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    The singer in my band saw a guy playing this guitar at a local church. He said the guy has brought a different guitar every Sunday for the last 4 months. He mentioned to the guy that I'm a Hamer nut and is trying to arrange a meetup. My jaw was on the ground when I saw Steve's (I think) double cut/Standard headstock CO at the book signing a couple of years ago, and I have a Gibson Les Paul XPL (same thing - double cut/Explorer headstock) that took me 10+ years to find. I absolutely LOVE that look. If I can get my hands on this one, I'll be one happy guy!
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    I spend so much time on each one of these that I have a hard time sending them out once they're done, but I relented and sent this one out last week. It landed with its new owner yesterday and I don't think he's an active member here, so I thought I'd share. The natural back and sides really worked on this one - to me it's a nice balance between classic and modern vibes.
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    Just another plane Jane bird My new Arizona PHOENIX BIRD~ body is made from one solid piece of mahogany which is amazingly light weight & very resonate... with a killer upper mid punch! If anybody's interested, here's the making of... https://hamerworkshop.wordpress.com/2010/09/ https://hamerworkshop.wordpress.com/2010/10/ I would also like to personally thank Scott aka ib2010 for originally contacting & working with me on this transaction... what can I say but another straight up honest HFC member comes through... Thanks Scott, I owe you big-time for this one of a kind bird!... I will cherish & RAWK it loudly so my neighbors can also appreciate it!
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    One of my best friends passed away a few years back ... He always used to tell me "I'm a Tele guy". Fantastic guy and fantastic musician. Once when he fell upon hard times I let him borrow my Strat and amp ... even though he was sick and also dealing with less than desirable living conditions and had no other guitars, he only played it a few times. "I'm a Tele guy" he said when I went to pick it up. I'm not a natural musician ... painting, drawing, I can do that in my sleep. So for me to play something that sounds halfway decent everything has to be right. I had played a friends Tele in the past and it sounded like crap. Or I should say, I sounded like crap. The damn thing weighed like 12 lbs. Just hated it. But recently I've noticed whenever I go over to a musician friends house they always have a beat up Tele partscaster leaning up against a chair or in a corner somewhere. It's usually their best sounding/favorite guitar even though they have nicer instruments scattered throughout the house. I've been taking bass lessons at the local music shop. When I'm in there I've been looking at the Teles ... they had a nice American Standard, black with white binding that everyone said was their favorite guitar in the store. I considered buying it, i've been working a lot and have some disposable income, but it was a bit on the pricey side. What if I didn't bond with it like so many other guitars that have come and gone? An expensive mistake, that's for sure. So when that very same day Dave posted the black Tele body in the for sale section. I jumped on it. Oh shit, what if it was sold? Halleluiah! I was the first caller. Perfect. Hey Dave, you wouldn't happen to have maple Tele neck laying about would you? Bingo! SCORE! Package arrived safely a few days ago (Daves packing is impeccable) I have never put together a partscaster before and even though I have skills I was really apprehensive about putting it together myself. I know there are only 4 screws but what if I fuck something up? So I went over to my friends shop. He's a amp repairman (that I just bought my Ampeg from) and Tele guy. Found the right length screws, BAM! Neck on securely. Once home I started watching youtube videos about stringing Teles and intonation etc. I slapped my favorite strings on there, once again apprehensive about set up, action, intonation etc. I was expecting it to be a big mess that I would have to take to my guitar tech for fine tuning. Wow, a miracle. It sounds and plays perfect. Low action, no buzzing ... neck pickup is incredible. How the heck did that happen? Anyway, after all these years I finally have found a pleasing amp / guitar combo that I can sit around the house and play ... and actually sound good. No constant knob fiddling, No icepicking, need for 6 different pedals, static cling, buzzing, weird annoying sounds etc. I think I'm a Tele guy
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    First time posting, may as well start off with what led me to this nice little place on the Interwebz. A little about myself - I'm a stay at home Dad who's only recently gotten into electric guitars, having played acoustic for awhile. I'm not very good but I enjoy it nonetheless - I play some classic rock, blues, etc., and I enjoy learning from YouTube lessons when I can. A few weeks ago I stopped by one of the local pawn shops to look at what they had for cheap Squier Strats, as I was thinking of trying to mod one for fun when I came across this monstrosity. At first glance it looked pretty rough and, TBH, pretty ugly too. Was that a vinyl linoleum paint job? A Floyd Rose trem? Reverse headstock? Ugh, I didn't want that. I wasn't familiar with the Hamer name but I did notice it said "USA". Hmmm. Intrigued, I took a few pictures and had to leave because my three year old was getting antsy (yes, I'm that guy who brings his kid along to a pawn shop - it's better than leaving her home alone). Anyways, we head home and I jump on my laptop and do a little research and find out it's a 1990 Centaura. I say to myself, "Well why not? It's got to be better than a MIC Squier Strat!" By this time my oldest daughter came home from school and so I loaded them up, went back, made sure the electronics worked, and bought it. It was $100, a little more than the Squiers they had on the wall. It's got some battle scars, to be sure, and the little boost switch got busted off a long time ago so they probably thought it was a decent price - heck, maybe that's all it's really worth but the neck and frets are in superb shape and the neck is very comfy - not too thick, not too thin - and it sounds fantastic. Very stratty with the SSL1's and the JB is the most obnoxiously delightful humbucker I've played so far. I'm not a shredder AT ALL and don't really care for metal, but I think it's a very versatile guitar. I've toyed with the idea of selling it to save up for a cleaner example, but I'm still on the fence with that plan - it makes for a great story, my first true pawn shop find. Even the ugly paint job is growing on me because it's so good at hiding the nicks and dings - so much for getting it refinished, haha. Anyways, that's my little introduction to Hamer guitars and this fine forum, and it's got me on the hunt for others in my neck of the woods. I have the feeling my Gibby LPM may be leaving the stable to make room for more Hamers. TL;DR - swing by your local pawn shops, you never know what you'll find.
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    #29/72 is back in the house. This is the one that was stolen from member Formula73 years ago and returned after I ended up with it. Since then, Brandon and I have sold it back and forth to each other a couple different times. Now it's back with me.....for now, LOL. But man these from the run of 72 are sure some good looking fiddles. Currently has Antiquity PAF's in it.
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    Yup, gotta do that again. Recommended for stress-relief. (never mind the truss rod screws, they`re already gone)
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    Great to see familiar faces and meet new ones, always the fun time. I admittedly was a man on a mission at the show as I'm sure Hamerica and a few other close friends know. My real focus was getting some new lines and stuff for my little growing shop. And when I found out George Lynch was attending, I hauled my "Dorothy's Slippers" ESP mutt from Louisiana to Dallas determined to put it in GL's hands at some point. He was my guitar idol during my most influential years and if you know anything about GL's tastes in guitars, you can clearly see his influence on me in my "Ruby" build and its characteristics. I just HAD to put it in his hands and just behold that, just see it with my own eyes. When I ran into him on Saturday, George was rushing around in tunnel vision trying to find a show official before his scheduled set and didn't have time for me right then. So I waited. He found who he was looking for by phone, so he was on the phone. As he was finishing the call, Vonnie told me he's going to be running somewhere else next, or pulled aside by fanbois just like you. "Pull it out (of the gig bag) and show it to him!" So I pulled "Ruby" out of a gig bag and held it up where he could see it. And I'll be damned, "Ruby" was his new high priority. His exact quote as he was ripping away on it unplugged, I mean going at it too: "Man, it is just perfect." He loved my neck work on it, the re-contour, re-radius ("this is 14 inches? no way, it feels flatter!") and my fretwork. He told me the neck feel reminded him of old Kubicki necks (holy shit!) and he said the set-up was perfect. And he took pics with his cell phone and texted them to his people at ESP. I fucking hit the floor. You can only imagine my elation. I was literally on the verge of tears. Less than an hour later, Ruby also impressed this old friend of mine, who had no idea I had finally opened my own repair and mod shop. He's known me from the Texas shows for probably 25 years or so and knew I wanted my own shop one day. He gave Ruby a spin and when I ran down her mod and upgrade shitlist and all my neck work, he told his eastern US rep in front of me "hook him up." And I hit the floor again. I ran into him again on Sunday and he told me and Von out of the blue "man, I love that guitar of yours. We talked about it again last night at dinner." I am so proud to earn his thumbs-up. I picked up another major pickup line at the show (TV Jones) and I added DR to my small list of string offerings (I LOVE their Pure Blues sets for stock strats and teles). Hand-picked some cool and nice wood tele bodies for custom builds in the coming months. Three bitchin' thinlines and a solidbody tele with strat arm and belly contours Needless to say, I had more than a good show for my up and coming shop. I had one of the most gratifying and fulfilling weekends of my life. I will never forget that Saturday for as long as I live. Priceless.
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    In honor of my 1000th post (only took 12 years) I have an older Hamer inbound from Austin Texas. 1991 Sunburst from Dan Carney (hfc-er djcaustin). It's the one that had a broken neck at the heel and BCR Greg repaired 6 years ago. I worked a deal with Dan after the ebay auction ended with no bids last night. He's going to ship it out tomorrow. Sweet looking, nicely yellowed honeyburst.
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    I think I understand what all the fuss was about. Love the size, how it fits me and how it sounds. Neck is thinner than I prefer - let's see if I can get used to it.
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    Love the guitars (my first exposure to them and all five senses were quite tantalized), and so glad I met the man behind them. I think I could have spent all weekend just chewing the fat with Mike about guitars and anything and everything else under the sun. Already looking forward to the next time.
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    The bandsaw has been working overtime this week.
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    My band Analog Jack performed at the Wenatchee Apple Blossom Festival last night. Brought a few guitars, but "Mr. Quilty" got most of the playing time. Wenatchee Washington is in the Columbia River Valley and is where 80% of the apples grown in the USA come from. The festival has been held since 1919 as a celebration of the fruit trees going into bloom. A two week party. I played my Duesenberg Double Cat 12 on three tunes. It's got a really cool chimey Byrds kinda vibe.
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    Boutique builders = too expensive for the ordinary working musician. Hence, only bought and "played" by rich office workers, way past 40, who belive that you get more tone if you pay more dollars. Great intruments, but they do very seldom get a good rock out. They never touch sweat, grease, spit, beer or being thrown about on, or off, stage, (if ever used on a stage at all). Hamer = boutiqe built guitars that actually has been part of rock n roll history since the early 1970's. In their hayday priced for the working musician to afford, with pizza marks to prove it. Todays boutiqe builders don't eat pizza, they eat organic food or Kobe beef. Hamer's were built for live action, touring, studio work, punk shows to jazz concerts. They were the real deal.
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    I thought Hamers were boutique guitars!
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    Dude. $100 for a functioning USA Hamer. We all hate you. Congrats on the SCORE and welcome to the coolest forum on the web.
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    The best part of B&W graphic specials is that there is always something different around the corner when it comes to design. Simple looking but nice and reasonable price. https://www.gbase.com/gear/hamer-usa-special-1981-custom-graphic-spider-web Peter
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    The fact he thinks a "$600 amplifier" is a big deal tells me all I need to know.
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    love it when a build or two start to take shape
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    A few that I ordered... Still have all but the Silver Surfer Standard, which was the last Hamer in a sparkle finish.
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    Given what you have done to remedy the situation, if he does he is a douche bag
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    I stopped by an amp repairman friends shop today ... curious to see if by any chance he had a silver face Princeton for sale, cheap like. Got something better. Well, maybe not better but sounds f'n perfect. Early 70's REVERBOJET I love this F'n amp ... instant exile on main st stones sounds ... and really, what could be better? ALL HAIL THE MIGHTY REVERBOJET!
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    Jr. (AKA: #13) and Sr. I don't know who ordered this BMF Monaco III, but I was lucky to have owned it for a period. Tort binding, carved back and wooden rear switch cover. Just wonderful. We all know about this one. The first chambered Korina Standard. You could say it is the Ultimate. The Butcher (#1 of 2). Chambered korina body, thick spruce top, Phat Cat pickups.
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    My 2 cents.... From what I have witnessed thru my guitardroom encept thru life (since mid 70's). The ones who start small, eventually get too big for there britches. 70's, early 80's Hamer, there was pretty much nothing custom, "pre~ boutique". Hamer was plowing the way. A "boutique Gibson" and then some. Dean was very close behind, as well as B.C. Rich, a few other add to the mix. They were "boutique" before the word was used. Eventually all have slumbered mentioned above to the demands of corporate entitlements of coin. Got to make that #. Compare Huber to a modern Hamer catalog guitar ? , sure, Huber is "more" boutique. Compare Huber to that Hamer Firebird custom order that was recently posted? coin toss, both Boutique. Guitars come and go as well as getting your hands dirty to cnc machines. When your lean, your mean. When your fat, you loaf.
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    In the hands of the lovely and talented Rich Moxley, with Elduave's band, The Tolerators:
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    Rainy weekend in Chicago, daughters off with their prom dates, wife off with her friends. Decided to do some recording. Spent the better part of Saturday morning trying to get inspired - instead spent the time trying to get the sound in my head to appear out of the gear on the floor. No luck. Pedalboard wasn't cooperating and the Boss GT-100 was sounding like it's typical mediocre self. Screw it -- Time has come to shake things up. Gathered up every pedal off the board (except the tuner and volume pedal), the GT-100, and a MIM Strat that has been collecting dust, threw them in the back of the car and headed to GC to engage in a little swap shopping. Two hours later, I walked out with a new Helix. Initial impressions... Heavy (~15 lbs) and built like a tank. I/Os are plentiful and will serve well for any situation -- Recording or live. Even has a mic input (which I'm pretty sure will never get used). The display and scribble strips are bright and easy to read from any angle. The UI and controls are very intuitive and easy to manipulate without having to do a lot of menu diving, making adjustments a breeze. I like the fact that it has impedance matching and a pad option for the guitar input. Outputs have plenty of gain and headphone amp is more than sufficient. These guys really did think of everything. After doing the obligatory firmware update (shipped with version 1.06 -- Latest is v2.21) and downloading the editing/library software, it was time to dive in. First stop -- Presets A few of them are pretty good. The majority of them are not, but that was expected. A lot of them sounded way too bright and shrill. I opened the Global EQ and rolled off the high end, which helped a lot. To Line 6's credit, they didn't build a lot of wacky noisemaker patches like Boss likes to do. There were a couple, but not many. Next stop -- Models and effects... I am by no means an amp expert. I know what I like, and I have a general idea of what different brands/styles tend to provide. The Helix is a playground in this department. The available amps are plentiful, and the tweakability is impressive. Having the ability to adjust tube sag and bias along with all the front panel controls (including the 4 band EQ on the Mesa Mark IV) was a pleasant surprise. You can match up the amp with the original speaker cab or mix and match to your heart's content -- They're all there. Mic it up with a selection of 16 different options, including dynamic, ribbon or condensor types, set the distance from the cabinet, and add room reflections if desired. Then there's the rat hole known as IR's -- I know nothing about these yet, but the option to use them in the future is there... As for effects, for the most part I like what I've heard so far. What I like most is the ability to use multiple instances of a style in the chain. Example -- On my analog board, I had a clean boost ahead of the OCD for the option to push the front end of the amp a bit, add the distortion pedal or have both going for full drive. I couldn't do that on the GT-100 -- It was one or the other. On the Helix, I could have 4 or 5 (or more) different overdrive/distortion pedals in the same patch if I wanted, and then set up snapshots of different combinations within the patch for different parts of the song, all available with a single switch. (My favorite combo so far is a TS808 with the gain turn all the way down and volume up in front of a Timmy Drive...) Same thing goes for the other effects. Tonally, the effects sound good and are very useable. Are they exact duplicates of the originals? For the ones I'm familiar with, no, but damned close. Building a patch from the ground up is a breeze using the editing software. BIg thumbs up in this department. While using the control on the board is not difficult, seeing everything on your monitor and using a mouse is always easier. Again, very intuitive interface makes it easy to add and adjust all the parameters. Without cracking the manual, I was able to build a couple different patches with little effort. Very impressive tool... Negatives Tuner -- While it is a huge display, the tuner is slow to respond and not particularly accurate. IMO, you're better off with an outboard tuner. Looper -- Easy to access and use, but available time is too short. I'll use one of the 4 available send/returns for an outboard unit. In the end... I have no experience with the other modelers out there (Kemper, Fractal, etc.), but I like what I'm hearing out of the Helix. The clean tones are not digital/fizzy (my biggest fear from long past Line 6 experience). While the tone was a bit cold & harsh out of the box, it was easy to warm it up. For my ears, the models sound and respond well to changes in playing, etc. The unit is a breeze to understand and use without having to crack open the manual. It sounds infinitely better than the Boss GT-100, and offers a lot more options than my old pedal board. End result -- Less gear, more options, better sound. I have a lot more to learn about this unit but, so far, no buyers remorse. Ask me in a couple months if I feel the same way... Oh yeah... The weekend is gone and I still didn't get anything recorded...
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    It's nothing a dowel, some wood glue and 5 minutes of your time won't fix. I'd just move on.
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    Nope - He tried to order one as well and got shot down too. The reason that I wanted that specific combination (as did Serial) is because of the long-winded story I've told before on here below. As an impressionable 19-year-old college freshman, I was eager to seek out all the guitar stores in my new college town in NC. I usually called first to see what they had in stock, and when the owner of one store countered with "tell me first what stuff you like", I mentioned Hamer, not dreaming that anybody would actually carry the brand. He told me that he thought I should stop by the store very soon and see some cool stuff. I walked into Sam Moss Guitars at 825 Burke St. in downtown Winston-Salem, and was honestly a little intimidated going through the door. It was a small shop, and they had all of these cheap-o Danelectros and bizarre '60s monstrosities hanging everywhere. There was nobody at the counter, but clearly somebody wrestling with something in the back. Among all the old stuff hanging, I really didn't care about at the time, I picked out a couple beat 50s LP Jrs, some 60s Fender Offsets with some vague interest, but was thinking I should leave before a store dood came out and asked me what I wanted. About that time, I noticed that there was a stand behind the counter that held a mythical beast - a Vintage Yellow PRS flametop. I had read about them in GP, but never saw one in the flesh, so was suddenly intrigued. I believe the white 3X5 card slid between the strings read "Paul Reed Smith Guitar - $1,650", which was almost triple what my brand new Les Paul Custom had recently cost me. The owner came out shortly after and I was racking my brain trying to think of an intelligent-sounding question to ask about this PRS. I managed to ask if that was a PRS or something stupid, and he basically told me that's what the sign said. Before the awkward lull kicked in, he said that that was one of the nicest new guitars he'd seen in a while and that Paul was doing some cool stuff up in Maryland. "But...check THIS out!". He ducked in the back and pulled out a Hamer case and popped it open on the counter. Inside was a Hamer Sunburst...but it had a carved top, bound 6-in-line Standard headstock with pearloid tuner buttons, big logo and a C/B/C three coil pickup, Sustainblock bridge and a gorgeous 3 tone Sunburst finish. I think it was the most beautiful guitar I'd seen in person - at least right up there with a greenburst Hamer Standard. He showed me where he had ordered his shop initials and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle name ("they'll let you put whatever you want on the headstock when you order one!"). He took the PRS off of its throne and hung it up with less memorable guitars, and then put the brand new Hamer on display. I was floored...smitten. I also knew that it was going to be well outside of my affordability, and likely half of my semester's tuition. After that, I looked for any excuse to get off campus and get downtown to ogle that guitar and whatever other cool stuff Sam got in the door. I finally ended up getting a Ferrari Red Special with a Floyd Rose from him later that year, but as much as I loved that one, it wasn't the flametopped beauty. Fast forward to several years later, and I was in DC at a big guitar show. I had just bought a drop-dead gorgeous Mary Kaye reissue '62 Strat right before, and was rebuilding my guitar fund. It was right at the end of the day, and I saw a familiar guitar in the back of a booth from a West Virginia dealer. It was the exact same Hamer "Electraglide SMG" guitar. I think they were asking @$800 or so for it, and I only had $350 with me and he wouldn't take a check, but said nobody was hot for it, so if I came back in the morning, he'd case it up for me. I couldn't believe that I had run into that same guitar, and the guy let me take a few pictures of it against a back wall. The next morning (cash in hand) I got there as the show opened, and found out that a Japanese dealer had snagged it the night before. apparently, two assistants wheeled a flatbed cart around the show floor after the public had left, and he pointed to things in booths and his assistants broke out checkbooks and stacked the cart full of cases. Crushing blow at the time, but one that got away - I've had plenty of those. A little further into the future, in the fairly early days of the HFC, I heard from Tombo here that the guitar was actually for sale in Japan, but the store didn't want to ship it. I tried to get him to procure the guitar for me, but was too slow, and another HFC'er managed to snag it and bring it back to the US, where it resides today. Here's a pic of it, but it has a different pickup arrangement now - it had was C/B/C new from Hamer and before it went overseas: Serial had reached out to the late Sam Moss in the early years of putting THE BOOK together, and Sam mentioned that he had ordered a few custom guitars back then, including a similar one with a P-90 at the neck. I forget whether he ended up buying that one from Sam or from David B. (who bought it from Sam's shop), but that's the one he had at the book signing. He recently sold that one for way more than I'd have been able to drop on it at the time, but it's also a KILLER guitar. So, anyway, I feel better now after typing that out for the 100th time, but now you know. The Standard headstock on a double cut Hamer may be "too obvious", but that will always be the Grail Guitar for me.
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    03' Mahogany Standards consecutive serial numbers Two tone Bust with Ebony Board , Orange Sparkle.
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    I hate to let this one go, but something big is coming in - ok...two things - and I have to make room. This guitar has it all! Light weight - 8.5 pounds Pearl double trapezoid inlays Double bound It's custom, hand made by Dan Shinn of Lay's Guitar in Akron, Ohio FIVE piece neck with two strips of walnut Great neck with rosewood fretboard CTS pots GFS PAF pickups Sea. Foam. Green! Hard case ...and rest assured, i got rid of those hideous knobs. It now sports chrome mini knobs (I'll snap some more pix if it's that important). Look at this freaking thing!! It's in great shape, save for a couple of small chips around the rear control plate (see below). Vintage style tuners and custom made "Explorer" in script on the head stock face... Need more photos? Let me know. $1250 shipped and PayPal-ed (gift) in the US. Email me (PM gets full fast) at kiz AT hamerfanclub DOT COM if you have any questions or when you want to scream, "I'LL TAKE IT!!"
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    Would you take $200 right now?
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    I snagged it. Took a chance
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    This one has been in climate controlled storage since 2001 when I bought it used. I was going to have it refinished in Imron banana yellow with all black appointments, because, you know...I like subtle guitars. But I never got around to it. It actually needs no refin anyway, the only major ding is on the tip of the headstock, which is not uncommon for Vs, as we all know. The body is in great shape, with the usual players wear on the back, but nothing even close to what a 33 year old "players" guitar should have. Frets are excellent. The only non-original part is the Kahler, which I swapped (chrome for the black) with someone on the HFC, but I can't remember who that was. I never got around to adding the black tuners. I have the non-original whammy bar. Pickup is the original DiMarzio, whatever was correct for that year. The case is original, and not beat up too much, but the locking latch doesn't work, and the glued seams are kind of failing. The interior is excellent. I'm gonna guess that no cat has ever visited the interior of this guitar case. This guitar plays and sounds fantastic. Fast neck, not chunky, but not super shredder-y either. I have only ever revved it through a Marshall JCM 800 & 900, and it has the tone you would expect. The urge to play the opening riff for "Armed & Ready" is overwhelming, and maybe segue into "Living After Midnight", but that's too obvious so I don't advocate that kind of hackneyed asshattery. SOLD
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    This is a collector's grade Hamer Sunburst that is about as original as I've seen. 1979 has the reputation of being the best year for early Sunbursts. Please refer to Jay's 'Murkat' original for sale ad. He took a lot of good pictures and gave a great description that I would only be repeating, though maybe not as well. The guitar is in exactly the same condition as when I bought it. I rarely play anymore so it only got light use from me and never left my bedroom. I did switch out the neck pickup surround with another original vintage piece (from my stash of early Hamer parts and pickups ) that matches excellently. I changed the strings ONCE! Click link: This baby has been mine for the last couple of years. It's one of the best (if not the best) of the early Sunbursts I've owned out of about a dozen throughout the years. This was a one owner guitar before it came to me. It's in good condition, a strong vibrant cherry color with only slight nitro cracks in the top finish (pretty rare as most have a lot of lines at this point in their life), the back is rich and dark, and the fingerboard is a highly figured rosewood. The board is thought to be Brazilian by Murkat, and just might be. Even though I can't guarantee it, I've seen brazilian boards that have a similar grain pattern. The back and edges have some chips and dings with some nitro cracks. The neck has a couple of dings with some nitro cracks. The top has a couple of small chips but really is in fantastic condition (the pictures show the condition of the entire guitar accurately). I liked Murkat's setup so well that I never messed with it. It currently has medium low action with a little room to go lower but not much. This Sunburst has a great neck! In my opinion it is the type of neck most players are looking for, though I realize that's subjective: Round and full for an early Sunburst. By today's standards I would call it a medium round neck. I really like the tone of this Sunburst. It's a little darker and bigger sounding than most I've had with a bridge tone that doesn't come up short. The bridge pickup is sometimes thought to be the Achilles Heel of the Sunburst but not this one. Overall an amazing vintage piece. Please take your time and ask all questions before you decide to purchase as the sale will be final. Thank you. SOLD!
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    Damn. This one hits me too. I saw Soundgarden with Serial and his bandmates back in fall of '96, and was expecting it to be the Kim Thayil show, since he was on the cover of every guitar mag back then for a run. Although every band member was just unbelievably talented, Chris Cornell blew the roof off the place. When the stage went dark and he did a solo acoustic version of "Black Hole Sun", it was an incredibly powerful moment. A great show, great band. 17 years later, almost to the day, I saw him do his solo acoustic show at the Lincoln here in DC. Our seats were dead center and close in, and I was once again blown away by his voice, playing and raw power. It was Chris, a stool, a mic and 7 acoustics on stands in an arc around him. K Just an amazing talent, and I'm very saddened that he no longer walks this planet.
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    Gatorburst. Boomers on Braz 4D spec headstock, chambered, klusons. one of the last out the factory (by acquisition off the HFC) and this one off Superpro. another by HFC acquisition
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    Steve's a very generous guy - I think the best unstated rule would be to maybe either pay the good deed forward in kind or find a nice charitable donation to a kid or music program or something. His hot sauce is also freakin' awesome...
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    <sigh> I'll start.
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    My Huber Krautster definitely feels rock and roll to me, and I clearly have no qualms dumping sweat, hormones, pheromones or any other bodily secretions on it. At the end of the day, it isn't about the guitar, it's about who's playing it. If some guy sweats all over a $10K Orca in public and his delivery is convincing, it's a rock and roll guitar, regardless of the price tag or the wood quality.
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    Please don't delete your original post. It's kind of fun watching Interweb friends snarl and bite at each others backsides. And this is The Hamer Fan Club. All you really need to do is add a line to your OP. 1. Sale Cancelled! I found another way to pay for the surgery and don't need to sell my Hamer. 2. NO LONGER FOR SALE. I woke up this morning and realized I can walk the 9 miles to work everyday so won't need to sell my Hamer. 3. I talked it over with my wife and we agreed her breasts are large enough and I won't need to sell my Hamer. 4. After considering all the options I have decided to keep my Hamer and live in a tent this summer. 5. I've decided this guitar would be next to impossible to replace and sold my left kidney instead. Take your choice or makeup one of your own.
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    At least fucking Brent is gone forever from here. He'd have found a way to chisel the price down somehow and would have shamelessly tried to flip it for 3X the asking price within 60 seconds.
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    My local store Music Mill (awesome store btw) is having a warehouse sale this weekend, and they took care of me... mint used ernie ball stingray classic. Olympic white, really nice birdseye neck. sold my stingray in my pre condo renovation purge, so I am pretty happy to get a classic. pics! also, plucked a nice taylor 214ce deluxe, which was a taylor roadshow guitar, new but they sold it as used, small nick on the side, nice tone.
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    Who would want to contact them?
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    Nope not an Impact Bass, not something rare and exotic that I rediscovered down in Buzzard Gulch. No such luck. It's a "jazz" guitar instrumental I did 20-something years ago that appeared on a solo album I did back then. It popped up while I was taking a break from the ol' respectable job and checking you tube for the lowdown on the Bilderbergers and Jay Leno's Garage. My old pal Jimmy Siegle drummed. I did everything else. I had borrowed a Johnny Smith from a local vintage dealer friend, primarily to give the rhythm guitar part a vintage-y archtop acoustic feel. Then, with about two hours before I had to get it back to my buddy, I made the fatal mistake of plugging the thing in. Wow-wee. I just ran the tape back to the head and played it through once. Back in the case, back to Dave. Still stands up OK, I guess. Visuals because I had to put something there.
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    I agree 100% (and there's been a cherry-finish '92 P90 added since this picture was taken). So yes, buy it.
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    You can never have enough Specials. Buy it. You can use it for a while and sell it. You'll at least get your money back.