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The H-935, introduced in 1981, was Hondo's Korean-made Gibson ES-335 copy. Considered one of their best models, it was developed using techniques learned from Matsumoku and Tokai. In fact, it's really more of a copy of the Professional Series H-1060 than a Gibson, strictly speaking. The H-935 was finally phased out in 1989 as Hondo ended production and Samick switched focus to it's own brand, but it essentially lived on as the Samick SARC-302 (later; SAN-450).
82 January ad

1982 ad featuring Deluxe Series H-935 BS (Version 1)

All H-935 models were made in Incheon, Korea by Samick.

Related models:

H-935 (Deluxe Series)

81 H935

1981 H-935 BS (Version 1)

The H-935 was first introduced as a Deluxe Series model in 1981. These early models can be identified by their similarity to the H-1060; a smaller pickguard, gold hardware, brass nut, gold speed knobs and Hondo II Script logo . In late 1981/early 1982, it switched to the newer Sunrise logo and black speed knobs. Shortly after, the logo changed to a large Deluxe Series logo in the center of the headstock, often with no Hondo logo at all. Finally, the Deluxe Series logo moved to the truss rod cover and the Sunrise logo was always included. However, the changes in features were gradual and not always universal, so these are just general guidelines.

  • ~1981-1982 (Version 1 & 2)
  • ~1983-1984 (Version 2, 3 & 4)
  • $359.95 MSRP (1983)

Body:

  • Laminated Nato arched top, back & sides
  • Book-matched striped Nato veneer, top and back (Version 1 & 2)
  • Laminated Maple arched top, back & sides (N, CS & HS)
  • Nato center block
  • 1 3/4" thick
81 H935 heel

Set-in neck detail

Neck:

Binding:

  • Celluloid
  • Single-ply body, front and back (Version 1)
  • Single-ply body, painted f-holes (Version 2)
  • Single-ply body (painted f-holes) and neck (Version 3)
  • Single-ply body (painted f-holes), neck and headstock (Version 4)

Electronics:

  • Two covered humbuckers
  • Two uncovered humbuckers (Version 1 & 2)
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone
81 catalog cover

Cover of 1981 Deluxe Series catalog

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware (Version 1 & 2)
  • Chrome hardware
  • Brass nut (Version 1)
  • Small pickguard (Version 1 & 2)
  • Oversized pickguard
  • Headstock-matching truss rod cover
  • Schaller style tuner keys (Version 1 & 2)
  • Keystone style tuner keys
  • Black or Gold "notched" speed knobs (Version 1 & 2)
  • Black speed knobs
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece (Version 1 & 2)
  • Wide Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece
81 H935 case

Optional Hardshell Case

Finishes:

  • Black (B)
  • Walnut (WA)
  • Natural (N)
  • Cherry (CH)
  • Cherry Sunburst (CHS/CS/RS)
  • Brown Sunburst (BS)
  • Honey Sunburst (HS)
  • Burgundy Sunburst (BGS)

Also branded as:

  • Antoria Rockstar (Version 2)
  • Discovery by Harmony (Version 4)
  • Harmony H-9350 (Version 1, 2 & 4)
  • Seville S-935 (Version 1)
  • Starforce (Version 4)

H-935 RW

H-935 with laminated Rosewood top, back and sides.

H-935 (Deluxe Series Mark II)

  • 1982-1984

Body:

  • Laminated Nato arched top, back & sides
  • Laminated Maple arched top, back & sides (Sunburst finishes)
  • "Tiger Tail" flame Maple veneer; front, back and sides (TT, Version 5)
  • Nato center block
  • 1 3/4" thick

Neck:

  • Set-in Nato neck
  • Set-in Rock Maple neck (Sunburst finishes)
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Deluxe headstock with volute
  • Silk-screened Sunrise logo
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale

Binding:

  • Single-ply body, painted f-holes (Version 2)
  • Single-ply body (painted f-holes), neck and headstock (Version 4)
  • Triple-ply body and headstock, single ply neck and painted f-holes (Version 5)
  • Fret-edge binding (Version 5)

Electronics:

  • Two covered X-14 humbuckers
  • Two uncovered X-14 humbuckers (Version 2)
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Gold hardware (Version 2)
  • Oversized pickguard
  • Headstock-matching truss rod cover with Deluxe Mark II silk-screen
  • Keystone tuner buttons
  • 14:1 ratio Grover Rotomatic tuners (Version 5)
  • Black speed knobs (Version 2 & 4)
  • Amber bell knobs (Version 5)
  • Wide Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Black (B)
  • Walnut (WA)
  • Cherry (CH)
  • Red Sunburst (RS)
  • Honey Sunburst (HS)
  • Burgundy Sunburst (BGS)

Also branded as:

H-935 (Revival Series/Fame Series/Hondo Guitars)

This version of the H-935 most commonly seen with Revival logo, but also Fame logo and Martin-style "Hondo Guitars" logo. All specs the same, otherwise.

  • 1984-1989
  • $329.95 MSRP (1984)
  • $374.95 MSRP (1984, TT version)

Body:

  • Laminated Nato arched top, back & sides (BS & Solid finishes)
  • Laminated Maple arched top, back & sides (Natural & Sunburst finishes)
  • "Tiger Tail" flame Maple veneer, front, back and sides (TT)
  • Nato center block
  • 1 3/4" thick

Neck:

  • Set-in Nato neck
  • Set-in Rock Maple neck (Natural & Sunburst finishes)
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Rosewood fingerboard with small dot inlays (late 1989)
  • Open Book headstock with volute
  • Silk-screened Revival logo
  • Silk-screened Martin logo
  • Silk-screened Fame Broadway logo
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale

Binding:

  • Single-ply body (painted f-holes), neck and headstock (Version 4)
  • Triple-ply body and headstock, single ply neck and painted f-holes (Version 5, TT)
  • Fret-edge binding (Version 5)

Electronics:

  • Two covered X-14 humbuckers
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Gold hardware (TT)
  • 14:1 ratio Grover Rotomatic tuners
  • Oversized pickguard
  • Deluxe headstock truss rod cover (1984-1986)
  • Triangular truss rod cover (1987-1989)
  • Bell shaped truss rod cover (late 1989)
  • Black speed knobs (Version 4)
  • Gold speed/Amber bell knobs (Version 5)
  • Wide Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Black (B)
  • Cherry (CH)
  • Walnut (WA)
  • Burgundy (BG)
  • Natural (N)
  • Brown Sunburst (BS)
  • Red Sunburst (RS)
  • Golden Sunburst (GS)
  • Dark Cherry, Tiger Tail top (CH/TT)
  • Red Sunburst, Tiger Tail top (RS/TT)
  • Tobacco Tint, Tiger Tail top (TT)

Also branded as:

  • Eagle E-42
  • Mako TG-2
  • Series A
  • Starforce PH-8
  • Vista

HDS-945

In 1982, the HDS-945 was introduced as the top-of-the-line H-935 variation with genuine DiMarzio and Schaller parts. It was the only variant of the H-935 given it's own model number.

  • 1982-1983
  • $449.95 MSRP (1983)

Body:

  • Laminated Maple arched top, back & sides
  • Maple center block
  • 1 3/4" thick

Neck:

Binding:

  • Single-ply body (front and back), neck and headstock

Electronics:

  • Two uncovered DiMarzio K-10 humbuckers
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Short pickguard
  • Headstock-matching truss rod cover
  • Schaller tuners
  • Black bell knobs
  • Schaller 456 combination bridge/tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Natural (N)
  • Cherry (CH)
  • Yellow tinted Natural (Y/N)

Also branded as:

  • Harmony HEA-200

Harmony HEA-200

Body:

  • Laminated Nato arched top, back & sides
  • Book-matched flame Nato veneer, top and back
  • Maple center block
  • 1 3/4" thick

Neck:

  • Set-in Nato neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays
  • Arched headstock with volute
  • Silk-screened Harmony logo
  • 22 frets
  • 24.75" scale

Binding:

  • Triple-ply body (front and back) and headstock
  • Double-ply neck with fret-edge-binding
  • Painted f-holes

Electronics:

  • Two uncovered DiMarzio K-10 humbuckers
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Fish shaped truss rod cover
  • Schaller tuners
  • Black bell knobs
  • Schaller 456 combination bridge/tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Cherry (CH)

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