1988 Hohner SR Devil

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1988 Hohner SR Devil

Post by crg123 » Sun Mar 17, 2019 11:54 am

Hi everyone I'm new here and currently waiting for my Kramer Savant ii in Candy Blue to be delivered.

In the meantime I figured I'd share one of my guitars that I've always found interesting: 1988 Hohner SR Devil - MIK

I got this odd ball when I was 16 years old (13 years ago now). My friend actually found it sticking out of a dumpster of a family who moved down the street. It was in terrible shape and was exposed to rain for at least a day or so. He didn't want the project so he gave it to me to tackle.
- All the hardware and hardware were rusted/ beyond salvaging due to being waterlogged.
- The body was covered with stickers. Lots of goo off and hand polishing after to resolve this.
- The nut was missing and the old owner decided to try to "carve" some new nut lines into the actual wood. This caused the nut area to physically split from the rest of the neck. You can see that in one of the photos below.

I can't find too much about these but this was the lower end model besides what I found here: https://hohnerguitars.de.tl/SR-Devil.htm

All were made in Korea for the Euro market and luckily all the stock hardware/electronics were supposedly crap anyway. Body is supposedly Alder. The canadian maple neck is surprisingly nice and the rosewood fretboard isn't half bad either.

I did a bunch of modifications to it:
- Gold Wilkinson Locking Tuners
- Gold Wilkinson Bridge with guitar fetish solid steel block. Set to float. I can even pull up and this thing stays in tune!
- Gold everything else hardware with top hat knob
- New 1M (because 16 year old me thought it would me it go to 11 haha) pots and electronics wired V-V-T.
- Graphtech Nut
- Dimarzio X2N (B) and Tone Zone (N) with matt black pickup rings.

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More pictures here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/60117994@ ... 3776293966. The other guitar was a dean I had that I modded. I sold it a few years ago to fund some other instruments.

As I said. I'm new to the forum and wanted to share this oddity with you. If you know any more information than what I've listed please let me know! I've been curious about the origins of this thing for awhile. Thanks!

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Re: 1988 Hohner SR Devil

Post by sixstring » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:30 pm

Beak headstock and all......defo see where the inspiration for this axe came from.
The red binding sets it off nicely.

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But let's face it, someone buys a Kramer b/c it has a Floyd.

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Re: 1988 Hohner SR Devil

Post by SWANTECH » Sun Mar 17, 2019 2:40 pm

Nice Guitar.
I wonder what came first though?

Did the EVH, Ibanez Destroyer/Shark guitar inspire the offset star shape?
Or.
Was this shape an earlier design by Charvel or someone else?

Does anyone know where the design originally came from?
Dean designed the ML in 1979 I believe, so it wasn't Dean.
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Re: 1988 Hohner SR Devil

Post by marsmountain » Sun Mar 17, 2019 4:16 pm

That's pretty cool . I have a LTD Gus G. star and I love it. :thumbs
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Re: 1988 Hohner SR Devil

Post by _xxx_ » Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:48 pm

Most probably it came as a variation of the explorer, someone removed that piece behind the bridge to make it star-shaped.

One of my first nice guitars was a Hohner ST Lead with some sort of Steinberger-like fine-tuner trem and Fender pickups. I regretted selling it.

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Re: 1988 Hohner SR Devil

Post by sixstring » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:10 pm

_xxx_ wrote:
Sun Mar 17, 2019 7:48 pm
Most probably it came as a variation of the explorer, someone removed that piece behind the bridge to make it star-shaped.
Likely someones idea for weight relief.
But let's face it, someone buys a Kramer b/c it has a Floyd.

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Re: 1988 Hohner SR Devil

Post by 80sChris » Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:48 pm

I believe the story goes Wayne Charvel saw Eddie's cut up destroyer and produced a more professional version, the star, in 1979. Eddie had one with a Danelectro neck.

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