Sunday, 7 April 2013

Hondo "The Sting" 80s pointy headless guitar endorsed by Wonder Woman

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From the early 1980s (circa '83-'84), here we see a Hondo H-795 MR "The Sting" guitar, a relative of the also super-pointy Hondo II H-1 which differs slightly in design by actually having a headstock - and a very pointy headstock at that - thereby significantly increasing the chances of someone getting impaled on stage.

Weirder still, there was even a companion guitar to "The Sting" that looked as if it had been built from an offcut from The Sting's body. I'm not sure what Hondo's marketing people were thinking here; I guess you could stick the two guitars neatly together with velco for a doubleneck that easily converts into two single guitars (but perhaps that's going off into the realms of fantasy). And if that wasn't weird enough for you, they drafted in Wonder Woman to pose with the guitar in the ad. "Random", as the kids say.

This particular Sting is currently listed on eBay with a starting price of $899.99, which is almost unheard of for a Hondo, but as the seller points out only about 50 of these were guitars were produced.

G L Wilson

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7 comments:

  1. been checking out your blog for years now and love it. however, i must point out that that is not Lynda Carter. anyway, keep up the excellent work!

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    1. It's not? Looking closer at the pic I think you're right. It's just some almost "look-alike".

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  2. Hey, I like Son of Da Sting, but does that ad say, 19" scale?

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    1. It's tricky reading it at this magnification (sorry, I didn't have a bigger version of the ad) but it looks like 19".

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  3. I'd say more like "The Stink".

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  4. why that name?just for the pointy shape or for the trebly sound? Hondo guitars weren't so bad in fact.That's why Mr Schaller ( the father and founder of the brand) worked with them quite often. Don't forget that he was a rather close friend of Leo fender and a skillfull maker of machine heads, guitar bridges, pickups and so on...and ,though being really tough when talking business, he didn't engage his name easily or he would have refused to stamp Schaller on guitar parts of any kind if the guitar wasn't ok in terms of quality.

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  5. The bridge/tailpiece looks like the same one as the Erlewine Lazer.

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