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  1. 8 points
    My brother is currently living in Manhattan and during a recent visit I was invited to visit Diablo at the house of Cali's. An early start and a little over an hour on a train and I was there! I was made incredibly welcome and, after my insistence of overcoming the "Rocky Steps," a stop off for lunch and the journey back, I insisted on being introduced to his collection. It's fair to say I have not played as many Hamer Californians in one sitting in my entire life. Very cool! Diablo plugged in and the journey began. Diablo has a different set-up to me as he likes to throw heroics on the whammy bar (which he demonstrated) so it took me a while to become adjusted making me play a bit ham fisted. Never the less it was a thrill to try them all out. First on my list was the Fath Double Cali. What a great looking guitar. I felt compelled to pull a suitable face. The O'Connor rose looks much better up close than on photographs. The gold leaf really pops and the shallow scalloping on ebony is really sweet. Next up was the C3 (named by Diablo as it is a Custom Chequered Cali). Love the look of this one. Great rock Cali well executed. Diablo questioned whether the binding was the right move? It absolutely was in my opinion as it really sets it all off. Love the red logo too. There can't be many Hamer's out there with red logos. That's 3 set-necks on Cali's in 10 minutes! Dayglo retina burning Cali next. The first bolt-on of the day. Single humbucker, reverse headstock, boomers, bad ass! Gatorbyte's former Cali. The red sparkle is insane. Really changes as you move the guitar and with the matching headstock and alternating boomers its brilliantly executed. I spent twice as long on this one as I did some of the others. The overtones on this particular model were all over the place. Hold a note and you can hear it change after 3 or 4 seconds. It almost sounds like it is crying (ok, my playing isn't that bad). Yes I am hitting the guitar (gently of course, with my palm) to get a suitable purr at the appropriate moment. Rock on!
  2. 7 points
    NGD was actually the day before Thanksgiving, but I just got around to being able to take some decent pics. 96 Artist wraptail. Great condition for a 20+ year old guitar. A couple small dents and some fret wear. Came with a TonePros intonatable wraptail installed plus the stock bridge. I swapped that out for a TonePros plain wraptail. Cleaner look and a smoother feel. Appropriately pictured next to my Valvetech since I got it from valvetechamps
  3. 6 points
    Last Cali. For today. The Bengal. Another really superbly well executed finish. I instantly felt like Satchel. A shame I can't play like him... The burst on this is much more apparent in person than in this photo. The blend from yellow's to orange is faultless. Another Cali with great overtones. Whatever you may think of Diablo's refin ideas one thing is for certain. They are all brilliantly executed and to a VERY high standard. There is absolutely nothing worse than a poor refin and it could also be argued that how a guitarist choses their guitar finish is like a reflection into their soul. Diablo's guitar's ROCK and reflect his self admitted devotion to 80's shred! I am really grateful for the opportunity to play them.
  4. 5 points
    Well he asks a high dollar for everything, then all of a sudden he throws some "Chum" in the water. Smell fishy, I don't like the guy and wouldn't touch anything he has FS. EVER
  5. 5 points
    Me too, but I know why I didn't by it. Nothing is free, especially smiles.
  6. 5 points
    Round two. No stopping for drinks. I was on a mission from Rock! O'Connor Cali Standard. Lovely looking guitar. Does everything you'd expect from it. I was actually interested in buying this one as Diablo knows but something else came up... Cali Swirl. I have never played a Cali with a swirl finish before. The finish is very well executed indeed and well suited to the guitar. Godzilla! Another well executed finish. Diablo was explaining the process of his design and how it was executed by Learn. A lovely playing guitar with plenty of edge. Calioactive. Yep. I am warming up for some more Rock poses. Loved this one. What you cant see from the Learn artwork is that the black is actually a smoke like effect. Up close this really shows. Diablo was explaining that he spec'd black and Learn surprised him with the additional feature which really compliments the radioactive theme on the face of the guitar.
  7. 4 points
    I have this posted over on facebook, figured I'd fling it here too... For Sale - 2008 Hamer Standard Custom, 9.5 out of 10 condition. Minor swirling / rash (should buff out) on the back, 3 tiny bb sized dings on the face, can't be photographed well, impossible to see more than 2 feet away. Chambered of course, I gigged it 3 times since I got it in 2010. Beautiful guitar, $3000 firm, will ship FedEx express saver to CONUS only at no additional cost. U.S. Postal Money Order (no paypal). Will ship upon receipt of money order. It's been a while, but I've done several transactions through the HFC board (all purchases though). I have it already boxed up as someone told me they were buying it, been holding onto it for over a month, so it's back up for sale. I'm not rich, but I'm not poor. Will only contemplate lowering the price for a local pickup in Albany, NY. Any questions, ask away. Thanks for your time...
  8. 4 points
    ^^^ This. I've had a 335, Newport, Korina and hawg Artists, and multiple Studios. If you line them up from "solid body sounding" to that woody ES335 "sound", it wouldn't surprise you: Studio Artist Newport ES-335 Bottom line, if you want the "335 sound", get a 335. Artists are cool, but they are not a 335. Conversely, if you like an Artist, don't get a 335. The Newport is somewhere in between sound wise, but still not a 335. FWIW - i still have the Newport and korina Artist. I would have kept the 335, but the neck was so odd shaped, it was practically flat on the back. Sounded great, but i just didn't bond with it. Of course, my normal advice is get one of each. Then sell what you don't want to keep. It's fun spending other people's money. Hope that helps. ETA: A little pron is needed for this thread...
  9. 4 points
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  12. 3 points
    I dunno - I dig bright-white. Unless you can source a new Stadium logo, you'll want to leave the headstock alone....
  13. 3 points
    Beautiful Saturn, and this turned into a good thread as well. Learned a couple new things... Question on identifying the body differences... Read that before, and in staring at Steve's photos above i'm still having a hard time seeing the differences. Is it the shape of the upper bout? Mine has what I believe is a leftover 21 fretter with stripe, but not sure on the body... Love this guitar. Came to me with Duncans, but I managed to score a set of Superrocks and put it back to stock.
  14. 3 points
    I should let the pics do the talking, but the lowdown - this is a perfect, light weight, that balances perfectly on a strap or sitting down. The neck is amazing too - really nice, fat and round profile, and it is super comfortable up and down everywhere. I plugged it in, and the 3 TVJ PowerTrons are a solid match. The 1-3-5 positions are round, full and clear, and the 2-4 positions are like a thicker Strat "in-between" quack. the "2" position is instant Knopfler/Gurley territory, and the "4" gets that Hendrix/SRV thang. The Gotoh trem is a really great surprise. It is super smooth, and stays in perfect tune with the Sperzel locking tuners (and a well-cut nut!). Everything is, as expected, top notch. When you look at it, you don't want to stop looking at it, and when you're playing it, you don't want to stop playing it! The Reverse 6-in-line is a thing of beauty. The bevel and contouring is where the artistry really shows. The flame from the neck wood shows through to the front as a compliment to the jet black ebony of the headstock and fingerboard. When Mike and I were initially discussing the build, I was thinking about binding the headstock too, but Mike suggested this, and said "trust me". I'm glad I did - it's one of my favorite features, and looks KILLER! This is a tough finish to capture in photos for some reason - it is actually a bit richer looking in person, and looks everything from Teal to Blue to Aquamarine depending on the light. We swung by the old Hamer/Ovation/Guild factory to snap a few pics down by the river on the old table that's still there (got a great tour of the reopened Ovation shop from Darren too!). Mike and I grabbed lunch at the Parrot Delaney Tavern, which occupies much of the space that the Hamer/Ovation sales offices used to. Our table was pretty much where Jol's old office used to be - I think I was sitting under where a NightRanger Platinum album once hung! Really awesome day, really amazing guitar!
  15. 3 points
    I'm back from a really fun and memorable visit to CT and Shishkov World HQ. It is always great to hang with some of the most hospitable and genuinely awesome friends a guy could have, and it was cool to sneak a quick peak at a couple things that are in the works and talk some maximum guitar geekery. Mike likes to keep his customers builds under wraps for the most part, but I did get to check out a semi-hollow build and was just blown away with how cool those are going to be. If anybody is on the fence about talking with Mike about an order, reach out and have that conversation - you won't regret it one bit! On to #0066... Mike greeted me with a smile, a brotherly hug and a cold beer when I pulled up, which was a great way to end a 7 hour car ride. We hung out for a good long while catching up, and then he very casually asked if I wanted to check out the guitar... 😜 he brought out the cream-colored case and popped the hinges and stood back. I know we've all had those moments when it feels like the air is sucked out of the room, and that's what I got when I opened the case and saw it in person and ready to rock:
  16. 2 points
  17. 2 points
    I survived. I did stay sitting down after the exertions involved in trying the Double Cali first!
  18. 2 points
    I'm sorry to see it go for so cheap, but I'm glad that Smiley didn't get to rip anyone off.
  19. 2 points
    Not mine but here: https://reverb.com/item/6615337-hamer-usa-500k-special-taper-pot-1979-2014
  20. 2 points
    Deadly combination there for sure. Nabbing another Valvetech is on my Shortlist.
  21. 2 points
    Schwiiiing!!!! A wraptail Artist is on my bucket list. 2nd coolest double cut Hamer model, after the original sustainblock Sunburst.
  22. 2 points
    A few "in progress" shots that I can reveal now that the cat's outta the bag... One has been on Mike's website since maybe March?
  23. 2 points
    After much teeth gnashing, I have decided to move some of my Hamer collection...First up is the Aqua Talladega most of you saw not long ago in a thread here. I have decided to keep my Hamer 'players' and concentrate on becoming a better player. I will also be listing a Studio Custom, Monaco Elite, and Artist Ultimate... all in excellent condition. I would rather keep them in the family so will work better deal for each with a member. Thanks, Steve. SOLD Link to Talladega: https://reverb.com/item/7527126-hamer-talladega-2008-rare-custom-order-light-aqua-blue-finish Link to Artist Ultimate: https://reverb.com/item/7527376-hamer-artist-ultimater-2003-cognac SOLD Link to 2005 Studio Custom: https://reverb.com/item/7528377-hamer-studio-custom-1995-liquid-gold-natural Link to 2003 Monaco Elite: https://reverb.com/item/7530094-hamer-monaco-elite-1993-transparent-cherry
  24. 2 points
    That is ugly. Even as a cookie.
  25. 2 points
    Hm, this will produce a lot of „Aaaaahs“ & Oooohs“ for shure. Here and everywhere. Awesome! Good luck, Steve!
  26. 2 points
    It pops up again. A little beat, but it doesn't get much rarer than a 90 without the P-90s. https://www.gumtree.com.au/s-ad/brunswick-east/guitars-amps/hamer-newport-90-semi-hollowbody/1167471564 Pic I saved of it a decade ago! (time flys)
  27. 2 points
    Mine isn't. But it was my 1st, and I wouldn't sell it for $900.00 Wrap Tails Rawk!
  28. 2 points
    Can't forget about Daisy, the friendly shop dawg!
  29. 2 points
    More color stuff...I was totally blown away! More to come soon...I just got in from a long ride back from CT to hang with Mike & the family for an all too brief visit.
  30. 2 points
    Kev uploaded this to the FB group- man, what a kickass shot! Was taken in Zaragoza Spain a couple of weeks ago Photo credit - Marisol Huertas
  31. 1 point
    Number 22 for sale. Excellent condition. 5.44 pounds of spectacular craftsmanship. Definitely rules for jazz, but can visit other planets within reasonable context. i was surprised at the volume levels i could get before feedback, as in a nice workable level for a reasonable ensemble. Kindly priced at $3,250 shipped, will spilt paypal. Cont. U.S. only please, no trades please. Thanks for looking, s (ps i may or may not have the certificate, i'll have to do a deep search) ( will do a pic heavy bump later this week)
  32. 1 point
  33. 1 point
    I was THIS close to just pulling the trigger. I may have had to sell my other 3 vibes, which would have been fine too, I guess!
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  36. 1 point
    He was politely suggesting that you refrain from interjecting a show-off post on a PSA thread for a different guitar. I think your Studio is gorgeous. I also think you might get a warmer reception to it from others here by posting on the main message board....like here: Just a thought.
  37. 1 point
  38. 1 point
    Here is what I pulled out of the R8 and I didn't think they sounded bad at all. That is why I've had the guitar this long and haven't touched the pickups. I couldn't wait and had a few minutes to kill. I've played the first Slash Signature guitars in 2006 and loved the pickups through a class a amp and they are just as I remembered. Only issue is the middle position, not a fan.
  39. 1 point
    There you go. Gibson is now commercializing Christmas. It just seems so out of place and dirty.
  40. 1 point
    Been putting this off for years but I’ve finally learned all five pentatonic positions. Does everyone know these. I’ve been out front letting Hamer and Shishkov eat the weeds for the past several days. I can’t leave them by themselves out here so I sit on the porch practicing these, among other things.
  41. 1 point
    ...would prefer a Kahler, of course!
  42. 1 point
    I was playing it extensively last night, and it truly gets more awesome to me every time I pick it up. I got the Luminlay fully charged, and it was glowing even with the lights on. I tried to capture the "my view" of the figuring on the neck - it looks so 3D and like super deep water when in hand - no pics were able to begin to do that justice!
  43. 1 point
    I've had a few. At one point it was a little out of control.
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    Your Tele looks great for exactly what it is, which is -without a doubt- a Dallas-era Schecter. For the reasons that I mentioned -and this is all apparent, within a split-second glance of your photos- it is impossible for your guitar to have been manufactured any earlier than 1984, and it was likely made a bit later than that. The Tele that the anonymous person that you quoted mentions is alike, in the same way that any of the "PT"-style Schecters -from any iteration of the company, including the present-day one- would be similar, in that it has two tappable humbuckers & gold/brass parts. It would be nice, from a sales price perspective- if yours was a Van Nuys instrument, but it's not remotely possible. And it would have sold, within a day or two, at your asking price, for sure. None of this takes anything away from the quality of your guitar, but since you are continuing to seek out information on it, I wanted to weigh in with some facts. Good luck with your sale!
  46. 1 point
    Watching/listening to this, and eagerly awaiting 1/12/18:
  47. 1 point
    I had forgotten about this Hamer... Love that head stock! Much better than the shrimp fork version on his Dean's IMHO. This band and Dime were pivotal in carrying on the banner of metal in the early 90's. Hot damn, I thought they were just crushing when I heard Cowboys! And then Vulgar just plain kicked me in the nuts (in a good way... if that's possible) Dime inspired me to maintain my dedication to shredding- were it not for him, I'd now be doing open chord tripe and rehashed blues-
  48. 1 point
    The fretboard work is some of the coolest stuff to see Mike do, in my opinion. This is the jet black ebony board with perfect MOP Crown inlays and triple stacked Ivoroid binding...
  49. 1 point
  50. 1 point
    And a thick necked silver studio with Ebony board i sold. Wish I hadn't. Though I do like the current hamer more fits my hand better. One of django49's purge guitars