In 1973, the H.S. Anderson brand was launched by Mr. Toshio 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.
Original vintage ‘70s Mad Cats are very rare and hard to find guitars, sought after by numerous collectors.