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Unknown Squier

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Larbacca, Mar 2, 2014.

  1. Larbacca


    Mar 2, 2014
    A neighbor (guitar player) was going to toss this bass in the trash a few years back, so I snagged it and gave it it to my step daughter. Since she was 11 and lost interest in a barely functional bass, it was put aside. Anyway, I am having a tough time id'ing it. The wings seem high for a jazz or p bass and the color is odd. Any ideas? Reason I'm interested is that I may make this a project for myself. Thanks very much.
  2. JDLowEnd


    Dec 19, 2010
    Norwich, CT
  3. Son of Wobble

    Son of Wobble

    Mar 8, 2010
    OP, standing by for the photos!
  4. Larbacca


    Mar 2, 2014
    Yeah, sorry, had to jump to the pc. I was having problems with the phone upload. Stand by...
  5. Larbacca


    Mar 2, 2014
    The other strange thing is the serial number. It seems very old by the fender/squier conventions. I've played around with it and it's not as bad as I thought 5 plus years ago. It just needs some work. I want to repaint and restring it and maybe change out the pick ups. What better way to learn than on something that was about to be literally thrown out?
  6. Ken R

    Ken R Supporting Member

    Jan 14, 2007
    Howell NJ
    HM series bass
  7. Larbacca


    Mar 2, 2014
    Good you can see the pics. I could see them on the pc but they look like smiley faces on the phone. Thanks very much.
  8. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    Yep likely late 80's. Korean made. In good shape worth $150-$200 or so. For free its a very good price:).
  9. ubnomnar

    ubnomnar Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2009
    So Cal
    As in Heavy Metal... :bassist:

  10. Rich McCoy

    Rich McCoy

    Apr 8, 2013
    I would own it. Just needs a little work probably.
  11. circuitspore


    Aug 27, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
    Yup, HM series bass. There was a corresponding guitar line as well. Made by the Cort factory in South Korea, so should be a decent instrument. Especially for free!
  12. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Yes, it's a Squier HM- I've played it before but went with another Squier model, the MB5 (Modern Bass 5) as it was a five string. Thing about both these basses I've noticed were the pickups were very weak. Definitely could use changing, playability is pretty good though. Nice and light weight much like an Ibanez bass.
  13. A friend has the HM Strat and I believe it is MIA.
  14. Larbacca


    Mar 2, 2014
    So I've taken this bass apart, cleaned the body (kid graffiti), replaced the truss rod cover, and put in a new nut. I'm going to put dimarzios and new tuners on after I make a decision on the body. Should I get it refinished or keep it as this late 80s teal? I don't think it matters much except the relic factor. I'd prefer a more subdued color and it's not like it's a 60s era pbass.
  15. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    Personally, I would rattlecan refinish it (it came out of the trash, not worth a pro refin imo) in some white or off white. That would be plenty 80s with the matching headstock, and would also be suitable for other styles (tux colors, ya know?). Dimarzios would probably be a good pickup choice (given the jazz is the right size), but if the tuners do their job, I would keep them. Just my 2 cents
  16. circuitspore


    Aug 27, 2006
    Raleigh, NC
    Refinish that bad boy in day-glo pink. :ninja:

    Extra bonus if you can do a 'crackle' finish like this:

  17. Larbacca


    Mar 2, 2014
    I never put the after pics of this bass. It was a fun little project making it a lighter look and cleaning it up. I changed the nut to a Carvin graphite nut, the cover to white, and chromed the rest of the hardware. It looked less 80's metal and more what the 80's thought the 50's looked like. The pickups are the tone monster P/J set and they worked out great. I also put flats on it. It was a deep, smooth bass. I've since sold it to a collector of HM basses, but thought I'd share the completed project.
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