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  1. 27 points
    lotta talk about Gibson... here's a few shots of a 2013 (or 14) Gibson Custom Shop 58 explorer full neck, 7 lbs 1 oz... Aspen white, believe it was a limited run of 15-20. Had been watching it for a couple months on the GC used section, and jumped on it when the price dropped... As with any GC transaction... It was a little bit of a white knuckle ride. when it shipped the package weighed 13 lbs... yikes, they forgot the case. thankfully, they used a good box with tons of bubble wrap... case arriving today. Plays and sounds great, beautiful action... possibly the world's oldest strings... lol nice and raw, custom buckers I believe... very happy. for all the crap Gibson is getting, when they get it right, they knock it out of the park. pics, enjoy...
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  4. 19 points
    OK folks, following up from the "Gibby Disease is spreading" thread, "Henry In My Hanky" Part Deux as promised: ES-335 in a very cool color, Faded Light-Burst, nitro finish, nice figuring, traditionally built maple-poplar-maple laminate, ABR-1 direct into top hide-glue, BB 1 & BB 2, mahogany neck with rosewood fretboard and MOP inlays. This thing sounds and feels fantastic!
  5. 18 points
    Just posted this on Facebook ... now you know how deep a boomer is ... in-progress pics during the re-radius of CajunBoy's '88 Chap to correct a subtle neck twist prior to refret. A typical Hamer overbuild three decades ago paid off today ... the original material thickness preserved the original shape of the inlays despite significant re-shaping in some areas of the fingerboard. The thickness you see is AFTER re-radiusing. ** the fuzz on the fingerboard is off a naphtha-doused cloth. I naphtha'ed the fingerboard to aid in photo contrast. **
  6. 17 points
    I can't reveal much at the moment but that much I know: 6 strings, 2 humbuckers, maple top (that I got to choose last year in April when I was visiting the Shishkov Empire) matching headstock and Mike is already on it .I've got proof (and no, it's not a lefty :-) .....Thanks you Trish, for the pictures!!!
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  8. 16 points
    Putting Tom's custom Hamer Standard up for sale. Still in excellent condition. Custom ordered through BCR Greg by Tom. Indigo Blue finish on the top only, chambered body. Weighs 8 lbs., 4 ounces. 10 crowns on ebony fretboard. Bound headstock and inlaid logo '59 style neck profile: 1st fret - .857", 12th fret - .951" Seymour Duncan '59 Pickups, Neck - 7.63k, Bridge - 8.43k Chrome hardware, with factory TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece, Schaller Tuners. Top figure looks like a boat wake. Thus the Aircraft Carrier monicker. Has one small ding near the pickup switch. It's small, maybe pin tip size. It's to the right of the glaring sun spot in the close-up pic of the switch below. Has some small impressions on the back near the top right wing edge. COA and original hardshell case included. $2870 shipped & PayPal'd. U.S. shipping only. No trades please. PM me if interested.
  9. 16 points
    It’s been awhile, but things have been moving along in the shop. I know I’ve said it before, but as much as I love it when a build is finished and the guitar is ready to sing, my favorite part of the process is at this point. Working with such unique tops and watching them take shape really is the coolest.
  10. 16 points
    I've had a few clients ask me in recent times about cigar box guitars. They've apparently grown in popularity in recent years for what I'd guess is the novelty, the easier learning curve and/or the potential low cost to acquire one. I've never worked on one, I've never even played one. So I figured I get experience with them by building one from scratch. Since I don't know shit about cigar box guitars, I went about it my way with what I know about guitars and what I like guitars to do in general. I threw together some parts from my regular luthiery and repair suppliers and from a large CBG supplier I found online. And from the local military surplus. Here's the teasers ... video demo coming later this week. You really got to see and hear it in action to appreciate it. I'm actually kinda proud of it. And I can tell you now, that's a potted 8.8K alnico "real" humbucker. This ain't geared for just open-tuning sharecropper porch blues.
  11. 15 points
    Tons of guitars, amps, pedals have passed in and out of my home and the only thing that really matters is if you got it in your hands. I've lost track, but I estimate that over 100 guitars have landed here and I can count on 1 hand how many had that extra 10%, that thing. Well not as many amps as guitars but its the same thing, I've tried so many things and made so many excuses on why it has or had not worked. Biggest turnaround happened Saturday Night at the gig, 1 guitar, 1 amp, no net. Clams Happen, but never in my life had I been on such and emotional roller coaster than after the that gig. While driving on Sunday my wife pulled her phone out and ask me if I wanted to listen to a few of the songs that she recorded and I said yes. At the start of every song, I knew at what point that clam was coming or missed cue. Yep it nailed it every time, but she looked at me and said, "I don't hear that and neither does anybody else sitting out there". You know what, she's right. She also played me Gel, which I do the lead on. I don't play it like the record but it made me smile because it sounded damn good. So instead of crawling under a rock, I went to the woodshed last night and i'll do it again tonight because I need it, I need to play like I was 15 again for the pure love of just doing it.
  12. 15 points
    Finally got it back what do you guys think?
  13. 14 points
    Do you own a non-Hamer and non-CO guitar which is particularly appealing to you? If you do.... what do you like from it? Here’s mine: a vintage Hoyer 5069 made in Germany in 1977. It has a quite chunky neck I find very comfortable. Its original Hoyer pickups are actually fat single-coils which adjust well to everything I needed to play while in my last gig, from rock to funk to reggae to latin to whatever —it can even handle metal! It was my main guitar from 2011 to 2014. I’ve stopped playing live, but I’m keeping this one.
  14. 14 points
    Mine is a 4 Digit, all mahogany Standard that Stike worked his magic on...
  15. 13 points
    Snagged this on Reverb's St. Patrick's Day 15% sale. Though listed as a "floor model," there isn't a ding or scratch to be found. I've been told they take them out of the case, take pictures, then put them back. The last few Gibsons I bought had glaring finish flaws; this one doesn't. There's a stray file mark here and there on the fretboard, but other than that, it's good! It played fine out of the box, but I need to do "my" set-up on it. Surprises: It's very light; maybe 6.5 pounds or so; it came with knob pointers installed; the body has black binding on the back, as well as the front; the back wood matches the neck, and is better quality than expected. The top wood is supposed to be plain maple, but it's obviously better than that!
  16. 13 points
    Japanese. Limba. Pointy. Hokay. Did a trade with my bruv, Fernie Rod, shop manager at Brawer Instrument Repair. Both parties are extremely pleased with the transaction, though it leaves your humble narrator Hamer-less for the time being. Of the five korina solidbodies I've owned ('95 Standard, two Vectors, Junior and Bacchus '58 replica), this one is best of the bunch. That's saying a lot. 2009 Navigator N-EX-LTD korina Explorer replica (merci, Jeffro!). Killer plank. 7.8 lb., two-piece body with some nice figuring. Dark rosewood board, very straight grained and (luckily) refretted/PLEKKED with medium jumbos. Coupla dings here/there, but in very good shape. The usual, vanilla Duncan, '59/JB combo, but, like my old '90s korina Standard, they sound GREAT in this guitar. My last three Japanese guitars have this pickup combo...Hellhound on mah trayell? Came with a big ol', ugly Gibby brown/pink case with the shroud intact. Anyway, enough of my yakkin'. Let's boogie! Nice, smooth neck joint. Similar to Hamer's, and well-executed: Nice-looking runout in the end-grain: Tried to capture the subtle figuring. Tried..: Hope you've enjoyed the pics. Thanks for looking!
  17. 13 points
    Stike's Iceman (formerly Serial's) is just a killah git-tar. I'd get in line for that one, but I don't think that's leaving his grip while I'll still be playing! On that note, I've got a couple guitars (Non Hamer/Non Custom Order) that were just decent "off the rack" instruments, not even expensive ones, that are over the top cool now and are just great players. I've got this early 2000s regular 67 RI Flying Vee that I got off a local Craigslist deal. It sat for $400 in its original state somehow. It was the regular ol' trans cherry finish, but a 2-piece body and some decent wood and a super fast neck. The pickups in it were original, but a former owner had swapped positions and just wasn't as good with an iron as he thought he was - the bridge pickup was about 1/2 volume and the switch was noisy, and jack even worse. The perfect candidate for a beauty makeover! I pulled a set of boxed, NOS gold Rio Grandes out of the parts stash, got the rest of the gold hardware together, a new Gibson pickguard (the old one was oddly hacked), dome-topped knobs, nice pots, and the rest of the bits together and boxed it all up. I drove it down to Stike for one of those "surprise me" deals, just with a general category of color. A few months later, this stunner emerged from the chrysalis, and although I typically gravitate towards bigger neck profiles, this one plays like a dream.
  18. 12 points
    Stick around! Next "New Amp Day" will be 4/3/18! Then...4/16/18, 4/28/18, 5/5/18, and so on, and so on...
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  20. 12 points
    The weather outside was frightful but didn't stop what is always a good time. The sheer amount of Shishkov presence what off the hook and I got to play two Double Cuts for my first time ever during the jam that evening. Probably a bad idea, the hook is in. Back at you Kiz, having known and talked to you for hours over the phone and online over the years I felt like I already knew you. Last night confirmed that I do. Was great to finally get some face time. You are an upstanding young man and I am proud to call you a friend. That said. These things happen often so any out of towners tempted to come in for one if the future I only have these words of advice, DO IT. You'll NEVER find a more accepting encouraging and gracious bunch of players. Take it from me, I'm not much of a jammer and no matter how bad I suck they always laugh with and not at me while continuing to encourage me to keep going. I guess I never thought about it and perhaps they are just sadists as well as masochists. HA! Bruce. My life is better and fuller because of what you started.
  21. 12 points
    Whew. Finally in my hotel room in Chicago on the next leg of my Midwest Tour. First, a thousand thanks to @BruceM, the undisputed, unchallenged ambassador of the HFC. The most gracious host I have had the pleasure of waiting out a blizzard with. @Jeff R's gumbo was delicious. No wonder we almost ran out, and a good thing you saved my riot helmet! That could have gotten ugly. @sirDaniel, thanks for cooking the wieners in the snow. You're a tougher man than I. Great meeting @Eric Weston, @BillW, @robbie, and seeing @bubs_42 again. And I FINALLY met my long lost brother from another planet @Ted Martin face-to-face! It was a thrill unlike anything I can recall in years. Of course, every time I have spent an extended period with @MCChris it is always memorable and this was no different. It was also great to hang with @BadgerDave, without intimidating bar maids hanging about. I'll post more photos when I get situated.
  22. 12 points
    Celebs have arrived intact.
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  24. 11 points
    Hey, first of all i Am from Norway so excuse my English. My father have this hamer guitar which he bought from a musician friend in the 1980s he dosnt know much about it because he didn't end up having much interest in guitars, does anyone know anything about this guitar? And maybe what it might be worth. Sorry for the bad picture didn't have much time to take em! Thanks.
  25. 11 points
    I have been looking for a cheap guitar for playing around the house... this one fit the bill, and my inner fanboy took over. If I'm being honest, aside from slightly sharper frets, I'm not sure how different this is from the America Pro Mod So Cal that I had. Feels pretty rad. And the rumors are true... these really are painted.
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  27. 11 points
    I originally didn't want headstock binding. What a mistake that would have been, had I not come to my senses.
  28. 11 points
    While he broad brushes and overstates his case quite a bit, I do think he makes some salient points about music instrument retailing in general. Too many stores during my youth were downright hostile to beginning players. They are almost all vanished, too. Now what he fails to admit is his own firm's design and QC failures, ridiculous MAP pricing, and--most importantly--the retail-hostile six-figure dealer inventory requirement. Want your culprit, Henry? Check your mirror.
  29. 11 points
    I built a P-Bass recently with a J-Bass neck profile. Getting the best of both worlds there!
  30. 11 points
    1988 Blitz. All original parts and OHSC. I know there have been many “tributes” over the years – curious how many are actually Hamers.
  31. 11 points
    Bought this as a kit a little over a year ago. Finally finished it up a couple weeks back. Between a sprained thumb and crap weather, I’m just sitting on the couch so I thought I’d share this. Got a custom junior kit from Precision guitars. Awesome kits with quality wood and great detail Plain maple capped mahogany body with maple neck and ebony board Schaller tuners (from Caddie if I remember correctly) duncan custom bridge and jazz neck Faber wraparound compensated bridge Finished it off with tru oil since I could do it inside during the wet winter. Lost count but somewhere between 20-25 coats. Still an extremely thin finish. I’ll just go witht nitro next time A bit easier in my experience than trying to get gloss from the tru oil . I ended up sanding back an re-staining a few times Still not a professional level finish but good enough for me . Also rocks like a mofo. Extremely happy with the the end result. Wish I had thought to ask for it with just 2 controls though.
  32. 10 points
    60 is the new 47. Or something like that. Love ya, buddy.
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  34. 10 points
    My first exposure to Mel's books was along with my first fretted instrument, a baritone ukulele, tuned the same as the top 4 strings of a guitar but with nylon strings and a shorter scale. I'd already had several years of piano and could read reasonably well, so it was a breeze-through for me, other than learning the mechanics. Oh, back then, there was a picture of Mel inside the front cover of the book. If you took that picture today and squished it down, you'd get a picture of what he looked like in his (very) later years. Same old grouch, fallen victim to gravity. Mel ran the local music store in my home town (Kirkwood, MO) and I had no idea he was any kind of big deal. All of the places I taught in the St. Louis area later on all used the Alfred method. I guess they didn't want to support the competition. It was only after I left that I found that the Mel Bay books were ubiquitous. Mel was one of the finest jazz band/orchestral guitarists that ever was. As a kid I remember jazz greats like Barney Kessel, etc. stopping by for lessons and jams and being absolutely enthralled. But I doubt that many rawkerzz would be inspired by his method. Still, if you got to about book 5 or 6 you could pretty much do anything you wanted on the guitar. In that pre video age, stopping by the store and asking Mel about something was the best way to get put straight about it. Free lesson from one of the greatest teachers ever. What's not to like? He couldn't help himself. He'd slap your hand away if you tried to pull a guitar off the wall, but if you asked him about playing it he was all yours. My favorite Mel story: I had been away for a number of years but my mom sent me a newspaper clipping noting that his chord book had just passed 18 gazillion or something in sales. A few weeks later I was back home and stopped in the store to congratulate him and to wish him a merry and profitable Christmas season. The subject of the"weird chords in the back of the book" came up. I told him that I understood how they were built and that I could play them, but I didn't get the context in which they might be useful. Now, the guy is in his 90's by this time (he died shortly thereafter), but he hauled himself out of his chair, went out to the sales floor, grabbed any guitar (he didn't even look), squatted down in the aisle and showed me how it worked. I'm still absorbing the takeaways from that day although I'll admit that I'm not banging up against it every day. I knew the guy for 40-something years and he never quit calling me "young man".
  35. 10 points
    Train your ear and mind when you're not in the books or in multi-media learning. Find a good Motown or classic soul station on your car radio dial and leave it there. To "play" a bass, you have to start "thinking" bass. Pay attention to not only the lines, the runs and grooves, but to the interaction with the kick. THAT'S what makes a bassist versus a guy who can play a bass.
  36. 10 points
    So.......I recently sold a couple of what would have to be considered "higher end" guitars to a new acquaintance. Part of a two year+ long purge of my excesses. Which continues...... The buyer loved them both, and inquired what else I might consider selling. Well, that caught me totally off guard. Might as well take a few updated pictures. Not really sure where we are going on his inquiry, but thought someone might appreciate some pix in the interim, before they potentially get taken away. Guess you could say it will leave a hole if one or two of these head out, but it is not hurting my feelings too much to have less STUFF to worry about "dying with". (Cue George Carlin!) Not that I am expecting anything any time soon, y'unnerstand! FWIW, they are all a bit unique in one sense or another......One with a Brazilian top. A one off archtop. A replica of "Nik's Own Guitar". But I consider the semi-hollow "prototype" to be THE "best" of my shrinking collection. As it should be, as it was the most I ever paid for any instrument. I will be better off when someone else picks up the baton. It is just stupid for me to have gotten so carried away......Meanwhile, happy weekend!
  37. 10 points
    I had dinner with my wife at Ruth's Chris, saw Eric Johnson and Areille (fantastic new Austin talent) and got an e-mail from Mike and Trish upon returning home. The day just got better and better. I just love seeing Mike's hands building my guitar. It's so cool... Let the carving begin!
  38. 10 points
    Don, I really do admire your excesses as well as the nerves of steel you must have to part with it all.
  39. 10 points
    Most of those old fucks need hearing aids to get back what they lost. I know. I am one of them and now have a pair of. Congrats!
  40. 10 points
    I bought a 2016 Gibson R8 Les Paul off of Reverb last fall and the guitar is killer. Haven't owned a Les Paul since the very early 80's and with all of the QC issues I have witnessed I was hesitant to buy any Gibson without playing it first. But I rolled the dice figuring that if it was a dog I could re-sell it. Well a dog it is not. Different tone & sustain than any of my Hamers. Something about the neck/headstock angle perhaps? I really like the big neck and the one i got has a sweet top. My Phantom Custom is still my current #1, but this guitar had been coming to every gig and gets played.
  41. 10 points
    This has taken my #1 spot. IIRC it was put together, painted, reliced by Kip Elder from Orlando's Hard Rock. Bridge is Callaham with shortened bar. Pickups are Peter Florance Voodoo something. Neck is old. I think the name was Fontaine. Possibly Pete Fontaine. Nice Brazilian board and clay dots. It sports a nice Fender decal. Plays super nice and sounds fantastic. This used to belong to @The Shark but he had it set up with humbuckers which were nice but I'm a Strat guy. ETA: Nice clay dots too.
  42. 10 points
    I was at my Mother-in-law's house for a visit during the winter of '96-'97 and was playing around on this "internet" (Netscape) thing. One of the early evening searches was for Hamer stuff, since I had been running ads in VG and some local classifieds for the last 7 years or so, looking for original Hamer Standards and 12 string basses. I had corresponded with Peter by snail mail and exchanged 35mm prints of our Hamers years before, but stumbled upon the primitive HFC page and locked in. It was more of a membership list back then...not much in the way of content, but a number of people who are still on here were there. I think I posted something stupid like "Looking for ANY B-12 basses...hit me up!" or something like that. I think I ended up pulling an all-nighter that first evening...partially because I was printing things out because I was positive I'd never find them again! The next October, I went up to the New Hartford shop to attend the first HFC Open House. Many of the people I met on that trip have become lifelong friends here in the "real" world. Great stuff, and Ted's original vision of a cool clubhouse to hang with other like-minded miscreants has remained true to his vision after 20+ years!
  43. 9 points
  44. 9 points
    Well...did you continually have to pick grandma up off the floor after she kept sliding out of that chair?
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  47. 9 points
    And it will no doubt be perfect......Once the speaker is replaced. And the tubes. Then, the.......
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  49. 9 points
    yup. done a few. your Blitz turned out very nice congrats!
  50. 9 points
    I had a completely different concept when I completed the build sheet. Then, last April, I caught a rut while riding my motorcycle off-road, went over the handlebars and snapped my left collarbone. It required surgery, a metal rod and four screws to repair. Everything healed quickly, but I realized there was no way I could comfortably support a solid body guitar with that shoulder. Mike was very understanding and agreed to change my specs to a semi hollow and make it as light as possible. I put it on the scale yesterday - 7 lbs, 1 oz.! The other special features include: Faber stoptail with steel and brass inserts Lollar P-90 and Staple pickups Custom neck profile based on something he had done 30 times previously at a former place of employment I've played the guitar briefly, but enough to know that it is a complete success. Light, balanced, and ergonomically perfect. It has a rich full clean tone that can go from smoky jazz to near Telecaster bite. I can't wait to turn it up and see how it sounds in a group setting. Some detail shots: