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Pre-Owned Hondo Long Horn Guitar Cream Sunburst

Pre-Owned Hondo Long Horn Guitar Cream Sunburst


This vintage 80's Hondo Longhorn is a definite blast from the past. The guitar is in mint condition, with the original case interior in great shape also, but a little bit of wear on the outside. 

Most of us probably know this longhorned guitar shape from the legendary Danelectro Guitarlin. Indeed, this Hondo guitar was intended to be a tribute to that ‘60s beauty. Danelectro went out of business in 1969, yielding to the beginnings of international guitarmaking. Ironically, it was in that same year that the Hondo brand was born, soon to become the first significant guitars coming from Korea. Hondo was owned by International Music Corporation (IMC) of Fort Worth, Texas, which was run by Tommy Moore and Jerry Freed. In 1969 IMC had a relationship with Tokai in Japan and in ’69 traveled to Korea and entered into an agreement with a relatively new company called Samick. IMC upgraded the Samick operation with technology from Tokai and began to import Hondos.

To be honest, the Korean Hondos weren’t all that great, but Hondo kept working with Tokai, and some of its deluxe models continued to be made in Japan like this one. Which brings us to this Hondo Longhorn, which was introduced in 1978. This is actually a swell guitar with a mahogany body and 31-fret fingerboard. It was probably made by Tokai. The active 12-hex-pole pickups were powered by an onboard preamp that let you kick this puppy into overdrive at the flick of a switch. Giddyup!

It’s not clear how long this model was offered by Hondo, but probably only a year or so. Indeed, the Hondo Longhorn itself was the beginning of a post-modern heritage of tributes that includes the early ‘90s hybrids assembled by Tony Mark and the excellent reproductions still made by Nashville’s Jerry Jones. Nevertheless, when you pick up one of these killer, steer-inspired Hondo Longhorns and throw that pre-amp switch, you’re deep in the heart of Texas!

Pre-Owned Hondo Long Horn Guitar Cream Sunburst Features:

  • Made in Japan
  • 31 Frets
  • Rosewood Fretboard
  • Brass Nut
  • Brass Bridge & Saddles
  • Sealed Tuners
  • 12-Hex-Pole Factory Stock Dimarzio Humbucker Pickup
  • Weight: 7 lbs., 4.5 Oz.


  • Original Fitted Brown Hard Case

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