#1
Hi, I have a "Hondo II" Les Paul knockoff guitar. I would like some help in identifying it, IE Year etc... I have some pics as well, there was a repair slip with the guitar from 1993. It was my grandpa's guitar and he died and it has sat unused for a wile and I have taken interest and want to learn it. So here are the pics and thanks for any help you can give me.....









#3
Thanks, do I have a decent guitar for learning and stuff? From what you know, say I was buying new what is it comparable to. An Epi Les Paul or what? I have no experience at all with guitars and this is my first one but it seems to sound decent, however I probably at this point couldnt tell a MIA Strat from a Squier.... Thanks for the help!
#4
playability wise it is probably amazing, much like most of the lawsuit guitars, but hondo used cheap-ass budget wood, so no matter what you do, it will never sound "awesome" but it will be excellent to learn on. go get it setup at a local music store and you will be golden.
#5
actually. that has some thick binding, it mgiht be a high-dollar one. Could you take the screws out of the plate on the back of the guitar, and take a picture of the cavity at an angle with good lighting? i want to see if its ply-wood or not.
#6
I've played a couple of Hondo Les Pauls and they all play well, just not always the best tone. Like LP Addict said, can you take a photo where we can see the bare wood to see what it's made out of.

As for being a good guitar to learn on...definitely. It's alot better than most people start with and more importantly, you're starting an art using your grandpa's tool. That's special man.
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#7
Ok, sounds like I have no need to get a new guitar for a while. I have to ask, what does a "setup" consist of? Thanks for all the help! So this is one of the Japanese ones? Here are the pics...



#8
Setup usually refers to things like intonation, adjusting action, any necessary truss rod adjustments, etc. Try doing a search for some of those terms, there should be lots of great threads.
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#10
Well, thanks a lot for the help guys! It is helpful to know that my equipment is viable. Say if down the road I want to make it sound a little better would a pickup change help alot? I understand that the ones with the good wood and DiMarzio pickups sound quite good, how much would my sound improve with a nice set of pickups?
#11
Hmm, it would improve it a bit. The majority of your tone is from the amp though (and your fingers) so don't worry about pickups for a while.
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#12
sweetness you got one in nice shape i collect thes things but they seem to get stolen quite often and almot always show up on my front lawn with the paint scrathed clear off durring a rainstorm. not to self keep guitars in locked rooms. but yeah its a sweet ass guitar with alittle modifications. i'll buy it off you
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