Asco (Hondo II/Arirang - Samick) Junior Single Cut-style guitar ~1978

Used – Good
+ $182.13 Shipping
This seller is open to offers
Shipped From
The Old Europe
Hamburg, Germany
Joined Reverb
Preferred Seller
Quick Shipper
Reverb Protection

Buy with Confidence – Reverb Protection has you covered

  • Live support from an expert team of musicians
  • Simple and straightforward returns
  • A safe community for finding the gear you want

About This Listing

Welcome to another fine guitar from The Old Europe! Please make sure to read the entire description below carefully, and look at all the pictures.

General introduction and background:

Super nice "Asco" LP-style guitar. Built in the second half of the 1970s or early 1980s in South Korea by Samick.

Unfortunately, the brand "Asco" was never officially registered, so I couldn't find out yet to whom it belonged. However, I think it was a trade label of some German music instruments retail store or distributor.

Measurements, weight and other specs:

-     Scale: 628 mm

-     Nut: 41,5 mm

-     Weight: 3,5 kg

-     Pickups: unlabelled singlecoils in humbucker housings; could be replaced by any other standard sized humbuckers.

-     Body: multiply of unknown wood.

-     Neck: likely mahoganey with some darkwood fingerboard


-     Body: some dings and dongs, lacquer damages and small scratches and fissures, but nothing serious. Please have a close look at all the pictures. Somebody painted a lightning bolt on the pickguard - I left it there as the removal would have inflicted more damage to it than leaving it. 

-     Neck: straight neck, good frets with some minor wear (8/10), truss rod works well; There are traces of previously used different tuners on the back of the headstock. I put in a set of original tuners. 

-     Electronics: fully functional, standard layout, the pickups are out-of-phase when in combined mode; this can be remedied by dialing back on either of the volume knobs just a bit. Typical for Asco branded guitars.

-     Hardware: fully functional, all cleaned but minor traces of corrosion and age remain. 

-     Originality: All original as far as I can tell

Sound and Playability:

-     Playability and string action: The guitar plays easily with a good string action currently set to 1,7 mm on the 12th fret, low and medium-narrow vintage frets, slender neck (41,5mm nut, V-profile). Warm and airy sounds from the pickups; the guitar sounds nicely clean when played acoustically. 

 - Intonation: spot on, adjustable with the bridge (and adjusted by myself)

-     Sound: vintage funky single coil sounds from the pickups, airy, chimey, warm. Nice funky sound when out-of-phase. Please watch the video for a reference.

Repairs, Service:

-     Complete cleaning of body, parts and fretboard

-     Frets polished and fretboard oiled

-    Full check of the electronics, the wiring is all ok.

-     New 10 gauge Pyramid nickel strings put on

-     Set up as good as possible with lots of tuning and oiling

-     Ready to be played (just tune it up)

Auxiliary stuff:

-     No case included. Will be shipped in wrap and sturdy cardboard box.

Please also have a look at my other offers and follow my shop!

PACKAGING: All guitars are shipped out in a sturdy cardboard box with lots of filler material. Please note that for the protection of the environment, I am reusing used packaging material whenever I can.

SHIPPING: Please check the shipping quotes in this offer. I ship with insurance, worldwide. Usually I am able to ship the item on the same day or next day of received payment. Please allow 1-2 days from pick up for delivery in Germany, and 1-2 weeks within the EU. US, Canadian and over overseas buyers:  Shipping has switched to Fedex to make it faster and more reliable, hence the price of 150 € - it enables me to deliver the guitar to you just within a maximum of 7 days! Tracking is provided immediately when shipped out within the system. Please refrain from giving a review before you have received the guitar.

AFTER DELIVERY: After receiving the item, please inspect the package for obvious damages and make photos if there are any. After unpacking, check the item immediately for damages or other undocumented flaws. I accept a 14 days return and will pay for shipping if the item is in a different condition than described upon arrival. Please note that I will only take the item back entirely, but not grant any reduction of price and generally only accept returns if the item was unaltered after arrival.

CITES protection: all of the items I sell have been legally imported to the EU before January 1st 2017 and are registered with the authorities in Hamburg, Germany (if applicable).

DATA protection: German financial regulations demand that I keep your address on file in an invoice. The only information that I store is what this platform provides me. Please understand that I cannot delete that information from my files. You may ask what kind of info I have stored from you any time.

Reviews of this Shop


Product Specs

Listed4 months ago
ConditionGood (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more
  • Asco
Made In
  • Korea, Republic of
Right / Left Handed
Number of Strings
Body Type

Watch a Video


Reverb Gives

Your purchases help youth music programs get the gear they need to make music.

Carbon-Offset Shipping

Your purchases also help protect forests, including trees traditionally used to make instruments.

iOS app store button
Android play store button
The Apple logo and the App Store are trademarks of Apple Inc. Google Play and the Google Play logo are trademarks of Google LLC.
Scan with your phone to get the Reverb app:
App Install QR Code
Oops, looks like you forgot something. Please check the fields highlighted in red.