After some bad experiences with the staff at Guitar Center in South Austin I bought this bass thought the Round Rock store. I overpaid a bit, but I've been yearning for a mahogany neck and body bass. It's supposed to be an early Cruise Bass with aftermarket EMGs which I prefer over the DiMarzios that the early ones came with. I believe they are aftermarket because the wiring job is pewp; at first the bass would not work, swapped the battery, same. Shook the cables, it started working.
I've always liked the style of the Cruise Bass, and I like the creme color with white pickguard
With the exception of the neck the finish is in decent shape for an 80s bass that has been played
The neck is straight and the frets are in great shape
It is relatively light, in the 9-9.5 pound range at a guess (my 2nd digital scale is MIA)
Of the available pickups that would have come with a Cruise Bass my first choice would have been EMGs
It was sold to me as having the original HSC. If a cardboard box with shipping wrap was the original HSC, then that's what I got.
The back of the neck has finish unevenly scraped off the top layer of finish but not to the wood. I have sandpaper and creme colored lacquer (reranch aerosol), can repair
I need to track down at least one loose connection in the electronics, but I may just take it apart and rewire it properly or add an EMG EQ
So regarding the bad the wiring and finish on the back of the neck aren't deal breakers as I consider them to be minor repairs. The case, on the other hand, pissed me off seriously. A form fitted original case would make the bass worth more, but then it would also make it heavy to carry around (being plywood and all). The guys at the South Austin GC were useless; despite several of them telling me it had the original HSC they shipped it off without a case and no note to the Round Rock guys that it was missing. Even the invoice listed it.
Elliot, Chris and Will at the Round Rock Guitar Center were extremely accommodating and tried to track down the original case. The SA store claimed they never got it, so they called to the previous store that had it to try and find it with no luck. They tried to locate another one with no luck (no surprise there I could have told them if they'd found one it would probably have been for the newer Cruise model anyways). They offered me another case and let me pick from what they had in store, which was a lot actually. I actually went cheap with a Road Runner lightweight case because I'd like to keep the weight down, and it fit the bass perfectly. Not the original HSC, but the case I would have purchased anyways. They made sure I was happy and that I knew I could just decline the bass if I wasn't happy.
Anyhoo, as it is a well known fact that a lack of a picture means there is no actual bass, I give you the Hamer Cruise Bass: