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Squier HM Bass, anyone have one (besides me)?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Billy-Bob, Dec 7, 2005.


  1. Billy-Bob

    Billy-Bob

    Nov 4, 2005
    So Cal
    Searched the thread titles--no luck. I can't possibly be the only goofus who has one of these, plays it more often than any of my "good" basses, and use it at more gigs than I probably should. After all, it has about the goofy-est looking pointy head stock ever made...

    Made in Korea, late 80's--87, 88, probably the first year of the Korean made Squier, Japanese in quality, great neck, super lite, P&J configuration, sounds killer. Bought it by accident (grainy e-bay photo), but did I get lucky.

    Anyone else ever had one, seen one?


    Billy-Bob
     
  2. Kainpaintball

    Kainpaintball

    Apr 6, 2006
    hey i think i might have one send me a pic to see if i am right does yours have the angled headstock?
     
  3. Billy-Bob

    Billy-Bob

    Nov 4, 2005
    So Cal
    Whattaya know, there is another one out there. I think you have one, the goofy angled headstock is the giveaway.

    You ever play it much? I still play mine more than most of my other basses. It sounds and plays like a Fender, and is super lite.

    Billy-Bob
     
  4. wafc81

    wafc81

    Aug 18, 2006
    hello my friend, I have one in Ecuador south america, i Own it since 1990, it´s very nice, and I love it, now I´m looking for a short scale bass,
     
  5. nitecop559

    nitecop559

    Apr 20, 2006
    I have 2 of the Fender (Japan) HM basses...love um.. not the highest quality but it plays nice..
     
  6. bubblysax

    bubblysax -----cut here-----

    Aug 2, 2006
    Suffolk UK
    Just sold a HM on Ebay for just over £100 ($195). I think the buyer got a bargain. Thought it was a great bass for the price, excellent neck, and loved the looks (similar headstock design to both my L'arrivee and Carvin). If I had the room, I definitely would have kept it.
     
  7. Billy-Bob

    Billy-Bob

    Nov 4, 2005
    So Cal
    Yes. I would say that was a bargain. I just gigged with mine again this weekend and remembered why I like this cheapo bass so much--super lite, sounds like a Fender, and as you said has a great neck.

    Billy-Bob
     
  8. justinb515

    justinb515

    May 23, 2006
    Metropolis,IL
    Pic???
     
  9. bubblysax

    bubblysax -----cut here-----

    Aug 2, 2006
    Suffolk UK
    Here's the only pic I have left of the one I sold.

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    I want it back!!!!!!!!
     
  10. Billy-Bob

    Billy-Bob

    Nov 4, 2005
    So Cal
    Nice bass! Mine is black, but I sure like the looks of your former bass better. I'm still baffled by the headstock design, but at least it tilts back.

    Billy-Bob
     
  11. bubblysax

    bubblysax -----cut here-----

    Aug 2, 2006
    Suffolk UK
    Yeah, it looks great in any colour. I would certainly get one again if one came up on Evilbay. I am a devotee of the pointy headstocks (Larrivee, Carvin and now Charvel!). I don't know why, they just do something for me (as well as sounding good, and playing well, of course).

    I also like that there don't seem to be many of them around compared to the roundnose headstocks.
     
  12. asha23

    asha23

    Sep 12, 2006
    I have one of these bad boys... I have had it since 1989....

    its got such a sweet sound..

    mine is a little battered, but it has been well gigged/toured etc, I spruced it up with a hand made walnut scratchplate in around 1991, so its now pretty unique..

    I have never seen these on sale anywhere, apart from that one on Ebay (which you sold for £100) - man.. You should have got so much more for it than that due to it's rarity.. They didn't make all that many and they weren't around for long. I believe they are japanese components, assembled in Korea. Very solid... I paid £200 for it new in '89 so it wasn't exactly the cheapest bass on the market... At that time you could get a Mexican precision for around £50 more. Despite the fact it is a squier.. It is a very good one.. .

    I wouldn't part with mine for less than £300 now..

    The neck is the narrowest of any bass I have seen (apart from handmade ones) and even fender Jazz basses have a wider neck.

    It sure sounds chunky... Ideal for Rage Against The Machine style funk metal... I use mine mainly for studio work as I am predominantly a guitarist now. But it is the best bass I have ever owned.. Including more expensive ones I have.

    I wouldn't part with it. It has such sentimental value now..

    If anyone wants pics, then mail me... Like I say, these basses are so damn rare now.
     
  13. asha23

    asha23

    Sep 12, 2006
    hehe no strings at the moment.. ;)

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  14. Billy-Bob

    Billy-Bob

    Nov 4, 2005
    So Cal
    Nice bass. That has always been my thought, as well--MIJ components assembled in Korea. No way the Koreans could have come up with the perfect fit and finish and great P/U's these have the first year these Squiers were moved to Korea, in my (very unqualified) opinion/best guess. If anyone knows differently, please post it.

    Billy-Bob
     
  15. jmac85

    jmac85

    Mar 22, 2008
    Duluth, MN
    I've got the Squier HM-V with Lace Sensor pickups. Anyone else have one of the 5 string versions??
     
  16. afireinside

    afireinside

    Jan 3, 2008
    Michigan
    Gor one a few months ago dont know anything about her really


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  17. Demonator

    Demonator

    Jun 14, 2009
    L.J. Kentucky
    Dean Street Team
    These are pretty cool.
     
  18. jameshdurham

    jameshdurham

    Aug 13, 2010
    I have one of these, a 5-string in blue. I like it because of the rarity and 80's look. It sounds good, has no buckle rash, and the frets and fretboard are still in pretty good shape. The strings are a bit close for my clumsy style of playing, though.

    If anyone is interested, I might be willing to part with it since it's mostly just taking up space on the wall. I thought about ebay, but would rather sell it to someone who I know will appreciate it. I'll try to get some pics up soon.
     
  19. hmbass

    hmbass

    Aug 16, 2009
    I have two now. A four string and a five string. Both blue. They were both made in 1989.
    Neat bassses and sleepers in my opinion. Good build quality,thin necks, good sound and nice sustain thanks to their badass type bridges. I've started calling them "the blues".
     
  20. jameshdurham

    jameshdurham

    Aug 13, 2010