83 H-1MR ad

1983 H-1 ad

The H-1 (or, Model I) was introduced in 1983 as Hondo's first unique design. Due to it's extreme shape, it earned the nickname, "Death Dagger", however, this name was never used by Hondo.

Made in Incheon, Korea by Samick.

Tip: Beware sellers claiming these are rare and charging exorbitant prices.

Note: The H-1 was reissued some time between 1995-2005, and made in India with a bolt-on neck.


  • 1983-1984
  • $349.95 MSRP
  • $239.95 Street (1984 X-Mas sale)


  • Beveled, laminate body construction
  • Belly carve
  • Carved heel


  • Set-in Rock Maple neck
  • Rosewood fretboard with dot inlays
  • 24 frets
  • 24.75" scale


  • One X-44 high output humbucker
  • 1 Master Volume


  • Chrome hardware
  • Triangular truss rod cover
  • Metal knob
  • Vintage-style 6-point, 5-spring tremolo


  • Metallic Red with Blue perimeter stripe (MR)
  • Metallic Grey-Blue with Black back, Red perimeter stripe and headstock (MGRB)
  • Metallic Gun Metal Blue with Red perimeter stripe (GMBR)
  • Black with White perimeter stripe (BWB)
  • 2-Tone Metallic Red/Yellow (MRY)
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