Mad Cat History
In 1973, the H.S. Anderson brand was launched by Moridaira, and one of the employees Mr. Shiino Hidesato (HS) designed what would become an iconic guitar, the Mad Cat.
While most Japanese companies in the ‘70s produced copies from famous US-models, the Mad Cat was something completely unique. The body construction was based around a walnut center strip, with sen ash sides and tiger maple top and bottom.
The hardware and pickups were not what people would normally associate with a tele-type guitar, but is more similar to a hardtail strat-style guitar, and the unique leopard-style pickguards further distinguished the Mad Cat.
A little over 500 Mad Cats were made during the ‘70s, including a small batch made OEM for Hohner USA with a Hohner logo in the H.S. Anderson style.
– Vintage Correct Re-issue of the original 1970’s H.S. Anderson / Hohner Mad Cats
– Handmade in Japan
– Walnut / Ash / Maple body construction
– All maple neck, 21 frets, C-shape
– 42,8mm nut width
– 240R (9,4”) Radius
– 2mm (0,0787”) x 1mm (0,0394”) vintage frets
– 2 string retainers
– Gotoh GTC102 Hardtail Bridge, Callaham USA vintage bent-steel saddles (also included are extra Gotoh modern type saddles), 10,5mm string spacing
– Gotoh SG360 Machine Heads, 1:14 gear ratio
– Heartbreaker custom-made pickups with individual measurement report
– 1 volume control, 1 tone control, 4-way switch
– Polyurethane lacquer, custom made for Moridaira, color matched to 1984 Mad Cat
– Unique headstock shape
– Pearloid H.S. Anderson logo
– Stamped serial nr on back of headstock
– Leopard pickguards, leopard output jack plate and black body binding
– SKB-66 case with full-length neck support