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

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by John C, Jan 12, 2020.

  1. Keithwhite

    Keithwhite New Member!

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    The humbucking pickup is a dimarzio super 8 same as the original. Good thing about this pickup is when you tap it the tone is nearly identical to an american fender stratocaster. So kinda of like getting 2 guitars in 1
     
  2. diogoguitar

    diogoguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    Nice! Ok maybe the pickups isn't a problem at all then.
    I wonder how easy it would be to replace this bridge to an original floyd rose or gotoh. A new floyd rose is $200... I'd pay for the upgrade then sell the original bridge for $50-100.
     
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    John C Most Honored Senior Member

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    That's what the reps were telling dealers; Fender has never really said but the supposed "USA" ones were most likely just assembled in the USA with bodies and necks made in Japan. I suppose it's possible the bodies were finished in the USA, but the necks were most likely finished in Japan since the serial number decals were in the FujiGen production location and they had the Gotoh tuners like MIJ Fenders - plus both the bodies and necks have the FujiGen part number stamps. But the pickups and other content was identical regardless of where they were assembled.
     
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    I remember that the bridge is f spaced. The neck is wider than stock necks
     
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    Believer7713 The Modern Day Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The swap from the Floyd Rose Special to an OFR is a literal drop and swap. No mods whatsoever. I have done several swaps and have never had to make any changes to the body at all on that particular upgrade. Floyd Rose made the Special to be the exact same measurements as the OFR. The plate is even the same steel but the saddles and block are of inferior materials.
    The FR Pro on the other hand is a different dog all together and if you want to swap it into something like a Jackson with a 580LP then you will be doing some trimming on the route.
     
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    Thanks for this info! So you could just replace saddles + block and there'd be nothing of inferior quality left? I'm curious b/c I like to replace a Floyd block with brass anyway, and I prefer the GraphTech saddles made for a Floyd.
     
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    Believer7713 The Modern Day Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Yes, the plate and all of the screws are the same. This is directly from Floyd Rose.

    "The Floyd Rose Special is our Authentic version of a licensed Floyd Rose tremolo system manufactured in Korea exclusively for Floyd Rose. The Floyd Rose Special maintains design and features of an Original Floyd Rose, while utilizing zinc alloy saddles in place of steel and a zinc alloy sustain block in place of brass"
     
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    Good info! I have never had a Floyd. Recently got an RG570 with an Edge so I'm fairly new to trems. Good to know its an easy replacement if I upgrade the HM that I might get.
     
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    Ruscio Strat-O-Master

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    Now I feel foolish for not looking that up myself, but I really appreciate your taking the time to clue me in!
     
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    Believer7713 The Modern Day Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    No worries bud. I would really like to find someone that has a pile of extra steel OFR saddles so I could swap mine out on my Strat HH Active then make a new sustain block like my other two. I have just enough Copper to make one more large solid copper block.
    In fact My Jackson RRXMG had a FR Special in it and I made fat copper block for it and when I got my hands on an OFR the block was a direct swap.
    [​IMG]
     
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    diogoguitar Senior Stratmaster

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    Interesting. Did you have to swap the studs too or kept the original?
     
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    My bad. The f spacing Is if you want to change pickups
     
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    Believer7713 The Modern Day Frankenstein Strat-Talk Supporter

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    The studs are the same too. Here it is from the front in the RRXMG.
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    The cutout in the body was done long after the bridge swap and was for the D-Tuna...which does work on a floater with the help of the Tremsetter seen in the earlier pic from the back.

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    I want one.... 24 fret Strat, nothing better than that.... I always thought I'd have to get a PRS or a Jackson as my dream guitar
     
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    What was the one with the whole neck painted black? That's the one they need to bring back.
     
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    I think that was one of the Contemporary models.

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    They own Charvel they don't need to do this anymore. I hate the headstock.
    Get off my lawn!
     
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    Exactly my thoughts. I want one of these HM's but the Charvel San Dimas/So Cal family is so much better appointed. I would also add the Ibanez Genesis RG is a better buy and ticks the nostalgia box too.
     
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    Warmoth has 24-fret strat necks, either with an extension (overhang) at the usual 25.5" scale or via 24.74" conversion neck. The former would require moving the pickups (neck at least) back a bit to accommodate the extension. The latter is a simple swap-in replacement with no other mods needed.
     
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