Here we have an interesting piece from Hondo, an H-1052 Lead II copy with a Fender Lead II neck. Produced between 1979 and 1982, the Fender Lead series (I, II, and III) was designed for budget minded players looking for the feel and sound of a Strat. The “Professional” series from Hondo came out around the same time and featured medium grade Fender and Gibson copies, produced to try and bring some quality back to the Hondo brand. Judging by this instrument, that may just have worked, as this instrument, aided no doubt by the genuine Fender neck, is actually a fine player with a decent sound. The pick-ups sound quite nice, especially the neck pick-up, and the phase switch adds a new tonal possibility to the instrument. This piece does have some wear on it, with some bumps and nicks and a significant paint chip next to the bottom strap button. There is also some finish cracking at the neck joint, but it is not serious and does not affect the guitar’s playability. The Fender neck is dated between 1979 and 1981 and the Motsumoku made body is dated to 1980. Despite being a bit of a “Frankenguitar”, this axe plays surprisingly well for a budget line instrument, and the sounds are diverse and powerful. This instrument is quite the diamond in the rough, in this player’s opinion. Sorry, no case on this one.
7/10 (very good condition) ~1980 Made in the USA/Japan
7 lbs. 7 oz.
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