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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Stinkoman20xx, Jul 8, 2004.
Anybody got info on these basses? what do they sound like?
I looked all over the Fender site, didn't find any mention of the HM bass.
I had a HM-V and it wasn't that great.....
Really thin neck, really light body with a so so finish job. It has three J pups in it. Some were made in USA, most were MIJ.
They were made in the early '90's and only made it for a few years.
Also forgot to mention, pup selection was made via a strat style 5 position selector. That left, if I remember correctly, a volume and a tone control.
FJ68 is (I believe) correct on all points, except I think they sounded OK. Once broke a string on my Alembic mid-gig, and was too dumb to bring a backup, so the opener's HM 5 did the job.
I tried one in a store once. Light, with a thin neck.
One of the pup switch settings gave a hollow sound (think strat) that might possibly be good for slap.
I had a black HM-V (Heartfield Model 5) bass that I really liked. Because of the 3 J pickups, you could get a meaty p-bass sound, two complex, scooped sounds, a Musicman-esque "bonky" sound, and a nasal growl. Instead of fiddling with blend knobs you had a 5-way switch, a center detented tone pot and a master volume to dial in cool sounds with.
...and nice lubricated tuners.
It was a very unique, conveniently passive bass that absolutely everyone asked about.
WHAT'S THAT BASS?!?
I want it back.