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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. 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!
  3. 33 points
    I have always hesitated to post pics of this bass....but now I figure the statue of limitations has passed
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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...
  7. 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.:)
  8. 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.
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  11. 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.
  12. 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).
  13. 27 points
    # 0067, holy smoke.....,that's all I can think of right now....... Thank you team Shishkov!
  14. 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!
  15. 27 points
    Both arrived yesterday, Last Hamer SS-II ever made and the Mony Mony video Hamer SS-III. Thanks Hectorp & Roli.
  16. 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?
  17. 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!
  18. 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.
  19. 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);
  20. 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!
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 24 points
    Finally: Hard cover, full color, 240 pages. Signed copies will be available direct from author.
  25. 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.
  26. 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!
  27. 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
  28. 23 points
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  29. 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!
  30. 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.
  31. 22 points
    Just about ready for finishing ....
  32. 22 points
    At the Iron Maiden forum there is a thread starting off with the question, "What is your favorite Iron Maiden song?" I posted this: Do you think I might get in trouble for that?
  33. 22 points
    Here's some pics from last week's reverb Monaco, pretty nice shape, what the seller had described as belt rash was only minor surface scratches, although I kind of got that from the shots... Looks pretty cool, like the meaty connection between the neck and body... seems to have a good amount of "thooomp" on the low end, which I'm digging alot... Took it to practice, they know I'm kind of obsessed and it's a big joke... but this time they were like woah... what's that? sounded great, although this has a redeemer active circuit wired in the tone pot, nothing against it I just prefer conventional wiring, so I may restore that to a standard tone pot... but otherwise it's in very nice shape, frets are pretty clean, no real dings to speak of... just light surface stuff... pretty happy, and the seller was a cool guy... pics enjoy...
  34. 22 points
    So, after a month of misfires with the seller, I sold a bass VI and bought this 1995 Cruisebass 4 for $550 shipped. FedEx lost it, then found it and I have it. No case or gig bag yet. it was a bit dirty, especially the frets. I took two squares of Gorgamyte to get the crud off the frets and a lot of Lem-Oil to get the board clean. I polished her with Zymol, strung her with a new set of EB Cobalt flats and she looks great. Obviously a well-loved and well-played bass. Pleanty of dings, scratches, checks, finish lifting,bets., but I love the finish. I have a blue Ford Ranger in this exact Smurf blue color. I like blue and I like bright. I also dig painted headstocks. This bass needed an end pin too. This will be used for recording. I ran her through my Blonde Bassman today and oh my, what thump! I love the neck and the frets are in great shape. My first proper long-scale bass. I dig it!
  35. 22 points
    The wait is finally over. First of all: yes, it's an Ultimate. "But he's not making any more Ultimates!" No, he's not. BUT -- this one has been in the making for over two years. I was lucky enough to get in the narrow window between the initial run and "absolutely no more Ultimates." It's absolutely perfect in every way. The finish is unbelievable, and as many have said before it looks different depending on the light and viewing angle. Pictures don't do it justice. And Mike and his family were wonderful, welcoming my daughter and me into their home. Here's hoping Photobucket still works. (ETA: So much for Photobucket. Trying it again from flickr.)
  36. 22 points
    When I was a kid, I happened across a Sunrise Metallic Gibson SG Elite at my local music store. It was for all intents & purposes, PINK. I was smitten. Of course, back then I couldn't rub two nickels together at gunpoint, so I missed it. Then about ten years ago, I snagged an '87 Elite off ebay. It was nice. It too, was pink. Then I got talked into joining a terrible Rockin' Country/Red Dirt band. (Our lead singer was Larry The Cable Guy, Jr, feel free to projectile vomit at anytime.) At the time, there was nothing more fun to me than to take a pink guitar to redneck gun 'n knife clubs and bludgeon the locals with said pink guitar. Mercifully, that band self destructed after six months. I sold practically every guitar that I'd besmirched during my tenure in that outfit. But I missed that damned pink guitar the most. Here it is not long after I'd gotten it. So I found a 1989 Elite model @ Chicago Music Exchange on Reverb awhile back. I waited. Made an offer. I felt they were asking too much. Then I used their Earth Day 15% off coupon. That got the price a little closer to what I felt was an acceptable figure. Not quite as pink, but flashy enough for my tastes. Guess Sunrise Metallic got redder & less Avon pink from 87 to 89. added a new wiring harness with Bournes pots & new caps Goodbye crappy circuit board stock pickups, hello to some of Mr Gravelin's Finest And voila! But wait, there's more! This fella popped up for sale. I couldn't resist. I R Dum.
  37. 22 points
    One of my best friends passed away a few years back ... He always used to tell me "I'm a Tele guy". Fantastic guy and fantastic musician. Once when he fell upon hard times I let him borrow my Strat and amp ... even though he was sick and also dealing with less than desirable living conditions and had no other guitars, he only played it a few times. "I'm a Tele guy" he said when I went to pick it up. I'm not a natural musician ... painting, drawing, I can do that in my sleep. So for me to play something that sounds halfway decent everything has to be right. I had played a friends Tele in the past and it sounded like crap. Or I should say, I sounded like crap. The damn thing weighed like 12 lbs. Just hated it. But recently I've noticed whenever I go over to a musician friends house they always have a beat up Tele partscaster leaning up against a chair or in a corner somewhere. It's usually their best sounding/favorite guitar even though they have nicer instruments scattered throughout the house. I've been taking bass lessons at the local music shop. When I'm in there I've been looking at the Teles ... they had a nice American Standard, black with white binding that everyone said was their favorite guitar in the store. I considered buying it, i've been working a lot and have some disposable income, but it was a bit on the pricey side. What if I didn't bond with it like so many other guitars that have come and gone? An expensive mistake, that's for sure. So when that very same day Dave posted the black Tele body in the for sale section. I jumped on it. Oh shit, what if it was sold? Halleluiah! I was the first caller. Perfect. Hey Dave, you wouldn't happen to have maple Tele neck laying about would you? Bingo! SCORE! Package arrived safely a few days ago (Daves packing is impeccable) I have never put together a partscaster before and even though I have skills I was really apprehensive about putting it together myself. I know there are only 4 screws but what if I fuck something up? So I went over to my friends shop. He's a amp repairman (that I just bought my Ampeg from) and Tele guy. Found the right length screws, BAM! Neck on securely. Once home I started watching youtube videos about stringing Teles and intonation etc. I slapped my favorite strings on there, once again apprehensive about set up, action, intonation etc. I was expecting it to be a big mess that I would have to take to my guitar tech for fine tuning. Wow, a miracle. It sounds and plays perfect. Low action, no buzzing ... neck pickup is incredible. How the heck did that happen? Anyway, after all these years I finally have found a pleasing amp / guitar combo that I can sit around the house and play ... and actually sound good. No constant knob fiddling, No icepicking, need for 6 different pedals, static cling, buzzing, weird annoying sounds etc. I think I'm a Tele guy
  38. 22 points
    I'm sure you guys all know what a Artist looks like, so I'll spare you by posting just one picture of this totally Rockin 1999 25th Anniversary Artist... I had a Korina Artist, another red Artist and a Korina Junior all with P90s that I sold "wanted & tried endlessly to love them but just couldn't bond" until this lovely lady came to visit... The very second I rolled the tone down and hit a chord, Yikes!.. I've now been playing this guitar "Non-Stop" for over 2 weeks now, and I must say, this thing is an incredible "very percussive" tone monster!.. it's actually frustrating me, because it sounds more like a Les Paul than my Les Paul's do "if that makes any sense"... & I'm not sure what was done "if anything" to the tone pot but this guitar brings the RAWK!.. Throughout her lifes journey, she's been equipped with Rio Grande pickups and Triple Shot pickup rings (check out the tiny 2×2 switches on top of the pickup ring) enables you to split and choose each coil separately, allowing for tonal versatility... trust me, this is truly a special guitar and now I know why this was another HFC members main gigging guitar... I'd also like to thank HoboMan & django49 for the mods and Mojo & also Tim aka Hamerhead for making this a smooth and pleasant transaction... HFC RAWKS!
  39. 22 points
    Oh, yeah. One more small detail:
  40. 21 points
    Pulled the trigger on this Phantom Custom off of Reverb. Made the seller an offer and he took it. Looks like a sweet top and super clean. Been wanting one of these for ten + years, ever since I played JohnnyB's at Pesocasters house. Prolly be here next week.
  41. 21 points
    dust was flying in the shop this week and Trish was around at the right time to grab a few video clips. This one is shaping up to be seriously badassed! Dialing in the carve tonight was a great way to end the day
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  44. 21 points
    First time posting, may as well start off with what led me to this nice little place on the Interwebz. A little about myself - I'm a stay at home Dad who's only recently gotten into electric guitars, having played acoustic for awhile. I'm not very good but I enjoy it nonetheless - I play some classic rock, blues, etc., and I enjoy learning from YouTube lessons when I can. A few weeks ago I stopped by one of the local pawn shops to look at what they had for cheap Squier Strats, as I was thinking of trying to mod one for fun when I came across this monstrosity. At first glance it looked pretty rough and, TBH, pretty ugly too. Was that a vinyl linoleum paint job? A Floyd Rose trem? Reverse headstock? Ugh, I didn't want that. I wasn't familiar with the Hamer name but I did notice it said "USA". Hmmm. Intrigued, I took a few pictures and had to leave because my three year old was getting antsy (yes, I'm that guy who brings his kid along to a pawn shop - it's better than leaving her home alone). Anyways, we head home and I jump on my laptop and do a little research and find out it's a 1990 Centaura. I say to myself, "Well why not? It's got to be better than a MIC Squier Strat!" By this time my oldest daughter came home from school and so I loaded them up, went back, made sure the electronics worked, and bought it. It was $100, a little more than the Squiers they had on the wall. It's got some battle scars, to be sure, and the little boost switch got busted off a long time ago so they probably thought it was a decent price - heck, maybe that's all it's really worth but the neck and frets are in superb shape and the neck is very comfy - not too thick, not too thin - and it sounds fantastic. Very stratty with the SSL1's and the JB is the most obnoxiously delightful humbucker I've played so far. I'm not a shredder AT ALL and don't really care for metal, but I think it's a very versatile guitar. I've toyed with the idea of selling it to save up for a cleaner example, but I'm still on the fence with that plan - it makes for a great story, my first true pawn shop find. Even the ugly paint job is growing on me because it's so good at hiding the nicks and dings - so much for getting it refinished, haha. Anyways, that's my little introduction to Hamer guitars and this fine forum, and it's got me on the hunt for others in my neck of the woods. I have the feeling my Gibby LPM may be leaving the stable to make room for more Hamers. TL;DR - swing by your local pawn shops, you never know what you'll find.
  45. 21 points
    This was on Reverb for a couple of hours the other day and before I knew what happened, it was on the way to my house. Looks like a really clean, lightly played one and came with original case. I need to seek counseling before I lose my wife...
  46. 21 points
    A while back I posted a couple of Styx concert pix from 2002. Those were actually scanned from 8 X 10s I'd had made from original smaller 35 mm. prints. Not the most pro images in existence but kinda cool. I recently rummaged thru my file cabinets and found some other similar larger prints; the concerts where they were taken ranged from 1997 thru 2003. Obviously, they were taken for consideration of inclusion w/ articles I wrote, but a couple of these have been used elsewhere, as it turns out, and I've adapted to working w/ digital photography to the point that most of what I snap nowadays is better than these. Moreover, a couple of these folks aren't with us anymore. Enjoy the viewing.
  47. 21 points
    Some better pics. The top on this thing really moves. The specs (highlighted the differences): Solid Mahogany body Maple neck (Insanely) Quilted maple top Greenburst finish 25 1/2" scale Ebony fretboard with "bullseye" inlays Lighter headstock angle (due to the trem) Gravelin pups - Bridge is a hotter version of the one in 0052, still tappable with the slug coil overwound. Black cover. Neck pup is same Gravelin P90 Gotoh EV510T trem in Cosmo Black - cool color Gotoh 510 locking tuners in Cosmo Black with ebony buttons Multi-ply binding Same electronics as 0052 Tele cup style output jack Dunlop straplocks Graphtech nut Yes - it has the Muse Tip. That makes two tips...
  48. 21 points
    Yup. I named it Monster. 26.1 scale baritwelve. Tom Peterson would approve. The sound is soo huge, big, full. I just got lost for hours plugged in to the metroplex with a lil ada, delay.... anyway... the D-tar preamp with acoustic bridge pup does very well on its own. Mix in a lil emg 85 or SA, and it chorus's on it own. And it shreds, rocks, plummets notes abandon. Lots of fun, inspiring. Pics do not due justice to the finish on the curly maple top, does a nice grain, color flip flop thingy.
  49. 20 points
    You guys may remember a pretty extensive '76 Les Paul Deluxe restoration project I took on well over a year ago. To recap, it came to me as a very abused body (that had been hollowed out - not chambered but hollowed out by a previous owner), an old neck blank from the Kalamazoo factory, and a cardboard box with more parts missing than there. After I took on a mile-long list of structural stuff that took months to tick off, and our good friend Shannon at HEL took on icing the cake and the spray gun tasks, the project finally wrapped this weekend. Here you go ... enjoy! Before After
  50. 20 points
    A few new builds starting to take shape...