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    Quote Originally Posted by jacksonplayer View Post
    Has it ever really been confirmed that there were USA ones at all? My impression is that they were all Japanese-made, with maybe some final assembly happening in California. Fender USA was basically defunct when most of these were made.
    Well.........if you ask me they are definitely Japanese. But there are plenty of owners who swear up and down theirs are a mythical earlier all MIA strain to either hype up guitars they are selling or hype up guitars they already own.

    Supposedly there are ways to tell based on this or that you'll hear the "mine is MIA" crowd spouting off, but they all sound pretty suspect to me. I think it's probably more of a difference between "mostly MIJ" and "totally MIJ" like you said. The earlier ones do have some slight differences.

    They are cool guitars, tonally not amazing though. The originals had that sort of classic "wet cardboard" basswood sound. The neck and everything else is nice.

    The Super 3s were also developed for those. I didn't closely read the reissue blurb, but I would imagine they are going for something else for bridge pickups. Considering the divisive reaction to that pickup, and the fact that even if you find it suited for some things, the vast majority of people didn't find it optimal in the HM2.

    The HMs are cool if you can find them used for under $500. I wouldn't buy them for what people want these days though. No fucking way, I had a Jackson Fusion pro at the same time I had mine, and that is a way better choice if you want a short scale super strat and are ok with basswood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg McCoy View Post
    Have you owned an HM Strat?
    Yes, I bought mine for maybe $500, then Rocka'd the living shit out of it and sold it for $50


    (sorry couldn't find a bigger picture)

    I replaced the stupid Spyder bridge with a GOTOH Floyd instead.


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    I'm stopping at my local guitar store after it opens today - hopefully the owner hasn't headed out for NAMM yet.

    Going to see if he can get me one of the blue ones. I wanted one SO BADLY when they came out (thanks to Greg Howe) but didn't have the money (high school). Also, I don't ever remember seeing one in person.

    It's that nostalgia thing.

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    Gonna get the pink one and join a hair metal cover band. And I'm kinda serious about that.
    C'mon son.

    Hellevate

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    Floyd Rose Special aside: the guitar might be really good.
    But I would probably put an OFR in it

    But it doesn't come in white anyway XD

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocka_Rollas View Post
    Floyd Rose Special aside: the guitar might be really good.
    But I would probably put an OFR in it

    But it doesn't come in white anyway XD
    Which sucks, because the one I had was white, and would have been a great guitar if it wasn't for that gawdawful Spyder.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocka_Rollas View Post
    Yes, I bought mine for maybe $500, then Rocka'd the living shit out of it and sold it for $50


    (sorry couldn't find a bigger picture)
    Things I learned: Rocka is a Tom Morello fan.
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    No, I'm a fan of MANOWAR

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