HM Strat reissue for 2020?

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    Speaking of the HM Strat and 80s guitars, what was Fender's answer to Jackson that was made in Japan? My friend had one and it was pretty neat.
     
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    That's out now? I guess there's another reasonably priced option.

    I thought that was the HM Strat? :lol:
     
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    Nope. This was damn near a Jackson rip off, with maybe a few Ibanez esque elements. Can't for the life of me remember the brand name, but it was MIJ and a subsidiary of Fender. It also had a pretty thin neck.
     
  4. Surveyor 777

    Surveyor 777 I measure things

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    Was it Heartfield or Talon or something?
     
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    It could be a Heartfield or HM. Prior to the Heartfield branding they just called them the HM.

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    The two to the right would later be called Heartfield Talons.
     
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    Heartfield is definitely it. It was a pretty decent guitar. The neck was a little too thin, but still good.
     
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    Having had a chance to play several Heartfields, they give MIJs are run for their money. One of these days I will definitely add one to the collection.

    That being said, why buy a new HM when used ones are easily attainable? Also, if you’ve got the money the new Phil Collen model in blue is killer.
     

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    My main guitar is a Charvel Fusion so I’m quite a enthusiast on short scale starts. Their so uncommon I practically have the list memorized. (Fusion, Nightswan, vandenberg, some tracers, etc.)

    I agree with the disappointment at the FR Special for the price. This might be worth it for some just due to me hearing that some of the original ones can be dead planks. (Anyone owning one feel free to correct me, but I’ve seen it a few times researching these.) I love old guitars, but they come with a fixer upper aura not everyone wants to deal, plus people are terrible at valuing their old stuff.

    Overall I approve of Fender reissuing things that aren’t standard Fender Strat #99999.
     
  9. TedintheShed

    TedintheShed Retired bassist pretending to play guitar

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    Since MiJ, pleasw reissue the Performers.

    Me, back in the day....

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    I'm guessing the reissues are from the Mexico factory then?
     
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    MaxOfMetal Likes trem wankery. Super Moderator

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    The HMs are confirmed to be from Japan (Dyna Gakki most likely).
     
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    oh wow that actually makes the price not that bad overall, pickups and fr special can be replaced, craftsmanship cannot. blue one still needs a maple board though.
     
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    80s inspired Strats without a maple board? No.
     
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    Hope they don't use the fucking horrible Kahler trem. Swear the hex bolts would strip if you looked at them funny, not to mention one of the trem posts on my HM strat BENT.
     
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    I saw a video from The Music Zoo that said they were being made in the FugiGen factory like the original HM’s.
     
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    sadly they didn't use the dope 2700
    it was some cheap model
     
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    Thought the same, then thought of Greg Howe: ice blue it is.
    Also confirmed the MiJ status.
     
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    Like I said, I hope this is a start of more guitars being made in Japan. Hopefully this isn't a one-off.
     
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    Fender has had Japanese built guitars available for decades, the only anomaly is the open availability in the US.

    I don't think we'll see it outside of signature models (e.g. Kotzen Tele) and odd balls (e.g. HM Strat), as there really isn't a place for them with the current position of USA models that are flagships in North America.
     
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    I'm not sure about the USA, but in Canada there are always a handful of Japanese Fender's available. In the last few years I have noticed they've pushed the Japanese models a bit more, especially when they did those Paisley (pink and blue) finished models in the various shapes (Tele, Jazzmaster, Strat). And the last few years they've been pushing the Japanese 'Vintage-style' strats/teles/jazzmasters.

    Is it the same in the US market?
     

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