worldlover wrote:I'm interested in their "Squier" signature models as well. Could they be built in the US and shipped over to Japan? Or were they Japanese made? Wonder if they will ever release them to the public!
Doubtful - sparkle finishes are hard to do and I can't think of a Squier guitar that has one. (I'm not saying there aren't any, but I don't personally know of any and I would be surprised to see one.) Also, Haruna's sparkle finish has *really* big sparkle flakes in it, which is even harder to do. She's got like a vintage-style sparkle finish. That guitar would be too expensive to release as a Squier.
As for where hers was built, I am not sure but it is definitely possible it's American. Lots of blogs have said it's based on a Blacktop Telecaster but there are some very obvious differences, most notably the neck and fretboard are completely different. It's a completely custom shop guitar with features that look similar to a Blacktop, but it is obviously not a Blacktop. Both Fender in the USA and Fender Japan have custom shops now, so it could have been built in either place and there are things only she is going to know about it (and maybe the rest of the band, if she lets them touch it).
I actually bought the "Go! Go! Guitar!" that had them on the cover with their new guitars a while back, but I was disappointed to see that she didn't talk about it in there! At least not as far as I can tell. The whole interview was just about Queens are Trumps, even though it's a guitar magazine.
Didn't Timo designed a bass with ESP earlier? Howcome she's not using it at all? That one certainly seems to be lighter than her Fenders.
I actually don't know about that. But now they obviously have a marketing deal with Squier, so she seems like she has to use a Squier bass for a certain number of songs, and maybe she just prefers a Fender bass the rest of the time because it feels similar. (And if her bass is like Haruna's guitar, it probably actually *is* a Fender.)
Anyway this is getting kind of off-topic, but hopefully everyone else knows that it's still basically about the weight Haruna's slinging over her shoulder every day, and what that does to the back and shoulder muscles.