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See Hondo. Instruments previously built in Japan from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, as well as in Korea during the same time period.
In the mid-1970s, Randy Curlee proposed a deal with Jerry Freed of Hondo Guitars to build licensed designs of his guitars. Curlee planned to beat other unlicensed copies to the market, and make money on the reproductions as well. Guitars had similar designs as the S.D. Curlee USA models, except had S.D. Curlee Design Series across the peghead, and Aspen model designation as well.
Curlee also licensed the design to the Matsumoku company in Japan, who produced similar looking models under the S.D. Curlee International logo. The Japanese-produced models were marketed and sold mainly in the Oriental market, while the Hondo versions were distributed in the U.S. as well as the U.K. Some models were distributed by J.C. Penney and Global dealers, and some of the Global dealers even rebranded them under the Global trademark. source: Michael Wright, Guitar Stories, Volume One.

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