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  1. 12 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:
  2. 7 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
  3. 6 points
    Haven't communicated since we wrestled that guitar through customs, but he was cheerful, practical, and not looking back at the time.
  4. 6 points
    ...and the Mirage is gone! But it stays in the family.
  5. 4 points
    Arrived yesterday. An exceptional guitar in better than advertised condition. I'm assuming that the Duncan Seth Lovers are a post-factory addition. Wouldn't a '96 come with the '59 and JB set? I'm definitely not complaining -they sound great.
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    I found a few pics so you can see what the Pickguardian parts look like, and how my bass looks after the swap. The white plate that covers the hole is a little brighter than the Rickenbacker plastic, but most people would never notice. The second piece (the clear plate) is the pickup mount. All the holes lined up and the parts fit perfectly. The order and delivery went smoothly, though it was at least 5 years ago. I enjoy the bass much more with that big chrome piece gone. Hope you enjoy yours for many years to come! Post a few pics when it arrives! (And yeah, I'll bet that Aria was really nice!)
  8. 2 points
    I know someone here bought his Hell Standard, and I thought some of you had communicated with him personally. Does anyone know how he's doing these day? His playing on those Hell albums was amazing, and it was cool to see him hanging around here.
  9. 2 points
    Very cool, and very funky! I like Prince, but I usually only listen to his hits...which is kinda like only reading a 'Yearbook' supplement out of a stack of Encyclopedias! His output was/is staggering. I remember reading this article on Reverb a couple of weeks ago, he really seemed to like discovering new ways to use sound and equipment! https://reverb.com/news/prince-and-the-linn-lm-1
  10. 2 points
    Dave I always like your posts. USA Dean's are great, getting one is on my list!
  11. 2 points
    Dean rocks. I love the painting schema of this one. Congratulations!
  12. 2 points
    HELL was his baby, the dream of his life finally turned into reality. Losing it in a such... unlikely way, it was a heavy blow. I empathize tremendously with Kev. It never was a matter of income though. I’m well aware of his main job, and of the fact HELL never was more than “a professional hobby”, as he used to say. But he lost his “ikigai”. The grief was terrible. 😞 Luckily, he’s still alive and slowly moving on. 🙏🙇
  13. 2 points
    Very cool! Well made guitars too from my experience. Rock on!!
  14. 2 points
    Nice - I dig the two color paint job!
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    I dig that one a lot, especially the fleur de lis inlays. Never seen that before.
  17. 2 points
    Just an FYI, as I see this type of comment a LOT. IRS does not write tax laws, it enforces them. Your ELECTED Senators and Congressmen are the ones who make the laws. Getting mad at the IRS is like being angry at the police officer who pulled you over for speeding - HE didn't set the speed limit, but it's his job to enforce it.
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  20. 1 point
    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
  21. 1 point
    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.
  22. 1 point
    Like @crunchee, I like Prince, but haven’t explored much more than his hits. And BTW, that Superbowl show he gave in 2007 was tremendous.
  23. 1 point
    That brown one does nothing for me but the blue one you bought is beautiful.
  24. 1 point
    Ahhh yes, Standels and Polytones were originally designed for accordion players but were quickly adopted by jazz guitarists. Wes Montgomery used a Standel later in his career. I think George Benson actually played Polytones and a Standel or two at some point.
  25. 1 point
    I wish him nothing but the best. I went through a period of carpal tunnel problems in 1991. It was downright depressing at the moment, having to quit playing for nearly 2 years, and nothing else was pain-free either. It was actually encountering my first Hamer at that time (that red '81 Cruise,) that gave me some hope to play again comfortably. Tough time I did a lot of growing in... Glad he's doing well!
  26. 1 point
    How did I not know that was 35 miles away? Nice pickup. I have 09 440. Baby Z in Korina with P90s. Enjoy that and Dibs perhaps!
  27. 1 point
    My condolences, Bill. You guys were a great band, and it's good to know he was a great human being as well.
  28. 1 point
    I hope he's able to work with or around the wrist issues. Having your life/livelihood go away due to injury sucks, especially when it's not something usually considered highly physically strenuous.
  29. 1 point
    Ya Dutch - I like how you’re thinking there. The whole second half of the solo is a bit weak as it is - I’ll look at something a little more structured that will allow a nice double tracked / harmony finish.
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    No, they came with Seths. Had a 96 with Seths, just bought a 98 recently, also with Seths. 59/JB was optional. And be grateful, they sound better in the Artist.* That's a lovely guitar. Glad it's even nicer than the pics. *According to my personal tastes, but you know, this is the internet so I'll just say it's universal.
  32. 1 point
    Congrats on the snag! IIRC, I think Seths were standard equipment for Artist Customs, back in the mid-90's. But I could be wrong, seems like I remember reading that in the Hamer catalog that was out at that time...I have that catalog buried in or under stuff somewhere.
  33. 1 point
    Yeah, the bridge design is kinda messed up. I may swap it out someday, but for now I just regard it as part of the Ric charm!
  34. 1 point
    Also, if you don't like the bridge on your 4003, you can always check out the solid Hipshot replacements. I never cared much for the original Rick bridge, especially since the bridge base/tailpiece is hollow, and string tension can cause the end of the bridge base/tailpiece to lift away from the front of the bass slightly. Back in the '80's, Rickenbacker actually added two extra screws in the tailpiece area, to prevent that from happening. Why they discontinued using the two extra screws is a mystery to me.
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    Tracy Morgan's so funny... "I do karate and get girls pregnant"😆
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    Received the Reverb boxes right away. First impression is they look good. Sturdy, thick construction, albeit folded in half as stated. Just finished packing a guitar for shipment tomorrow and I can say without any hesitation that in the event something does happen to this guitar en route, it won't be because the box was shipped to me folded in half.
  39. 1 point
    The Monaco III and the Newport are not that similar I think. The MIII is like a maximized strat mixed with a Gibson JR. It has fat tones from the neck pickup and can sound awesome for harder rock on the bridge pickup. Killer tones. It does not have the same clean tones as the Newport either. It always keeps a little grease under it's finger nails. I love the MIII, one of the best Hamer models ever. It covers just about everything, you can get so many sounds out of it. The Newport does much, but It's not so good for harder rock, as it is more bright. It was designed to do the Gretch thing, and it is what it does best. The Newport is great, but not nearly as much fun as an MIII. My 2 cents on the matter....
  40. 1 point
    I've homage-ed it...
  41. 1 point
    We were front row for Mavis’ show opening for Joe Jackson a few years back. Most amazingly, Stephen Colbert was on bass... 😆
  42. 1 point
    Ooh... love that Robin
  43. 1 point
    That Standel in the middle...yow! Is that an accordion amp? Bet it sounds great. Thanks for the share, WM.
  44. 1 point
    +1 I'm a user (and a believer).
  45. 1 point
    Yes, they really are that good! Had one in my workshop a couple of years! Best mini transisitor amp on the market IMO and yes, they do sound like a tube amp...
  46. 1 point
    I like my THR5. It has a lot of useful features, is easy to travel with and has software where you can save custom patches to your home computer. The controls are very interactive and it's easy to get good sounds out of it. The THR10 (as per the OP) has even more flexibility and sounds. While I feel the iRig has made the THR line a bit of a dinosaur, all of the various versions remain popular. Yamaha does not know how to make a bad product, it seems.
  47. 1 point
    Absolutely true! However, it‘s reportedly excellent with pedals. Great score Bubs! I‘m actually happy for the front loaded controls for dust management. When I look at my Vox. It is quite hard to keep clean. The VAC25 is very hard to beat. Rob made a fantastic job on these and it is a shame they are out of production. Somewhere I still have the upgrade schema in the files. Would be a great project. I remember Belgian had made the upgrade right after we got it. Enjoy yours! Btw. I’m running mine through hemp.
  48. 1 point
    Love the Phat Cats in my Newport. Never had a solid body with them so can't give you feedback on that question. My Newport almost has a hollow body "Tele-ish" tone to it. Doesn't sound like any of my other electrics, and that's good right? I have enough two humbucker guitars. I just took it to rehearsal last night and played it for two and a half hours. I noticed that the guitar seem more responsive to pick attack (than humbuckers) as far as being able to control the overdrive of the front end of my amp. Would agree that they don't sound like P90s.
  49. 1 point
    To kick start the photo session, here‘s a nice pair.
  50. 0 points
    After over 20 years of being a friend and bandmate of Rob's, I got the horrible news on June 21 that he had died at another gig of a massive heart attack. From what I hear he didnt suffer much and that is about all the good I can muster on the subject. We had a grand memorial service that nearly every musician in western NC attended where the amazing drummer and person Jeff Sipe played Rob's parts. Rob was also an internationally recognized author most notably w Modern Drummer but he wrote a Guitar Player piece on Martin Barre years ago and recognized my Hamer right off the bat! To say it was brutal for me is an understatement. Thanks for indulging this as Big Block Dodge kinda grew up on the old HFC and just figured some would like to know. Not sure if I will ever play the material again but like Zeppelin, our band is over
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