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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. 40 points
    I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with Frank, Jol, Steve Ward and many other very talented people over my many years at Hamer. I've always been proud of the guitars that we built and I second what Bob said about the fact that there is a process that makes a Hamer a Hamer. It's not a process that is well suited for mass production, it takes time, attention to detail and an ability to "read" the wood. you can't force the process. The overall team envionment and the trust that was given to us to make decisions on the floor was just as important. Things weren't pushed off to the end of the line, if something wasn't right, it was addressed or scrapped at any point during the build. I hope that if it is brought back, it is done the right way. I'd love to see other young kids get the same opportunities I had.
  3. 40 points
    Yep - I know it’s been a long time since I posted on here, but life, family, touring, studio work, writing, recording and other stuff just took over. So I thought I’d make a return with the story of how #0666 was conceived - and why. Back in 2011 when HELL first started heavily touring again, nothing could have prepared me for what lay ahead – and especially the toll that hundreds and hundreds of shows across 18 different countries would take on our gear. As far back as 2013 at the beginning of our ‘Curse & Chapter’ tour, and despite the best flightcasing money can buy, the combination of endless back-to-back shows, overnight truck and tourbus rushes across huge distances, airline baggage handlers etc. had already started to reduce my #1 2008 Hamer Standard to an increasingly roadworn relic. I’ve experienced bridge saddles fracturing in half midway through a show (twice), I’ve had pots seizing up and becoming unusable through corrosion caused by gallons of sweat, I actually had to retire my original ’79 4-digit altogether – too precious and too valuable to risk getting damaged – and because I believe that instruments should get played rather than become case queens, I sold it to Zorrow (Hey buddy!!) and it now resides in Montreal. As of now, the rear face of my 2008 is pretty much a disaster area, worn right through to bare wood in a lot of places, and in real need of a refret, some TLC, and an easier life. So I’d realised for a while that a new #1 was needed. I didn’t want my 2008 Standard to end up looking like Rory Gallagher’s Strat, so I initially approached Frank Untermeyer with my ideas for a steroided-out ‘most-metal-Standard-in-the-history-of-Hamer’. We all know why it never happened. But then of course, Mike launched Shishkov Custom Guitars. I watched and waited as the first few Ultimates rolled out, full of admiration at the way Mike had set up the venture through the initial runs, full of admiration at the way the good guys of the HFC had supported him with orders and dollars in his pocket, and full of admiration at the way Mike’s family (plus Ted Martin and Chris Matthes) had supported this whole startup. But most of all – full of admiration at the stellar quality of the guitars. So I called Mike up ......... What resulted was a real meeting of minds. It turned out that Mike had been talking to Ted anyway about possible endorsers as SCG developed and expanded, and that my name was right up there on the list, which was extremely humbling for me. We spent some time talking about my ideas – and of course Mike responded with a seemingly endless barrage of killer ideas of his own – he’d message me at some unearthly hour with a ‘Hey Kev, how about if we do this .....’ One of his messages actually reached me as we were standing sidewings in Finland about to play a festival show to 10,000 people – the intro music’s running, crew guys running about everywhere, smoke and fire belching out, and there’s me on the iPad messaging him back literally microseconds before I drop it and run out onstage. All of which resulted in the final spec for the ‘Darkhangel’, named after our album track of the same name which tells the story of Aleister Crowley’s attempts to raise the demon ‘Pan’ in a Paris hotel room back in the 1930’s. I have to say that Mike is just amazing to deal with – everything’s possible, every wacky idea is received with total enthusiasm, nothing’s ever a problem (even screwing up his serial numbering system so that I could claim #0666 with a cheesy grin) and the whole design process has been a joy from the start, to what I’m sure will be a dream finish. Exactly the same goes for the ‘Mad Professor’ Josh Gravelin, who’s come up with no less than three trial versions of the ‘Charlotte Shlabotnik’ bridge pickup for this guitar, and who is similarly a total joy to work with. In summary - this guitar’s definitely going to be ‘out there’. I’m not going to reveal anything about it for now (other than the little hints on the silhouette) - because Mike’s artistry deserves to be seen in its entirety, rather than as a half-finished hint, and I’m sure he wouldn’t want it any other way. I still have no idea how much longer the build’s going to take – but you can’t rush art. It will be ready when it’s ready, and I’m still way down the queue. But expect something very metal. Very metal indeed J The final thing to say, is that I don’t do free endorsements, I never have. Everything I’ve ever used has been bought and paid for, and I took great pleasure in paying Mike for this guitar in full more than nine months ago when we agreed on the final spec. Nor would I (as Ted and Chris will confirm) consider suggestions of jumping the queue, because that would have been totally unfair to everyone else patiently waiting for their Ultimates to be delivered. It’s just how I roll - I’m just an ordinary guy like everyone else on here, and I’m proud to be joining the list of HFC members who have supported Mike in his venture. I really can’t remember the last time I was this excited about a lump of wood and metal. Myself and Andy (Sneap) will eventually be doing a rollout introductory video about the guitar as we put it through its paces in the studio, so I’ll post a link to this in the future when it’s all done and ready. Final thanks to Mike, Ted, Chris and Josh for all their input on this – you are all true gentlemen and it’s an honour to call you my friends. Best wishes to all
  4. 38 points
  5. 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!
  6. 36 points
    I must say that I'm a bit overwhelmed with all sorts of thoughts and emotions right now because I just recently lost my mother that I was extremely close to then shortly right after that, my dog/best friend for 15 years Gibson... which as you can imagine, left me completely devastated and hollow within, but also left me with a completely different outlook on life and how you must live & cherish every moment as it may be your last... so then, how lucky am I?... Well I know for a fact that there have been people searching literally for years "if not decades" for this guitar and within 2 weeks time, thanks to a new HFC member, I now own my childhood dream guitar... a Hamer Scepter V... Now I'm one of those guys that believe in luck, karma, divine intervention, God & the Universe, but I'm not exactly sure what just happened here, but a new HFC member Samuelc12qw "that just joined November 30th" contacted me about selling me his guitar... I mean, what are the frickin odds on that happening??? My mom passed away on the 13th and this guitar showed up today on the 13th... Weird huh?.. a 1000 thank-yous to you Samuel for selling me your guitar and a very special thank you to you Ma & Gibson for making it all happen... Oh & special thanks to the HFC forum for providing a platform to make this all come true~
  7. 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.
  8. 33 points
    I have always hesitated to post pics of this bass....but now I figure the statue of limitations has passed
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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
  12. 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...
  13. 30 points
    A new add, Monaco Superpro. This is one of those tops I cant stop staring at. Its just amazing. Been playing it off and on all day. When resting in the stand its cool to watch how the sun (yes there is a sun in Seattle, YEA!) effects the top flame and how it changes. Very psychedelic man.:)
  14. 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.
  15. 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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  18. 28 points
    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.
  19. 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.
  20. 27 points
    # 0067, holy smoke.....,that's all I can think of right now....... Thank you team Shishkov!
  21. 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!
  22. 27 points
    Both arrived yesterday, Last Hamer SS-II ever made and the Mony Mony video Hamer SS-III. Thanks Hectorp & Roli.
  23. 27 points
    Congrats to Cynic
  24. 27 points
    Well, she arrived yesterday and I am flabbergasted. MichaelB's post said it was in excellent condition. It is near mint easily....one tiny ding is all I could find. It was very well packed. This Newport is literally like new. There are not even pick swirls below the strings....no scratches in the clear anywhere....frets are nearly perfect. It is in far better shape than the new guitars selling at GC. Something cool, though it doesn't show in pics, the spruce top is figured. It is beautiful. I assumed it would be like most spruce acoustic tops, resonant but nothing to look at. I WAS WRONG! And trans orange is sooooo awesome. The neck is Hamer's early-mid 2000s vintage carve, which is my fave neck profile ever. It instantly felt right, ya know? Shit, even the OHSC looks brand new. OK, last night I plugged into my mini Marshall JMP head...being a P90 variant, no surprise that the Phat Cats love a middy circuit. DIG! Today I cranked her through my Mesa TA15 Vox channel and Oh My that is a wonderful thing! WHen I switched to the Marshall channel and turned it up a bit, there it is...I launched into Great White Buffalo (since Ting posted it recently) and was met by controllable feedback at lowish volumes. Ting, you were right....it IS an awesome guitar! so I am beyond happy...My Special went to a new forum member who got back into the Hamer herd, and I got this incredible Newport. What a guitar. I am so blessed to have this, my Artist and a Shishkov....not to mention the others which don't rise to this level but fill a rockin' role nonetheless.. Over the moon. Here are a few pics. Thanks again MichaelB!
  25. 27 points
    While wenge can be a PITA to work with, the end result is very cool!
  26. 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.
  27. 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?
  28. 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!
  29. 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.
  30. 26 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.
  31. 26 points
    Had to do a quick solo beach trip today, so took a Shishkov along for the ride...
  32. 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!
  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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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  37. 24 points
    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
  40. 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!
  41. 24 points
    Just thought I'd post a picture of "The Three Amigos" ~
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  44. 24 points
    My girlfriend just showed up with her SLR, so I'll post some proper pictures asap. OK - earlier than expected (I just shredded the hell out if for almost 4 hours non-stop, I couldn't put it down) - here's what I think - my 'review' if you like. Most of this has been said many times on here already by all the earlier Ultimate recipients, so forgive me if this makes 'same old story' reading; 1 - It's the best guitar I ever played. Not just by a small margin - but by a country mile. It just felt like 'mine' the minute I picked it up. Every tiny detail just oozes quality, and the lengths Mike has gone to accommodate my specific requests (stuff like mounting the high E string 3-4mm inbound of the fretboard edge to stop it falling off whilst doing trills) is nothing short of astounding. Now bearing in mind that I've played my '08 Standard for tens of thousands of hours across hundreds of shows, and that guitar's always felt like an extension of my arm - going back to my former #1 after just 30 minutes on the Shishkov just felt 'wrong'. It's hard to describe, but as players you'll all know where I'm coming from. 2 - It sounds astonishing. Unplugged, it chimes and resonates like nothing I ever experienced. I have no idea how he manages to pull off this voodoo, but plugged into the go-to Kemper Powerhead, and really cranked up through a bunch of Marshall cabs with V30's - it just gets better and better still. It's like every single note, on every string, in every conceivable fret position - is identically balanced. There are absolutely no weak spots, no single riff or run you play features any one note louder or quieter than it should be. It's taking some getting used to, after years of picking variation to compensate. I can't wait for the next live show ..... but #0666 will be going straight to the studio tonight to re-track a bunch of album guitar parts. 3 - Josh Gravelin has done a stellar job with the 'Charlotte' pickups. The bridge has exactly the right balance of drive, clear but crunchy mids, sparkling highs and absolutely no flab on the low end. Once again - the absolute linearity of response across the entire playing scale is what really shines through. He actually did me two versions of the bridge pup - Mike included the alternative version is in the case. I'm sure I'll get round to swapping the bridge pup out for version #2 in due course - but for now, it's hard to imagine how anything could better what's already there. As for the neck pup - it's just instant Gary Moore. I was a little worried because I had specced the guitar up with no tone controls, and being used to rolling off the tone pot a little whilst using the neck pup on almost every guitar I played until now, I thought that I'd maybe screwed up, and that it would be too bright. But no - Josh totally nailed it. It sings with a creamy, smooth voice - no nasty peaks, just velvety smooth awesomeness. Well done to the Mad Professor. 4 - The build, fit and finish, materials, and component quality are all absolutely flawless. This is again hard to describe, unless you've actually seen and handled one of Mike's instruments in the flesh - but it's the same as getting used to driving a really nice car - you're super-comfortable with it, and really happy with every aspect of its performance, reliability, build quality and so on. And then one day - you get to drive a Bentley or an Aston Martin, and you realise that your expectation levels have shifted .... by any stretch of the imagination, these are guitars which are worth much, much more than any of us have paid for them. I feel very lucky. 5 - I could go on, but I have no superlatives left. I would close by offering my heartfelt thanks to Mike for all the work, skill, and dedication he expends practising his craft, and for generating the biggest shit-eating schoolboy grin my face ever experienced. He's a total one-off in every sense of the word - incredible to deal with, and what we Brits fondly call 'a top bloke'. And finally - if any of you out there are still undecided, hovering over Mike's 'Buy It Now' button - hover no longer, my friends. I guarantee you won't regret it. Best wishes Kev
  45. 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
  46. 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.
  47. 23 points
  48. 23 points
    Blending the heel today
  49. 23 points
    #0666 basking in the evening sun ....
  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.
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