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  1. 42 points
    Before we even get started with the guitar, this needs to be said. Trish and Mike are world class nice people, it would be impossible to do business with better. Mike is so accommodating I literally had to forbid him to do something he offered that was way beyond what one would expect. Now for the guitar: IMO absolutely stunning, exactly the way I had imagined in my wildest dreams! A little background ( just to prolong the wait) Initially I was looking for a wide flame top. When I was at the shop there were a lot of great flame billets to choose from but I wasn't feeling it. Mike showed me the top on this guitar and I immediately knew exactly what finish I wanted and could see it in my mind's eye! I asked Mike if he had any Brazilian boards, he said he did but didn't know where they were, buried somewhere. It wasn't really important but I asked very nicely if he could look for them.Found and chosen . Had a conversation with Josh Re pickups and was intending to use the coil slitting technique on the PRS DGT The only other item left was the inlays. At the time Mike was working on the Bullseyes. I like them but loved the 12th fret inlay. I asked Mike if it was possible it remove the pick from the middle of that inlay and use It for the rest of the inlays. Mike worked on that and the result of that is on the guitar. I think they came out great! Now for the guitar Sounds as good as it looks, as soon as my finger heals I'll be able to dig in a little more Very hard to photograph, but I promise it looks better in person, if you could believe that!!
  2. 38 points
  3. 37 points
    Unbelievable that I could own such an amazing guitar! Thanks to Mike and Trish, you really did amazing. Josh, the pickup is perfect. Acoustically the guitar rings longer than any guitar I have ever owned.... The blade switch really adds versatility for a Klutz like me!! Love it, best guitar I have ever owned, and I've owned some great ones!
  4. 36 points
    I spent close to 16 hours in the car this weekend, am sick as a dog and wiped out, but it was TOTALLY worth it. I stopped by Mike's place and was just blown away. I'll just show pics of the one that followed me home to stay, but I did deliver two others. These are crappy cell phone pics - I'll take some REAL pics later.
  5. 33 points
    I have always hesitated to post pics of this bass....but now I figure the statue of limitations has passed
  6. 33 points
    I think the pics speak for themselves. HUGE, HUGE thanks to Shannon at HEL for vintage Kalamazoo thin skin spraygun magic. Before/arrival ... it was rattlecan madness and a ziplock bag of parts with more missing than there. After ... the plan was a "modern restoration," since we were missing so many original parts. While we visually went for a time capsule '55, Junior, she's totally modern under the hood. The dogear is a Lollar, the bridge is a Mojoaxe aluminum compensated wraptail, the keys are Gotoh with modern innards, etc. When it was all said and done, all left that's original are the body, the neck and fingerboard, eight of 10 inlay dots, and the single-ply black control cavity and truss rod covers. Arrival and then after three rounds of chemical stripping ... To this ... FYI, it sounds and feels as good as good as it looks
  7. 32 points
    So my daughter had her first gig today, played in front of about 300 people, and made $20. Proud Daddy moment. I know it's a crappy photo, but was busy enjoying the show.
  8. 31 points
    I picked up a ‘91 Centaura earlier this year with the idea of making it a sustainiac candidate. After spending a LONG time stripping it very carefully I set about the master plan. The neck was very clean but the frets were well worn. On went the jumbo’s. Then I started phase 2. Send the body and neck to the US for a semi-instal by Mr Sustainiac at Maniac Music. This had the advantage of the wiring being placed on a cavity sized bit of card, tested, and set aside for final installation in return. Phase 3 involved the body going to Stike for a gold metal flake finish with the headstock to match. Rowyco Kustoms knocked out a tremendous finish. Truly outstanding. Phase 4 back to the UK and reassembly with a NOS Hamer Floyd set I had lying around and some Hamer gold coloured tuners (big thank you to Chris M for these) which I mixed with the original black tuner bodies. I fitted a Bartolini ACE pickup in the bridge position and the middle pickup is the original Slammer with the body “matted” by your truly to match the finish of the other pickups. All works faultlessly and sounds great.
  9. 31 points
    We are pleased to announce that Mike Shishkov, one of the insanely talented builders from Hamer, is officially launching Shishkov Guitars, USA. Mike started a quarter of a century ago in the Arlington Heights shop, and made his way East to New Hartford in the late '90s with the company. With Hamer now a thing of the past, Mike will be hanging out his own shingle and taking on orders for what will simply be the finest custom electric guitars out there. Some of you may have noticed the first ever banner ad here at the HFC. We totally believe in this guy - he is the real deal, and he has been a long time friend and inspiration to us all. Please take some time to check out his site, ask questions, and revel in the knowledge that he'll be building them just as good, if not better, than before! This has been a long time coming, and things are still ramping up, but this could very well be the best news of the year! www.shishkovguitars.com
  10. 30 points
    Hard to put this down, but here's the skinny: Chambered Korina body - light and loud Korina neck (Insanely) Quilted maple top Jazzburst finish - the finish of champions... 25 1/2" scale Ebony fretboard with "bullseye" inlays Gravelin pups - Bridge is PAF-ish, but tapable with the slug coil overwound. Yes, that is a black cover, not chrome. Neck pup is a beauty, possibly the best neck P90 i've had, and that says a lot MojoAxe wraptail - compensated with the traditional look Nickel hardware Gotoh 510 tuners with ebony buttons Multi-ply binding Electronics is a straight VT with a twist. Push-pull on the tone control taps the bridge *and* activates a preamp just on that coil - this keeps the volume consistent whether tapped or not, and the preamp is out of circuit when not tapped (and is never in circuit on the neck) Tele cup style output jack Dunlop straplocks Bone nut Yes - it has the Muse Tip. Just the tip... I'm probably forgetting a few other things. This beauty sounds amazing. Pretty much exactly what i expected between Mike's work and Josh's pups. Most guitars i play have a dead spot somewhere. If this one has one, i can't find it. Sustain is amazing, and the tone swings into a certain sweetness even at low volumes. I suck at describing tone, so i'll post a video at some point. Very comfortable - the neck joint is very nice, and the guitar is well balanced. Anyways - some picks, then it's back to the cave...
  11. 29 points
    To refresh the minds~ It was a wreck. Jol did not provide any real detail of the instrument via memory or serial #. I can tell you that it went thru many incarnations. Many layers of paint with many label / decals, many routings between coats of paint, all factory done. Mystery (trem) bridge was never really revealed. All time period options of were dismissed. Guitar was gutted down to wood, refretted, shelf made for floyd nut, layers and layers of mahogany wood to fill the suspect trem routings. All mocked up, setup, prepped, then sent off to Stike for some spray. and..... wa la.... a newly refurbed mystery proto centura.
  12. 29 points
    Working on these over the past few months has been a lot of fun for me and my team, and your excitement as the builds progressed has been inspiring. Hope you like them... Enjoy..... COBRA MAVERICK [/uR L]
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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.
  16. 28 points
    I havent plugged it in yet but I can say this is the best guitar I have ever owned! The WHOLE guitar resonates even when just hitting a single string. It almost like its alive but it really isn't which is good because that would be freaky. The ebony board feels great and notice the truss rod cover. Nice touch. I am more than happy with non bound headstock. I didn't know if my conversation with mike about the neck profile translated but he nailed it. I wanted one similar to a vintage Hamer and I got it. I agree it may be wider like chris mentioned but it feels good. This short post will have to do for now as I need to spend some time with this.
  17. 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...
  18. 27 points
    And hopefully a new friend: Gtrdaddy. Jamie drove drove Virginia to Jersey to deliver this Monaco Elite and wound up in the blizzard. You've all seen the pics of this guitar so I won't bore you with a regurgitation of those. This beauty lives up to its billing and then some! A wonderful example of craftsmanship. It was my esteemed pleasure to meet Jamie. It turns out that we were both originally from Jersey and traded stories from our youth growing up in the Garden State. I've said many times that I meet the nicest people on this site. The picture was taken in my office on my last day of work. The guitar is my retirement present to myself., don't tell my wife? And before the wise ass comments start, that's not a miniature model of a Hamer guitar in the picture, those are just two fully developed examples of Jersey corn and tomato fed mui macho studs holding that guitar. (never knew it would look so small next my tropical shirt).
  19. 27 points
    # 0067, holy smoke.....,that's all I can think of right now....... Thank you team Shishkov!
  20. 27 points
    From FB, sharing Mike & Trish's latest post for your enjoyment... #0062 has some serious personality... loaded up with Gravelin Pickups, a TiSonix titanium bridge, coil splits and some very cool personal touches, this blue beauty is absolutely awesome!
  21. 27 points
    Both arrived yesterday, Last Hamer SS-II ever made and the Mony Mony video Hamer SS-III. Thanks Hectorp & Roli.
  22. 27 points
    While wenge can be a PITA to work with, the end result is very cool!
  23. 27 points
    Got a couple of cool packages in today. The new custom fit cases finally arrived, and they fit like a glove. Decided to stick with the burgundy interior, but went with a more vintage tweed look for the exterior.
  24. 27 points
    If you're referring to a semi-hollow with an f-hole similar to an artist, then yes, I have something in the works.
  25. 26 points
    Then at 3:04 today, I get a DELIVERED message. And I had to look at it in my office for an hour and a half. Trish warned me, but I was not prepared. The top is amazing. How do you prepare yourself for this?
  26. 26 points
    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!
  27. 26 points
    Actually got it yesterday, but a day late don't matter around here ... Wife and I went on a local pawn shop hop looking for turns and hidden jewels for my shop. Found this hanging in one of the seedier places not only priced right but with a 25 percent off on top of that. The wife, as overcome with the cool factor as myself, said let's get it for you for your upcoming birthday instead of the shop! Harmony H1215 Archtone. If you've been around old Harmony guitars, they typically say "with STEEL reinforced neck" on the head under the logo. This one doesn't say that because all indicators are when it was made, steel was dedicated to making battleships, tanks and aircraft. It's undated but everything points to mid-1940s. Also cool is it's completely birch construction. Soundboard is "line" painted to resemble spruce; sides, back and neck trunk (which is a massive "V" contour since there's no truss or reinforcement rods) are painted to resemble flamed maple and even the fingerboard painted to resemble rosewood. Binding is painted on. Sounds and plays GREAT. Very resonant, with cool snap yet a milky jazzy midrange. Great fingerpicking guitar. Low action up and down the neck with no evidence of it ever having or being in need of a neck reset. Not bad for a 70 plus years old catalog guitar. My new guitar is also my oldest. It's literally as old and likely older than both my Dad and my Mom. Still freaking out a little on that one.
  28. 26 points
    Had to do a quick solo beach trip today, so took a Shishkov along for the ride...
  29. 26 points
    Update from the Shishkov Shop: Been a busy week. Paperwork and more paperwork. Mahogany blanks coming out of the kiln next week. Maple tops on order. Supplier of the maple has stuff that blows my mind. Thank you for all of your support!
  30. 25 points
    Put my Ibanez Prestige RGA121 back together this morning after this beautiful tobacco sunburst finish was expertly applied by Rowyco Kustoms Guitar Finishes Before Stikes magic (on L). He did the sparkle job on my RG5ex1 a few years ago (on R);
  31. 25 points
    I just found out I somehow made it into second place for "best guitarist" and "most underrated" musician in our local entertainment daily's yearly awards issue. WE'RE NUMBER 2! WE'RE NUMBER 2!
  32. 25 points
    For those who have been paying attention, THIS is what prompted me to put the Snakeskin Cali on the block. The MOAC has landed.
  33. 25 points
    Have been preping the tops for the next group and man, these are some crazy tops! Crazy in a very good way. It always amazes me how different the figure is from tree to tree.
  34. 25 points
    So I didn't sell as many guitars as I had hoped at The Guitar Show, but I did come home with this... a 2001 Murphy aged R9... that has the added mojo of once being the Marshall rep's sample guitar. So lots of respected players put some music through it. At least this way I don't feel like a dentist.
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    Finally: Hard cover, full color, 240 pages. Signed copies will be available direct from author.
  38. 24 points
    My good mate Don had a Standard shipped to Australia some years back. USPS lived up to their reputation and it came with a broken head. Recently he decided to do makeover and I thought you'd all enjoy the pics that he sent me. The new lemonburst was done in nitro, and currently it's sporting Dimarzios from an early 80's Sunburst or Special. Enjoy! The "tomato soup burst" Insurance pic: Said that removing the finish was an arduous task: The finish really brings out the quality of the maple: Sadly this is as finished a shot that I've got.
  39. 24 points
    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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  42. 23 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
  43. 23 points
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  44. 23 points
    Found this on the local Craigslist yesterday and was delivered the most unexpected beauty. I had no idea these had such amazing necks! My custom shop fender strat would have been embarrassed! Just beautiful all the way around and CHEAP! Then there is the goofy little pre-amp equalizer built in, just cool! I figured I could afford a little medicine as a few high ends go out the door ;( Cheers!
  45. 23 points
    coupla snaps. hues change under different light sources. Spent the weekend playing it when I could, as well as several closeup lookovers .. holy crap the quality and workmanship is stellar. Uber neck, frets, feel, setup. Joy to play. Spoiled! mega stoked to have this in da house.
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    Blending the heel today
  48. 23 points
    Took a little down time when Jackass stopped by the shop recently, was fun catching up. Love this guy, miss working with him.
  49. 23 points
    HI Everyone, Josh Gravelin here - the guy who's building the pickups for the Shishkov instruments. The fact that my name came up at all for this project is kind of amazing to me because I don't have a website nor have I advertised my services - it's all been word of mouth, from players telling their friends, etc. I'm incredibly grateful and humbled in having this opportunity and as you all know, there's certainly no shortage of reputable companies making quality pickups. The fact that I was chosen for this isn't something I take lightly and I'm thrilled to be doing this for Mike and for all of YOU! A little background on me: 25 years as a professional active musician (national and international touring, bunches of records, session work, all the late-nite tv shows, commercial radio jingles, etc), 12 years in guitar shops doing everything from sales to service manager, and also served as instrument tech while touring for nearly every band I've ever gone out with. I repaired my first pickup in 1997, ruined and then repaired bunches more with my own instruments, have spent literally thousands of hours and dollars experimenting, learning, researching, and refining the skills and knowledge required to do it "right". About 6 years ago, I felt I was finally ready to start building and repairing pickups for others in a professional capacity and quickly developed a reputation for my rewinds and refurbishing of vintage pickups - Fender, Gibson, Gretsch, Guild, Hofner, Rickenbacker - old Dimarzios and Duncans, and a special interest in the oddballs and off-brands from the 50's and 60's: Danelectro, DeArmond, Dixon, Eko, Goya, Guyatone, Harmony, Ibanez, Kay, Kent, Maxon, National, Sekova, Silvertone, Supro, Teisco, Tokai, Univox, Valco...some of those pickups are really great, and some...well...not so much! Learning the secrets of how and why some designs work and others don't is fascinating and even with pickups I'm familiar with, there's always something new to take in. I've been in the R&D stages for the last month- prototyping, experimenting with different grades of steel from samples provided from 5 different manufacturers, different bar magnets of varying grades from 4 different suppliers - mixing and matching to find the right combinations that will really bring out the best in these instruments. Nothing I'm using comes in "kit" form and I'm selecting the absolute best stuff I can get my hands on. The only concession I had to make was using modern plastic bobbins instead of butyrate plastic as found in the classic Gibson examples because butyrate bobbins with a 50mm spacing for the bridge pickup position aren't available unless I buy in for a 1000 piece run and have them made especially for me. I simply don't have the cash to throw down on something like that right now, as having the molds made alone costs well over $1000. We'll see what the future brings! That said, I've spent many many hours finding pictures of old Hamers, comparing the colors of the pickups and plastics used, and have found what I feel to be as close to an exact match as anyone could hope for, including the pickup mounting rings. It wasn't easy and at one point, I actually had a nightmare about it. Hard work and perserverance usually pays off and I'm happy to say it did in this instance. I know some of you are curious about the specifics of the metals I'm using for slugs, screw poles, keeper bar, magnet grades, etc. Once, a long time ago on another forum, I publically shared some very specific information on a pickup that wasn't being produced at the time - someone swooped in, lifted my work, and within 2 months was selling a product and making money off of my research. Lesson learned. But, as these are Shlabotniks, of course they're mostly made with Unobtainium so I'm not too worried about it. - Nickel Silver frames (long leg neck, short leg bridge) - Unoriented Unobtainium magnet in the bridge - Polished Unobtainium magnet in the neck - Unobtainium slugs, keeper bar, and screw poles - Maple spacers - 42 AWG single build coil wire - wound and assembled by yours truly - very lightly potted I'm not posting resistance values, henries, or any other electronic measurement specs at this time because I'm still waiting on the rest of the parts to arrive and will be putting together the final prototypes, gigging them, and have one more stage of fine-tuning to do. For all of you - for Mike - and yes, for me - these pickups need to be stellar and I'm making sure that they will be. Once the guitars have shipped, I will make singles and sets of these humbuckers available to paid HFC members with "Supporter" status. P90s, Single Coils, Jazz and Precision bass styles also, but only when I've built them specifically for the Shishkov instruments. Feel free to ask any questions you might have. I'm seriously busy and have a LOT going on with all of this, but I'll do my best to reply as quickly as I can. I hope you're all happy and doing well! Thanks for reading.
  50. 23 points
    I have been very privileged to work with great people, some you know very well and others are kind of in the background, for twenty four years. They supported me, trained me , stood by me and I'm forever gratefull for that. Thank you guys for your dedication and support. I truly hope this is not the end of the Hamer Quality guitars. I'm not very good with this stuff, so here are my last pictures... Thanks again, Mike Shishkov.