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PostPosted: Sun Mar 30, 2014 10:36 pm    Post subject: N(old)GD Reply with quote

Got this yesterday 31 every bit of ply is a tone wood (only joking) the one working pickup (the neck) does sound decent enough as long as you don't touch the pots cause they crackle like bacon in a frying pan. Neck feels nice and the body is in pretty good nick. Going to do an 'old black' on the cheap... Stick the X-trem on and order a GFS firebird pickup to replace the knackered bridge pickup and a mean/dream 90 for the neck.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 4:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I want one of those Hondos with the bolt on neck and tummy cut. I saw one at Guitar Center I really liked, but the neck was warped/twisted.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 6:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's a sweet Hondo! And a sweet deal as well!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 31, 2014 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Been playing it a fair bit tonight (with a set of strings i got free with a magazine) not a bad guitar. bridge pickup is totally dead, have ordered the new pickups pots and switch. Don't get why these are slated so much for having a plywood body (good green credentials) sounds good and is quite resonant, feels a bit like danelectro have build a Les Paul... Looking forward to the new pickups and getting the X-trem on it.


Ps: sounds fuck all like a real Les Paul...
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like a good project
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Continued... I think this must be why they get a bad press. I used to own a CSL Les Paul and it did a far more convincing take on the Les Paul sound, still had a bolt on neck but was solid wood and had better pickups, but if you accept the fact that a cheap plywood guitar isn't going to sound like an expensive lump of mahogany but has a pretty good sound of it's own quite jagged/spikey they're not bad at all. I mean a danelectro U2 is vaguely LP / telecaster shaped but isn't going to sound like either... Oh and it stays in tune something that can't be said of every guitar I've bought.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I had one of these and loved it

DEM HONDO II's

The LES MIKE they called it. I don't think mine was plywood though, it was heavy as shit.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike wrote:
I had one of these and loved it

DEM HONDO II's

The LES MIKE they called it. I don't think mine was plywood though, it was heavy as shit.


pretty sure this is ply checked the control cavity kind of hard to tell through the finish,or maybe it's just the grain in the wood? I shall inspect more closely when I'm replacing the electronics. It is Les Paul heavy though.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Having snooped around teh internet, it would seem these were made by samick (or Tokai according to this site: http://www.music-trade.co.jp/otherhistory2.html)
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Definitely ply...


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 1:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mike wrote:
I had one of these and loved it

DEM HONDO II's

The LES MIKE they called it. I don't think mine was plywood though, it was heavy as shit.


glue is heavier than mahogany
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

IGNORANCE ALERT... What do the caps do, and do all pots need them? As I haven't ordered any.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

dezb1 wrote:
IGNORANCE ALERT... What do the caps do, and do all pots need them? As I haven't ordered any.


im also ignorant for the most part but i think u need capacitor if u want a tone controlllll
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://www.diyguitarmods.com/guitar-capacitors.php
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 03, 2014 2:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On lesters, they're usually wired across the pots rather than from the lug to the back of the tone pot.
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

finally got round to sorting this out, full rewire new pickups and a new nut.



Full cost including parts 53
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks tidy. How was it to set up?
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

love it!
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 22, 2014 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thomas wrote:
Looks tidy. How was it to set up?


Set up with a set of 10s and was no problem after I got the nut sorted. Got a neck like a baseball bat, sounds pretty good definitely more than 53 good.

Old nut:



New nut:


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PostPosted: Sat Aug 23, 2014 9:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice. It's like one of those before and agter pics for dental caps:



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