Hey everyone just joined I have had a HM strat for over ten years I bought it at Daddays junky music for 72 dollars i think and know nothing about it , could someone please tell what pickups are in it it says dimarzio on it but are they a specific one or just generic ones made for this guitar
Hello everyone. My first "real guitar" was a Razz Berry HM I bought in 1988. I played the living shit out of it. It fell out of trucks, got knocked over, broken, patched back up, frankensteined with other guitars until finally...there was nothing left of it but a handful of parts that I sold on Ebay.
I've always kept an eye out for a replacement, but have only recently decided to make it a MISSION to replace it!
I've been through many guitars. I love the Ibanez AM103BM I play through now, but that Strat was always my fav.
Hello everyone from central Arkansas. Just recently did some gear swapping and one piece I got was a blue HSS, Floyded HM Strat. I'd always wanted one someday, so since the opportunity arose I snapped at it. If the serial is supposed to be at the butt end of the neck, then it's MIA - as in missing in action. I'll post a pic of it when I can. It's seen some action, that's for sure.
Hello all, MJ from Minnesota, found your site here while looking for advice on doing a self restore on my HM, which I have owned for about 20 years now, I played the crap out of it (no pun intended when you see the pics), and I was thinking of custom painting, and took it completely apart, now after a few years of procrastinating, I am wanting to redo it, Mine is the cream colored, with the lipstick "Strat" emblem, however, I was also wondering about replacement parts, for example, 5 position switch, coil split switch, vol/tone knobs, electronically, I want to keep the pickups stock, except for a seymour duncan single coil for the neck pos. I absolutely love the guitar, and really want it to be playable again.
I also have a few other guitars, a Mex - strat with two HBs, a flame maple tele, with humbuckers, and a neckthrough design, Ibanez S-series, Cort Sterling, Precision Bass, and a strat-like Martin called a Stinger. Anyway, looking forward to getting some tips on the project as I stumble forward.
Hi John - I have one just like that but with a Kahler. Nice axe!
Thanks! It's pretty versatile. I need to adjust the tremolo, but otherwise it's in excellent condition. I bought this one new around 1991 or 1992. My only issue is I've got to be careful not to accidentally rest my hand on the tremolo while playing-not a good sound . I guess that's just the price you pay when you have a tremolo. How do you like the Kahler?
Out of the thousands of HM Strat photos on the web, I've only seen one or two others with the same headstock and just 2 knobs. Do you know if there really are a bunch of these floating around out there, or are they a rarity?
"...H.M. models started in the US in ’89 with the Ultra model and then moved to Japan in ’91 and continued into ’92-’93.
Consumer Relations Representative
Fender Musical Instruments Corp...."
Ever since the year of it's introduction I have owned way over 3 Dozen, (lost count) with only the Ultra that has eluded me to this day. You can see some of my custom work in " HMStrat Serial # Database "on page 17
I want to set this shit straight with what's what because in a recent e-mail above & due to this answer from Fender, (leaving out Rep's name) I was convinced there is no solid evidence of their origin.
* I offer this first-hand. My knowledge is for this series of The H.M. Strat or Heavy Metal Strat only :
1988; to include the brochure/catalog; was the initial first year. *'88 mid to late '89 were U.S.A. Both the American models have the "E" serial #'s indicative of Made in U.S.A. all came with Kahler SPYDER's, DiMarzio's & oversized logo
Late '89 to mid '91 was M.I.J. In this period now shifted to Fender Japan with serial #'s now displaying a Letter prefix. Now came with Kahler and other Lic Floyd Rose's such as Gotoh for example, and tuning keys. A drilled through locking nut. 2 knob config now offered. DiMarzio's and now FJ factory pickups offered with small logo.
Late '91 to late '92 was the last run of these Great guitars before their final phase out to the Heartfield Talon's. These were called "International Series" This is where you would see the "Custom" colors and by this time the guitar was made of a lesser grade than both U.S.A. & M.I.J.
This guitars concept and origin was actually from late 1987 from what would be Fender's Custom shop making 22 & 24 fret models for Promotional contracts such as Budweiser to include the contoured neck plate officially released in 1988 and with "E" serial #'s. *E=Eighty which is Fender U.S.A.'s nomenclature.