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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. 4 points
    Gentlemen, SOLD and pending payment tomorrow.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 3 points
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: this is best forum out there.
  8. 3 points
    And one with her older sister...
  9. 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.
  10. 2 points
    I know I’ve said it before, but HOLY CRAP!!! 😳 That’s like the Ultimate ‘70s-era Les Paul Custom on steroids!
  11. 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.
  12. 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...
  13. 2 points
    Dibs! Even if I cannot afford to call dibs... or if you would ever sell it.
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  15. 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!
  16. 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.
  17. 1 point
    Page 92 in 'The Book', Mike. Great looking guitar. Mid-'70s Les Paul, for sure.
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    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).
  21. 1 point
    Wow! What a beauty! So many cool details! Enjoy
  22. 1 point
    I've always liked silver burst--congrats!
  23. 1 point
    I just sent an email off to Tube Depot asking how to increase gain and add tube reverb. Let the modifications begin!
  24. 1 point
    Hamer shipped guitars to pitch from the shop.
  25. 1 point
    I believe in loosening perhaps a half step in pitch to account for humidity and temp changes but I think you're asking for trouble relieving all of the tension from the neck. Why introduce an extreme change in neck tension before shipping? I have no 'science' to support my view, however.
  26. 1 point
    Very cool indeed. Congrats! How does she sound?
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    Get her a nice pair of shoes and you will be set.
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    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!
  32. 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
  33. 1 point
    Good on ya! Passing the smoke test is a very important milestone. Awaiting cranked amp report.
  34. 1 point
    Next to www.welovenakedladies.com
  35. 1 point
    I love everything about that...
  36. 1 point
    Those tops are just incredible! Jealous!!!
  37. 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.
  38. 1 point
    No. The deal that solidified the ownership of the company early on. I’m not aware of a wood deal (unless your talking about the time the guy with the time machine turned my 1990s Hamer wood into “old growth” mahogany from the 50s).
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    Props to cmatthes for the dry transfer!
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    M.C.Escher designed the road layout in Charlotte.
  43. 1 point
    While I like sunbursts, I hate this color on Californian.
  44. 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.
  45. 1 point
    I hate how guitars taunt me and refuse to play extended runs of 16th notes on time. The fret spacing always seems to be off too....
  46. 1 point
    Ahhhhh...there's nothin' like a cold bucket of water......
  47. 1 point
    Here's my boring old natural Maple top... IMHO, even a mild burst on that would have just obscured the wood. I did replace the trem with a Bladerunner, and wired it with a 5 way super switch for some phase switchery... As weird as this is... I bought this guitar new at a music store I was working at and - get this - it was my first guitar. I play other instruments, but I didn't play guitar until I worked there (the jury is out on whether what I do now should be called "playing guitar"...). Just played around on the clock and absolutely fell in love with this particular guitar. Bypassed all that Squier Strat stuff... Sooner or later, I'll probably wind up with a Mirage I just for S & G's...
  48. 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' 😏
  49. 0 points
    http://californiarocker.com/2019/03/17/rip-dick-dale-king-of-the-surf-guitar-passes-away-at-82/ Dick Dale, known as “King of The Surf Guitar,” has passed away, sources said on Sunday. Dale, who had been quietly suffering health issues for many years, was considered a leader in the surf guitar genre. Dale was 82. Born Richard Anthony Monsour, his famous songs, like “Miserlou,” and many others have become part of the American music fabric. Dale created the sound of the surf guitar by working with Middle Eastern music scales applied to a driving beat. He performed up until the very end and once told CaliforniaRocker.com that performing was what was keeping him alive. “They say ‘Why don’t you retire, Dick?’” Dale said. “Well, there are two reasons I don’t retire: Playing music keeps me alive, and my music helps others.” Read our interview with Dick Dale here
  50. 0 points
    Rob, messaged me via facebook. OFFICIAL WORD: "I'm out of business and Valvetech is no more." So no mods, no updates, you gots what you gots.
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