The Coyote was originally designed by famed luthier Mark Erlewine for guitarist Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top. The story goes that Mark agreed to let Hondo build it without telling Billy, and so his name was not put on it or used in marketing. There are persistent rumors that they were made by Tokai, but these are ENTIRELY FALSE. Disproven by examples with "Made in Korea" stickers and Samick's Baseball QC sticker still intact. However, it does say something for the quality of what Samick was putting out at the time for that confusion to persist.


  • 1985

1985 CYT-1 CH


  • Solid 3-pc Korina body
  • Belly carve


  • Set-in Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with dot inlays
  • Silkscreened headstock logo over color-matched headstock
  • 22 frets
  • 25.5" scale
CYT baseball

CYT-1 with Baseball and "Made in Korea" stickers intact


  • Bound body (front and back), neck and headstock
  • Fret edge binding


  • One Jin-Ah DiMarzio style humbucker
  • 1 Master Volume


  • Chrome hardware
  • Truss rod cover with Sunrise logo silkscreen
  • Black "notched" speed knob
  • Vintage-style, 4 point hardtail bridge (Gold finish)


  • Cherry (CH)

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