As a kid I owned a really horrible Les Paul copy that I picked up at a flea market. It had all the standard LP features, really looked like one from a reasonable distance, had a set neck, etc.
However, almost everything about it was criminally cheap; the pickups were fake humbuckers, a rather low output single coil pickup inside the humbucker-sized covers, lousy electronics, corroded pots with bad grounding soldering, cheap, wiggly tuners which went out of tune often, pot-metal saddle bridges which were prone to vibrating, but the capper was how they achieved the carved top appearance. It was simply something like pressboard formed into the top shape and supported by some wooden strips attached to the largely plywood body. The finish of the actual guitar did an admirable job of concealing the cheapness therein. It was a rather ugly solid scarlet color and even had a cream binding on the body, neck, and headstock.
A year or so later, I foolishly bought the same brand guitar. It was a copy of a Gibson L6-S. I just had to have it as it looked like a guitar I'd seen Devo playing. Dumb, I know. It was just about as bad as the Les Paul copy. It had the same rattly bridge, although not a tune-o-matic knockoff, but rather the bar type bridge seen on the L6, but still as defective. I would cram shims from a matchbook between saddles to keep them from sympathetically buzzing. It also had the same low-output single coil pickups but here disguised to look like Bill Lawrence pickups (no exposed screws). It also had a zero fret, which was weird, as I don't believe the real L6's did. Just utter crap. I traded it to a friend who was a Devo fiend. Heh!
I just want to know if anyone knows who made these monstrosities? I would imagine they would've been lawsuit guitars, as they certainly LOOKED like Gibsons, at least from afar. I've only seen one other Les Paul copy with the same logo in a pawnshop. I think the pawnbroker told me he thought it was a Hondo but the earliest Hondos I've seen were much better quality than these. Maybe so, though?
The headstock logo appeared to be a lowercase letter h, repeated as four or five lines superimposed over one another.
I don't know why I want to know more about this company, but I do.
Any pointers appreciated!