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BadgerDave last won the day on June 6 2016

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    Interests: Herding cats, killing threads, auction sniping, making good guitarists cringe.

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  1. Bump Still available, would love to trade for a Nash Telecaster @kizanski, any interest?
  2. Happy Birthday Ted!

    Happy Birthday, Ted Still changing those strings?
  3. Wyldbil Pirate Special #5

    Mad découpage skilz.
  4. That is the most appealing of the graphic series of Specials that I've seen. Looks like it's in great condition, too. I'd value it at $1,500 minimum.
  5. #72 in the house!

    Jeez, Shawn, you had the chance to play it and see for yourself.
  6. #72 in the house!

    Thanks for the comments. The knobs are a bit of a joke, I replaced them with the originals after taking this photo. The pickup replacement is probably permanent. I provided Mike with the pickups so I feel OK in changing them since they are not part of his design concept. The neck unit is a Lollar staple, which is similar to a P-90, but slightly better in every way! I think a P-90 neck pickup and a minibucker in the bridge may be the perfect combination, especially in a semi-hollow or hollow body guitar. Full size humbuckers in these guitars can get muddy, especially in the neck position and don't do clean as well as a single coil. The Faber bridge is a simple and elegant design. I like it a lot, but I actually prefer the original version with the front cut away in a staggered pattern over the newer dual bar version.
  7. Locking tuners for 2017 Special Jr

    Hi Mike, We're not ignoring you. We just don't know anything about the new Hamers. I'm guessing that you won't find a direct replacement that will match the original screw or pin holes. Can you determine the manufacturer of the originals? Welcome to the HFC. If you can post a photo, we may be able to help.
  8. #72 in the house!

    Damn 'Sconnie comedians!
  9. #72 in the house!

    Well, since you’ve all been waiting . . . I made a couple of changes.
  10. #72 in the house!

    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:
  11. #72 in the house!

    Thanks. It's a standard wind Lollar P-90 in the bridge position.
  12. How'd you get into Hamer?

    The combo department manager was Josh Blacker. Randy Green and I were the guitar and bass sales salesforce. I think the drum department manager's name was Tim. Nice guy.
  13. How'd you get into Hamer?

    Copied and pasted from an old thread: I was working at Ward-Brodt Music in Madison, WI in 1978. Ward-Brodt was one of the first retail Hamer dealers, possibly the second after Pastore. We had four Sunbusts in stock and they were the best guitars in the store. I remember that the Hamers were selling for more than our new Les Pauls. $700 for the dot necks and an extra $50 for the bound and crowned model. Response was split. The hard core Gibson players turned up their noses at the upstart Hamers. Others recognized that these new contenders were a notch above what Gibson was putting out. I claimed a bound and crowned Sunburst immediately and it replaced a '74 SG Custom as my go-to guitar. Unfortunately, My Sunburst was one of the early 1 piece neck versions that developed a fatal twist. Frank Untermeyer graciously offered me full retail credit on anything I wanted as a replacement. I chose a cutom ordered black Standard: The Standard survived a broken headstock and served me well for about five years. I eventually sold it and switched to a series of Specials through the end of the 80s.
  14. 0071

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G5r5OE_u5m0 WOW! I love everything about #71!