oh how creepy...
this bizarre story was found on ebay:
Fender Foto-Flame Jazz Bass
RARE "HAMBURGLER" MODEL
EXTREMELY FINE CONDITION...NO RESERVE
The Legend: As you can see in the pics, the foto-flame
design of this Jazz has images of McDonald's "Hamburgler"
clearly visible in the finish. The story goes that one
of the graphic artists on the design team for the finish--for
whatever reason--integrated the Hamburgler image into his design.
One of his co-workers snitched on him...he was fired. The
giant junk food conglomerate, McDonald's, did not give permission
to use one of their closely-protected, reserved images so shipment
ceased on the quantity at the warehouse. Several hundred
pieces, however, got out prior to the discovery. Any of
the Jazz Foto-flames stand on their own as being an excellent
quality bass, produced by now-defunct Fender Japan, and is designed
with 60's features. This one has the extra notoriety of
being a bass that should have never been shipped in the first
place--one that contains the unlicensed likeness of a protected
corperate image. In all, three images appear on the back
of the neck--on the headstock, in the middle of the scale, and
near the heel.
i dunno - i definately see some kind of picture
in the imitation-flame,but i can't remember what the hamburgler
looked like. is that him?
the blue flash!
ah, those colors - there's no shape so ugly that an awful paint
job can't make worse. and this one is ugly in both directions
- now how special is that? maybe you're thinking that this isn't
the most ergonomic bass you've ever seen (judging by where the
straps are attatched you're supposed to wear it like a big pendant)
- but that's ok: if you start feeling nervous about having such
a large pointy object dangling from your neck, you can instantly
free yourself by hitting one of those large, plastic quick-release
fasteners. the bass will be hitting the floor in less than a
second - cool!