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YA NBD: A great (not a) P Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ThuzzleFump, May 28, 2017.

  1. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    My compulsion to collect instruments that are just a little different is never-ending. Here's a blast from the past: Hondo Longhorn Bass. It shares the style and the 24 frets of the Dano, but otherwise it's basically a rockin' P-bass in Danelectro drag.

    This bass is phenomenal. Built like a tank, super low action, obvious great access to the higher frets, and all the tone and impact of a heavy body and massive brass bridge. It's near-mint, sounds killer, and plays like a dream. I hope you enjoy these shots and comments.

    Full shot. 34 inch scale, brass nut and bridge. Heavyish, tone and sustain for days.

    Here's a closer look at the body and the lower part of the neck. I guess we'd call these vintage size frets today. I like 'em. Neck is genuinely "fast," even if that's hard to define objectively. Let's just say that I ripped through some T Rex, Deep Purple, Golden Earring, and Mott. Pickup is DiMarzio (Hondo was moving upmarket with some instruments) and sounds GREAT.

    Minty as a mouth full of LifeSavers. Those ancient strings ring and growl like new Roto 66s just because of the mass and general solidity of the instrument.

    If you ever call me a knob, I'm going to tell me you are talking about these and take it as a compliment. Those little serrations are unusual. I've seen the switch called a "bass booster" but since it's a passive instrument, it's maybe a low-pass filter? I don't know and it's so nicely put together I don't want to take it apart to find out. It makes a bit of difference in tone.


    Back when men were men and the coolest bridges were brass. It *is* a pretty sweet bridge.

    The back is like the front, but with a little less stuff on it. Good look at the finish here. The pics have a little bit of a green cast to them. The color is warmer in real life. Honestly, it's not my first choice of a color, but it was 1981, after all.

  2. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    That's super clean if nothing else.
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  3. rllefebv


    Oct 17, 2000
    Newberg, Oregon
    Awesome score!!

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  4. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    Yeah. It's near-new. Not sure it was ever played. It's that clean.
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  5. Ophiothrix


    Aug 4, 2016
    Good grief, that's got to be early to mid 80s at the very latest, right? Was the previous owner keeping it a vacuum chamber or something?

    Never seen or heard of these before in spite of being a big Danny and Longhorn fan; I want one!
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  6. garp


    Feb 7, 2009
    Connecticut USA
    Ha! Congrats.
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  7. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    Yup. 1981. Seems to have spent most of its time in the case. Under the bed, I imagine.
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  8. What does it weigh? How does it hang on a strap?
  9. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    Not quite 10 lb. Hangs well. Best played a bit low.
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  10. e-flat


    Jun 15, 2009
    Washington State
    This is identical to my old Hondo. Loved that bass! Congratulations on a great score.
    The switch is a parallel / series switch for the Model P PU, btw.
  11. Low8

    Low8 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    The P-Horn.
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  12. bobba66


    May 18, 2006
    Arlington, Texas
    Very nice.:woot:
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  13. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    Thank you. Doesn't seem to do much. Tips?
  14. YAy!!!
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  15. I'd trade my Dano Longhorn for that any day of the week! I'll have to keep my eyes open for one.
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  16. Another very cool Hondo from days gone by :D Congratulations.
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  17. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    Thanks. There's a doubleneck 8/4 on Reverb right now. Don't imagine I didn't think about it...:D
  18. e-flat


    Jun 15, 2009
    Washington State
    Hmm... The switch on mine made a noticeable difference. One position was quite a bit hotter & thicker than the other.
    Perhaps its been modded to only give one wiring option if the previous owner didn't use the other? Just a thought.
  19. I've wanted one of those Honda longhorns for a long time. They always seem to be just a little too much even when I have extra money.

    The knurled knobs like that are also my favorite version of speed knobs.

    Congrats, sir. Color me jealous.drool:smug::thumbsup:
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  20. Fat Freddy

    Fat Freddy Supporting Member

    Feb 23, 2016
    Albany NY
    Nice, nice nice :thumbsup::)
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