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  1. A few years ago, my son took bass lessons from local legend Dajando Smith, who opened up his eyes and ears at a critical time. He really learned a lot, and with Dajando's pushing, he's become a damned good bass player. After one of the lessons, they were shooting the shit about gear, etc., and my son happened to mention that he had a Blitz Bass. Dajando got a bit verklempt, and related the tale of how as a high schooler, his hard-working parents scrimped and saved to help him order a custom Hamer Blitz bass with some special touches and his name on the truss rod cover. I don't recall wheth
    40 points
  2. Wife: "Why on Earth do you need another Hamer?!" Me: "This is a Newport Pro! A nice member of HFC offered to sell it to me." Wife: "Didn't you just buy a Hamer?!" Me: "Yes, but that was an Artist Custom." [I bought it in June of this year.] Wife: "And don't you already have a few others?" Me: "Well, yes. I bought a Duotone in October of last year, and a Studio in November." Wife: "Then what are you doing?!" Now, fellow members, what would you do in this situation? This required some fast thinking on my part. My beautiful wife surely wouldn't go fo
    20 points
  3. If the thread title sounds familiar, that's because it is. Recycled, reused, and repeated because... Yes. We're doing this again. Let me answer before you ask: No, I'm not in financial trouble. No, thank you, I am not interested in trades. No, I will NOT describe its acoustic voice. All prices are eBay/Reverb/TGP prices. If you're serious, we can deal. Lots and lots of more photos are available. Just click on the photo of the guitar in question. The Weight is a classic song by Canadian rock group The Band. PayPal gift is preferred. Shipping is extra, depending on whe
    18 points
  4. We start with an idea for #0094. Then Mike makes a life sized sketch. A top is selected. And Mike works his magic. Pickups by @JGravelin. Photos by @Northfield - This guitar is way too reflective for me to capture!
    18 points
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  6. This guitar was my very first Hamer. I bought it in 1995. At the time I was playing in a cover band doing popular covers from that period. STP, Metallica, Pearl Jam and the like. This axe fit in so perfectly it quickly replaced my LP as my #1. For the past 10 - 12 years it has languished in its case. Rarely played, never gigged. Set aside for my Strats or Daytona since I'm doing more Blues and lighter rock. I had fallen out of love with the sound of this beautiful piece of art. With the world going through all this weirdness I pulled it out, determined to, once and for all, identify what it wa
    18 points
  7. Our lead singer has a small house in Spain where he spends some time every year. He and his family got caught there in the Spanish lockdown. From March until July. His wife then went home with two of their kids in August, and he stayed with their oldest for a few more weeks. He came back to town this monday. We have rehearsed two nights in a row, Wednesday and Thursday. Game is on again! Life IS good. Six months without playing together, we pretty much nailed the songs on the first run through. That felt totally awesome. Music is life. I really missed this!
    18 points
  8. Well, this definitely scratches several itches that I've had for a while. The gold top itch, as well as the "replacement for my thin-neck special" itch. The neck is FABULOUS. It's got a tiny a bit of Hameritis around the neck joint, but nothing major. There's also some binding pull away on the lower side, which is common. There's a tiny dent in the goldtop, but otherwise it's great. I also love the color that the binding has faded to. It does have some rust on the strap buttons, so it looks to have been in a moist environment at some time. Thankfully I have a HUGE supply of nickel Dunlop
    17 points
  9. My pickguard is true bypass as well. More transparent.
    16 points
  10. The Paris Single Cut Background: Years ago, I sang in a rockabilly outfit. Since my real name had been taken by Dan Hicks (and his hot licks), I used my wife’s middle name and the band was called Danny Paris and the Shiner’s. Years later, many of my friends still call me Danny P. My wife kept her last name when we got married, so Paris has been our connecting name (even though I do go by Danny Hicks). This is where the abalone Paris came from on the TRC.
    16 points
  11. A memory photo of my C3 at pre-paint stage popped up on FB this AM and I got to thinking about how bittersweet it is to have one of the last handful of builds that came out of the shop before they were shuttered for good. So, after digging around, I found the rest of the photos that were sent to me as this Cali took shape. For your enjoyment.
    16 points
  12. And initial assembly Not a pro finish by any means. But it’ll do for now. Missed a few grain spots. Also I need to refine my sanding technique. A few scratches from the coarser grits can be seen under really bright light but disappear in most lighting.
    16 points
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  14. Hey All, I've just updated the board software and there are supposedly a number of changes and new features. Let me know if you notice any issues or new hotness.
    15 points
  15. UPDATE - Sold on Reverb Thanks for the interest and comments Somewhat rare solid black PRS McCarty with scraped edge binding. Moon fretboard inlays and a very dark rosewood fretboard. Excellent condition with some light surface scratches in the clear coat. Some oxidation on the bridge. All original except for the addition of an Emerson bumblebee replica capacitor. Original hard shell case. 8 lbs. 10 oz. Everything works perfectly and it sounds like a great Les Paul. $1,500.00 plus Pay Pal fees (if you choose to use PP) Free shipping to U.S. addresses. Lis
    15 points
  16. yup, it has been done, and going to be done again...
    15 points
  17. I can't believe I once owned these Hamer's, and a few more that didn't make the photo. At least I still have the '81 Special on the bottom right...
    14 points
  18. Refinish is complete.
    14 points
  19. Got to play out today at Equus Run, a beautiful winery near Midway, KY. Beautiful late summer day, 70 F and sunny. Perfect time to break out the Studio Custom. Have three more outdoors jobs through Halloween and then I'm done until a vaccine, cure or Spring.
    13 points
  20. Thanks to bubs... I bought it and it is beautiful !!! I have been looking for a good one for years, and this one is almost flawless. The people at Flores are amazing !
    13 points
  21. DuoTones are easy to love!
    13 points
  22. "Shame Hamer never made one with xyz spec..." Peter..."...well actually *insert photo* "
    13 points
  23. Today's Featured Guitar: 2004 Hamer Korina Special, AKA "The Spruceburst" I'd wager most of you reading this are already familiar with this guitar and the story of how it came to be and be in my possession. For those of you who aren't, here we go again. This guitar is the first of two built. The only reason there is a second is because this one wasn't built as it was spec'ed. Back in 2003, @butcher ordered this guitar as you see it, but with a thin head stock (like on the BCR Juniors of the time) and strip tuners. Like this. When the guitar arrived,
    12 points
  24. Revamped Guitar Day. I'll spare everyone the video-ed tedium of my wankery in test driving this thing but HOT DAMN! It is reborn and red hot! Been playing all weekend long! Amazing what a few hundred dollars and some seriously skilled hands can do for a guitar that was all but written off. I'd call it the Zombie Guitar; back from the dead save for the fact that it is fast and feisty. Can't decide what I like more- the aesthetic combination of sea foam green, maple and black hardware or how the Gravelin Mongoose with a .01 cap sounds. Beefy and menacing come to mind. Major props
    12 points
  25. Selling a guitar, feeling bad about it and trying to get it back - a common story, I know. Happened to me once with a Peavey Generation I sold on ebay and got it back from the buyer a few years later via ebay, too. This Peavey was one of three guitars I sold during the last years and regretted it shortly after. The second one was the US made Dean Soltero MGH I sold in 2013 to raise funds for our first RV US trip. I got it via ebay, liked it, but not so much that I did keep it. Fast forward a year or two: Remorse kicks in. Reaching out to the buyer to get it back, no luck.
    12 points
  26. Yes it has. Mine was definitely influenced by Johnny Thunders' Juniorized sustain block Specials. I started with this: Finished with this: I had the woodwork/filling done at Mouradian Guitar. Did the re-fin and assembly myself. Even starting with a somewhat cheap beater for a donor I probably still have more money into than it is worth. Doesn't matter. It's not going anywhere. A modded, beat, humbucker Special was much easier to find than a beater P90 Special. Still looking for one of those to make a matching P90 version.
    12 points
  27. Ah, the 80s. At one point we decided to do individual band photos. Here's mine. I believe this was about 1989. By some miracle of genetics, I still have a full head of hair at age 59. The perm grew out a long time ago, though.
    12 points
  28. Ok...only had this baby a couple days...kudos to our @0054 for an awesome packing job and a glorious freebie thrown in...THANKS Rodi for a wonderful transaction. First impression is that this may be the finest amp I have ever played....And I have been playing since 1978 with a lot of nice amps. I know I am honeymooning, but it sounds so , well...professional. The tones are complex and rich...and HUGE. You all told me to take my time and learn the amp. There are a LOT of tones in this amp. I am pleasantly surprised that this amp is its own thing....I know Ch1 was based upon a 5f6a tweed Ba
    11 points
  29. So there's a guitar for sale in Peoria of which you took no photos and didn't get a price. Great thread, Shawn!
    11 points
  30. I also spoke with him a couple of weeks ago. He did make the move to Florida and was swamped with work and the dreggs of unpacking a housefull of stuff. He said he was in good health and was in great spirits.
    11 points
  31. Today's Featured Guitar: 1972 Fender Telecaster Thinline This guitar has a very long and not-so-distinguished history, but one thing you should know going in is that this is all @Jeff R's fault. Back in 2004, Jeff REE-shard introduced me to an artist named Tab Benoit, who was starting a non-profit organization charged with raising awareness about the eroding Gulf Coast wetlands. This turned out to be prophetic on Tab's part because what no one knew at the time was that a little hurricane named Katrina would show up a year later. "Voice of the Wetlands" neede
    11 points
  32. So - finally - I got to open it up a bit and plug into my gig rig WITH THE REST OF THE BAND!!!! !!!!! Before that, I initially thought it was too bright, that maybe the P90 in the bridge wasn't the smartest idea with the Sustain Block, Ebony and Maple. But in a band setting, It. Was. Killer. Not bright or harsh, but articulate and punchy like the 30th Anniversary was, which was the target going in. Great cut in the mix. Josh absolutely nailed it once again, with the neck single coil playing beautifully with the bridge. When combined, it doesn't sound like anything I've had before - I'm
    11 points
  33. There was a guy who came into the music store in the 90's. He played. His wife did not. Then he taught her how to play. Then she wanted really cool guitars, and the guy's budget just got cut in half so the wife could get her own gear. Be glad your wife is not a guitar player.
    11 points
  34. Other than the complete absence of boobies I don't see anything wrong with the picture.
    11 points
  35. Sure it does; a few, in fact: "I've give you $350 for it." "Needs a Kahler." "Minty fresh" "Jol said 'no'." "Intonation is for pussies." "It was a good day..." ETA: "I think Peter (HamStd) owns/ed that one." ETA, the sequel: "Blue guitars sound better."
    11 points
  36. Just wait until they release the super-special bespoke, private reserve, wood library stand with a folding toilet seat base inlaid with abalone dragons and shat upon by Ted McCarty. Pre-order price is only $1,399!
    11 points
  37. Level sanded and polished my buddy's cherry and ziricote Strat over the past couple of days. Hope to be assembling it this weekend. Apologies for the sh!tty background.
    10 points
  38. Hi All- After witnessing over the past three years so many of Mike’s previous works come to completion on both this site & fb- two years ago I willingly threw my name into the Shishkov Sweepstakes. Given the serial number count at the time along with getting some glimpses of the meticulous work that was put into each and every instrument, it was obvious that it would be some time before this build would start, so it was like- OK, enjoy the ride. The builds that have been shared since have been full of so many really cool and unique ideas...so much so that just when one thinks the
    10 points
  39. They should black out the show as well, along with every other one of these "competition shows."
    10 points
  40. I've also added Rechts custom emoticons for everyone's use:
    10 points
  41. This is a very special bass, i can speak from personal account. I have known Dajando since the early 2000's he is a really good person! I should add it was his close friend GI Jaguar (an amazing person and super talented guitarist) that really made this all happen. Here is a piece that was done for Washington Magazine on the story (including link to the HFC). https://www.washingtonian.com/2020/09/11/his-prized-bass-vanished-27-years-ago-dc-musicians-raised-money-to-buy-it-back/ Given the trying times right now for us all, I think it is more important than ever to stay positive,
    10 points
  42. Changes made to reflect contemporary times and/or political correctness...
    10 points
  43. Always liked this tune and this remake is pretty cool .Joel Hoekstra has chops (perhaps too much or too over the top for this song) but it's Dino Jelusick's vocals that command our attention and rightly so. Impressive.
    10 points
  44. ThunderRoad Guitars in Seattle/Portland has a few Hamers newly listed for sale. (No Affiliation) just passing it along. Message them, they don't have them listed yet. https://www.thunderroadguitars.com/ The Facebook page just showed them.
    10 points
  45. We have a separate forum where you can find replacement Hamers to rebuild that wall.
    10 points
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