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The HL5 Fatboy was Hondo's copy of a Gibson L-5. It was introduced in 1978 and produced until 1989. Despite being a popular model, the HL5 is one of the few Hondo models never to have been pictured in a catalog.

Made in Korea by Samick.

HL5

80ish HL5

ca. 1979 HL5 BS, non-original tuners & truss rod cover (Image credit: Fluxon-Music)

Note: some examples did not include diamond inlay.

  • 1978-1979

Body:

  • Laminated Maple arched top, back and sides
  • Venetian cutaway

Neck:

Binding:

  • Quadruple-ply body (front)
  • Triple-ply neck and headstock
  • Double-ply body (rear)
  • Single-ply f-holes
Fatboy hs 1

Electronics:

  • Two single coil pickups w/ humbucker style covers
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Fish shaped truss rod cover
  • 2-ply tortoise shell pickguard
  • Black Speed knobs
  • Rosewood bridge with Trapeze tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Brown Sunburst (BS)

Also branded as:

  • Samick

HDL5

Same as HL5, with DiMarzio K-10 humbuckers.

H-794

Same as HL5, with Wavy or Deluxe headstock, silk-screened Sunrise logo and Mother of Pearl S-Diamond inlay.

  • 1980-1982

Finishes:

  • Brown Sunburst (BS)
  • Red (R)

HL5-FB

  • 1985-1989
  • $449.95 MSRP (1984)
HL5FB-B

Body:

  • Laminated Maple arched top, back and sides
  • Venetian cutaway

Neck:

  • Set-in Maple neck w/ laminated Rosewood strip
  • Rosewood fretboard w/ Mother of Pearl block inlays
  • Fatboy headstock
  • Silk-screened Sunrise logo
  • 22 frets (plus zero-fret)
  • 25.5" scale

Binding:

  • Double-ply body (front & rear), neck and headstock
  • Double-ply heel cap
  • Single-ply f-holes
  • Fret-edge binding (1985-1988)
89 HL5FB hs

1989 HL5-FB

Electronics:

  • Two cream X-14 humbuckers
  • 3-way switch
  • 2 Vol, 2 Tone, 1 Master Vol

Hardware:

  • Chrome hardware
  • Grover Rotomatic tuning machines
  • Lubricated, die-cast tuning machines (1989)
  • Fish shaped truss rod cover
  • Triangular truss rod cover (1986-1989)
  • 2-ply black/white pickguard
  • Amber Bell knobs
  • Rosewood bridge with Trapeze tailpiece

Finishes:

  • Natural Blonde (B)
  • Cherry Sunburst (CS)
  • Tobacco Sunburst (TSB)
  • Honey Glow (HG)

Also branded as:

  • Antoria EG-794 Jazzstar

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