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  1. 59 points
    This was a long time in the making. Numerous health problems set me back something awful (my recent health has been a heck of a lot better FWIW). Crazy good guitar... the neck and hand blended heel are really something special. The carving, inlays and finish alone are works of art... and the pickups?!? Josh is a genius. Gravelin pickups are every bit as good as anything that comes out of the Seymour Duncan Custom Shop. The man has a deep knowledge of nearly every make and model of pickup that has been released since Seth Lover's patent. Mike's finish has so much depth to it, that one can almost get lost in it's virtually bottomless expanse. No covers, all the music is original... that said, I did include a sort of interpretation of the jazz standard "Misty" but the guitar arrangement is all my own.
  2. 52 points
    I want to shout out a very boisterous, happy, delighted, almost giddy thank you to the HFCers who have been hoping that Dr. Bear (the TLE made for me in '86) and I (Dr. Bear, his very self) would be reunited. Today it happened. (Dave, you are a pleasure to befriend!) I think I've located a set of original OBL(s) and a set of original mid-'80s black knobs so, with luck and a following wind, within a few weeks I'll have Dr. Bear (the TLE of course) in kinda sorta the shape she was in when Jol Dantzig first showed her to me 33 years ago. As for this Dr. Bear, well, the hair is gray and there's considerably less of it, the bod is less spry, and memory. . . Oy, what was I saying? But the sheer pleasure of plugging in Dr. Bear into a '71 Vibrochamp and hearing the ol' JB singing away can't be beat. Y'all out there are just great. Here are the two good doctors, together again after decades....
  3. 38 points
    Ran into my ex-wife over the weekend and she gave me some old photographs that she had run across. I didn't know that I had ever had any pictures of me playing my 1980 Hamer Standard that I ordered in 1979. The pic is B&W, but is kind of a cool shot of me with my old Standard at the band's rehearsal space in 1980. I was 22 years old and working in a guitar store. Sold the guitar in 1982 when I got married.
  4. 35 points
    I've been searching for a NEWPROBE in Jazzburst for years. A few weeks ago, @stratacus pointed me in the right direction. I'm deeply obliged. I finally had the chance to take a picture of it. Thanks, again, Stratacus.
  5. 35 points
    I’ll fill in the story when I’ve got some free time (HA! Right...”free time”!), but wanted to share some decent shots I finally snagged yesterday afternoon of the last instrument serial stamped in New Hartford, and finally completed. Pics really don’t do this finish justice:
  6. 34 points
    Wow, it just dawned on me that I have been playing and performing with Hamer guitars for forty years. Got my first Hamer in '78 when I was twenty and still rocking in '18 now that I'm sixty. Let's see if I can make it fifty.......?
  7. 33 points
    FINALLY got this built-out with custom pups, an original Sustainblock, and Wiggins knobs. Long-gone is the Kahler top-mount, the EMGs, and the hazy candy-apple finish from the 1980s. Really, REALLY happy with it.
  8. 33 points
    Elduave and I had an all-Hamer gig with The Tolerators on Sunday (St. Patrick's Day). He brought along both of his killer Superpros, and I had to dust off the Teal Green B-4M. I'll definitely be playing that one out more - I'd forgotten how fun that one is!
  9. 33 points
    I took a trip to southern Vietnam this last summer and figured I would tell you all a little about my guitars escapades there, which I think you guys will find rather interesting. First of all, no, I didn't get to visit "Guitar Street" in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon before the war, but everyone still calls it Saigon). My time in Saigon was minimal and far too hectic to even consider trekking through horrible traffic to that area. I was in the deep south near Can Tho, a place where not as many tourists visit, I think. I was actually in a smaller town called O'mon, where some people told me they haven't seen a white guy since the war. This may be a long read, but I think many of you will find this interesting if you have never been developing country, much less searching for electric guitars in one. Upon arriving in Vietnam, the first thing I actually wanted to do was visit "guitar street" in Saigon. I soon realized that wasn't going to happen based on the situations I was in, which is another story in itself. The traffic, pollution, and pure insanity was almost too much to bear after a sleepless 20 hour flight. I took a taxi to the deep south. It took four hours to travel 80 miles. I paid the guy an equivalent of $30. I would have probably been haggled or scammed for more, but my girlfriend knew the area and Vietnamese, so I was safe. I literally thought I was going to die in the car ride - the traffic was very unsafe and reckless. Again, culture shock was setting in. It took a few days, and I got the hang of it. In Omon (near Can Tho), I was visiting my girlfriend's relatives and was pretty much treated like a king by everyone in town. Most have never seen a white guy, much less one with blue eyes and reddish hair. They soon found out I sang and played guitar. I was invited to a stranger's wedding and asked if I could sing "Hotel California" by the eagles (they all know this song for some reason). I said yes, and they had me sing it 5x that night. I had "lady boys" trying to flirt with me all night, and I guess I was on everyone's facebook in that Vietnamese town. Word spread. They were impressed and had me sing more American songs, mainly Backstreet Boys and N'sync, which was actually fun to do while drinking banana whiskey. The next few days, I was lounging around and played a beat-up acoustic guitar at the house I was staying at. Random kids would come by and hear me play. The strings were literally so rusted they were black. It was a cheap acoustic guitar and played ok, despite the bad neck back-bow. Random kids would stop by and want to play guitar with me. I would play 80s tid-bits such as "Wait" by White Lion, "Mama I'm coming home," Firehouse, Scorpions, Van Halen, The Police, and many 80s era ballad acoustic stuff. They never heard anything like it. After a few weeks, I told my girlfriend I NEEDED TO SHOP FOR GUITARS. First of all, I soon realized I wasn't going to find anything with quality in my area, especially an electric guitar. This is a poor country and most kids and people are lucky to afford an 80s imported cheap acoustic which needed serious TLC. Electric guitar is not common, and Rock n' Roll is not really there or popular from what I've seen. No one would be able to afford tube amps, or really any of the cheapest crap amps we wouldn't touch in America. This really shows up in their culture. Electric guitar is dead there - simply because most can't afford it. I desperately craved rock music and blasting my stereo as time lingered there. Either way, this was an adventure, and I wanted to see what I would find. I visited three shops in the Can Tho area, all ending in something rather interesting. SHOP ONE: I step into this small, maybe 300 sq. ft. shop full of mainly acoustics and flutes. The owner's eyes lit up. He was rather excited to see an American in his shop. Some acoustics have very deep scalloped fretboards, which are used for some ancient music to get a certain tone. I played a few of them and some regular acoustics - none were setup right or tuned. He seemed surprised I knew these things. I seen some interesting flutes. He wanted to play some for me. He was a damn good flute player and I enjoyed the tone he got out of these handmade flutes. Fast forward 3 minutes, and I'm buying a fucking flute. I don't know how to play flute or even held one in my hand before, yet here I am buying their best flute for $25 - which is probably 3-5 days of work for the guy. Yeah, didn't expect that one. Anyway, time for the next shop! 2nd GUITAR SHOP: The next place was in some weird alley where my car could barely fit. It was pouring rain, and as I stepped into the shop, the owners were shocked. Again, it was all just acoustic guitars for maybe $50-$150. I seen some imports and off-brands I couldn't really make out. They played cheaply and were not hand-built to my knowledge. The action seemed high on them but I honestly only played one or two. It was always chaotic and I could never really relax. They wanted me to buy some weird contraption that plugged into an amp but wanted $50, an obvious price hike for what it was because I'm American. I said no but felt bad and bought some strings for $7, which had no brand name on them. I left and was off to the most interesting shop. 3rd GUITAR SHOP - THE ULTIMATE VIETNAMESE GUITAR TWEAKER: I was leaving the day craving more electric guitar sightings - everything was acoustic. I had one final destination in some area outside Can Tho. We waited for about 20 minutes for the guy to get home. Again, he didn't realize it was me and was rather excited to show an American his collection. He opened the door, and there sat about 100 guitars, about half of them "project" guitars which he was modding or fixing. He found out I was from America and soon replied as my girlfriend translated, "Why the hell are you looking for guitars here? You have the best guitars in the world!" I said I know but was just curious and had time to kill. The dude had total GAS and had so many project guitars, which were probably used to jab parts off of. I played about 20 of his electrics, all of them pretty much crap but he did his best to fix and make them better. He seemed impressed that I knew what what to look for in the guitars. It's tough to repair electric guitars there. It's not like here where we can find guitar parts easily or buy online. It's expensive as hell to maintain and fix electric guitars when you are in these developing countries. I showed him pictures of my Hamer Chaparral elite and a 12 string import Hamer bass I used to have. He didn't recognize the name but did recognize the Floyd Rose, something which he said he doesn't see much of. He liked the boomerang inlays. He kept saying how lucky I have it in America with guitar selection. I didn't buy anything but offered $10 for his time, which he said no because he had a fun time chatting about guitars. I think next time I visit I'll bring him a nice parts guitar I have laying around. So, in summary, I spent three weeks in Vietnam searching for guitars and ended up buying a flute.
  10. 30 points
    A while back I went on my town Facebook page and offered to give a guitar to someone in my community to, hopefully, share some of the wonderful opportunities and experiences I've had. I picked one of the stories and got to deliver on my offer today. And yeah, it feels good.
  11. 30 points
    I bought a tube amp kit from Tube Depot. It's a JTM45 clone--50 watts; EL34 tubes. Very enjoyable to do, but not without frustration. The wiring isn't as neat as I wanted it to be, but it works. It's the first one I've ever built, so if I do it again, I'll how how to make the process easier. It took about 50 hours or so of assembly and soldering. I was very surprised the first time I turned it on--no smoke or fire! All the voltages were within specification. I haven't had the chance to crank it yet, but hopefully I'll be able to do it soon. I hope you enjoy the pics!
  12. 29 points
    Needed to have another guitar to gig with and avoid me having to tote the custom Chap around. Our very own Stike finished this one. Thank you kind sir! Whatcha think?
  13. 29 points
    Jim made reference to a lack of bench reports around here lately from the handful of us who are fortunate enough to work on/with guitars for a living. I shared this unusual fix on a Hamer on my shop's Facebook page a couple weeks ago so a few have seen this, but here's a recap for the non-social media crowd. You may recall about a month ago me picking up a '93 Archtop GT Standard with its share of age- and wear-related issues. One issue was binding separating (gaps) at the body waist. Bindings tend to shrink with age. Binding adhesives tend to fail with age. The two happenings linked cause separation and gaps. Martin acoustics are notorious for this type of binding separation. The gap(s) will continue to spread and eventually the binding will either break off in pieces or potentially come off in one big hoop. More often than not, it's going to create finish issues too, either during the separations or during the fix. Easier to nip it in the bud early in the game. Here's the Archtop GT's waist gaps ... Treble side ... Martins that do this have thin, narrow binding that is usually easy to stretch back into place and reglue. This Hamer binding, however, is thicker, taller and stiffer in addition to slightly shrunken. Squeezing as hard as I could with my fingers, I could barely get it to close the gap. No way binding tape was going to hold it in place while glue set. We were going to have to gently soften the binding. Key word being "gently," because we don't want to deform or discolor the binding, or melt or discolor the urelac clearcoat on the binding. Or ESPECIALLY mess up the original goldtop paint -- for all practical purposes, you can't invisibly touch up bullion gold. I need gentle heat. Heat gun, not the best tool. Hairdryer, better choice, but I'm either going to rush it and get a heat gun effect, or sit there forever as it slow heats, like a crock pot. Wait, that's it ... I need a heated pot with a diameter roughly matching the circumference of the waist cuts. A pot that will apply gentle, even heat. I went through our extensive collection of scented candles and lo and behold, what do we have here ... The candle glass did the gentle, patient work as I did other stuff in the shop. After about 30 or so minutes on each side, the binding had just enough elasticity to go where I wanted it without distoring it. A modern binding-specific adhesive and a good tacky tape, and we're in business. And the next day ... Added bonus: My shop smelt like patchouli and sandalwood for the rest of the day, quite refreshing.
  14. 29 points
    I need to move out of the way sometimes! Experiance of the year.
  15. 28 points
    Cali Family Portrait:
  16. 28 points
    Years ago there was discussion concerning the different chambering Hamer used on their guitars. The whole idea of x-raying guitars to see the exact chambering came up. I tried back then but could never get the technique right with the old film unit I had access to. Flash forward to today and I thought, “hey, I’ve had a digital X-ray unit for the past 6 years, why haven’t I taken a spot shot of my Talladega...?” well, here you go. Behold, the chambering on a 2007 Hamer Talladega...
  17. 28 points
    Stike just made my year better...
  18. 28 points
  19. 27 points
    Super impressed and excited, happy... you name it; this guitar is killer! #83 Ultimate in Silverburst, which I'm affectionately referring to as "The Metal Tuxedo". Because if I ever had a metal gig that required a tuxedo, this is the axe, hands down. All class with a metal attitude. Mike went above and beyond on this one. For those wondering, yes it was a long wait, but oh so worth it! I placed the order on 2/9/17 and received it 3/15/19. So two years basically, give or take. Trust me, Mike is good. I'm already contemplating jumping back on the list for another. Anyways... Specs: solid korina body with a plain maple top, ebony fretboard, MOP block inlays, Throbak DW-102B pickups, nickel Faber tone lock master kit, nickel Schaller tuners, multi-ply binding on the front & back, neck and headstock. Note: some pics do not have the black accents on the waist of the body and by the strap button because they were accidentally left out. Also, strap locks were changed to Schallers. Mike corrected it with lightning speed though! Big shout out to Trish for catching it before it shipped out! On to the pics!
  20. 26 points
    Editing the teaser post...if a picture is worth a thousand words, then these should speak volumes. Want to thank Mike and Trish and everyone at Team Shishkov for making this possible. Jack Bauer now has a baby brother with Sammy Hagar. Hamerica
  21. 26 points
    I finally moved from 10s to 9s after really wondering why in the hell I'm making myself work harder. Honestly, I can't tell a damn difference in tone. It took a little bit to adjust to picking fast because the strings fought back less, but I got that worked out. I'm going to try out some 9.5s and see if I like splitting the difference better, but all in all, I've really enjoyed going lighter. Overall, I feel like my bends and vibrato hang in there better over a three hour set. On another note, I know I've been scarce lately - My personal life turned from fantastic to flaming garbage back in October, and I am just now kinda digging out from under that. I did pick up a Friedman BE-50 Deluxe like I mentioned - great amp! The idea was to sell the Small Box, but that didn't happen because it is a great amp too. The BE-50 caters more to my high-gain love on a lead channel, and being that I am too stupid to make a boost work right going into dirt, I really like have a third channel I can just click for leads. That being said, those Small Boxes just do the 60s-plexi through Van Halen I thing so well that they are just cool. So now I'm sitting an a gazillion dollars worth of amps, haha. I also picked up a Gibson Explorer. I think it's a 2017. Great playing and sounding guitar, and it has quickly worked into a regular for my gigs. It also has a totally Gibson screw up on it I notices the first time I changed the strings. One of the tuners is off by at least 10 degrees to the left, and it was totally a factory error. No additional screw holes or anything on the back; it was just made that way. Pretty guitar but slightly fucked up. Other notes on this now update that you never wanted, my band won favorite band in town in the local entertainment rag up here, and I finally got best guitarist after being runner up two years in a row. I can actually think of at least three other guitarists up here that have better chops than me, but everyone is real-stand-in-one place-and-shred or whatever. I guess the reason I like having won that finally is that for years I've been telling guitarists that rock is about the show, not your chops - people want to see something happening on stage that makes them wish they could be up there having as much fun as you. I'm actually quite reserved until I get to know people, but I definitely play the part of guitar hero on stage. So winning that finally was vindication for my "Looking like Little Richard is more important than playing like Steve Vai" approach to playing rock 'n' roll live. Now if I can just get the rest of the band to loosen up a little and move around, haha.
  22. 26 points
    I don’t think the soon to be owner of this beauty is on the HFC, and it’s too cool looking not to share -it’s an amazing chunk of maple and man, the flame really popped on it. I can’t wait to get a couple of clear coats on and get it buffed -it’s gonna be one killer looking axe 😎
  23. 26 points
    Apologies in advance for the crappy iPhone pics! A good friend and former co-worker that I haven’t seen in a year or so called me up last week and asked if I wanted to catch the Jeff Beck show at Wolf Trap / Ann Wilson was opening. I never pass up a chance to see Jeff when he’s around, but that’s not all that often lately. I’m also a fan of Craig Bartock’s playing with Heart/Ann W., so jumped at the chance. My friend had tickets left at Will Call from a high school buddy who I later found out is actually Jeff’s tour manager (!!). Usually, he leaves my friend a pair of decent seats and gets to say “hi” in between sets. We got the envelope and our jaws dropped: Tickets were dead center, 11th row back, and we caught Ann’s set, which opened and closed with bookended WHO classics and a rousing “Barracuda”. My friend’s pal texted us to say that Ann had two songs left and for us to make our way to the Stage Left door to say hello. We ended up going back to the band’s dressing rooms and grabbed a couple of quick Stella Artois and shot the shit. After a bit, we went upstairs to the backstage area, which is HUGE, as there are a lot of theatrical and orchestral performances held there as well. Walking around back there, I saw that apparently they’ll let ANYONE back there! We got to check out the guitar racks and took up a perch in the Stage Left Monitor/Board area. We were greeted by a wisecracking (and incessantly drumming) living legend, Vinnie Colaiuta. My friend is a HUGE Zappa fan and they were laughing about old tours, ex-band members and bootlegs. After that, it was showtime and the band was ready to launch when the house lights went down. Beck took the stage in a swirl of insane half-animal, half-mechanical howls, grunts and screams from his favorite white Strat (with reverse headstock), And didn’t let up for almost two hours. I’ve seen him over a half dozen times before, and even being in the front row, there is nothing that I’ve experienced that could replicate the hair standing up on my arms and the pure gut-jarring volume of standing on stage, 20 ft (and often less!) from the one and only. He truly plays guitar like no other human on the planet. I was honestly too busy being blown away by the insane musicianship right in front of me, that I wasn’t as focused on snapping pics as I probably should have been, but kinda glad I didn’t, since Jeff kept walking over to our side, laughing and mugging, and the tour manager later told us that he can’t stand people who spend the entire show on their phones while he’s up there performing. Rhonda Smith has been handling bass duties for Jeff on the last few tours I’ve seen, and she is every bit the monster player Jeff and Vinnie are. She was Prince’s bassist for a number of years, and naturally, can get funky as hell. In the first pic below, it’s Rhonda Smith playing her Paul Reed Smith Grainger, while Paul Reed Smith watches for the Stage Right wings. They closed the set with “Goin’ Down”, and we hung around as the crowd filtered out and the crew loaded everything up. My friend’s Road Manager pal came by with a red leather Gigbag holding Jeff’s Strat (and a cast off glass slide and one of Jeff’s Native American bracelets that he shed during the intro to “Starcycle”) and asked us if we wanted to hang out in the band lounge for a bit. We followed him down the stairs and were handed more icy Stellas while the band filtered in to chat with a few friends, family members and us. Jeff came out and said hello signed a few autographs (no pictures, per request 😢), and after another 30-40 minutes, the Wolf Trap Rangers let us know that they were closing down. A beautiful August night a few miles outside of DC and one of those concert memories I don’t think I’ll be topping any time soon!
  24. 25 points
    Felt like posting some guitar porn...my 1979 Sunburst. Ain't she purty?
  25. 25 points
    I finally received the long awaited email from Shishkov HQ that #84 is on it’s way! Even though tracking shows it’s only just left Connecticut, I still can’t help myself from staring out my front window almost constantly hoping I see the FedEx truck pull up early. Now I need to place another order with Mike, I’ve become accustomed to having something amazing in the works to look forward to.
  26. 25 points
  27. 24 points
    91 Hamer Chaparral Deluxe looks like it hardly been played.
  28. 24 points
    Well here is my "NEW" guitar day....................1998 Jeff Beck in the Midnight Purple finish. I had a Beck just like this one back in the day....................same year finish etc.,etc. but I sold it to finance another guitar and amp. Mistake! should have kept it like many others that pass through your life. I saw this one for sale and it was local so..................I knew I had to take a run at it to see if I could score it and as luck would have it I did. The guitar IS like new [Case also] its in stunning original condition and has the huge "BASE BALL BAT" neck these early Fender Jeff Beck Strats are known for. Gold Lace Sensors,Schaller locking tuners,LSR Roller nut,TBX,[Treble/Bass Expander] and all the case candy as well finish out the package The original owner was not a Strat guy as it turned out,and neither was the guy he sold it to and I got it from so this guitar spent much of it time in the case and it certainly shows. Its not a "New" guitar per say.....................but new to me and in the best condition you could want a guitar to be in. Have a look its purple and I'm from MINNESOTA, but it was NOT owned by PRINCE!
  29. 24 points
    The guitar set-up guy that I visit in Colorado Springs is a 63-year old, long-time jazz performer and long-time guitar tech. He's told me, pridefully, that he's not a guitar-hound, still playing the same guitar that he's had for 35 years. Yesterday, upon returning a NEWPRO to me, he asked to buy it. He lavished praise on the guitar... and on the other Hamers that I have brought to him. It was a fun and gratifying experience to see this guy, who's always been cool towards guitars, show such enthusiasm and appreciation for Hamer. My plans to "walk the earth" have been postponed, due to divorce delays. I committed the NEWPRO to him, when that time comes. I'm very happy to get it into his hands and convert an old-dog into a Hamer enthusiast.
  30. 23 points
    I recently had the privilege of acquiring this crazy-cool '85 Vector in candy apple red, with a hockey stick headstock and LEDs. It's seen its share of use, and has been well loved over the years... damn is my 13 year-old self stupid-happy! The LEDs make me smile every time!
  31. 23 points
    It's been a while since I've seen one of these threads, so I'm hoping I can lure some of you into sharing pics of your favorite guitars. I've been wildly lucky with the guitars I've picked up here over the years, and thought I'd share. I suspect you'll recognize some of these. Thanks again to this awesome community! 79 Black Sunburst 82 Ferrari Red Prototype 84 12 String Pearl White Prototype 98 Blue Sparkle Phantom 07 Vintage Orange Talladega
  32. 23 points
    So here it is! Some stupid guy posted a PSA here on the board. Pablo, you are to blame! First, I have to admit that for quite a long time I've regarded the Scarab as one of the ugliest creations Hamer ever made. So I bought the guitar kinda half-heartedly. But it seemed to be in an acceptable condition, unusual color, Brexit still pending, seller seemed to be credible, my offer was accepted ... and it was a missing link in my Hamer collection! It arrived last Friday, meticulously packed, incl. original Hamer case. Looking at the fretboard it was obvious that the guitar had not been played much for quite some time (it stuck in the case for about 25 years, as the seller told me today). And that's how it looked: It definitely needed some TLC and my full "steel wool and oil"-treatment. Things are getting better ... and even better ... And here it is, and it is so cool: These discolourations on the back couldn't be removed by my own means. But these are the only bad news. The color of this Scarab is hard to capture: I suppose the finish once was a bright sky-blue but now it has aged to a beautiful kinda sea-foam green!!! At least if you see it in person. And it definitely rocks!!! Hard!!! Hope you like it, too.
  33. 23 points
    Clean enough to eat off... great shape apart from a ding in the headstock. Neck isn't small. Case is different from later Hamers: different shape and handle. And the cutaway on the bass side is in a straight line to the one on the treble side (though the horn is still longer). Interesting to see how the guitars evolved, as this is the oldest Hamer I've ever touched. Can't wait to plug it in!
  34. 23 points
    Hi. New Hamer Day. 1986 TLE. All original with plenty of honest wear. Back of the neck has been sanded. Nice and light at 7lbs 7oz. Looks and sounds great.
  35. 23 points
    I have a room full of examples for when you start the "Gear That Should Work But Doesn't" thread.
  36. 22 points
    This Saturday, BCR Music celebrates 25 years with me at the helm. Been a long, strange trip. Thanks to all that helped us get this far. https://www.facebook.com/BCR-Music-Sound-LLC-176454402425822/
  37. 22 points
    Held in a venue a bit further south on I-65; Ag Expo building had a dirt floor covered w/ carpet for the event. Can't say that I saw any Hamers. Plenty of room, good attendance. Here's some noted players that showed up: Billy Sheehan Derek St. Holmes admires a '59 Les Paul Special Eric and Fred Newell Gordon Kennedy w/ Barry "Byrd" Burton's '58 Les Paul (Kennedy owns John Sebastian's 'Burst) Greg Martin w/ a '53 Martin D-28 Jeff Hanna and new Eagles member Vince Gill Jim Messina Nashville legend Jimmy Capps signs copies of his autobiography, Man in Back Rick Vito appears taken with a '56 Danelectro U-1 -1 Tom Petersson cuddles a '66 Fender Jazz Bass in Olympic White with matching headstock
  38. 22 points
    ‘97 Mirage II I’ve been wanting one of these for years. Finally got around to making it a reality.
  39. 22 points
    Yes, this happens to all (most) of us when we start to think rationally and clearly. Eventually, we come back to our senselessness.
  40. 22 points
    Say Gorch, I have made wooden toy soldiers marching with band instruments and given them away as gifts for 45 years. A few years back, I got a little crazy and made these little guys!
  41. 22 points
    We have got the album 100% done. So stoked! I got an old acquaintance to mix it. So happy that he wanted to do it, can still not believe it. Tomas Skogsberg is mixing. The man behind the Swedish death metal scene and the producer of classic albums with bands like Entombed, Dismember, Katatonia, Tiamat, The Hellacopters and Backyard Babies. But he's not just a metal guy. He's a big fan of The Beatles and 1970s rock. He liked what he heard and wanted to mix us. He told us he loves our 1970s sound and thinks that he can really do something great with it. And that he'd love to produce a full album with us in the future. So, I got the first mixed track today. I sounds really really good. I am so happy right now. All the work we put in to this. A waterleak that ruined months of work two years ago, the time it took to reload and start recording it all over again. I think it was a good thing now, because we got better the 2nd time we recorded these songs. We had more live gigs behind us and we got better at working, and playing, together. So, this is the best thing that happened to me during 2018. I will post music as soon as it is all mixed and mastered. Merry Christmas everyone!! :-)
  42. 22 points
  43. 21 points
    Went to see Living Colour last night in Manchester. Vernon had the yin yang Hamer and his new PRS. Played the whole set with the Hamer 👍
  44. 21 points
    Here are a few shop pics of the current group ( in no particular order) 😎
  45. 21 points
    2000 Newport pro. Spruce top, Seth Lovers ... shipped from Denmark and arrived in Santa Barbara IN TUNE
  46. 21 points
    We have an album recorded. Will hopefully get it out before summer. This is the first song we release. Youtube only as of now. MIII content. Let me know what you think of the song! Love to get some feedback.
  47. 21 points
    ...just because I find them beautiful. Those original custom painting jobs are cool as heck, aren’t they? 😎 So, any sister Hamer (same model) you would like to show us now? I’m all EYES! 👀
  48. 21 points
    But I can't keep 'em!! 😥 They belong to Tobereeno. He came over this weekend and brought some toys! Last month he came over and we met face to face for the first time in around 20 years or something of knowing each other strictly online. That visit he brought over the first hamer I ever bought, a Centaura, that I had sold to him years ago starting our friendship. We had other gear dealings and conversations along the way but never met in person. He lived on the other coast and also in Korea so that was the main issue. Turns out we have even more in common than we originally thought and non-stop talking ensued. We played acoustically a little and visited with his extremely cute son. But, next time we're cranking amps!
  49. 21 points
    Missus Polara got me this. How the Gretsch Stole Christmas?
  50. 20 points
    Sold - Pending Payment. 2017 Custom Shop Gibson Les Paul Standard "F" Flame Top. Amazing flame on this 1960 R0 Spec Les Paul from Wildwood Guitars CO VOS Finish.The 60’s model Flame tops are usually pretty low-key, this one is off-the-charts! It has the "F" designation that stands for the highest quality flame top available. I would call it near-mint as its only been lightly played in my non-smoking home. Not a mark on her, but she does have the usual aniline-dye neck binding bleed. Other than that, looks like the day I bought it. I am the original owner, bought locally here in CO from Wildwood (I will include the original bill of sale for Provenance/Warranty.) These were ordered by Wildwood from Gibson to have Custom dated Inked serial numbers and antiquity plastics etc. for a more accurate instrument. 100% original, nothing touched, changed or modded. Slightly larger neck that the usual Slim-60’s. Wildwood is such a cool place, you can line up all you want and compare them all side-by-side. I played 5 different Custom Shop 60's models and this one went home with me. Plays beautify, straight neck, low action, no fretware. Only selling as I have had a family estate legal issue come up. Definitely NOT a fire-sale, but I will consider REASONABLE offers -Thx. Comes with all its mint original case, all case candy and COA. ------------------------------ From Wildwood: The 2017 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Standard features All hide-glue construction and premium tone wood selection come together to create some of the most resonant, lively instruments we've had the privilege of playing. You can not only see the difference, but you can FEEL it, too. Obsessively perfect, ultra-accurate plastics and aesthetic appointments compliment stellar finish options, such as aniline dyed 1-piece mahogany backs, historically accurate deluxe Kluson tuners, and gorgeous maple tops to create an instrument with looks that match it's tonality in both accuracy and feel. Additionally, a historically accurate serial number is added for a beautifully convincing presentation. A pair of Custom Buckers complete the package, with a voice so vintage accurate it's scary, unleashing the glorious, ultra-rich harmonic content of these phenomenal instruments. The Wildwood Guitars team is beyond ecstatic with the 2017 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Standard, and we couldn't be happier with the results! Wildwood Guitars is thrilled to offer these exceptional new instruments to our exceptional customers! ------------------------------ Features: Model: 2017 Les Paul Standard VOS Build Date: 5/5/17 Finish Color: Dirty Lemon Weight: 8lbs 4oz. Body: 1-piece Mahogany Top: Gibson "F" Designation (Best Gibson Offers) with Carved Figured Maple attached with Hot Hide Glue Neck: 1-Piece Mahogany Neck Top: Carved Figured Maple attached with Hot Hide Glue Neck Shape: Slim 60's Neck Specs: 820 1st - .940 12th Fingerboard: Rosewood attached with Hot Hide Glue Binding: Single-Ply Cream on Top and Hand filed rolled Fingerboard Binding Neck Radius: 12" Scale : 24.75" Nut: 1-11/16" Hardware: Nickel Tuners: Double-Band Kluson "Deluxe" Pickups: 2 Custom Buckers Bridge: ABR-1 Tailpiece: Lightweight Aluminum Stopbar Unique Features: Custom Dated Inked Serial Number, Vintage Accurate Plastic Parts COA: Yes ----------------------- Sold - Pending Payment. Thanks - Ernie
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