Fender HM Strat Ultra Reviews
I stumbled over this guitar in a music shop. It looks quite strange, and the guys there didnt know what it was. One said it was a Fender Strat Plus and another said it was a Strat Ultra. I was testing it and discovered it played like butter and that the sound was great - but the price was low so I decided to buy it, since I had a need for a Strat. Later I discovered it was a HM Strat Ultra, a model quite rare made only in 1990-92, and which some say had to be ordered from the factory (but I donīt know if that is true).
This is a quite rare guitar, and its not so well-known. I guess itīs often mistaken for being an ordinary HM Strat, a model said to be of lesser quality and often made in Japan in the late 1980s - a period when Fender had some overall problems with their quality. But the HM Strat Ultra was the top of the line of the Heavy Metal (HM) Strats and can be recognized by its flame maple top, the ebony fingerboard with its triangular mother-of-pearl inlays, the Fender logo on the peghead also in mother-of-pearl, and its three different Lace pickups. If you find a good exemplar of one of these for a decent price: buy it! Perhaps you need to change the pickups if you want a fatter sound, and then you will have a real great player! But save the pickups, since this guitar in the future can have a value for collectors...Jerry rated this unit on 2003-03-10.
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