They're baaack - limited run reissue of the HM Strat

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  1. John C

    John C Most Honored Senior Member

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    I caught a couple of posts about this over on The Gear Page - Fender's doing a limited run reissue of the HM Strats of 1988-1992 to be introduced next week at the NAMM show. Looks like just the HSS version, using the original black painted headstock cosmetics with the large script "Strat" on it.

    They are MIJ but look like they're made to a price point - using Fender MIJ pickups instead of USA single coils and a DiMarzio humbucker, also a lesser Floyd Rose (not up on the current FR models; this one is called the "PRO" - EDIT Scratch that; it's the FR Special model) instead of the OFR models - I know most of the original run had Kahler Spyder trems which of course aren't made any more but the last year or so had OFRs.

    https://www.gearnews.com/namm-2020-leak-fender-limited-edition-hm-strat-2020/

    https://reverb.com/item/31195372-fe...are&utm_campaign=listing&utm_content=31195372

    Also in the "well if we're doing a bunch of reissues why the hell not this one" category - an MIM Player series version of the Lead III is evidently going to be introduced at the show as well; looks like this is probably a regular production model, not a limited run (but it's a leak so who knows until the official introduction). Posted about it in the Other Guitars section.

    EDIT: Sorry, picked up the wrong FR model; the new HMs are using the Floyd Rose Special, not the Pro.
     
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  2. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Well...there goes my handle on my GAS!
    Glad to see them finally bringing these back :thumb:
     
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    mapleglo Senior Stratmaster

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    I would totally rock this:

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  4. Lewbypls

    Lewbypls Strat-Talker

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    I wonder if they will do a short run of the prodigy too while they are at it :eek:
     
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    Now we need a katana reissue!
     
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    Lewbypls Strat-Talker

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    If only yamaha can reissue some of their more funkier designs as well :D
     
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    Nice, I always liked these but they never made a lefty. I figure they probably won’t again :(

    might have to build my own one day.
     
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    dbolt Strat-O-Master Silver Member

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    I don’t need one. I don’t need one. I don’t need one. Dammit
     
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    Williamwolka Strat-Talker

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    I had an older one it was blue with the Spyder Trem. I never realized they were a shorter scale. Great playing guitar. I think Greg Howe used one.
     
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  10. sam_in_cali

    sam_in_cali Scream for me Strat-Talk! Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Were the original ones 25.1" scale too?
    The $1200 price tag with a FR Special trem and who knows what kind of "high gain" pickups is kind of a let down though..
     
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    Love the yellow. Price is okay as well.

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  13. John C

    John C Most Honored Senior Member

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    Yes, the originals were 25.1" scale as well. I suppose Fender was going for something different back then and it carries forward for the reissues.

    I remember the original necks being a really flat shape on the back as well as having the flat 17" radius.
     
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    I would rather buy a current Charvel for that style.
     
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    Stratwrangler Senior Stratmaster

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    Yeah you know that , £900 for one of them or a so Cal or San dimas its a no brainer. There's a reason they only made them for 4 years originally.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunny Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The Floyd Rose Pro really is not a lesser model FR. It is the low profile Floyd Rose. Really nice bridges and very comfortable.
    Here's the one that I upgraded my Jackson RR3 (older model) with.
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    Damn it! Sold my mint HM Strat for $300 about 10 years ago.
     
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    Hard to find anything wrong with that. Gj Fender
     
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    John C Most Honored Senior Member

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    Sorry; I picked up someone's comment over on TGP - these are using the FR Special, not the FR Pro. The FR Special is the model below the OFR.
     
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    Believer7713 The Pink Bunny Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yes. The special is a lesser bridge. It seems to be the go to FR bridge unless its an American model, unfortunately.

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