Although this looks an awful lot like a Fender Precision bass, it’s actually made by a company called Hondo. This model is a Hondo Deluxe Series 830 Bass Guitar
According to Wikipedia, “The Hondo guitar company was originally formed in 1969 when Jerry Freed and Tommy Moore of the International Music Corporation (IMC) of Fort Worth, Texas, combined with the recently formed Samick Company. IMC’s intent was to introduce modern manufacturing techniques and American quality standards to the Japanese and Korean guitar manufacturing industry…”
This is bass is part of the collection of my friend Clint Wilson.
When you first see the bass you might think this is another cheap copy of a Fender and it’s not going to be very good at all.
But you’d only be partially correct. Hondos were built to be good copies of other brands. And that they were. Once you start to play this bass, it really does feel and sound like a Precision. I would even go so far as to compare it to my ’75 Precision bass. Well almost, but you get the idea. These basses do pretty well, especially considering the stigma that you might associate with the name.
I don’t know if my friend knew at the time, but this was a good find. These basses are well made and quite collectable. (I’m assuming that the Japanese ones are even more collectable than the Korean versions.) He picked this one up for $160.00 CDN
So if you happen to come across a Hondo at a garage sale, pick it up. You might be pleasantly surprised. I was!