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  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 28 points
    Cali Family Portrait:
  4. 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
  5. 25 points
    Felt like posting some guitar porn...my 1979 Sunburst. Ain't she purty?
  6. 24 points
    91 Hamer Chaparral Deluxe looks like it hardly been played.
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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.
  10. 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!
  11. 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/
  12. 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
  13. 21 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!
  14. 21 points
    2000 Newport pro. Spruce top, Seth Lovers ... shipped from Denmark and arrived in Santa Barbara IN TUNE
  15. 20 points
    Some shots of my new Hamer Special FM... Many thanks to HamerLou, Had a great day in downtown Boston (North end, street vendors, walked by where the were filming the Ryan Reynolds movie, had a great lunch). FM's are by far my favorite Hamer, They're a little tricky because the tops range from relatively plain, to poppin with no rhyme or reason but... when you get a nice one, they're incredible cool. This is a '93, it shows as orange here, but it's actually Aztec Gold... I haven't popped the hood but it seems like a Duncan Alnico pro II (in the lead position and I'm not sure (Dimarzio super distortion zebra?) in the neck, will check. really nicely installed bone nut... it's very nice to see someone who can cleanly score and fit a new nut. Plays and sounds nice... neck a little slimmer, but it's solid, resonant and was well cared for. going to make a few tweaks (gold amber bell knobs) but very nice as is... love, love, love the top. Pics, enjoy
  16. 20 points
  17. 20 points
    Mr. Deturo, Send me an email at hamstd@gmail.com. I think I can help you out on what you are looking for. Peter
  18. 19 points
    Made a late-night impulse buy on Reverb last Friday, and this gorgeous 1988 Chaparral Custom shows up first thing Monday morning, all the way from Japan. I've no idea how it got here so fast, especially since they didn't charge me for shipping. Flame-maple body, OBL pickups all around and outside of the high-E tuner getting twisted in shipping (at least it took the hit rather than the whole headstock) it is in incredibly good shape. Clearly used some, but lovingly taken care of over the years.
  19. 19 points
    Here are a few shop pics of the current group ( in no particular order) 😎
  20. 18 points
    so I'm down in florida, (parents getting to that age) so I had to get away from the house... trek up to Sarasota to hit sam ash then swing over to GC near the mall and see this thing on the top row in the used section... Kind of freaky, but looking at a distance, was like, hmmm... that's a usa sn pattern… so I got em to grab it... dig it, and plunked down a deposit while it sits on police hold. played great, felt great, nice V neck, frets are excellent (it's an 09)... interesting inlays, had a hankering for a Dean Z but not loving those Dean Select imports at $899. (899? the new reality for an import) yikes,.. but let that go... Nothing like some retail therapy. better pics when it arrives 1-2 weeks. Dave
  21. 18 points
    This is a story posted by a Facebook friend. He was a classmate of mine in Bible college from the '70s. When he graduated he became a career pastor (he has the heart of a pastor as I never had). He recently retired, moved to California, and now works the floor at a Guitar Center. I first met him nearly 50 years ago in school and he had always sung and played guitar. He would definitely know what he's doing at GC. Here is his FB post today about a Guitar Center experience: "This afternoon I sold a guitar to a woman in her 40's who has decided to learn to play. In fact, before she left the store she had her first guitar lesson. Her reason for wanting to learn is that her husband is dying of cancer. It's been years since he played guitar, so she brought his guitar in to have a restring. She decided--for the remainder of his life--that they are going to play guitar together. It's something they talked about for many years but never took the time. Now she is determined to do this for him in hopes it will give him comfort and pleasure as he faces death. When you consider all the jokes and memes about husbands vs. wives vs. the husbands' guitar obsessions, this is certainly something touchingly different.
  22. 18 points
  23. 17 points
    I tried a new pedal through a Princeton with a Tele and I don't think it gets much better than that. So I went out and bought a 71 Princeton, to go with my Tele and my Pedal. LOL Seriously folks, I gotta stop. I text the wife to transfer the money, texted her five minutes later and said nevermind. She text back, "Money is there do with it what you want.". She is no help, not at all.
  24. 17 points
    It's starting to become a reality!
  25. 17 points
    I'd been trying to hunt down a good Hamer guitar or bass for a great price for a few years now,but hadn't had any luck. Well my luck changed today when I stumbled upon this today during my pawnshop rounds. The neck on this baby is really comfortable and easy to play, and the Active EMG's in this bass sound clear and punchy. I'm really glad I'm finally able to add a USA Hamer to my collection.
  26. 16 points
    It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity. Although his mother would have prefered he become a haberdasher, an HFC Member with access to a laser engraving machine generously offered to adorn other member's backplates with the rocking skeleton image featured in your picture, an etching of the calcified remnants of what many believe represented Hamer's integrity following their acquisition by FMIC. As for whom that member was? It is a far, far better thing that he did, than I have ever done; So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.
  27. 16 points
    Photo and concept by Sean Cummings. Appropriately includes two British amplifiers. Ain't this a beautimous presentation? Sent to me from a longtime friend in San Diego, and who wouldn't want to pass this along on this holiday? Thanks, Barney!
  28. 16 points
    I know I’m old because my wife always wants to talk during sex. Last night she called me from a hotel. My wife and I were really very happy for twenty years, then we met... You know you’re old when you’re wife has to retake her drivers test. She got eight out of ten. The other two jumped out of the way. She’s really a great driver though. She hit a deer once, it was in the zoo. You know you’re old when your wife’s cooking is so bad, that the flies fix the screens. I haven’t spoken to my wife in years though. Really, I don’t want to interrupt her. I told our kids about the birds and the bees, they told me about my wife and the butcher... It’s real exciting when you both get old. My wife made me join her bridge club. I jump next Tuesday.
  29. 16 points
    While perusing Reverb over the weekend this beautiful green Phantom A5 caught my eye. I've always had a soft spot for the 6 in-line headstock version, and I'd pretty much decided I had to have it, but as I began to read the listing's description I realized this was an old friends guitar. He passed away a few years ago, and not long after his window sold a number of his guitars to help cover lingering medical expenses. Unfortunately, I had moved away around the same time and missed that opportunity to help. I'm happy to finally have this not only for sentimental reasons, but because it's a badass Phantom. It's just as it was ordered it in '84. That's a Dimarzio MegaDrive in the bridge position, and an extra mini coil split switch for it. This pickup just works like charm in this guitar. Plus, that green! I do find it odd that it has the Hamerlock tuners with the Kahler locking nut as well.
  30. 16 points
    I've been on the prowl for one of these (or the Robin equivalent) for years, and this just happened... My Kanji is rusty, but I think it reads: "Minty !! Tight neck pocket gives loud acoustic voice" This was the first time I've see one in black finish, and black+binding has always been a favorite. Perfect twin for my Schecter PT! In fact, the Tokai neck is a dead ringer for that Schecter neck - same exact width, chunky carve, profile, frets... It shows hardly any signs of wear, and after a neck shim and quick setup it plays beautifully. I will say that the fit/finish is the best of any Fender shaped object I've owned. I'm also learning that I dig single pickup guitars. It all started years ago with a beautiful Hamer Korina Junior which has since moved on (gave way to the BCR version), and the cyclops gang has continued to grow...
  31. 16 points
    Thanks to Jamie, Bubs and everybody else who took such good care of this 3M Sock Monkey before it came to its final resting place with me and Sishkov #0066.
  32. 16 points
    Ventured down to Akron this afternoon after my church gig for a guitar show. Saw someone wearing a Hamer shirt . I walked up and casually asked if he was a member of the HFC. His reply was," yes, I'm DeVai on the board." Turns out we live about 15 mins. from each other. Nice to meet you, Wayne. Of note. A guy had a '90 Chaparral Elite in pink granite. Showed it's age. But not completely abused. He was asking $1500.00. I passed but took his info just in case. -Bobby
  33. 16 points
    First post, new member. I just purchased (last week) a mint condition Artist Custom in 59 burst, and now I'm losing my mind (and the ability to sleep) waiting for it to be delivered! It's my first Hamer, and I've wanted one like this since they came out when I was in high school... who's got a valium and/or glass of single malt for me? Pictures as soon as I unbox it!
  34. 15 points
    Hey there, guys! Surprisingly, Kev did reply to my texto. I wrote to him something inspired by a conversation I had with @Ting Ho Dung a few months ago —Michael and I do chat often and had already talked about this. Kev’s reply, though still a bit sad and nostalgic, also sounds like he’s already seeing some light at the end of the tunnel. I toyed with the idea of transcribing the whole thing for you guys, but finally decided to share here only what directly concerns the HFC —no need to tell you why. So, I beg your indulgence. This is what I’m willing to share for now, which isn’t much, but at least you’ll see he says “hi” to us all here:
  35. 15 points
    The Minus 5 (a side project of Peter Buck and Mike Mills from REM) played here in DC last night. Thought this was a cool shot from the show - Mike Mills needed to grab a backup when his P-Bass crapped out...
  36. 15 points
    This weekend marks the 5 year anniversary of the initial Ultimates run opening up. Congratulations to the Shishkov Guitars team! We've seen incredible work, right out of the gates. Onward and upward!
  37. 15 points
    https://reverb.com/item/23177783-hamer-t-62-1992-white Expensive, yes 😗, but I have been looking for one of these in this color and in condition since.... forever! Less than 7 lbs, excellent frets... this makes it my first Hamer in more than ten years, and the second T-62 in my position. Life IS good!
  38. 15 points
    It can be revealed that I did, now the irrational fear of jinxing the delivery has passed... It's an absolutely fascinating guitar. Spanky and snappy because of the Korina and the aluminium wraptail, and, as might befit an originally custom order (if that's what the skeleton graphic on the control plate means), it's far and away the lightest Hamer I've ever handled, out of maybe a dozen. Easily under 7lb without even having an armrest, belly-cut or chambering. Being a Special presumably explains why the neck angle differs from a Korina Jr, with the effect that the pickups are equally deeply set and the bottom of the wraptail is almost flush with the body. The condition was pretty much NOS; it's had 8 gauge strings on, which may explain the very low fret wear. I'm normally not a fan of the SD JB/59 pickups, but they really work well here. Things are well.
  39. 15 points
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  41. 15 points
    It’s finally finished. Telebird. And it’s green.
  42. 14 points
  43. 14 points
    So I must’ve done a decent job this Mother’s Day....Diane says when I am asking her help on my Next Shishkov’s color....”Your Shishkov collection”...I say “well, it’s only my second, and final one.”...She says “It takes 3 for a collection”....I say “say it again”...she does and and adds “Once we get everything paid for, you should get a third.” I love my wife.
  44. 14 points
    I was doing my normal rounds, when I noticed this on a guitar stand in front of the racks. I saw the $100 price, but I thought for sure it was an MIM. Couldn't believe they were asking $100 for it. Took it to the counter and wanted to haggle because of the scratches and dents around the body. They said it just came out and they wouldn't budge on the price. I asked for the case and they said it didn't come with one. I said it should have one, and I wanted a case. They looked but couldn't find one. I told them they owed me one, and I be checking back later for one. They were OK with that. I haven't had a chance yet to put is through it's paces, but the neck feels great and it doesn't weight a ton. I don't normally post a pic of the receipt, but I didn't want anyone to cal BS on me.
  45. 14 points
    Here she is! 2001 GATA59, completely mint except for some oddly tarnished pickup height adjustment screws. No fading, scratches or tarnish on any other metal parts, but all four pickup screws are on the green side. This thing could almost pass for NOS (not for long, as I bought it to play, not treat like Mr. Frye's 250 GT California). All I can say is, "Wow!"
  46. 13 points
  47. 13 points
    A: My latest guitar: https://davesguitar.com/products/fender/limited-edition-sandblasted-tele-14/ This is my first Fender USA-made (as opposed to a Fender clone put together with USA parts) guitar in a VERY long time. It looks promising, has a two-piece ash body, old-style Tele bridge with brass saddles, and a '70's style headstock logo. With the exception of the sandblasted ash body, it's essentially an American Special Tele. I'd remembered reading about Fender making these Ltd. Ed. 'sandblasted' Teles and Strats a couple of years ago; so when I saw this particular one at DGS, I went to Google to comparison shop for similar ones from past sales/listings on Reverb and Ebay...turns out, there was once a used American Standard Tele version for sale a few years ago at DGS...i'm including that old link here. I think of the two, I prefer the version I snagged over the American Standard version: https://davesguitar.com/products/fender/limited-edition-sandblasted-american-standard-tele-11/ I'm a fan of wood finishes vs. fancy paint jobs, which is what got my attention with this Tele in the first place, especially since it's made from ash. Has anybody here owned one of those 'sandblasted' guitars, or at least played one of those? Any thoughts? In the meantime, I'll be waiting for it to arrive in the next few days.
  48. 13 points
    To expect for things to keep going on and on and on and on over the years is a glitch in the human brain. The best stuff in life usually has a span of only a few years. Actual Punk music lasted for maybe four or five years... New Wave was the same, disco was the same, grunge was the same, thrash was the same... what is good and what is great is usually not sustainable. Kev needs the kindness and grace from the rest of the world to age, live and love without the expectation of: next albums, tours, appearances or interviews. That expectation can drive a musician into a cave for years... look what it did to Vito Bratta & Jake E. Lee! What he achieved with Hell was unbelievable! Most of us wankers never amount to a fucking thing and he actually DID it! I don’t blame him for constricting his social circle a bit while bowing out from the public eye for some rest, recuperation and regrouping. Hopefully he will take advantage of the wonderful NHS and get some treatment... or not and let things heal naturally on their own. Whatever he thinks is best. The dude is a star... made of light. Most of us are made of mud. lolz Cheers to a future with or without playing metal... either way, the mountain has already been climbed... no need to keep climbing more mountains. If one or two present themselves to him and he decides to take them on, I’m sure he will kick some ass and see the summit. Very impressive man and we are lucky he ever gave us losers the time of day. lolz
  49. 13 points
    For my 300th post, I thought it might be time to start an 0093 thread. I took the first picture myself, but all the others are from Trish - thanks. 😊 It started on Monday, July 10, 2017, at Shishkov HQ when I picked the wood for the top. There were several choices and Mike and I discussed the piece that he thought would work best with the color I had in mind. It's the one in the middle. April, 2019: the neck. And the body. June, 2019: the binding. More updates as they occur.
  50. 13 points
    Shredfest! Whitesnake in concert is as much about the pop metal hits as it is the shredding! The opening act was unknown to me and my friends. A three piece band from Arizona called The Black Moods opened the show. They us a simple Strat/P-Bass/drums set up with a few pedals to enhance some parts. They did not step out of the 70's, but they keep close to the basics. The guitar player has a more jam style of playing than a controlled, perfect approach. I liked them and bought a CD from them after the show which they signed. The Black Moods setlist The last time I saw Whitesnake was in 1988 when the lineup was David Coverdale, Tommy Aldridge, Adrian Vandenberg, Steve Vai, Don Airey, and Rudy Sarzo. This tour has Coverdale, Aldridge, Reb Beach, Joel Hoekstra, Michael Devin on bass, and Michele Luppi on keyboards. David Coverdale is the reason Whitesnake exists. He made excellent choices for band members to back him up, and cover for him. Coverdale's voice has changed over time as with many singers. Concert videos over the past decade show him letting the audience sing some of the lyrics which is what he was doing at times. Michele Luppi has been a vocal teacher/coach at the Musicians Institute. He doubled the vocals on many choruses and verse parts. Those high notes came from somewhere. Everyone but Tommy Aldridge sang back up at some point. At one point Coverdale referred to Reb Beach as the band director or leader. Coverdale must have told Beach to make the show a guitar player showcase because both guitar players had plenty of opportunities to show off. The guitar solo section of the show had both guys trading off while Tommy Aldridge played when the guitar players switched in and out of the spotlight. Beach and Hoekstra have two different approaches to shred. Beach does a lot of tapping, but also makes the most of his whammy bar. Hoekstra has a fixed bridge, and his tapped parts are played very differently from what Beach does. You see distinctions in each guitar player's style. Joel Hoekstra played Les Pauls with custom paint jobs: white with black graphics, black with gold graphics, and a purple sparkle with a gold WS logo. Reb Beach played Suhr superstrats. Michael Devin played a black Rickenbacker 4001/4003. Tommy Aldridge looks like he has for nearly 50 years, at least from where I was. He has all his hair. He is still skinny. He still does the drum solo with his hands, too. The only complaint was the one we had before the show. The setlist could be longer. Whitesnake's part of the show started at 9:00 PM and was over at 10:20 PM. Somehow, no one was complaining about the short setlist after the show. We were rock and rolled quite well. Whitesnake setlist
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