Great site - lots of info. I just picked up one of these HM Strats. (I've owned Contemp and Talon models over the years, but my first HM Strat.).
I believe mine was, lets call it "US Assembled". Transition? K serial number, with "Made In Japan" right next to it. Fender USA neck plate. Drill through nut. Stencil headstock. Floyd Rose. 1V, 1T, and a 5 way. HSS. Blue marble finish.
Seems like Fender used a leftover Japan neck on my USA model.
I'm actually more a fan of Fender Japan than their USA line, so maybe I buck the trend. But I do think from reading on this site that my guitar didnt leave Japan as a finished product, and the body was probably made in the USA.
Really interesting guitar - with wide string spacing but shorter (for Fender) scale it takes some adjustment at first. Very impressed by the clean tones of the single coils too!
New to the boards and new owner of a 1988 Razz Berry HM Strat!
Posted in the data bass thread and figured I would here too
Picked this up yesterday. Blown away. CraigsList find of the century for me. Absolute Mint New Condition as if I walked back in time to 1988 and bought it off the rack. 100% stock and even had all the "Case Candy. I am the 3rd owner. The original owner apparently bought it in '88 and then put it under his bed for 20 years. It plays just as good as I remembered from back in the day. I had wished many a times over the years that I had gotten one of these back then and never thought Id come across one in this condition at a reasonable price. I am beyond stoked. Still feels like a dream!
Serial Number is E859427 so from the post above, this would be USA all the way!
Glad to see the forum is still alive. Sitting at work, i only have permission to an older folder on my desktop where i found some smalle pictures from my teal colored power axe. Nice guitar with wonderfull neck and a lot of sounds. But my Kahler trem semms to kill sustain unlike two other Kahler pivot systems i own !
Post by njstratripper on Oct 11, 2013 19:04:56 GMT -5
Hey everybody! New member here, I have owned a beautiful HM Strat since 2008. My favorite guitar of the 10 or so I have owned in the last quarter century. It's a humbucker/single. I'm happy to learn I'm not the only HM Strat fan out there.
This is my Redstone Fender HM Strat. Ser #K001073 I bought this baby brand new on July 28th, 1992. I traded my Charvel 750 XL N/C. Not a bad deal, but I worked at the store. I'd had maybe 14 or more guitars at that point, but never had that one that really grabbed me. When I pulled this one off the rack, that was it. It was my main guitar right away, and since '95, my only guitar.
It's been played hard, but at the same time I've babied it. I made a few changes to it almost right away. The neck pickup is DiMarzio Humbucker from Hell, and the bridge pickup is a Seymour Duncan George Lynch Screamin Demon. Also installed are scrap locks, and a Hipshot tremsetter. I even have a brand new pickguard, never installed. I knew right away I was going to keep this beauty and I wanted a spare. I have yet to put it on. If I did, with a little detailing, you'd be hard pressed to tell it from New Old Stock. There is not one mark or scratch on the body or neck.
I've played some guitars that sound a little better, but I've never played one that was made better or played better than my HM at any price. The build quality is amazing. I doubt you could get a human hair between the neck joint. Anyway, I thought I'd share some pictures and you can ad the serial number to the data base if you wish.
Last Edit: Apr 29, 2014 0:25:45 GMT -5 by fenderhm
I just started practicing again intensely and am using my black HM strat to jam on some greg Howe songs, he was a main reason for me buying one. I had a tweak on the truss rod and got it back into good playing mode after retiring it for a while. Such a great guitar ,I really haven'y come across another like it .The maple fretboard is so nice to play on
Hi evereyone!!! I've seen this site dead for while, but anyways I want to share my HM Strat that I bought for 500 dlls. I came to the US expecting to find one, and I found it!!! I'm surprised of how good preserved it is, probably the guy who bought it in the store, left it in its case for a long time.