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  1. 12 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!
  2. 10 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!
  3. 5 points
    Preliminary Tone Report: It sounds remarkably similar to my Marshall DSL50 on the "classic gain" (green) channel, though not quite as much gain. It's advertised as having a 60s/70s Marshall tone, and I think it nails it. Unfortunately, since the wife was home all day, even though I had the preamp controls dimed, I couldn't get the master volume off of 1 (it's LOUD!) , so I couldn't really let the amp breathe. One day when the wife is out of the house for awhile, I'll be able to do that. I'm surprised at how quiet it is, especially since it's my first kit build. I was expecting lots of noise and squeals, but it's almost dead silent when not playing. It's a well-engineered kit, though I changed the order of some of the assembly steps to make it easier. I'll waiting to compare it to another amp that'll be here next week--stay tuned!
  4. 5 points
  5. 4 points
    Gentlemen, SOLD and pending payment tomorrow.
  6. 4 points
    It looks fine. If I tried to do that.....
  7. 4 points
    The editor cut a lot of stuff to get it to fit into the page count and format. There’s enough that didn’t make it for a second volume.
  8. 3 points
    Sold already... here's what I got on eBay... "We found something similar" Dear eBay, No, you really didn't!
  9. 3 points
    Very cool, I'm going to build a nice amp when I officially retire. Instead of building a little ship insjde a bottle. A loud ass amp.
  10. 3 points
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is best forum out there.
  11. 3 points
    And one with her older sister...
  12. 2 points
    I like the PU in your guitar because they are the reason that mine have the original ones now :-) But to be honest: There are better PU´s for the Mirage than those Hamer put in...
  13. 2 points
    Me too~ started off early with Organ, then saxophone and guitar since the 4th grade
  14. 2 points
    This guitar is still for sale. Here's another pic. Price drop to $1800 shipped and paypalled. Here's another pic that shows off the awesome flame in the top.
  15. 2 points
    Sounds great! I’m a big fan of Throbak pickups and these sound perfect in the Ultimate. Nothing against Gravelin’s, I’m just a Throbak fanboy. I’m glad I chose solid over chambered. Exactly the sound I was looking for.
  16. 2 points
    I have been very happy with the MannMade on my Shishkov.
  17. 2 points
    I know I’ve said it before, but HOLY CRAP!!! 😳 That’s like the Ultimate ‘70s-era Les Paul Custom on steroids!
  18. 2 points
    According to the assembly manual, it's a JTM45 "styled" amp kit, with some American "upgrades." One can select tube or diode rectifier, as well as a feedback selector switch, choosing between a Bassman, Plexi, or JTM45-type gain.
  19. 2 points
    Since it’s 60’s/70’s Marshall tone, I wonder if you pushed it with a tube screamer or the like if it would do some of the 80’s gainier stuff... really making me think of the 18w kit...
  20. 2 points
    Dibs! Even if I cannot afford to call dibs... or if you would ever sell it.
  21. 2 points
    Multi-ply binding on the back? Don't know if I've ever seen that before!
  22. 2 points
  23. 2 points
    ‘97 Mirage II I’ve been wanting one of these for years. Finally got around to making it a reality.
  24. 1 point
    I rather like the original SD rails in mine. But then I'm new to the guitar, and opinions change.
  25. 1 point
  26. 1 point
    I'm about a quarter way thru re-reading 'The Book': https://www.schifferbooks.com/the-ultimate-an-illustrated-history-of-hamer-guitars-5216.html ...and if any of you don't have it or haven't read it, you HAVE to get a copy. Amazing (even the 2nd time). Thanks Steve!
  27. 1 point
    I had a MM in a Daytona. I really liked it too. I'm interested in the super vee blade runner, but currently don't have a guitar for it.
  28. 1 point
    Page 92 in 'The Book', Mike. Great looking guitar. Mid-'70s Les Paul, for sure.
  29. 1 point
    I know nothing of bass. Except that if I played bass I’d want it to be this one. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F303096399428
  30. 1 point
  31. 1 point
    I had to edit the Reverb listing to remove any photos or mentions of the Fender decal on the headstock. After several attempts to blur the decals to their satisfaction (apparently there is no such thing), I was informed that they would continue to suspend the listing, not because the decal can be seen, but because it has one in the first place. "You would need to remove the decal from the guitar in order to sell it on Reverb," one representative informed me, to which I informed him that he was out of his fucking mind. Communications inexplicably broke down after that. So, for the time being my original listing is live, albeit with any mention or photos of a Fender decal removed. On a positive note, I received several inquiries about the guitar, and not one of them was regarding the weight of the guitar, the neck dimensions, or even requests that I describe the guitar's acoustic voice. This fills me with hope for the future of our planet. These questions were actually in reference to the lack of any of the markings, like Bill's signature and year of manufacture, typically found on Bill's guitars made in the past 10 years. This guitar predates all of that, but if I were pseudo-interested in purchasing this guitar, that in itself wouldn't be an adequate explanation for me either so I busted out the screw gun. Popping the neck and pickguard revealed Bill's "build notes" for body color (Daphne Blue - I always thought it was Sonic Blue), customer (Rumble Seat Music), pickups (Rio Tallboy/Tallboy/Halfbreed) and degree of aging (Medium).
  32. 1 point
    Wow! What a beauty! So many cool details! Enjoy
  33. 1 point
    Hamer shipped guitars to pitch from the shop.
  34. 1 point
    Holy. Crap. Another amazing guitar!!!
  35. 1 point
    It does. I have a Tube Depot Tweed Deluxe kit that I have been paused partway through on building for a while, but I have nothing but good to say about what they sent me. However, Mojotone also has an 18-watt Marshall-type kit that gets good reviews. Decisions, decisions...
  36. 1 point
    Got one! And it works perfectly. Well that was - by far - the fastest, smoothest, easiest transaction I have ever made anywhere, anytime with anyone on anything. Thanks, Dan! We will most definitely have to do this again when we have more time!
  37. 1 point
    Found a couple of old pics from years ago of my old Mirage maple top. I *think* I sold it to @atquinn and then he put a middle single coil in. I found what I think was that guitar listed on reverb. Not 100% but pretty positive was my old one... https://reverb.com/item/8370757-hamer-mirage-flame-maple-top-1996-natural
  38. 1 point
    Totally unnecessary fact I noticed because of the newest upgrade. From The HFC: Member Statistics Total Members 10,477 Most Online 706 July 18, 2018 From the forum for the large co. that starts w/G Our Board Statistics Total Members 75568 Online At Once Record 788 25 February 2018 Looks like they have 7 times as many members but only a few more than us ever on line at once. I didn't say it was important. Just kind of interesting.
  39. 1 point
    Next to www.welovenakedladies.com
  40. 1 point
    I love everything about that...
  41. 1 point
    Nice pair! Congrats on the new arrival, and enjoy!
  42. 1 point
    Those tops are just incredible! Jealous!!!
  43. 1 point
    Yes. The bridge is the Wilkinson VSV trem and the hole is for the trem arm. One of the most common complaints about the Mirage series is the choice of the Wilkinson bridge. I will most likely be replacing the Wilkinsons with the Mannmade vintage trem with a brass block. It is supposed to be a drop in replacement and much higher quality bridge. The Mannmade is a popular choice for upgrading the bridge on these guitars.
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  46. 1 point
    FLASHBACKS!! Don't talk to me about no frikkin flashbacks. I bought plenty of little pills, blotters and sugar. All came with the promise of flashbacks. 50 years later and I'm still waiting on those free rides.
  47. 1 point
    Ahhhhh...there's nothin' like a cold bucket of water......
  48. 1 point
    That is a good way to explain it. I have always liked the binding. Somehow, it makes the guitar feel more "finished", as if someone took the time to complete the build. I guess spending so many years with Les Pauls and 335s will do that to you. But the traditional Gibson "nibs" always seemed a little weird. All the more so if the guitar is refretted and they have to be reproduced to keep it "authentic". My favorite guitar for the past several years does NOT have binding, so perhaps it does not really make that much difference. But the latest incidence of frets over a nice rolled binding really underscore what makes a guitar really feel, to me, like an old friend......
  49. 1 point
    A guy here in Minnesota was selling this one long ago which I think is stunning!
  50. 1 point
    https://www.ebay.com/itm/Warmoth-Offset-J-style-loaded-body-Custom-Shop-quality-components-Seafoam/232850971793 I have this body up for auction on eBay. The neck is also available. Just sayin' 😏
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