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Why did Hamer discontinue the Daytona?


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#1 hamerfan50

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 03:14 PM

Greetings everyone...what a GREAT forum, with a GREAT bunch of folks!!!

I've always been a strat player from the first time I picked up an electric.

Trouble was, I really couldn't settle on a strat I absolutely loved.

Please don't get me wrong, I've had more than few wonderful strats, American Series, EC, EJ sigs, 50th annies to name a few, but not to name drop. :D

That is until I bought a 1993 Hamer Daytona. I loved the 1 11/16 nut width, the 14" radius fret board, the SD pups, the locking tuners, etc.

I've gotta believe, that I'm not alone.

With that, to my Hamer family, please tell me, why do you think Hamer stopped making this righteous guitar?

I gotta know! :D

Thank you very much!

Hamerfan...soon to be 51!

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 03:57 PM

Oh boy, here we go.......

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#3 holLoWskull

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 04:03 PM

Most likely the same reasons most any product gets discontinued....poor sales and/or the company wants to go in a different direction with its product line.

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 05:31 PM

/\ +1 to those comments. Hamer just went in another direction.
They are really nice aren't they? This livingroom noodler loves the pair in my house. :D

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Posted 27 April 2008 - 05:38 PM

Here's mine:

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And one I should've never sold :D

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Hamer USA Centaura and T-62

#6 KH Guitar Freak

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 12:47 AM

I have one too, blackie like but more relic, love her none the less...

I shall take pics of her tonight or something...

Guitars:

1. '95 Hamer Diablo II USA
2. '95 Hamer Daytona USA
3. '95 Hamer Eclipse USA
4. '06 ESP KH2 Vintage Japan
5. '01 ESP KH2 Japan
6. '07 ESP SV Standard Japan
7. '06 X-Tone PA-1 Korea
8. '08 X-Tone PS-1 Korea
9. Ernie Ball Music Man Luke PDN (Luke True Gold)
10. Ernie Ball Music Man Luke BFR USA (Tran Black finish with figured maple top)
11. '03 PRS Mark Tremonti USA
12. 00s G&L Legacy USA

13. 80s/90s Burny Les Paul Japan
14. Late 70s Burny SG Japan
15. 80s Schecter Strategy Telecaster Custom USA
16. '06 Fender SRV USA

17. 90s Fender Eric Clapton USA strat

18. '98 Fender American Deluxe strat with CS '69 pickups
19. '06 Fender 60th Anniversary Strat USA
20. '06 Fender 60th Anniversary Tele USA
21. '06 Fender ST57-66US Strat Japan
22. Fender Strat (Fender Japan 60s body, Fender Custom Shop USA tremolo, Fender 60s reissue neck USA, Callaham hardware including Fralin single coil set)
23. 90s Grover Jackson Superstrat Japan
24. 80s/90s Tokai Talbo Japan
25. Electa Strat with Filtertron bridge pickup Japan
26. '06 Line 6 Variax 700 Japan
27. '03 Takamine EAN15C Japan
28. '98 Takamine G330S Taiwan
29. 90s Orville Les Paul

30. '85 Ibanez RS 530
31. Elite Acoustic Electric Guitar Korea

Amps:

1. '08 Mesa Boogie Roadster head
2. Mesa Stiletto Deuce II head
3. Mesa Mark V head
4. Mesa Simulclass 2:90 poweramp

5. '14 Mesa Transatlanctic TA-30 head
6. ENGL E530 preamp
7. Randall RM100KH head
8. 80s Music Man 150HD 2X10 combo
9. Early 90s Peavey 5150 head
10. Marshall Vintage Modern 2466 head
11. '06 Marshall TSL602
12. Laney Lionheart 20W head
13. '02 Laney Hardcore Max 30R

Cabs:

1. Mesa Stilletto Straight Front 4X12 Cab
2. Laney Lionheart 2X12 cab


#7 ArnieZ

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 03:22 AM

Here are my Ode to Fender Hamers.
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 03:34 AM

I never tried the Daytona but I love my T-62. Smaller body, probably filled with helium as it weighs absolutely nothing. ABM tremolo that stay in tune perfectly and sustains like a bell. The neck is wide/medium and is just made for playing hours of those funky rythm chords, no fatigue just pure fun.

I'd love to try a Daytone one day. Here's a pic to the T-62:
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Posted 28 April 2008 - 03:38 AM

I never tried the Daytona but I love my T-62. Smaller body, probably filled with helium as it weighs absolutely nothing. ABM tremolo that stay in tune perfectly and sustains like a bell. The neck is wide/medium and is just made for playing hours of those funky rythm chords, no fatigue just pure fun.

I'd love to try a Daytone one day. Here's a pic to the T-62:
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What's that little switch at the back of the guitar for? Is it a standard thing, or did you order it?

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 04:42 AM



I'd love to try a Daytone one day. Here's a pic to the T-62:



What's that little switch at the back of the guitar for? Is it a standard thing, or did you order it?


It is standard from the factory and it activates an EMG boost circuit board mounted in the back cavity. It is mounted exactly as the mini switch on a Centaura, which does not have a pic guard. The Centaura and T62 are similar in many ways, (both excellent guitars). Perhaps it was a way for the Hamer factory to be efficient in production? That is the only reason I can think of why they did not mount it on the pickguard.

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 04:58 AM

Here are my Ode to Fender Hamers.
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Man, I wish I could find another Daytona like yours...

Guitars:

1. '95 Hamer Diablo II USA
2. '95 Hamer Daytona USA
3. '95 Hamer Eclipse USA
4. '06 ESP KH2 Vintage Japan
5. '01 ESP KH2 Japan
6. '07 ESP SV Standard Japan
7. '06 X-Tone PA-1 Korea
8. '08 X-Tone PS-1 Korea
9. Ernie Ball Music Man Luke PDN (Luke True Gold)
10. Ernie Ball Music Man Luke BFR USA (Tran Black finish with figured maple top)
11. '03 PRS Mark Tremonti USA
12. 00s G&L Legacy USA

13. 80s/90s Burny Les Paul Japan
14. Late 70s Burny SG Japan
15. 80s Schecter Strategy Telecaster Custom USA
16. '06 Fender SRV USA

17. 90s Fender Eric Clapton USA strat

18. '98 Fender American Deluxe strat with CS '69 pickups
19. '06 Fender 60th Anniversary Strat USA
20. '06 Fender 60th Anniversary Tele USA
21. '06 Fender ST57-66US Strat Japan
22. Fender Strat (Fender Japan 60s body, Fender Custom Shop USA tremolo, Fender 60s reissue neck USA, Callaham hardware including Fralin single coil set)
23. 90s Grover Jackson Superstrat Japan
24. 80s/90s Tokai Talbo Japan
25. Electa Strat with Filtertron bridge pickup Japan
26. '06 Line 6 Variax 700 Japan
27. '03 Takamine EAN15C Japan
28. '98 Takamine G330S Taiwan
29. 90s Orville Les Paul

30. '85 Ibanez RS 530
31. Elite Acoustic Electric Guitar Korea

Amps:

1. '08 Mesa Boogie Roadster head
2. Mesa Stiletto Deuce II head
3. Mesa Mark V head
4. Mesa Simulclass 2:90 poweramp

5. '14 Mesa Transatlanctic TA-30 head
6. ENGL E530 preamp
7. Randall RM100KH head
8. 80s Music Man 150HD 2X10 combo
9. Early 90s Peavey 5150 head
10. Marshall Vintage Modern 2466 head
11. '06 Marshall TSL602
12. Laney Lionheart 20W head
13. '02 Laney Hardcore Max 30R

Cabs:

1. Mesa Stilletto Straight Front 4X12 Cab
2. Laney Lionheart 2X12 cab


#12 Siaip Ciuvas

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 05:13 AM

It could well be the case that Hamer was doing too good guitars and got legal warning from Fender that they look too much like theirs...

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 05:37 AM

Hamer discontinued all of the bolt-on guitars when they moved the factory to CT in 1997. Great guitars. Here's my custom daytona:

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#14 MCChris

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 05:49 AM

I'm sure they're fine guitars, but I for one never understood why they started making Daytonas and T51s in the first place. At least Hamer's Gibson rips had some unique touches (sustain block bridges on the Sunbursts/Specials; softer, sexier lines and binding on the Standards). Other than the headstocks, these were IDENTICAL to Strats and Teles.

#15 KH Guitar Freak

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Posted 28 April 2008 - 05:59 AM

They are as good or better than many strats, but cheaper...

It's a win win for me.... :D

Guitars:

1. '95 Hamer Diablo II USA
2. '95 Hamer Daytona USA
3. '95 Hamer Eclipse USA
4. '06 ESP KH2 Vintage Japan
5. '01 ESP KH2 Japan
6. '07 ESP SV Standard Japan
7. '06 X-Tone PA-1 Korea
8. '08 X-Tone PS-1 Korea
9. Ernie Ball Music Man Luke PDN (Luke True Gold)
10. Ernie Ball Music Man Luke BFR USA (Tran Black finish with figured maple top)
11. '03 PRS Mark Tremonti USA
12. 00s G&L Legacy USA

13. 80s/90s Burny Les Paul Japan
14. Late 70s Burny SG Japan
15. 80s Schecter Strategy Telecaster Custom USA
16. '06 Fender SRV USA

17. 90s Fender Eric Clapton USA strat

18. '98 Fender American Deluxe strat with CS '69 pickups
19. '06 Fender 60th Anniversary Strat USA
20. '06 Fender 60th Anniversary Tele USA
21. '06 Fender ST57-66US Strat Japan
22. Fender Strat (Fender Japan 60s body, Fender Custom Shop USA tremolo, Fender 60s reissue neck USA, Callaham hardware including Fralin single coil set)
23. 90s Grover Jackson Superstrat Japan
24. 80s/90s Tokai Talbo Japan
25. Electa Strat with Filtertron bridge pickup Japan
26. '06 Line 6 Variax 700 Japan
27. '03 Takamine EAN15C Japan
28. '98 Takamine G330S Taiwan
29. 90s Orville Les Paul

30. '85 Ibanez RS 530
31. Elite Acoustic Electric Guitar Korea

Amps:

1. '08 Mesa Boogie Roadster head
2. Mesa Stiletto Deuce II head
3. Mesa Mark V head
4. Mesa Simulclass 2:90 poweramp

5. '14 Mesa Transatlanctic TA-30 head
6. ENGL E530 preamp
7. Randall RM100KH head
8. 80s Music Man 150HD 2X10 combo
9. Early 90s Peavey 5150 head
10. Marshall Vintage Modern 2466 head
11. '06 Marshall TSL602
12. Laney Lionheart 20W head
13. '02 Laney Hardcore Max 30R

Cabs:

1. Mesa Stilletto Straight Front 4X12 Cab
2. Laney Lionheart 2X12 cab