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  1. I met the Hamer rep. at the time. NOT a factory refin -- they only provided him with an authentic logo to get the job done in the UK.
  2. A maple neck and a different neck angle on the Floyd-Rose Sunbursts. They are very much their own model and not just a Floyded Sunburst. Same is true for the arch-top version. Sometimes they fitted the metal knobs, but that was on the earliest ones in 1989.
  3. Nice looker -- but clearly a neck repair. So the price is waaaaaaaaay too high.
  4. '91 Sunburst Binding Discoloration

    1991 is probably still a nitro-cellulose finish. The discolouration on the body binding can usually be polished away with a mildly abrasive polish as it is surface-only oxidation. Seems a common issue of those late nitro-finishes. The binding shrinkage will crack the lacquer -- again, this is a normal consequence of aging of the traditional materials.
  5. Is this Sunburst legit?

    My "wandering side-dots" hypothesis would suggest this is in the 1 3300 - 1 4300 region. Although my method is highly fallible as necks were not always used in the order they were made. I have two consecutive numbered 1981 guitars with different spacings on the side dots.
  6. Is this Sunburst legit?

    I have the exact serial number somewhere - "9 1016"? - but, yes, in mid-79 they went three-piece, although they were still made by Holmes for a few more months (wide octave dots are the best indicator). I am pretty sure I can see a three-piece neck in the pickup cavity on this one.
  7. Is this Sunburst legit?

    There are some clues to its age. The close dots on the finger-board tell me it is post-Holmes, so 1980 onwards. The bridge is authentic. Because they are smaller saddles, that makes it 1981 (or at least very late 1980) onwards. But there are small gaps between the saddles, a phenomenon seen mostly on 1981 guitars from earlier in that year. By later 1981 the bridge plate intonation holes were drawn in and the saddles a tighter fit. The octave side dots gap kept changing around 1980-81, and can provide further clues as to the production date. It looks a very good refinish, by the way.
  8. Nice! Zulutastic. The locking thing can be bought easily, I think Kahler are making the exact replica again. It looks like it is in a contemporary CruiseBass case, as the case is too long and the cushion is where a bass bridge would be. Interesting finish, case it was possibly shipped in (Hamer could be weird with cases), and if the condition (excluding top lock) is generally good, somewhere between 600-1000 Euros.
  9. Just a reminder - all rosewoods (even the tiny piece on a fret-board) are now subject to CITES restrictions and export/import certification will be required.
  10. Help identifying Hamer USA Guitars

    The first one is a1993 Archtop Studio in 59 'Burst. The design went through several names, but the unbound ones started around 1993, and are always called "Studios". Only the earliest bound ones (c1991) are called "Sunburst Archtop". Second one is a 1993 P-90 Special, colour is indeed TV yellow.
  11. There a few old ones here: http://www.buddlejagarden.co.uk/hamer/other.htm I have more to add some day, and also I should update the format - very 1990s.
  12. I have had a problem - the grey foam is degrading in a couple of flight-cases, expensive pro-cases too. It's become nasty. friable and corrosive, little pellets of sticky foam eating into the nitro-cellulose - but don't panic, I saved the guitars in time, just a couple of tiny marks. Another year and the finish would have been stained and pitted and ruined I need the case. I don't want to use the grey foam again as the same will happen. My plan is to use fire-retardant furniture foam covered by fur fabric - like a standard case. So my question is: is this best, or do I still need a foam without fire-retardant as these might react with the nitro-finish, even through the fur fabric? Have you had the same problem? Any advice on re-fitting the case.
  13. Has the yellow one lost its fret-board binding nubbins? It looks very familiar.
  14. Yes, these are the stock pickups for 1984 Hamer basses - Dimarzio-made Hamer pickups, although any difference from the standard Dimarzio model will be slight to non-existent - some have exposed pole-pieces, but the full covers are more normal from 1983 onwards.
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