I have several from back in the day. They are very, very special. Made by some pretty hardcore Japanese craftsmen, including the main man Shigeki who is still there today apparently. Just extremely fine instruments. Always lots of "guts" in the tone, wonderful necks, etc. I have probably four different ones from when I endorsed them in '94-'97: Hellcat 4 string, Hellcat 8 string, Tempest, and a Jazz bass type.
Jerose: "Don't forget LEDs!...you need enough to effectively render an assailant blind...once he's defeated you can reward yourself with Pez".