy.
  6. Gene Doctor

    Gene Doctor

    Jan 14, 2014
    Malvern, PA
    Just needed a washer and nut for the output jack to attach it to the pickguard. Plugged it in - the bass works and sounds pretty good even with the rusty strings (surprisingly deep low end). More pics to come after I clean it all up and put some new flats on it.
    wraub likes this.
  7. Gene Doctor

    Gene Doctor

    Jan 14, 2014
    Malvern, PA
    Here are some pics of the bass all cleaned and set up. There was a loose wire that needed to be re-soldered and the brass bridge got a bit cleaner but it’s still badly tarnished. Plays really well - neck is surprisingly comfortable even though it is 17mm string spacing. Sounds pretty good with the original pickups and pots - shielding didn’t really help the buzz I get in my basement. Overall a great hundred dollar find!
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  8. Gene Doctor

    Gene Doctor

    Jan 14, 2014
    Malvern, PA
    Doh! Yes, OUTPUT jack.
    wraub likes this.
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