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I remember them and thought they looked cool - wasn't that Fender's first unofficial 6 string bass or did they just do a 5?

There was a review in Guitarist that must've been about 1988. i think I still have it. I kept a small selection of the first ones I bought in a Guitarist binder

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I've got a Heartfield DR5 and if I could lay my hands on another one I'd have it as a back up acn't give a better recommendation than that

Great balance, good heft and huge sustain (I have to stop them ringing on)

Pick ups are a little quiet and battery life is appalling (1 duracell per gig)

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I can tell you Heartfield started as a Fujigen Gakki R&D project, it wasn't initially anything to do with Fender. However, Fender's attempts to introduce more modern instruments under their own name had failed consistently, so they subsequently adopted the Heartfield brand (designed in partnership with & built by Fujigen) as a vehicle for bringing less traditional designs to market.

Dunno owt about Heartfield basses though. Anything interesting?

Jon.

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A Heartfield Prophecy passed through my hands early 90s. Construction was okay, but sound was terrible. From what I remember, Fender was never involved in the design or production, just bought the rights, imported the range, and sold it as a Fender "brand".

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[quote name='Delberthot' post='1090609' date='Jan 15 2011, 04:39 PM']There was a review in Guitarist that must've been about 1988. i think I still have it. I kept a small selection of the first ones I bought in a Guitarist binder[/quote]

If that was a guitar, I may have reviewed it. Single slanted humbucker, pushbutton distortion. I enjoyed it. It was like a nu-metal LP Jr. The basses didn't leave much of an impression on me... lightweight Ibanez-styled stuff.

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How funny. I was going to start the exact same thread yesterday afternoon but got sidetracked?!!? WTF is that all about. ?!
Musta been something on tv or something subliminal :0)

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[quote name='gafbass02' post='1109013' date='Jan 31 2011, 07:51 AM']How funny. I was going to start the exact same thread yesterday afternoon but got sidetracked?!!? WTF is that all about. ?!
Musta been something on tv or something subliminal :0)[/quote]

Great minds and all that. I have no idea why I thought of them either. As you say I must have been watching a program about field based heart surgery or something.

:)

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Heartfield site here:

[url="http://heartfield-central.com/"]http://heartfield-central.com/[/url]

The basses look quite generic early 90s Japanese - very Ibby Soundgear/Tune Bass Maniac-esque.

J.

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[quote name='Bassassin' post='1109250' date='Jan 31 2011, 11:47 AM']The basses look quite generic early 90s Japanese - very Ibby Soundgear/Tune Bass Maniac-esque.[/quote]
Not even taken the time to look at the site, but seem to remember the designs were ripoffs of the Yamaha TRB (with a nod to Ken Smith) and RBX (with a nod to Guild's Pilot).

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There was some Fender involvement although I understand they all came out of the heartfeld factory in Japan, there was a 3 or 4 year run in the 90's with Fender Labelling. I have such a one.

It's a Fender Prophecy III bubinga wood and Maple skunk stripe through-neck. It feels amazing with a nice slender Jazz neck, it looks very ninties mainly due to the heartfeld shaped 2 and 2 headstock. It sounds exactly like a nineties active Fender PJ Special, because that's what the Electronics are. So that makes it a little drivey and crystaline and glassy sounding for most Fender fans.

So overall I think it's NOT a bad bass, but it's definitely not a vintage sounding thing. Maybe better for Pop, Metal, and Contemporary Jazz.

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