I have a Hondo Mandolin Company (1969) in great shape. I don't know how old it is, but when I bought it in 2000 it was called "vintage mandolin". The articles I've read about this instrument say that Hondo Mandolin Company 1969, as it is on the headstock, was formed around 1999. There were Hondos before that and I'm pretty sure this is one of the earlier ones. This one was made in America of spruce top and maple back. The back and top may be plywood with a veneer, I'm not sure. The purfling or binding is actual, not painted, as you can see the difference and a seam through the laquer. It's not visible but if you check the shine across a light, you can see that the binding was applied, rather than painted on. Binding is probably plastic. Inside the wood is very clean and there is corner blocking for reinforcement. This I know to be a quality of a better instrument.
This mandolin is an A body with a sound hole like an acoustic guitar, rather than f-holes. It has a good, thick sound, even on old, rusty strings. I've played it maybe 20 times since I bought it in 2000.. mostly campfire get-togethers.
Why all the information?
Money is tight and I was just sacked a couple weeks ago.
If anyone is interested in this instrument, please email me, call me or send me a text and I will be happy to respond with pictures, audio clips and whatever else you may wish to make your decision. I will ship to anyone in the world, once proceeds are received.
$75 american dollars.
Yes, that's right.. $75 Dollars U.S. plus actual shipping costs can net you this nice, vintage mandolin.
The instrument comes in a paper hardshell case and will be boxed and padded and insured.
This is a real and serious offering.
I also have a Hohner brand dreadnaught acoustic guitar.. all mahogany top sides and back. It is for sale as well, also $75 plus shipping charges.