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    1985 Hamer Steve Stevens, 1989 Californian, 1994 Californian Elite, 1993 Diablo, 2014 Mike Lull SX, 2014 Carvin DC800, 2014 Paul Reed Smith Custom 24 Floyd, 2016 Roman Quicksilver, Kremona Solea
  1. Paul Gilbert - guitar teacher?

    They charge per month, with a break in price for paying ahead for a year. The lessons all have tabs and an introductory video by Paul. He shows you what to do and what to watch for if you are having troubles. He says that even if you are an advanced player you should start from the beginning lessons, and I think he is right. You can post a video of your playing that Paul may critique and respond. I never recorded a video (although they really encourage you to do so on some of the lessons). You can review other students’ videos and learn from Paul’s responses to them. I found Paul’s teaching style really appealing and egoless. It was a pleasure to learn from him at ArtistWorks.
  2. Paul Gilbert - guitar teacher?

    I was a student of Paul’s through the Artistworks site for two years. I didn’t interact with him personally, but I found his manner and approach very insightful and enjoyable. Many of his lessons seem simpler than they are and I really learned a lot of valuable techniques. I hadn’t taken any lessons in over thirty years, and I’m so glad that I did!
  3. This is very suspicious without boomers. I have one of these flamed maple through-and-throughs and it has boomers. Has anyone seen this combination of elements before?
  4. I feel you. This place is a target rich environment that is constantly triggering me. And yes, I love it although I shouldn’t be looking in the first place to try to control my GAS.
  5. Oh man, I love this thread! I bought my first Cali after searching for the best guitar I could find (in Spokane, WA) for over 3 months. I got a touring gig after that and needed a backup guitar and got a steal on a used RG 560 which killed as a player and it sounded great, but different than the Cali. Much later I auditioned for a slot in a metal band (definitely not fashionable at the time) using my Cali. After a while I noticed that my bandmates reacted a little negatively whenever I switched over to the 560 - which surprised me. I thought it had the juice. But the drummer and the bass player told me that the Ibanez was "okay", but the Hamer was so much better that it just screamed "metal". I gave the Ibanez to my brother. I miss it occasionally for certain things, but the Cali keeps killing. Stonge, you played set-neck Calis? Mine are all bolt-on (which I very strongly prefer).
  6. I would bid against you for that Cali...
  7. Lifetime Veto Songs

    Hmm... Talk Dirty To Me by Poison? I even refused to play it back in the day.
  8. Damn! Only $850! I'm tempted and I don't even want any hollow-body guitars... And it's only 5 hours drive from here.
  9. NGD SS

    I have a Cali that is this color. I have some friends that thought it was black (while viewing it off stage in the dim light) and then they wondered where my red guitar came from during the gig. This bass that has been on Reverb forever has the same color, if I'm right: https://reverb.com/item/1730975-vintage-90-s-u-s-a-hamer-chaparral-bass-boomerang-mop-inlays-set-neck-black-cherry-sparkle
  10. That looks amazing!
  11. Thanks for all of your thoughtful replies! I planning on a hybrid approach. I'll leave most of the wounds in place, but get the attempted neck refinish straightened out. I'm still undecided about what to do with some of the terrible repairs, but I'm sure I'll care less with some time if the neck is good. I'll post some photos of the work as it comes together.
  12. I'm actually down with the "playing the hell out of it" vibe - it's just the ham-fisted attempts to correct some of the boo-boos that are my biggest grievance. I think if the finish removal from the back of the neck was corrected then I might be done.
  13. Flight-case grey foam

    Thanks for posting this! I'm going to hunt through all of my cases for potential troubles.
  14. I recently picked up an 1985 SS1. It is pretty beat up, and I didn't buy it to collect, but to play. Some of the holes and chips have been poorly "repaired" and the finish was somewhat removed from the back of the neck. My questions to the HFC experts are: Should I have it refinished? If yes: What color? and How do I preserve the logo and serial number? Here are links to photos of this guitar in previous Reverb postings. https://reverb.com/item/1946138-hamer-usa-steve-stevens-custom-rare-steve-stevens-custom-min-80s-white https://reverb.com/item/4080823-hamer-usa-ss1-steve-stevens-1985-white Thanks!
  15. Hmm... do my kids really need to go to college?