Post by urbanblues on Sept 13, 2013 19:30:59 GMT -5
can someone please inform me why the Hm Strat has not increased in value, from the moment I picked one of these guitars up I was hooked! The feel of the neck just blew me away, the only good things about the price being so low, it has allowed me to purchase 15 of them. I don"t get why they are not in demand.
So, because you bought 15 of them cheap, now you want them to skyrocket in value so no one else can afford them? Hmmm, seems fair. First off, they're made in Japan. No matter how well-made, they will always be considered less-desirable than US-made Fenders. Next, they are considered "shred" guitars, which is a niche market. It's really supply and demand. There are enough to go around right now, and no matter how optimistic these folks are who try to get $1200 for their "mint" HM Strats, nobody is paying it. Just be happy you could afford to hoard...umm....collect 15 of them, and don't worry that you can't retire by selling them off already.
Post by urbanblues on Sept 26, 2013 6:22:35 GMT -5
Not sure what post you read and was trying to reply to, but I never mentioned anything about reselling any of these guitars. My question was why are they not as sort after as charvel, krame, Jackson, and al the rest of the super strats. And my retirement is based on my job not hording hm strats for resell.
Post by sixbladeknife on Oct 5, 2013 12:02:33 GMT -5
I just sold a mint HM with case candy, hangtags and manuals (the kahler one sealed still) for $675. I've seen a few go for or close to $900 on eBay this year, but I sold locally. Value seems to be all over the place on these and it took me a year to get what I consider a decent price for mine. I like the look and sound of the HM, but for me I just never could get into the feel. Didn't feel or respond to me the way I like a guitar to feel and respond. It certainly was well built though. I wonder if they will go up in value one day. If anyone really famous ever plays one on stage, that's probably when they'll go up in value.
The HM is kind of a cult classic guitar and values are just all over the place because there are not a ton of people seeking them. When you find the right person though, they get overly excited. Guy I sold my last HM to was so excited to get it he wanted to take a picture of us doing the transaction.
You're all pretty much right. Fender thought the HM Strat was going to be the "new" Strat for the future. But Fender fans are traditionalist, and still wanted the Stratocaster that Buddy Holly and Eric Clapton played. Plus the shred era ended and no one was looking for SuperStrats anymore. So Fender did two things - 1) They turned their attention to updating the classic Strat, and 2) they bought Jackson/Charvel and gained their share of the metal market that way.
"Jimi would be playing an HM Strat if he were still alive." Bob @ Genesis Recording Studios.
I have one of these Strat's. Sames as above, awesome guitar but just never to my liking. My ex-wife bought it for me back in 1988. I played it through 88 till I bought my Charvel and then never played it again until this past May (2013). Sat in a case under the bed. I have been playing it now but not because its my favorite, but because it is the best guitar I own. My Charvel has a fracture in the neck and I have not attempted to have it fixed or replaced yet. I took my Strat to Guitar Center this past weekend to see what they would give for a trade. I know that they want it for nothing so they can re-sell and make money but there offer was so low I told the guy I would give it away before I would trade it for their value. They said they give 1/2 of recent sale prices either on eBay or in the store. They last sold one for $300.00 so offered me %150.00, I respectfully declined. I have been watching the net to see what they go for and have a potential buyer in the area. This site is very informative.