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  1. 6 points
    Found a few more things in the basement of misfit toys lol... 1996 Hamer USA Eclipse in dark tobacco burst, 8 lbs with OHSC - very good overall condition with a couple of small finish impressions. Plays and sounds great with original pickups (I also have the original bridge and possibly another fixed bridge cast for an unwound G string somewhere in my parts pile if I can find them lol). $800 local pickup in Hartford, CT or $850 shipped UPS Ground. 1993 Hamer USA Diablo in emerald green with ebony fingerboard, 7 1/2 lbs with OHSC - good overall condition with one dent through the finish on the bottom side that I always forget about, and minor rivet rash etc. Currently set up with .012s and tuned down to D with unknown pickups (Duncan parallel axis something-or-other with I-don't-recall in the neck position). Plays and sounds great - just not in the rotation anytime soon. $750 local pickup in Hartford, CT or $800 shipped UPS Ground. also have a 1997(ish) Phantom in black with the white pearloid pickguard and aftermarket checkerboard pickguard with a Kramer hardshell for $850 local/$900 shipped and a 1998(ish) Phantom Custom in orange flame maple with OHSC for $1250 local/$1300 shipped. Photos after I excavate them from the basement lol. No trades please - continental US shipping only (I'm not set up for CITES docs). Please email to stongemonataoldotcom. Trying to re-balance the ledger after too many nights on Reverb... Thanks, stonge
  2. 5 points
    THE ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION: The Authorized History is now in release. Hardback, 258 pages, over 120 photos. Foreword by Gloria Buie. While I'm gratified at the number of large retail establishments where it's been placed, I thunk I'd offer signed copies "direct from author" to HFC members. Please e-mail me @ willie@vintageguitar.com for information. Thanks in advance.
  3. 4 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.
  4. 4 points
    Probably 0043 It's the least replaceable of my guitars and it definitely gets the job done.
  5. 4 points
  6. 3 points
    Here are the new-in-box blowouts. And here is the surfable page of all closeout sale items. Power amps, pre-amps, DACs, speakers, subwoofers, bodacious headphones, you-name-it, these are some seriously good deals. If you're unfamiliar with a given brand name or want my opinion on how good a certain deal is, feel free to ask me on this thread or PM me and I'll respond. --JB
  7. 3 points
  8. 3 points
    If you blink you will miss every time. I wasn't clear enough, I HAD ONE. LOL But I did get this!
  9. 3 points
    Korina V if I HAD to choose.
  10. 3 points
    Black Limba also works for amplifiers!
  11. 2 points
    The Guitar Radio Show podcast has posted a new interview with Robert Lawson, author of Still Competition: The Listener's Guide to Cheap Trick. In the interview he mentions the brothers Matthes and The Book, and talks about how he went to great lengths to get the details of the guitars right – and how it drives him nuts when a Hamer Standard is referred to as a Gibson Explorer. http://guitarradioshow.com/episode-211-author-robert-lawson-still-competition-listeners-guide-to-cheap-trick/
  12. 2 points
    No affiliation. Maybe they were trying to make a humbucker setup? Or is this the granddaddy of the Phantom/Prototype triple pickup? https://reverb.com/item/11383024-gibson-es-175-sunburst-1955-s498 I'd say that the asking price is a bit optimistic...unless there's a way to turn it into a Switchmaster/ES-175 hybrid with a third P-90.
  13. 2 points
    Guys, this looks like it may be a very well done movie about Queen and Freddie Mercury. As a huge Queen fan, I'm looking forward to seeing it! Hits Theaters in November! Check out this trailer:
  14. 2 points
    In the dives I have been playing, I typically take a MIM Tele Custom and a PRS SE 245. If either disappears, I will not sweat it.
  15. 2 points
    I don't schlep gear anywhere anymore. Nowadays, I prefer to do 'residencies'. Primarily at my home residence.
  16. 2 points
    I want to see Peter's choice 😃
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  18. 2 points
    On the handful of things Iv'e done that could be called a tour, I'd bring whatever I wanted. The guitar always is with me, never in a car. It's with me in the restaurant, in the hotel, etc. You can always play some backline amp, worst comes to worst.
  19. 2 points
    The handle is the standard Boogie "leather" handle, if that's what you mean. My talented friend built it, using the stock cab as a guide. It is a little taller than stock, maybe 1/8". That is why there is a trim piece between the control panel and grill. Got the limba from Cook Woods. Looked a long time to get what I liked. I have been using a Tone Tubby Winterland speaker. Brighter than the MS-12 and I get some chime on clean and nice growl on Lead. Likewise, this thread makes one pine for a Shishkov. Option to have a guitar and amp with matching wood. His guitars are over the top.
  20. 2 points
    It depended on if I was touring Germany or Sudan.
  21. 2 points
    No one is wasting other peoples time. We are all wasting our own time here, that is another matter. Welcome aboard and keep posting.
  22. 2 points
    I had been lurking for years without signing up. I am mainly a bass player but love making noise on guitar. And Hamer is just the coolest guitars. I signed up since I wanted to ask about them. I visit daily but I feel I have little to contribute. I dont have the vast knowledge on guitar gear so I feel I am just wasting people's time. But I really like this place. One of the friendliest place on the Internet.
  23. 2 points
    Awww damn. That Diablo... 😯 Want...
  24. 2 points
    I believe there's only one member besides me, and he pretends to be many people and has set up multiple accounts and talks to himself just for my entertainment.
  25. 2 points
    A few more sightings have appeared. The artist at work....... And no doubt the final product will be greater than the sum of all the parts previewed separately above! The Wait? The Weight? That don't matter he said cuz it's all the same.......
  26. 1 point
    Greetings. I have listed my 1988 Hamer Virtuoso in Ice Pearl Metallic up on Reverb for $4500 shipped: https://reverb.com/item/15490903-hamer-virtuoso-1988-ice-pearl It's been the crown jewel of my Hamer collection, but it's time to let it go to someone who can put all those frets to good use (I barely need half of them lol). Thanks, stonge
  27. 1 point
    Spruce sounds better, maple looks pur-tee-er.
  28. 1 point
    Arrived! Unpacked! Tested! Holy Shit! Packaged like a tank! So, that's the original - kind of - boxed. Battery connector added for mobility and authenticity. Working on Boss style 9V pedal power. Said to be working best on about 7.5V AC power. Interconnected to the Ultra-G and to the mixer and hifi stack. The prior MAXXFX next to it. So, first sound experiences... Absolutely nails the magic sound! Very aggressive high gain lead and rhythm sound. Much more demanding and stable than the prior MAXXFX model from Doxy. Even has a great sound without the TB. Tried both the Range Master and and a silicon based BHM booster from BSM. Not only for this-is-it, but also is it a great surprise on the sound as a whole. Plays very well on lowered guitar volume too. It really has a great variety to play with. On the mixer through DI it misses the speaker membrane influence and comes with a biting sound that could be dialed out with an EQ if you wish. I will connect it to a speaker to find out the differences though. The Tally worked very well too. I will try it throughout my guitars for sure. Am interested on the Standard Custom as it works very well on the MAXXFX. The more balanced the pickups are the more tight the sound develops. Humbuckers would have an advantage here I think. However, compared to the old Queen records. They must have really tweaked the sound on recordings for like Killer Queen or Mustapha and the many others it had been used on. As a player, mastering this little amp really takes time and patience. Kudos Dr. May! So, this Supersonic Doxy really is a piece of history for take away. Life is good!
  29. 1 point
    I recently revisited Red Tape, "Another Man's Woman" in particular. IMO that's as close as the ARS gets (on this version as well as a live version on Are You Ready) to a stereotypical 'Southern Rock' style of song that starts in one tempo then shifts gears to a more rapid pace, with guitars comin' at ya from all directions ("Freebird", "Green Grass and High Tides", "Highway Song", etc.). But this one has a jaw-dropping bass solo, and the trade-off guitar licks at the outro sound like two slide guitars blazing away. And I had to get Barry to confirm that while J.R. Cobb was playing slide, Bailey wasn't. Jeezus...
  30. 1 point
    Didn’t know you are touring Germany. And especially Sudan. ETA: on the topic, I had my concerns in spring deciding on which guitar to be taken to the clinic. Eventually took the Scheithauer Charlie Christian that had gained quite some recognition. It turned out that others used the platform to present their wealth in guitars too.
  31. 1 point
    that is so wierd... who would do that? a dirty hippy on acid maybe!
  32. 1 point
    3 if you put one between the bridge and tailpiece for that fairy harp option.
  33. 1 point
    Well I don't tour, but I understand what your asking. We have one local place that we go in and set up at 11am and just leave our stuff setup all day. I take one guitar for setup and it comes home with me. The other guitar player, leaves everything but I can't bring myself to do it.
  34. 1 point
    Phew, I don't really blink, lots of sand in my eyes! The Newport is even better now, G-Trons... really incredible guitar.
  35. 1 point
    What's the handle profile?
  36. 1 point
    Sweet. Kahler it! Does CME charge themselves the standard Reverb fees? 🙃
  37. 1 point
  38. 1 point
    I had a Newport with a spruce top and Seths in it. Great sounding guitar. Bubs' recollection is consistent with mine. But if I go down the Newport rabbit hole again (ok, when not if), it'll be a phat cat non-bigsby model. I actually regret not picking up a jazzburst w/ phat cats in it with a blemish on the top that went for a song on Reverb a few years ago. Maybe BurningYen picked it up?
  39. 1 point
  40. 1 point
    Straps accumulate like old laptops, cell phones, jeans and socket sets. I've got a bunch. Find 'em in cases once in a while and hanging here and there.
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  42. 1 point
    My old XP machine wouldn’t boot. Luckily I had a paper copy. We usually just drew the actual part and machined it. The shim was drawn in 1999. I added the title block, etc much later.
  43. 1 point
    Well said Jonathon. Re-establish that failing narrative!
  44. 1 point
    His autobiographical book is a must read. https://www.amazon.com/Here-There-Everywhere-Recording-Beatles/dp/1592402690/ref=sr_1_1_twi_pap_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1538576822&sr=8-1&keywords=here+there+and+everywhere+geoff+emerick
  45. 1 point
    I think that Talladega passed through my house before I sold it to Joe. It's everything a Hamer is supposed to be and then some. Well, it is a Talladega. GLWTS
  46. 1 point
    I did the CAD drawing for that and probably have the DXF file somewhere. A decent machine shop should be able to make it (the originals were made by Walter B in the machine shop in the Ovation Engineering department). PM me
  47. 1 point
    For years I had one strap for everything, but just as I've accumulated a ton more gear since a.) I stopped doing music for real and b.) the internet happened, I've gotten a bit strap happy. I'd say I have a different strap for every other guitar now.
  48. 1 point
    And let's not ever forget who tore it up even before Brad... Mr. Randy frik'n Rhoads... this one still gives me goosebumps 😉
  49. 1 point
    A strap for each instrument. Like testicles, each hangs differently... A couple Snark tuners (pretty good for bass) Few sets of strings.
  50. 1 point
    0059 at a recent gig. This is one awesome guitar.
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