Post by mistercleeze on Dec 4, 2012 21:15:37 GMT -5
In case you're looking still looking for one on ebay, there are a few ways you can tell this is not an HM Strat.
- One dead giveaway is that that bridge is stamped 'Fender', and all HM Strats had Kahler Tremolo bridges in them (model 2720 to be exact). - Another dead giveaway is the neck plate. HMs have a very specific shaped neck plate - take a look at some more pictures online or on ebay, and you'll see. - HMs only used the one kind of neck plate. Also, no HM Strat says the full word 'Stratocaster' on it. MOST say Strat in white stylized letters on the front of the headstock. Some of the HM Strat Ultras say 'Strat' in an '80s looking block lettering, but from what I've read, Ultras all have different fret inlays, and from what I've seen all have a different kind of lock at the nut which has two visible holes from the back. - All HM Strats use Gotoh tuners, stamped Gotoh. - Although there is one HM Strat model (model 25-4400) which did have only a single humbucker, this model had both a tone and a volume control, and included a coil splitter switch as well. - The only humbuckers used in HM Strats were DiMarzio Super 3's, and DiMarzio pickups can be easily spotted by the hexagonal posts (that one there has shiny silver posts). - There's no locking nut on that guitar. - The shape of the electronics cover on that guitar is different. - That serial number beginning 'E6...' is a Made in Japan Fender from 1986. HM Strats were not made until 1988 (rumors aside, not serialized as such at the very least, as far as I've heard).