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  1. 34 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. 21 points
    Flew into Louisville to take my son to the Bourbon & Beyond Festival this weekend, primarily, because he’s a HUGE Foo fan, but also because, well, Bourbon. Had the great pleasure of finally meeting Greg (Currypowder) in person. Glad we were finally able to catch up, and next time, we’ll bring Shishkovs to the party! I did really dig the Malcolm Young Gretsch too!
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 14 points
    Got another update yesterday.
  8. 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.
  9. 13 points
  10. 13 points
    Just a few pics of what's been underway in April... More than meets the eye with these, for sure!
  11. 12 points
    Did you at least tie a yellow ribbon around it? \
  12. 12 points
    I don't count 'em. Plausible deniability...
  13. 12 points
    English names: Doohickey Thingamabob Gizmo Whatchamacallit Thingamajig Whatsis
  14. 11 points
    Got a text from a co-worker hipping me to this FS Axis. Basically a NOS ca.2000. The guy I got it from is 6’5” (“it’s just too small on me...”), but it fits me perfectly. Excellent quality guitar. Now I see why Axis owners rave about them so. It came strung with .010s, a non-starter on a guitar this Floyd-y. The Floyd was pitched forward into the cavity. Wrongo!! Why do, “repairmen”, constantly get it wrong with decked-FR setups? I did a factory setup with .009s, balanced the FR and this suckah is a PUH-layuh!! Some pics (not mine), but I’ll take some real ones later
  15. 11 points
    Well, call me crazy but after much back and forth deliberation, I have decided to teach myself to play pedal steel guitar. And since I rarely go into any endeavor lightly, I bought a really nice one. A late 70's Sho Bud D10 Professional. She's a beauty. We'll see how long it takes for me to be proficient enough to bring it out to a gig. I'm guessing two years. But I have a music room where I can set it up plugged into an amp and just go sit and woodshed on it. There's dozens of instructional videos on youtube and I figure I can loop some rhythm tracks with my 6 string and play over them for practice. Stay tuned.....
  16. 10 points
    if you like how it sounds & plays. Don't mess with it. if anything , give it a few months before ya change the configuration.
  17. 10 points
    Isn't funny how people don't want to be burdened by taxes but demand services ?
  18. 10 points
    arrived safely... kind of tricky, it was traded in without a case and I had a bad feeling of what might happen on the trip from Fla to NH... GC brought in a Dean Z case for me and then shipped it up once it arrived, They did a nice job. needs some tlc (strings are ancient, I believe it was last restrung by a member of the French aristocracy sometime in the 1700's, lol) but some fretboard cleaning, conditioning, fret polish and should be good to go.
  19. 10 points
    A few others that weren't on the phone... No, really...I can quit any time!
  20. 10 points
    You corksniffing elitists have no eye for the unique idiosyncrasies that reveal an outlier, and thus, a veritable diamond in the rough. The seemingly mundane peripheries included in this photo indicate a master cabinet maker at the zenith of his craftsmanship here. Just because he doesn't have, say, Mike Shishkov's gigantic marketing machine doesn't mean that guitar isn't worth every penny of the $800 he is asking for it You should all be ashamed. (I bet the custom case is fuckin' rad too)
  21. 10 points
    I really wasn't on the lookout for a pointy headstock 80's guitar, but at the price I got this for, it really was a no brainer. These guitars were only made for one year, and they're pretty sought after. The Amber color is the most sought after color, so I guess I lucked out on that. This is a mahogany body with a maple cap, so it makes it about the same weight as a Les Paul. The neck on this is amazingly comfortable and fast, and with the contoured set neck, it give killer access to the upper frets. The pickups are OK for now, but I will upgrade them in the future.
  22. 10 points
  23. 10 points
    Every year, when tax season ends, the ritual is to listen to UFO Strangers in the Night from beginning to end. This year was no different. Still my favorite live album of all time. Heck, one of the best albums of all time no matter what.
  24. 9 points
    I snagged this Roxie at an incredibly low price. I always wanted one of the semi-hollow models. Turns out, it was right here in Central Florida...
  25. 9 points
    That was a very exciting time for those of us who were able to get in early. When the initial order sold out in a couple of hours, Mike & Trish expanded the offering, so I know there are a lot more happy people out there enjoying some killer guitars! I was psyched because I got to pick up more than just one when I got mine, so got to play and check out some of the first ones.
  26. 9 points
    A little different than most of the other singles posted.
  27. 9 points
    OH NO! Ed Roman has risen from the dead! I was wondering what that smell was... 🧟‍♂️ 🤮
  28. 9 points
    Ok guys, so I am still jealous of @boundandcrowned with his fantastic green/blue Scarab but I was able to dry my tears a bit. I found this beautiful blue zulu much closer to home and couldn't resist! The pictures don't quite do it justice since the blue in person to me is quite aqua in nature. Needs a set up but looks to be almost all original (even the famed plastic knobs) except for maybe the toggle switch. Doesn't have the black knob on the end so I'm thinking this got changed over the years. Pretty stoked. The only other blue zulu I've seen is in the Hamer book and that is definitely a different guitar looking at the paint patterns.
  29. 9 points
    Fuck it...I ain't too proud to play that.
  30. 9 points
    That'll look nice next to my 'Who Shot JR?.' Les Paul.
  31. 9 points
    First Guitar is a USA Hamer Double Cutaway... Jeff Watson of Night Ranger/John De Turo. Looking to buy back my custom made Hamer Double Cutaway Archtop Jeff Watson Model that has my name under the Hamer Name. It was Custom built in 1990 for me. I lost it at a Pawn Shop in Brandon Florida while going thruough a divorce. Will pay CASH!!! Please email me if you have it so we can make a deal. See pictures of the guitar. Also see pictures of Jeff's model. It was never a true production model but I had some pull at Hamer and they made me one. They did make a few for the Japanese market. A black one is on sale on ebay. Mine has a nice flame top, mahogany back and a 3 piece flame maple neck with ebony board... Second Guitar is a USA Hamer Standard Explorer Custom made John De Turo. Looking to buy back my custom made Hamer Standard Explorer that has my name under the Hamer Name. It was Custom built in 1994 for me. I sold it at Stevie B's Guitars in Clearwater Florida while going thruough a divorce. Will pay CASH!!! Please email me if you have it so we can make a deal. See pictures of the guitar. . It was a production model that I had done in a tobaco sunburst finish with gold hardware and had my name put in the headstock under the Hamer logo. I had some pull at Hamer and they made me one.
  32. 8 points
    And Josh Gravelin makes a damned fine set too.
  33. 8 points
    Here we have a special model of a mid-90s Hamer. This is part of a special, Japan only run called, I believe, the Special FM-LE. It is essentially a Special FM with body binding (the normal Special FM is unbound). This particular guitar has a nice thick quilt maple cap over a 1-piece mahogany body. The neck is also mahogany with an unbound rosewood fingerboard. The frets are in great shape with only the tiniest of wear. The neck is a nice vintage medium C shape and the guitar plays nice up and down the neck. This guitar originally came to me with a set of Duncan pickups, a 59 in the neck and a Custom in the bridge. However, the neck pickup had an issue and needed a rewind repair. While waiting, I dropped in a pair of JM Rolph pickups that I had. These pickups are a nice match to this guitar and I saw no reason to put the original pickups back in. The original pickups (including the repaired neck pickup) will be included. The guitar is in very good condition. There is a small ding through the finish on the corner near the bottom tone knob and a small indent close by (see pics). The original hard shell case is included $1,700 shipped/paypal'd - NOW $1,500 I posted a couple of pics below, there are more on the reverb listing https://reverb.com/item/26020571-1994-amber-hamer-special-fm-le-w-jm-rolph-pickups
  34. 8 points
    I love these specials !!!
  35. 8 points
    Vector with a paddle headstock can also fit the bill —please see these three old pictures of my daughter:
  36. 8 points
    Thanks, mang! Okay, how about I post up a freebie and then add the links for the whole thing? Freebie: SNIP!!! Again, if I’m crossing a line into spam territory, y’all let me know and I’ll take it down. I just wanted to share because it’s basically an album of Hamers!
  37. 8 points
    Ok, I sat out the entire 90s . I hated grunge and went all acoustic blues for the entire decade. I evidently missed some good shit Like what I just got hip to, the Matthew Sweet album Girlfriend. Great power pop with killer guitar tones. Does anyone else here like that album and guitar sounds? I wish it rocked just a touch harder but I just now discovered it and spun it while working out in the home gym this AM.
  38. 8 points
    That's my favorite era for Hamers. I like the dotneck and bound/crowned Standards, mahogany standards, korina Vector/Standards and Studio/Studio Customs. A good time for wood selection and quality of construction, IMO.
  39. 8 points
    You know, one of you offered me a green Diablo for $350 in the last decade and like the dumbass that I am, I declined cause I ain't I to locking trems...WHAT THE HELL WAS WRONG WITH ME circa 2011??????
  40. 8 points
    This one doesn't suck...
  41. 8 points
    It's been quite some time since I've been counting them at last. I did it today... OMG! 34!!! Received my latest acquisition last Friday. Teaser pic: More to come in the near future. Now I should better commit myself to the insane asylum... 🤢 Hey, we do have now an awful lot of emojis on the board! Don't know what they all mean but...
  42. 8 points
  43. 8 points
    Don’t fukk with it, leave it stock. I went through the requisite, TonePros/Faber, hardware, “upgrades” phase years ago. I find the tonal benefits don’t warrant the cost and hassle. The stock hardware is fine. The above-mentioned companies make great products, but a lot of it is marketing.
  44. 8 points
    It’s a term tossed around by tossers who can’t play, but can afford anything they desire.
  45. 7 points
    This was probably the coolest guitar selling experience for me ever. I probably haven't met up to sell a guitar in about a decade. Then unbeknownst I meet up with another HFCer to sell the guitar. Once I saw the your Shishkov sweater I was like "Are you on the Hamer forums?" Haha! Totally awesome and didn't expect that. Great conversations we had - I was really excited because I literally have never had "Hamer" conversation much outside this forum. Fun times!
  46. 7 points
    Sorry it took so long to post the photo. Left to right 1) Standard Tally Ice Tea Burst ( I can check the COA) 2) The Greg V Duco finish (crackled) (Not the Shawn Tubbs gold top) HB-ers replaced the DDs 3) Standard T Pro Ice Tea Burst ( I can check the COA) 4) The Jon Herington (Steely Dan) T Pro Custom order. Satin finish. Narrow wale. 5) The Root Beer quilt. Imperials. Questions?
  47. 7 points
    "They got their wish Monday as a key CITES committee approved it. If finalized as expected this week, the exemption will allow finished musical instruments as well as parts and accessories containing rosewood to be transported freely around the world without permits." Approved in committee, expected to be written in as final this week.
  48. 7 points
    EchoPark guitars are fucking ugly, amateurish and overpriced. Gabe is a rip-off artist of the worst kind. I wouldn’t own anything he’s built if you paid me. I don’t see this ending well for Gibson...
  49. 7 points
    Yes, it is RIGHT! This connection DOES exist, don‘t let you tell otherwise. It is even scientifically proven. I got the numbers... Well, my bank has them. The effect goes like this: Someone innocent (say, like me) is a happy HFC member. Reading the threads, smelling the flower and so on. BUT THEN someone here mentions another brand than Hamer as „good“, „great“, „stands par to any US mad guitar“, and what happens within seconds? You got it. Off to ebay/ebay adds you go, checking the markets, looking for a steal... EVERYTIME. And at least every second time some stuff ends up on the watch list. Like, say, Peavey Firenza or Rockett Pedals or or You want a prove? You should have seen me last night, looking for Deans, chez made. Then again, the HFC judgement never was wrong... And next time: How HFC kills funds and time for every other hobby. EVERY! Stay tuned.
  50. 7 points
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