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The HJ was Samick's Gibson L-5 style model. Introduced in 1989, the same year the Hondo HL5 "FatBoy" (which the HJ was based on) was discontinued. It has since become well regarded for it's build quality.

Related:

HJ-605 (Artist Series)

99 HJ605

1999 HJ-605-1 N

In 1998, the name was changed to HJ-605-1.

Body:

  • Laminated Maple arched top, back and sides
  • 12 3/4" upper bout
  • 10 3/8" waist
  • 17 1/8" wide lower bout
  • 3 7/8" depth
  • Venetian cutaway

Neck:

  • Set-in Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Pearloid/Abalone split block inlays
  • Deluxe headstock
  • Ornate Mother of Pearl Artist logo inlays
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 20 frets
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Triple-ply body, neck and headstock
  • Single-ply f-holes

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Clear acrylic pickguard
  • Rosewood bridge with Harp tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Natural (N)

HJ-610 (Artist Series)

Body:

  • Laminated Maple arched top, back and sides
  • 12 3/4" upper bout
  • 10 3/8" waist
  • 17 1/8" wide lower bout
  • 3 7/8" depth
  • Venetian cutaway

Neck:

  • Set-in Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Pearloid/Abalone split block inlays
  • Deluxe headstock
  • Ornate Mother of Pearl Artist logo inlay
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 20 frets
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Triple-ply body, neck, headstock and pickguard
  • Single-ply f-holes

Electronics:

  • One floating pickup
  • 1 Vol, 1 Tone (pickguard-mounted)

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Triple-bound tortiose shell pickguard
  • Rosewood bridge with Harp tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)

Also branded as:

  • Aria Pro II FA-71

HJRG-302

90 HJRG

1990 HJRG-302 GS (Vantage logo)

Some examples featured Vantage logo in 1989.
  • 1989-1990

Body:

  • Laminated Maple arched top, back and sides
  • 12 3/4" upper bout
  • 10 3/8" waist
  • 17 1/8" wide lower bout
  • 3 7/8" depth
  • Venetian cutaway

Neck:

  • Set-in Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Pearloid/Abalone split block inlays
  • Deluxe headstock
  • Ornate Mother of Pearl flower inlay
  • Mother of Pearl Wave logo or Vantage logo inlay
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 20 frets
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Triple-ply body, neck and headstock
  • Single-ply f-holes
Flower inlay-0

Flower inlay & Wave logo

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic humbucker pickups
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • 3-ply Tortoise shell pickguard
  • "Batman" truss rod cover
  • Black "notched" Speed knobs
  • Rosewood bridge with Trapeze tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Cherry Sunburst (CS)
  • Golden Sunburst (GS)
  • Antique Violin Sunburst (AV)

Also branded as:

  • Antoria EG-794 (Jazzstar)
  • Marathon
  • Sebring JS-20

HJ-650

  • 1991-1994
91 HJ650

1991 HJ-650 AV

Body:

  • Laminated Maple arched top, back and sides
  • 12 3/4" upper bout
  • 10 3/8" waist
  • 17 1/8" wide lower bout
  • 3 7/8" depth
  • Venetian cutaway

Neck:

  • Set-in Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Pearloid/Abalone split block inlays
  • Deluxe headstock
  • Ornate Mother of Pearl flower and Wave logo inlays
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 20 frets
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Triple-ply body, neck and headstock
  • Single-ply f-holes

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic humbucker pickups
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • 3-ply pickguard
  • "Batman" truss rod cover
  • Black "notched" Speed knobs
  • Rosewood bridge with Trapeze tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Tobacco Sunburst (TSB)
  • Golden Sunburst (GS)
  • Antique Violin Sunburst (AV)
  • Dark Red Sunburst (DRS)
  • Natural (N)

Also branded as:

  • Marathon
  • Sebring JS-20

HJ-650 (Artist Series)

  • 1995-2001
00 HJ650

2000 HJ-650 N

Body:

  • Laminated Maple arched top, back and sides
  • 12 3/4" upper bout
  • 10 3/8" waist
  • 17 1/8" wide lower bout
  • 3 7/8" depth
  • Venetian cutaway

Neck:

  • Set-in Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Pearloid/Abalone split block inlays
  • Deluxe headstock
  • Ornate Mother of Pearl Artist logo inlays
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 20 frets
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Triple-ply body, neck and headstock
  • Single-ply f-holes
00 HJ650 Antique Violin

Antique Violin Sunburst

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic humbucker pickups
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • 3-ply pickguard
  • Headstock matching truss rod cover
  • Black "notched" Speed knobs
  • Rosewood bridge with Trapeze tailpiece (1995-1997)
  • Rosewood bridge with Harp tailpiece (1998-2001)
99 HJ650 LH

HJ-650 LH TSB

Finishes:

  • Tobacco Sunburst (TSB)
  • Antique Violin Sunburst (AV)
  • Natural (N)

Also branded as:

  • Sebring JS-20

HJ-650 LH

Left-handed model.

Finishes:

  • Tobacco Sunburst (TSB)

HJ-650/C (Artist Series)

99 HJ650C

1999 HJ-650/C N

  • 1998-2001Body:
  • Laminated Maple arched top, back and sides
  • 12 3/4" upper bout
  • 10 3/8" waist
  • 17 1/8" wide lower bout
  • 3 7/8" depth
  • Florentine cutaway

Neck:

  • Set-in Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Pearloid/Abalone split block inlays
  • Deluxe headstock
  • Ornate Mother of Pearl Artist logo inlays
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 20 frets
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Triple-ply body, neck and headstock
  • Single-ply f-holes

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic humbucker pickups
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • 3-ply pickguard
  • Headstock matching truss rod cover
  • Black "notched" Speed knobs
  • Rosewood bridge with Harp tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Natural (N)

HJ-660 (Artist Series)

Body:

  • Laminated Maple arched top, back and sides
  • "Tiger Tail" flame Maple veneer
  • 12 3/4" upper bout
  • 10 3/8" waist
  • 17 1/8" wide lower bout
  • 3 7/8" depth
  • Venetian cutaway

Neck:

  • Set-in Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Pearloid/Abalone split block inlays
  • Deluxe headstock
  • Ornate Mother of Pearl Artist logo inlays
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 20 frets
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Triple-ply body, neck and headstock
  • Single-ply f-holes

Electronics:

  • Three P-90 pickups
  • 3-way switch

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • 3-ply pickguard
  • Headstock matching truss rod cover
  • Black "notched" Speed knobs
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge with Rosewood base and Vintage tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Natural (N)

HJ-700 (Artist Series)

00 HJ700

2000 HJ-700 GS

Thinline 7-string version of HJ-650.

  • 2000-2001

Body:

  • Laminated Maple arched top, back and sides
  • 12 3/4" upper bout
  • 10 3/8" waist
  • 17 1/8" wide lower bout
  • Venetian cutaway

Neck:

  • Set-in Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Acrylic block inlays
  • Deluxe headstock
  • Ornate Mother of Pearl Artist logo inlays
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 20 frets
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Triple-ply body, neck and headstock
  • Single-ply f-holes

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic humbuckers
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • 3-ply pickguard
  • Headstock matching truss rod cover
  • Black "notched" Speed knobs
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Golden Sunburst (GS)

HJ-850/TR (Artist Series)

01 HJ-850 filtertron style HBs stock 2

2001 HJ-850/TR OR

  • 2001

Body:

  • Laminated Spruce arched top
  • Laminated Maple back and sides
  • 12 3/4" upper bout
  • 10 3/8" waist
  • 17 1/8" wide lower bout
  • 3 7/8" depth
  • Venetian cutaway

Neck:

  • Set-in Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Pearloid/Abalone split block inlays
  • Deluxe headstock
  • Ornate Mother of Pearl Artist logo inlays
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 20 frets
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Triple-ply body, neck and headstock
  • Single-ply f-holes

Electronics:

  • Two humbucker pickups with Filtertron style covers
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines
  • Headstock matching truss rod cover
  • Black "notched" Speed knobs
  • Tune-O-Matic bridge with Rosewood base and Bigsby-style tremolo

Finishes:

  • Orange (OR)

HJS-650/TR

HJS650T TR

Translucent Red (TR)

  • 1993-2001
HJS650T TBL

Translucent Blue (TBL)

Body:

  • Laminated Maple arched top, back and sides
  • Laminated Spruce arched top, Maple back and sides (Sunburst finishes)
  • Venetian cutaway
  • 12 3/4" upper bout
  • 10 3/8" waist
  • 17 1/8" wide lower bout
  • 3 7/8" depth
HJS650T N

Natural (N)

Neck:

  • Set-in Maple neck (C profile)
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Mother of Pearl rose inlays
  • Deluxe headstock
  • Mother of Pearl Wave logo inlay (1993-1994)
  • Ornate Mother of Pearl rose inlay (1993-1994)
  • Ornate Mother of Pearl Artist logo inlays (1995-2001)
  • 14o headstock pitch
  • 20 frets
  • 25.5" scale
  • 12" radius
  • 1 5/8" nut width
00 HJS VS

Antique Violin Sunburst (VS)

Binding:

  • Abalone-bound body (front), headstock and pickguard
  • Single-ply body (rear), neck and f-holes

Electronics:

  • Two ceramic humbuckers (~8K Ohms)
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Gold hardware
  • 16:1 ratio lubricated, die-cast tuning machines
  • Abalone-bound pickguard w/ Spruce veneer
  • "Batman" truss rod cover (1993-1994)
  • Headstock matching truss rod cover (1995-2001)
  • Black "notched" Speed knobs
  • Rosewood bridge with Pearloid rose inlays
  • Bigsby-style tremolo

Finishes:

  • Natural (N)
  • Translucent Red (TR)
  • Translucent Blue (TBL)
  • Vintage Sunburst (VS)
  • Antique Violin Sunburst (AV or VS)

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