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Re: SCANDAL's Signature Fender Models
Posted Thu Dec 17, 2020 7:07 pm

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You are indeed right, there. The HARU sig is the best looking of the three. Even for the Squier range, I think the Skullsilver looked the best. When I bought the Squier set, the Skullsilver didn't need setting up. Playability was superb from the get go. The tone was great and I didn't even upgrade her pickups.

MAMI's Stratomaster on the other hand... Grin



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Re: SCANDAL's Signature Fender Models
Posted Sat Dec 25, 2021 5:16 pm

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How are your gold hardwares holding up after a year? I haven't played mine much with the fear of tarnishing the gold hardware 😅 it still plays great no set up done from the day i acquired it last year and still play the same to this day. This is a haruna tele btw 😅

I got a used red mami strat, it was quite a bargain so i didn't refuse it. Plus from where i live, you'll never or barely see that thing😅 but yeah the gold is all tarnished and some gold coating of the saddles are gone. Small dings here and there but who cares anymore it's mami's sig! 😅

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Re: SCANDAL's Signature Fender Models
Posted Tue Dec 28, 2021 1:04 pm

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peaceharu wrote:How are your gold hardwares holding up after a year? I haven't played mine much with the fear of tarnishing the gold hardware 😅 it still plays great no set up done from the day i acquired it last year and still play the same to this day. This is a haruna tele btw 😅

I got a used red mami strat, it was quite a bargain so i didn't refuse it. Plus from where i live, you'll never or barely see that thing😅 but yeah the gold is all tarnished and some gold coating of the saddles are gone. Small dings here and there but who cares anymore it's mami's sig! 😅

You should be able to get some authentic fender parts to replace warn out keys etc.

Also an environmental thing, I believe fans living in areas with high heat/humidity tend to have discolouration first, my 3 fenders still looking good.

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SCANDAL's New Signature Fender Models
Posted Sat Jun 11, 2022 12:25 am

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SCANDAL's newest line of signature models will be released on August 21st!

・HARUNA TELECASTER BOOST - 187,000 yen

・MAMI STRATOCASTER OMOCHI - 187,000 yen

・ TOMOMI JAZZ BASS - 187,000 yen


Also being released are original straps with SCANDAL's logo on it. (I called this back in October lol)


Overseas fans who'd like to purchase any of these instruments/straps can do so via Ikebe!





SCANDAL'S SIGNATURE INSTRUMENTS

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In 2017, SCANDAL signed an endorsement deal with Fender, making them the first Japanese female artist to do so, and announced their signature models during that same year. Five years later, HARUNA, MAMI, and TOMOMI, who are celebrating the 14th anniversary of their major debut this year, have each created instruments they currently want the most with their own particularities, entering as latest signature models.

Sales start August 21, 2022





HARUNA TELECASTER BOOST

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As its name suggests, the HARUNA TELECASTER BOOST is a Telecaster guitar that condenses HARUNA's commitment to support SCANDAL's songs, which are rich in variety from ballads to pop styles, to hard-rock tunes. The body features original pearl binding over Arctic White, and gives off a beautiful impression with the combination of silver hardware and matching headstock. Mahogany is selected for the material of the body, and the combination of the Adjusto-Matic bridge and two Shawbucker pickups creates a hard, thick sound that has never been heard before. Additionally, the maple neck with a block inlay unified with the body binding has a satin finish, and the slim neck grip and vintage-style frets provide smooth playability.


HARUNA TELECASTER BOOST
MSRP: 187,000 yen (tax included)



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I really liked the shape and tone of my previous signature guitar, which I used so much for concerts that it'd be the only one that I'd use. This "HARUNA TELECASTER BOOST" was completed with the desire to create a more powerful guitar that can handle SCANDAL's early songs! My previous guitar was white and gold, and this time it is a white and silver one that has a stylish finish that is easy for people of all ages and genders to use. Since it is a very easy-to-use guitar for guitar beginners, I'd like for them to pick one up! (HARUNA)


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The body features original pearl binding over Arctic White, and gives off a beautiful impression with the combination of silver hardware and matching headstock. Mahogany is selected for the material of the body, and the combination of the Adjusto-Matic bridge and two Shawbucker pickups creates a hard, thick sound that has never been heard before.


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The maple neck with a highly-playable satin finish is equipped with a vintage-style tuner. The back of the headstock features an autograph as proof of it being a signature model.





MAMI STRATOCASTER OMOCHI

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This product's name "OMOCHI" was given by MAMI herself from its traditional Japanese design and body color designed for the pickups, as well as its sound. In addition to it giving off a soft appearance from its first impression, it features a powerful and core tone that is crucial for SCANDAL's songs, and a clean tone that is soft and supple like mochi. The body shape which features an archtop and binding is covered with a vintage white matching headstock for a look brimming with originality. The "Mami Custom Humbucking" pickups, engraved with geometric patterns designed by MAMI herself, support a surprisingly wide range of genres, from deep distortion to glittering, clean tones. Additionally, it is a Stratocaster guitar that realizes MAMI's ideals of considering practicality on stage: its master volume and master tone knobs placed at the position of the normal tone knob so as not to interfere with hard playing, and a tremolo bridge with 2-point support that stabilizes tuning.


MAMI STRATOCASTER OMOCHI
MSRP: 187,000 yen (tax included)


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Since the tones of SCANDAL's songs are expanding, I wanted one guitar that could handle it all - That's why this "MAMI STRATOCASTER OMOCHI" was made. This time I chose a Stratocaster equipped with a humbucker, and I was very particular about the sound so that I could hear everything from powerful sounds to refreshing and gorgeous tones. Normal Strats have three knobs, but this one has two so that it's easy to play at concerts. Also, the traditional Japanese design on the pickups was designed by me! Please take a look and check it out! (MAMI)


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The "Mami Custom Humbucking" pickups, engraved with geometric patterns designed by MAMI herself, support a surprisingly wide range of genres, from deep distortion to glittering, clean tones. Additionally, the master volume and master tone knobs are placed where normal tone knob positions would be, so as not to interfere with hard play. The tremolo bridge with 2-point support stabilizes tuning, giving consideration to practicality on stage.


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The maple neck with a highly-playable satin finish is equipped with a vintage-style tuner. The surface is the same color as the body, and the back of the headstock features an autograph as proof of it being a signature model.





TOMOMI JAZZ BASS

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The most distinctive feature of the TOMOMI JAZZ BASS is the original body color "Clear Fiesta." This finish that features a traditional impression but has a transparent wood grain finish was completed by TOMOMI herself. The combination of a mint green pickguard, a cream-colored pickup cover, and a stack knob found on the very early Jazz Basses of 1960-61 gives it an unprecedented look. To improve playability, an alder body and a vintage-style bridge were selected for the thick and chewy classic tone output by the Pure Vintage ‘64 Single-Coil Jazz Bass, and the neck incorporates modern elements such as a slim "C" grip with a 9.5" radius.


TOMOMI JAZZ BASS
MSRP: 187,000 yen (tax included)



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Because my previous signature model was a Precision Bass, I chose a Jazz Bass this time. I really like the original body color, the thing I was the most particular about, which was completed after many meetings with the Fender team! I also like the use of stack knobs from the early 60s, which I had wanted to use someday. It has a thick sound but has a modern neck, so although it has a powerful sound it is easy to play, and truly is an instrument that the best of everything! (TOMOMI)


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"Clear Fiesta" is used for the body color. This finish that features a traditional impression but has a transparent wood grain finish was completed by TOMOMI herself. The combination of a mint green pickguard, a cream-colored pickup cover, and a stack knob found on the very early Jazz Basses of 1960-61 gives it an unprecedented look.


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The maple neck with a highly-playable satin finish is equipped with a vintage-style tuner. The back of the headstock features an autograph as proof of it being a signature model.





SCANDAL SIGNATURE STRAPS

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These straps and their specifications, colors, and designs were produced under the supervision of HARUNA, MAMI, and TOMOMI with the intent of using them with their signature models. These high-quality products from the US are made from uniqe, high-quality leather with a relic finish. The front of the strap is embossed with the Fender and SCANDAL logos. Available in three colors: Black, white, brown.


SCANDAL ORIGINAL STRAP
MSRP: 11,000 yen (tax included)







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Re: SCANDAL's Signature Fender Models
Posted Sat Jun 11, 2022 1:59 pm

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so has anyone placed a reservation for one of these models yet?

current conversion is about $1400US and im actually interested in both the tele and the strat. already made my "melting ice cream" replica. received my red mami sig not too long ago, but rarely take it out of the case because its too pretty. now they do this to me lol. 

the boost tele reminds me of a cross between a troublemaker and jim adkins sig. the silver pearloid binding is a nice touch. i just wish the truss rod adjustment was more accessible. looks like the neck needs to be removed to adjust it. beautiful and classy instrument nonetheless, without being too in your face. 

the omochi strat upon first look was "just another super strat" till i realized it had an arched top, binding, and mami's own signature pups. just read that the neck carve is compound from C to D shape and also has compound fretboard radius. interesting!

they seem to have focused less on aesthetics this time around and concentrated more on practical use for their individual styles, which i can appreciate as it looks like ill be gigging again soon, and would consider using either of these on stage. more utilitarian than before. no gold. couple stickers here and there (dont yell at me lol) and totally become rock and roll instruments. 

next month. anaheim. if i see either of these instruments on stage. or both. i will be compelled.

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Re: SCANDAL's Signature Fender Models
Posted Sat Jun 11, 2022 4:57 pm

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It does look like these new signature instruments are much more suited to the members' personal playing preferences.  All three have Satin finished necks, so no gloss for sweaty hands to stick to under hot stage lights.  MAMI's in particular seems to combine aspects of her Les Paul and Ice Cream Stratocaster, which seem to be her most used live guitars to date.  2 point vibrato bridge, body shape, scale length, controls of the Strat, and the rosewood fretboard, (what appears to be) a carved arch top, binding, and the 2 humbucker pickups of the Les Paul. 

TOMOMI has always seemed to lean towards Jazz Basses so it was a bit odd she chose a Precision for her first signature.  The stacked volume/tone configuration is an interesting choice, I don't remember if she's ever played a Jazz like that before.  It's also cool to see the grounding strip running from the bridge to under the bridge pickup.  Outside of reissues you never see them.  Inversely, the comfort carve at the heel with the 5 screw neck attachment is something you never see on the more vintage style Fender basses.  I'm not crazy about the pickup cover color but overall aesthetically it's my favorite of the three.  Possibly my favorite of the instruments overall entirely.

HARUNA really likes her Telecasters.  Seems like a combination of her Squier and first Fender sig guitars.  It actually really reminds me a lot of the Silent Siren Telecaster.  The maple fretboard with pearloid inlays is nice, very regal looking.  The Les Paul style bridge/tailpiece and controls is interesting too, I don't remember her ever playing any Les Paul-style guitars.  Seems she also likes the vintage 7.25" radius, MAMI went for a compound 9.5-14" and Tomomi a 9.5", and if I remember right all the original Fender sigs were the vintage 7.25" radius.  It does make sense I suppose, a rounder radius is better for chords, which being the rhythm guitarist she spends 95% of her time playing.  She's also the odd one out in that she didn't get the contoured heel joint like MAMI and TOMOMI, just the standard Fender rectangular neck joint and plate.

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Re: SCANDAL's Signature Fender Models
Posted Sat Jun 11, 2022 6:57 pm

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Their performance Masterpiece at the 15th Anniversary live will give you a brief idea how these signature Fenders are sound wise.
@Sanshiro The contoured heel realli is a nice touch. But since Haruna is the rhythm player she doesn't reach the upper register that much as Mami so neck joint stability came first.
I remember a documentary (from DVD?) that Haruna was holding/playing Mam's placid blue Les Paul while taking i the studio.
I would complain about the 2 new sig. axes at these price points still loaded with such filmsy Kluson style tuners OMG! If you are an aggressive player you almost have to tune them between each songs.
Can't count on them especially on a guitar with tremolo!
Haruna said in couple of interviews that she found her guitars were not powerful enough on stage and that's why her Skullsilver was built that way.
One thing to mention her new sig. axe is of Mahogany body that would help to match the soundscape of Mami's Les Paul.
BTW. my complaint again. Haruna's on stage guitar volume are always so low compared to Mami's!Hard to hear her even when Mami's is not playing.

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Re: SCANDAL's Signature Fender Models
Posted Sat Jun 11, 2022 7:50 pm

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Metal Mickey wrote:Their performance Masterpiece at the 15th Anniversary live will give you a brief idea how these signature Fenders are sound wise.
@Sanshiro The contoured heel realli is a nice touch. But since Haruna is the rhythm player she doesn't reach the upper register that much as Mami so neck joint stability came first.
I remember a documentary (from DVD?) that Haruna was holding/playing Mam's placid blue Les Paul while taking i the studio.
I would complain about the 2 new sig. axes at these price points still loaded with such filmsy Kluson style tuners OMG! If you are an aggressive player you almost have to tune them between each songs.
Can't count on them especially on a guitar with tremolo!
Haruna said in couple of interviews that she found her guitars were not powerful enough on stage and that's why her Skullsilver was built that way.
One thing to mention her new sig. axe is of Mahogany body that would help to match the soundscape of Mami's Les Paul.
BTW. my complaint again. Haruna's on stage guitar volume are always so low compared to Mami's!Hard to hear her even when Mami's is not playing.
Good point about Haruna and her lesser need for upper register access, and the mahogany body too, I didn't catch that.  So perhaps she is trying to get the most Les Paul like sound she can get from Fender. 

I have to say I've never had an issue with the vintage style Fender Klusons.  I have a Squier Jazzmaster (not Mami's) that I use the vibrato pretty hard with sometimes and it's rock solid as far as tuning goes, and that's with the stock Squier tuners. I did replace the stock Squier vibrato unit with a Fender Japan one though.

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Re: SCANDAL's Signature Fender Models
Posted Wed Jun 15, 2022 2:41 pm


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So Mami's new guitar is basically the Modern Stratocaster HH with one knob removed (a significant improvement IMO), and Haruna's is the Parallel Universe Troublemaker Telecaster with a tighter fretboard radius. Plus the paint & binding colours, of course, which are pretty understated. Kinda surprised they went for such 'safe' models, given how blinged-out their previous signatures were with all the gold and pearlescent parts.

The prices are pretty good. Fender's been increasing their prices a lot recently in most countries so I would've expected new models to come in a little higher.

Has anywhere posted a more detailed specification of the Mami Custom pickups yet? Usually when Fender make a brand new pickup they publish at least basic specifications for them like magnet type and approximate output; I'm surprised there isn't any detail on the product pages. I'd love to know what she's chosen, considering she's had such a wide mixture of humbuckers before.

Metal Mickey wrote:The contoured heel realli is a nice touch. But since Haruna is the rhythm player she doesn't reach the upper register that much as Mami so neck joint stability came first.

Yeah, it probably makes no difference to Haruna whether her guitar has a contoured heel or not, but I expect the final decision was more about cost/Fender wanting to keep to standard shapes they were already making. Structurally, the offset bolts of the contoured heel are a more stable arrangement than the square pattern of the standard heel. The only downside to the contoured heel is that it's not compatible with some heel-access truss rods, and Fender refuse to make 7.25" necks with headstock truss adjustment. Fender have always been really weird about insisting on certain 'vintage' specifications never mixing with modern ones. (I once inquired about ordering a Custom Shop guitar with a 7.25" board and headstock truss access and Fender flat-out said they would not make that combination, even though many other builders do and even the Squier brand did in the early 90s!)
So if Haruna really wanted the 7.25" radius then Fender probably insisted on the neck having the truss access at the heel, which in turn would prevent using the contoured heel. That's in keeping with both Haruna and Mami's previous signature models which also had heel truss adjustment, 7.25" radius and the standard square heel.

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Re: SCANDAL's Signature Fender Models
Posted Thu Sep 01, 2022 2:42 am


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My Mami Omochi Strat arrived today from Japan.

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Re: SCANDAL's Signature Fender Models
Posted Thu Sep 01, 2022 10:18 pm


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12.65k and 8.27k suggests they are indeed the same as the Modern Modified Type I pickups which are in the standard model, as those are specified at 12.5k and 8.4k; deviation from spec by +/-0.25k is totally normal, depending on temperature, humidity, and standard manufacturing tolerances.
Of course the magnets could be different, or they could have gotten to the same DC reading using a different type or gauge of wire, but I doubt that. (We'd need to get inductance, gauss and Q readings to know for certain, or actually open the pickups up of course.) Fender don't do custom pickups very often and when they do it's almost always an older model simply with a new cover or bobbin colour. So these readings make it a very safe bet that that the Mami Custom Humbucking Pickup is the Modern Modified Type I with new covers.

(For people who can't afford a whole new guitar, in common aftermarket terms that means a Seymour Duncan Custom/59 Hybrid and Whole Lotta Humbucker are the closest matches tonally, while the DiMarzio Norton and Air Classic Neck are the closest strictly in terms of on-paper spec.)

It's interesting that it seemed to be implied this guitar was going to substitute the Les Paul (at least to keep the Fender sponsorship happy), yet it's kept the pickups which are much more powerful than the LP has. The jump between the ~7.4k A3 pickups in the LP to ~12.5k A5s in this is significant. Though it does make sense to have more variety rather than lots of overlap.

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Re: SCANDAL's Signature Fender Models
Posted Wed Oct 05, 2022 7:41 am

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