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  1. 8 points
    With apologies to The Vapors. It seems to me that Korean stuff just hits the price/quality sweet spot for my low budget (but with standards) lifestyle. First, my DIY Schecter PT partscaster. I couldn't afford to the replace the "real" black PT I played back in the '80s, so I built a tribute to Townsend's "Live Aid" goldtop PT. The body is an MIK Schecter PT, which I married up to a maple Fender MIM neck. If I could only have one guitar, I'd keep this one. Is it custom shop quality? No, but it's good enough for me. Next up, my "Hamer" Sunburst. I never got around to buying a US Hamer back in my youthful, single days, and now that I'm older with house, cars, four kids (and a gig about every 2 years) I can't justify the $$$$. Enter my Slammer Series Sunburst, upgraded with Gravelin pickups, new guts in the control cavity, and some lightly used Schallers purchased here on the HFC. In my brain, I know real US Hamers are better guitars, but when I'm playing my MIK, my heart can't imagine how. The fun-to-$$$ ratio is off the scale. The same thing just happened again, this time with a car. I changed jobs and lost my company car, and needed something I could afford. Having just turned 60, I didn't want a tiny, tin-box piece of crap, but buying out my wife's Toyota Rav4 that is coming off a 3-year lease was just too much money. I looked at higher-mileage Rav4s but Toyotas hold their resale value to a ridiculous degree. Enter a Hyundai Santa Fe. Hyundais do not hold resale value, though Consumer Reports rates their recent models nearly (but not quite) as good as Toyotas. Just like the guitars, it's in my sweet spot in terms of car/$$$. (Sorry, no pic. I'm out of town on business and can't pick it up until this Friday. It's silver.) Pretty soon, everything I own will be Korean.
  2. 5 points
    I always remember Toby saying " if you want someone to obsess over the details get a Korean "
  3. 3 points
    So, when I'm in the offices in Virginia, I'm in the middle of a Korean area, and I can't believe I've been ignorant about the culinary delights until just 3 years ago. (Have you tried Korean fried chicken? INCREDIBLE). Proud to say I have an H-Mart rewards card now, I call those markets "My New Disneyland". Still exploring all the possibilities of Kim-Chi, that's it's own gastronomic rabbit hole of fun. To paraphrase Kent Brockman: "I, for one, welcome my new culinary overlords"
  4. 3 points
    I honestly was expecting this to be about eating too much bibimbap. I live a block from a Korean barbecue joint.
  5. 3 points
    Speaking of Ace and Nite Bob: I did tech support at the AF/Ratt concert on July 3rd at the Westchester County Center in NY. I got to meet NiteBob who was mixing FOH for Ace and the opening act. We talked for a while about Hamers and he had a lot of road stories over the years. As far as I know, he's FOH engineer for the tour. Below is a Soundcraft Vi-3000 Console that NiteBob mixed the Frehley's Comet set on:
  6. 2 points
  7. 2 points
    I can't believe no one has yet mentioned the $300 shipping "cost".
  8. 2 points
    Wow...that fret-board was BUTCHERED on the previous fret-job...scary.
  9. 2 points
    Didn’t Nitebob work with Aerosmith on the Toys and Rocks albums?
  10. 2 points
    I recently finished a major project that involved an all LED lighting system. 144 Chauvet Pro lights in total. These don't use colored lenses, they have clear lenses and change the colors of each LED cell individually and in any combination. They're extremely bright but have a height limit that they can be effective at. The ones I installed in the center cluster operate at 35 ft. high and 60 ft. from the stage lip. The stage trusses stay at about 20 ft and the front of stage truss is at 35 ft. I don't see any problems with pictures, but then it might be that the Chauvet lights don't have filters, but change each LED electronically. Here's some shots from some concerts:
  11. 2 points
    I still need to sand / re-radius the fretboard before I install the new frets...
  12. 2 points
    Egad, it took them 12 before they realized it was a bad idea to begin with?
  13. 1 point
    spent some time pairing the proto w a killer Komet, so good. I discovered it had a coil tap well after filming LOL
  14. 1 point
    Local to me. Looks in good shape. Power cord is now three pronged white and thin. Cap can reads Mallory. I have asked for more details. $810 http://fretmill.com/product/fender-princeton-reverb-head/#wpcf7-f64952-p69491-o1
  15. 1 point
    Okay, so I played through it with this Strat. The only cab available was 16 ohm. All the sounds are there. Sweet. Sparkly. Reverb works. Not an RCA plug to be had, so vibrato not evaluated There is a low persistent hum that does not change in volume when it warms up. Not really all that noticeable. Single coils in a room full of fluorescents is noisy, but it cleans up well in positions 2 and 4. If I had to guess, it has had at least a cap job, maybe also the power resistors because hiss is low. Power tubes are EHX. V2 was accessible to my fat fingers and is a Sovtek. The output transformer has a winged "M" stamped on it. Couldn't read the codes in the light. "The guy who knows about this is off today." They have my number with a list of questions.
  16. 1 point
    Eric/Caddie entertained us, too.
  17. 1 point
    Rest In Peace, Eric. You were an original voice.
  18. 1 point
    If someone wants this, but they will not ship. I will be happy to assist you.
  19. 1 point
    Thank You for doing this Vic!! Looks like you’re doing a great job!!! Just curious do you use the new aluminum radius blocks or the old wood ones? I’m still using the old wood ones from Stewart Mac, I haven’t heard enough about the aluminum radius blocks to invest in them.
  20. 1 point
    My Jeff Beck Strat has a JB jr. in the bridge and Cool Rails in neck and middle. It has become my favorite guitar these days...
  21. 1 point
    It wouldn't be a proper HFC Jam thread without at least one picture. As you can see, the 4-3-2-1 Club is still a magical place! It's always great fun with these guys. I hope to have one more party this year, probably in the late October or early November timeframe. I'll give a little more advance notice and hopefully we'll have a few celebrities in attendance.
  22. 1 point
    I couldn't think of anything new to say, but this still stands.
  23. 1 point
    What a deal! Makes my heart happy
  24. 1 point
    Rich, cool guitars. My Korean Hamer got me started on them though I always admired them, just never could buy the USA models until a few years ago. The Slammer series is my avatar here and it plays well. I've had a bunch of pickups in mine - DiMarzio, Duncan and finally some Gravelins that still live there. Guitars are like cameras. The best one is the one in your hands.
  25. 1 point
    Caligula Blushed is a GREAT band. They're local to me, and a few of them live in an old guitarists neighborhood. They also do an REM tribute act, but without Christopher Quinn (the much better than Morrissey Morrissey). Was going to see them last weekend and got outvoted... Also a fan of The Queen - cool old school theater.
  26. 1 point
    That’s pretty nice! the editors choice award was conducted after a nationwide search and in no way related to whoever bought the back cover!!
  27. 1 point
    Worth or worse. These basses were not mentioned in THE BOOK! So what is the story about?
  28. 1 point
    Eric, always a favorite to read and communicate with. Condolences and Grace for his family. He is already missed. What a sense of humor!
  29. 1 point
    I think you're right. But it can also mean a 1/2 dozen other things. Most of which are beyond my skill level. I have some e-books on amp troubleshooting and know just about enough to keep from killing myself. (so far) And it was rebuilt by the original builder 2 years ago which leaves me wondering why it is having problems so soon. Bottom line on this one is that IF I could buy it @ 400 and fix it for 2 I'm not sure I would want to keep it for myself. Too big for my needs. And I don't think I could sell it locally for 6-800. I'm still watching it, but think I'll let someone else enjoy it.
  30. 1 point
    Great...now I have an excuse to buy another one.
  31. 1 point
    Fifty is the new sixteen...
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  33. 1 point
    I almost spit out my Tullamore Dew... 12K? I guess I'm out of touch. My favorite question to ask, if I'm to be an asshole is, "How much for just one?"
  34. 1 point
    Just when you think you've seen 'em all...
  35. 1 point
    Give it a couple of weeks and CITES may not be an issue. CITES is having their meeting right now (it was postponed from earlier in the year due to the terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka). I believe one of the agenda items is excluding musical instruments from the rosewood restrictions that came online in 2017.
  36. 1 point
    One other person has it in his cart! Act now! One of a kind of 12 made! NO affiliation whatsoever.
  37. 1 point
    All these great guitars are popping up and depleting my resources. Just couldn't resist this...
  38. 1 point
    I have a friend who has put Duncan Lil ‘78s in the bridge position of several Strats. It’s become his go-to Strat setup and he loves it. The Lil ‘78 is Duncan’s Strat-sized version of their custom shop ‘78, the Van Halen-esque pickup they aren’t allowed to call “EVH”.
  39. 1 point
    I heard back from my contact at Rockin'. He confirmed that they are not shipping rosewood internationally at this time. From his message, I believe the main reason is that they are waiting to see what comes out of the CITES meeting happening this month. The exclusion of musical instruments from rosewood restrictions is on the docket.
  40. 1 point
    if you like how it sounds & plays. Don't mess with it. if anything , give it a few months before ya change the configuration.
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  45. 1 point
    ...and now that an appropriate time has passed to fulfill the period of dramatic foreshadowing (and for me to make up my mind), here is the "more" to which I alluded above. 2003 BCR Junior "#13" I'm the original owner. This is the 1st guitar of the 3rd run of 6 BCR Juniors, making it the 13th overall. BCR special ordered the thin head stock with Les Paul Junior strip tuners and light weight. one piece mahogany bodies. This one is so light you'd think it was hollow (I'll weigh it tonight). Currently has a Rio Grande Blues Bar and the stupid stock bridge has been thrown into the woods. No, seriously, I kept it. The wrapper bridge is an All Parts or a Tone Pros (I can't remember which), but it is a tremendous improvement and the intonation is spot on perfect. I will include the original too hot Duncan pickup and the original bridge, but if you put them back on this guitar, you're a fool. The guitar is so resonant that the guitar rings as if it were amplified. As I have done several times in the past, I bought the guitar, sold it, regretted it, found it for sale again and bought it back. This is one of FOUR guitars in my current collection to which that applies. Kinda ridiculous at this point. Checkerboard case included! $0LD! shipped with PayPal gift. 2004 Korina Special "Spruceburst" AKA: "The Butcher Signature Series Sunburst." #1 of 2 made. Gorgeous, thick spruce top. Sustain Block bridge by @hamerhead. Ebony board. Inlayed Hamer logo No inlays! Duncan Phat Cats Bound body and neck. Chambered body. Oh yeah, and the body and neck are beautiful, figured Korina. For those of you who have not been here for 15 years, our own @butcher ordered this guitar back in 2003/2004. He specified everything above but he also specified the thin head stock and strip tuners as with the BCR Juniors. Hamer had a way of messing up BCR Custom orders back in the day. I should know because it happened to me. Twice. Anyway, the guitar was delivered with the standard Hamer head stock thickness and Klusion style tuning machines. I showed up at BCR that day, shortly after Butcher first saw the guitar and displayed his displeasure. Suffice it to say, he was not accepting the guitar. BCR Greg was thrust in a position of either refunding money or returning the guitar. I swooped in and bought the guitar, saving the day and making everyone happy. Including myself. It's the kinda guy I am. I'm a giver. And that's what givers do. They give. Measurements are:Nut Width: 1 11/16"5th Fret: 1 13/16"12th Fret: 2"Depth is 7/8" the whole way.Weight is 6lb 13oz. OHSC included. 0000 shipped with PayPal gift. Keeping it.
  46. 1 point
    Shit. I should have bought it back!
  47. 1 point
    Neck thickness? Are you guys serious? It's $600. BUY IT!
  48. 1 point
    I'll let you in on a little secret... There's more to come.
  49. 1 point
    There's just no good reason to prefer anything over the stock Dimarzios...they're awesome in those guitars. This old thread is full of comments from our resident Dimarzio experts.
  50. 1 point
    No need to get attached... Just get rid of it...😉
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