Originally Posted by jacksonplayer
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.