Hondo Strat Copy (Circa 1977) Reviews 2

The body is quite heavy and it stays in tune quite well. The neck is quite good too. The action is pretty good too - very easy to play. The fact that this instrument was (and is) worth nothing encouraged me to play around with the settings. I have used it to experiment with alternative pickups and wiring configurations. I even re-fretted it 20 years ago (never again).

All in all, apart from the wiring quality and the frets - see below - the overall quality was reasonable considering it is a 1970's cheap copy. The bridge was more like a Telecaster bridge (not a very good one at that) and there was no tremolo. The bridge also had a large chrome-plated cover over it - like the sort you see on some Fender basses. This became an ashtray as it served no practical purpose. Since then I have given up smoking so it has absolutely no practical purpose now.

The original wiring setup was appalling. A good range of Strat-like sounds could be produced and the pickups were (and still are) not too bad. However, it produced a lot of hum and the potentiometers and three-way switch became very crackly very quickly - cleaning didn't get rid of the noise. It broke down a few times at gigs and too could never be relied on. The wiring inside was of a very poor quality and the frets wore down very quickly - a prime candidate for major surgery. Since then the pots and switch have been replaced several times and the pickups have been wired every which way.

Harry rated this unit 2 on 2004-11-03.

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