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Apr 6th, 2010 11:02 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I had a red Talon 1 that I really liked. Sold it but ran across one of the higher end models last summer at a pawn shop. It's an '89 Heartfield EX-1 in Blue Burst. Amazing guitar! Active pickups that are LOUD, and just in case you need more, it has a 10-12db boost switch! Rarely need that, but kinda cool. Also has the Fender Sweep Tone control. The neck radius is kinda flat but it has jumbo frets so it's easy to play. There isn't a lot out there on the EX or Elan models except on Heartfield Central. The pawn shop owner obviously didn't find that site as I got a good deal! Just curious if anyone else has one of these great guitars.



Sep 1st, 2010 01:52 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Anyone, Anyone, Bueheller??


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Sep 17th, 2010 08:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow I never heard of them before your post!



Sep 20th, 2010 09:24 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Wow a response! Yeah. Go to www.heartfield-central.com for the whole story and all the models. They were Fender's run at competing with the high end Ibanez's, PRS's, etc.. John Page helped with the design on them. And they were made in the Fugi-Gen factory in Japan where the TOL Ibanez's were also made. The entry level Talon Series more than resembles an Ibanez RG series. The rest are more unique- the RR Series, the EX, and Elans...blew a string on my customized '82 Bullet Saturday night so I used my Heartfield EX the rest of the night. I need to play it more! The sound is awesome- especialy on the harder rock songs. Def a fan of these great guitars!

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Sep 27th, 2010 06:17 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Are these made by Fender?

(This message was last edited by wnstardis at 06:20 PM, Sep 27th, 2010)



Oct 25th, 2010 01:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

They were designed by Fender- in fact, John Page did some of the design work for them. They were sold through authorized Fender dealers. The 1990-91 models usually say "Heartfield by Fender". The latter ones actually just say "Fender" on the headstock. The EX-1 I have is an '89 so it just says "Heartfield EX" on it. I had a '91 Talon model and it did say "Designed in the USA by Fender" on the back of its headstock. You can still download the manuals for these in PDF form from Fender's website which is kinda cool. Check out the official Heartfield site:


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Oct 31st, 2010 12:30 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

My Elan III that I once owned was the only FR-equipped guitar that I owned that I could actually get along with.




Apr 4th, 2011 02:16 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

An Elan is the next step in the Heartfield line! I say I would get rid of my EX1 for an Elan but I would probably want to keep them both LOL! They are that rare to run across! Someday :) I will have the money and see one at the right time I hope! Any EX or Elan is a wonderful guitar. High quality build the minute you pick it up!



Jul 15th, 2011 12:56 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

The Heartfields were made in the Fugi-Gen factory that also produced Ibanez's...The Talon's especially have a very "Ibanez" look similar to an RG series. The rest of the Heartfields are very distinct from other guitars. I think the EX series does resemble a PRS to some degree, carved top, and the headstock is kind of a reverse PRS style. The Elan's and RR's used the same headstock as the EX. The Talon's had the "pointy 80's" style, like a Jackson or Charvel.


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Apr 27th, 2012 09:56 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Just started a thread about my Heartfield RR58.

My Heartfield thread

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Jun 5th, 2012 03:34 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I tried one once and it didn't grab me. I could see why they were not competitive with the big name acoustics. Also, they were priced too high to compete with the entry level brands and models. I am sure there must be at least a few individual examples out there that are good and it sounds like you have one of them. I think that the failure of these was a driving reason behind Fender's buying of Guild which has been an up and down experiment in itself, especially with their low-end Chinese made GAD series.



Dec 1st, 2012 09:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I bought an RR9 on Ebay yesterday. I first heard about these guitars 2 years ago when I saw one on Craigslist. Here is an interesting article about this guitar:

Vintage Guitar magazine - April 1998

By Riley Wilson

A lot of players have used Les Paul Juniors over the years, for gigs as well as recording. Its a simple design which, in the right hands, can make people shout, wiggle, smile and dance, among other activities. If you ever wanted an updated version of the famous economy Les Paul, examine this months entree, the Heartfield RR.

Imported from Japan by Fender during the late 1980s, this guitar does a number of things very well, and at a bargain price. You should be able to find them used for less than $400, making them Gigmeister worthy.

Fender has made instruments overseas for many years now. The Heartfield line came about when the company wanted to try different ideas for instruments and market them under a different name. The Heartfield line included several guitars and basses, all incorporating decidedly un-Fender-like approaches to create several guitars. The RR, which certainly means rock and roll, looks like a cross between Paul Chandlers 555 and the G&L SC-3, with a bit of Les Paul Jr. thrown in. These "Made In Japan" instruments used top-quality components, including the Strat American Standard tremolo bridge, Gotoh tuners and a very unusual electronics package more about that later. The 22-fret neck joins the fingerboard in an unusual four-bolt pattern nearly identical to Ibanezs All Access Joint. The tapered headstock employs three-on-a-side tuners, while the headstock angle is so sharp it requires a volute, a la 70s-era Gibsons. The rosewood fingerboard has a flatter radius, like an 80s Charvel/Jackson, with more rounded fretwire. The neck shape is large and round, and feels quite nice, especially for players with larger hands.

Cosmetically, the RR is an eye-catching instrument, to say the least. This months feature is a bright yellow color with small glitter sparkles. It looks bright under any conditions, but especially under intense stage lights. The white mother of toilet seat pickguard looks neat and is cut in an unusual shape. The alder(?) body has a slight dressed away area for the right forearm, owing to its Fender heritage. The rest of the body is more like a Telecaster. Its not bad, but its not going to win any ergonomics awards.

One of the reasons players like the Telecaster or Les Paul Jr. is the lack of knobs. The Heartfield design team understood this and supplied the RR with a volume, tone and three lighted switches. Yes, the RR has active electronics, but they aren't difficult to figure out. The three raised rubber buttons each have an LED above them indicating which position is on. They give 1. single coil, 2. dual coil and 3. dual coil with distortion boost. Incidentally, the 9 volt battery has its own compartment, just ahead of the back plate for input jack, potentiometers, etc. The tone knob works on all three positions and the control knobs are identical to those used on the HM Strat series. Nice and comfy.

The final arbiter is sound, and lets get one thing clear this ain't a jazz box! This guitar is happiest when cranked into a loud, noisy amp. Even with a clean setting on my amp, I could hear distinct differences between the single and dual-coil modes. Its nice having the ability to change tones by pressing a button. If you have any experience at all with a TV remote, you'll enjoy this feature. The distortion isn't bad, either. With my Peavey Bandit set up for a clean, flat tone, the dirty setting reminded me of Cream-era Clapton, especially the live Crossroads tone. Roll the tone knob back to 1, and you get instant Swlabr or Spirit in the Sky! Its quick and handier than cranking a 100-watt Marshall to 10. Just like a stack on 10, setting three is noisy. It also sounds a bit compressed, not a problem for many players. The locking Gotoh tuners and tremolo system should stay in tune for most players. If you're gonna use the RR for slide, I would suggest heavier strings and higher action. The cutaway allows easy access to all 22 frets on the treble side and 18 on the bass side with a slide in hand. The volume and tone knobs are close and easy to manipulate, due to their larger physical size. With moderate amp distortion, the RR becomes louder and meaner. Setting one cuts through like a good Strat or Tele back pickup, while setting two sounds like a DiMarzio Super Distortion pickup. Setting three compresses the sound a bit, creating a super-saturated sound like Eruption or perhaps a Soldano wound too tight. I would prefer to use this setting while recording, as its a bit too hard to control live.

What's not to like about the RR? It's a one-trick pony back pickup or nothing. I'm not fond of active electronics on guitars, and this instruments settings are a little harsh, especially settings 1 and 2. While the humbucking pickup is a standard size, replacing it and getting it to interface with the onboard IC is another matter. This is a specialized guitar, and as such, won't appeal to vast numbers of people. It won't play mellow and really isn't happy unless it's given wide open spaces to romp in. However, if you're a dedicated rock or slide player, you might find the Heartfield RR just what you've been looking for."

"Yellow Sparkle" Heartfield RR9



Jan 4th, 2013 01:55 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Jim Bob, Heartfield never made any acoustics- only solidbody electris and basses. I think you have them confused with another brand perhaps??

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