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Old 02-05-2016, 03:23 AM   #1
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Default Thrift Store Find! Hohner HU-6 Ukulele

I found a Hohner HU-6 at a local thrift store, complete in original box and warrantee card and I thought it was a cheap one until I noticed it seemed to be older because it was Made in Japan. Googling, YouTube, and eBay show nothing on this unit, so I was wondering if anyone had any information on this instrument? Any help would be awesome!

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Old 02-05-2016, 03:28 AM   #2
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I really don't know, but wasn't the Japan era in the 70's mostly for instruments? When I see the MIJ guitars for sale, they all seem to be from the mid-70's to the mid-80's.

Does the warranty card give any clues?
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Old 02-05-2016, 03:35 AM   #3
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I looked for a date, but there is no copyright on it.
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It was probably built by the "Moridara" plant in Japan which had the contract for Hohner. The plant reportedly built some nice guitars and was founded in 1967.

That doesn't help a whole lot, but it places your guitar between late 60's to mid-80's. Maybe you can contact the plant for a greater history search?

Hope it gets you started.....
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Old 02-05-2016, 04:31 AM   #5
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Thanks a lot! Here is a picture of the warrantee card.
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Old 02-05-2016, 05:42 AM   #6
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For what it's worth, the Moridara founder went on to produce the Morris Guitars and had connections with both Fender and Gibson, so the man knew how to build a good guitar.

Good luck on the research and give us an update when you know....always like a good mystery.
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Old 02-05-2016, 03:13 PM   #7
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It was probably built by the "Moridara" plant in Japan which had the contract for Hohner. The plant reportedly built some nice guitars and was founded in 1967.

That doesn't help a whole lot, but it places your guitar between late 60's to mid-80's. Maybe you can contact the plant for a greater history search?

Hope it gets you started.....
Thanks a lot for your help! I have a question, I googled for the location of the "Moridara" plant in Japan and I can't find any information on them. I was wondering who to contact to find out more? Thanks!
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Old 02-05-2016, 04:19 PM   #8
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That's an odd placement for the position dots...4,6,9.
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Old 02-05-2016, 06:00 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the help, quick question, how do I determine what it is made of? Whether it is laminate, solid, or partial solid.
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It's a relative correct copy of a Kamaka. The bridge is a give away. It seems to be a good one on just sight alone. It's more than likely a solid mahogany, it being the next preferred wood to koa.
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