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  1. Haha... I think Dean Zelinsky is trying to create unique selling propositions. I somehow like his innovations, grandma's neck pattern, the strange toggle switch/pot, the SideKick pickups. And I like flat guitars, I've got an Ibanez SV5470F that feels very comfortable. But I think an unfinished/oiled neck will always be my favourite. I built a guitar with a fat mahogany neck and just sealed it with a thin layer of Tru Oil – it feels and plays just perfect. Love the necks of my Peavey Wolfgangs, too.
  2. Is this Sunburst legit?

    After playing the guitar a while the behaviour of the volume pots seemed strange to me, I was not able to use them to clean the distortion. I read that the Hamer pots are slightly different than other pots but it just seemed strange so I took a look at the wiring and saw that whoever assembled the guitar after refinishing did it wrong (picture in first post). I rewired the volume pots and replaced the capacitor – and I replaced the microphonic DiMarzios with wax potted PAF copies in double cream and zebra colour. I'll keep the original unpotted DiMarzios as they are. I tried to use them but my band is just too loud and I like to play the Sunburst live. The taper of the Hamer pots (now) sounds good to me, they clean up nicely.
  3. Is this Sunburst legit?

    Andrew: Thank you, that's interesting. I'm currently reading the "Ultimate" book and really like this kind of background information and stories behind the guitars. kizanski: Hey, I like it that way. Maybe it looks a bit higher on the photo than it actually is. caddie: Haha, nice suggestion :-) Took the guitar to rehearsal yesterday and the pickups are too microphonic so it was hard to play it at high volume. I'm used to that on vintage guitars so I brought a backup guitar with me. Now I'm thinking about wax potting the DiMarzios (did that a few times before on other guitars from that era) or keeping them as they are and replacing them with two DiMarzio PAF or maybe Air Classic pickups. I had a set of zebra DiMarzio pickups and the creme bobbins looked really bad, grey and as if they were painted. Maybe putting some foam beneath the humbuckers will help? I tried that with other guitars and it never did much... I always ended up wax potting them.
  4. Is this Sunburst legit?

    Andrew, you know your stuff. The Ex-ex-owner said that it is a 1981 model. I posted a photo of the side dots below. The neck seems to be made of three pieces, it's hard to see it on the neck but you can see the stripes on the back of the headstock. Yes, the refinish looks really good to me, too. Polished the headstock last weekand, it had been dull on front and backside when I bought the guitar. I think I will replace the three volume/tone knobs with black top-hat knobs. Sounds and feels like the D'Addario strings the seller put on it were new, so I just kept em on the guitar. Spent a few hours playing the Sunburst and now it sounds better and better. Great guitar. Chords really shine and it is a joy to experiment with picking strength. Haha, thank you.
  5. Is this Sunburst legit?

    Thank you very much, guys! I played it a few hours and it is a real joy to play. Will take it to my band's rehearsal next week. bondedbybrick: Wow, your Sunburst looks great and your explanation makes sense. Two Sunbursts (1978/1979) popped up at a German vintage dealer and one of them has a jack plate, too. Cheers Thorsten
  6. Is this Sunburst legit?

    Thank you very much for your evaluation! This helped a lot. The logo decal has been applied by the one who sold it to me, he sealed it with a thin layer of clear coat and it looks like he didn't polish it. The previous owner who told him he is a former Hamer dealer in the Netherlands sold it to him on a vintage guitar show in Veenendaal a few months ago. He was the one who commissioned the refinish. The finish looks really well done, without any flaws. I will polish the headstock this weekend. I think I found a good pickup height. Really like the tone of the pickups, especially the neck pickup. Read about the thin veneer in the "Ultimate" book, too. Seems like Paul Hamer preferred the tone of a Les Paul Goldtop and found out it had no maple cap. Haha, the "certificate" is printed on a sheet of A4 paper – just fishy. The only reasonable thing I could imagine is that maybe the "former Hamer dealer" from the Netherlands printed these sheets for other Hamer guitars he sold in the early 2000s. Im not sure if there ever was a working URL "www.hamerguitars.com/registry". And I don't know why somebody installed a jack plate. At least I have never seen a photo of a Sunburst with a jack plate. Whatever... The Sunburst is fun to play and sounds good. When I bought it I worried that the neck may be too thin for me, but it feels good and supports fluid playing. Here are a few additional photos of the whole guitar. Cheers Thorsten
  7. I received the guitar and opened my own thread with more detailed photos.
  8. Is this Sunburst legit?

    Hi, I just bought my first Hamer guitar (or at least I hope it is one), mentioned in this thread. It arrived today and although I knew it was refinished some things look strange, maybe because of the clean finish. At least the neck looks played :-). I would like to know if this is really a Hamer Sunburst. No serial number and a water decal Logo, the seller says this is because of the complete refinish. The binding seems to be a bit too thin, bright and new – maybe the person who did the refinish renewed the binding? Maybe the binding was the cause for the new finish? The chrome of the bridge looks just new, I'm not sure if the saddles are original, one looks different from the others. The pickups are DiMarzios but to me they sound quite hot. The pickup cavities look like they have been rerouted a bit. Taking a look into the pickup cavities I just can't tell if the veneer has to be this thin and if the neck joint looks original (last image below). The pots and switch seem to be original, the cavity cover is a thin metal plate. It has a jack plate instead of a flush mount jack. It came with a printed "certificate" saying "Congratulations on your acquisition... Please take a few moments to join our registry... www.hamerguitars.com/registry" – in 1979/80? Without a serial number? Maybe from a later Hamer guitar or just fake? The seller says that he bought it from an ex Hamer dealer who did the refinish and sold it to him. After setting it up properly (the intonation for example was not set at all) it plays and sounds good. I took a few photos. Can somebody please have a look at them and tell me his/her thoughts? Thank you very much!
  9. Thanks, guys! Haha, there's still room in here...
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  11. I'm the one who pulled the trigger on this guitar. This will be my first Hamer, I've been looking for a Sunburst a long time, always wanted to play one. I'm a guitar player and built a few electric guitars - I don't care too much for the fact that it has been refinished. Contact to the seller has been pleasant and it is going to be shipped this week. Maybe I can find out a bit more about the story of this particular guitar.