FS: Heartfield DR4 w OHSC MIJ at Fujigen Gakki (The Poor Man's Wal!) - Rare Color
For sale is a 1991 Heartfield DR4 in very good condition and the rare "Graphite" finish with original Fender-branded hard case and a little case candy (the owners manual!). The bass was made in Japan at the legendary Fujigen factory.
I wasn't planning to list this for sale but was talking to a TB buddy who was interested. I realized that I have three DR4s, again, so this one has to go.
Now, I affectionately, and accurately call these basses "the poor man's Wal" because they incorporate filter-based active electronics, like the Wal. Activate the toggle switch to go from regular active electronics to the filter-based mode. I recorded several tracks on my college band's CD using the six-string version of this bass, and indeed you can hear the Wal-like growl for a fraction of the cost, which is exactly why I started playing these basses in the early 90's as a college student. Today, I own several Wal basses, yet I have never given up on my Heartfields, and I actually play them more than my Wals. They are more ergonomic, lighter, and easier to play. My Heartfields are simply among my favorite basses!
These basses were conceived in the late 80's at the Fujigen factory. They were developed in collaboration with Fender and Fujigen for Fender to be able to better compete in the "design-forward" market where they were losing badly to Ibanez and other foreign copanies/manufacturers who departed from traditional designs in favor of creating more contemporary instruments.
As a result, these basses have many unique "design-forward" features. In addition to the unique electronics, this bass has a "Tri-lam" neck. Tri lam means that in addition to the usual neck and fingerboard "layers" to the neck, there is a third layer, a laminate of graphite in between. This was meant to give the best of both worlds-- the organic tone of wood with some of the benefits of graphite such as reduced "dead spots." You can see the graphite woven fibers at the headstock as they emerge from under the finger board. Very cool.
These basses are also very light weight and balance quite well. Ergonomically speaking, these are among my favorite basses to play. Nice thin neck profile too. Very fast action if you want it as you can get the strings nice and low.
String spacing is nice and wide, and the pickups are two noiseless jazz style pickups made by EMG for Heartfield.
For more info and history, check out this cool fan site Heartfield Central
This bass is in very good condition. Just a couple of tiny scratches,etc. that I have photographed below in high resolution. As you can see they are hardly noticeable.
The finish is Graphite as mentioned. It is a very cool finish, appears black, brown, green or gray depending on the lighitng. Very subtle and cool looking.
The bass will be shipped to you in the OHSC. The case works great but somehow a previous owner must have left it near heat as it has an area that melted down tot he foam. I have no idea how this could have happened but I wish I could meet the guy to hear the story! That said the case is fully functional and protective, and can surely be rejuvenated with some TLC.
My asking price is $SOLD shipped, CONUS only. Add $25 for shipping to MST or PST time zones. If you have any questions or want to make a best offer, please PM me. I much prefer to do a cash sale here as I am trying to clear some space. I am listing other cool basses for sale right now as well so check the boards! :)
Thanks for looking.
To the top for a clean MIJ machine. Feel free to PM best offers. I am selling off a bunch of stuff in a fall cleaning effort mandating by my spouse. In other words this has to find a new home.
Sold pending payment.
Bass is sold. Thanks everyone.
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