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  1. 13 points
    Just a follow up on this thread. I exchanged email with the person looking for this guitar. I indicated I would sell it for a reasonable price. Unfortunately received an offer for less than I paid 10 years ago, and way less than it might go for today. I suggested that they research ebay or reverb to understand the current value. I never heard anything back. Although I was not planning to sell, I would sell to the former owner’s relatives—seems the good Karma thing to do! However I am not into any guitar drama. I am not greedy, being a jerk or trying to take advantage of the situation. Just hoping to sell it for somewhat close to what it is worth to a Hamer-fan like myself. Was not planning to sell it until I saw the original post. Guitars are toys, or tools-if you got the skills. I play to release stress.
  2. 10 points
    4 pages of messagebaord posts to journey from shared empathy to pity to contempt. With a short break to mock Spidey's perverse imagination. Hardly a record around here, but VIVA LE HFC!
  3. 9 points
    Fellas I appreciate the offers for assistance but that's not what I'm here for. We truly miss Randy and are just trying to bring back something he was very proud of and never wanted to sell but had to. thank you all for trying to help.
  4. 8 points
    I don’t want to sell it for $700. I bought it for more, got the frets done and made the floyd right. I don’t know the person who sold it to me. It is a great sounding bad ass Hamer.
  5. 7 points
    You don't have to own something to appreciate, celebrate or show off its sentiment and heirloom value. Offer to show up at a studio with it so they can take a nice professional photograph of it, and they can spend what they wish on a pro shoot session, frame, glass, mounting, lighting, etc. I get this all the time at my shop ... people look at me like I'm the bad guy when I tell them they will have to invest $1000K plus in mostly my labor on a $30 guitar their Grandaddy bought when he got home from the (insert any) war, in order to make it not only look like but play like and sound (horribly) like it did back generations ago. They put the guilt trip on me like I'm the one shitting the bed. I simply tell them a dedicated glass case, displayed in a prominent area, with a switchable illumination light is plenty adequate of a tribute. If they continue putting guilt and sob on me, I just tell them if it meant that much to whomever, we would have never gotten to us meeting up in the first place. That ends shit quickly. On a guitar note, the family in which my fully restored '55 Junior originated has reached out to me wanting to buy it back. The one me and Shane at HEL took from this ... to this ... The asking price I gave them (well above market BTW) not only reflects my time and $$$ investment, it also reflects MY OWN heirloom value. Considering I worked my ass off, over a long period, spending a lot of money ... and I literally bled on and in this thing getting it back to where it is today ... after waiting YEARS to have not only a vintage Junior AND one I brought back to life ... the '55 and I have at least as much sentiment as their family ever put into it. And I never gutted and kicked the fucker to the curb by selling it to the guy I got it from for salvage. They only showed interest AFTER I brought it back to '55 time capsule visuals. Fitting. If someone offered me only $700 for the red snake, I'd personally be offended. Give them a current asking price based on fair market value and tell them until they are prepared to pay fair market value, whether it's today, next year or 12 years from now, you're not selling. But you'll gladly help them within reason to create a fitting tribute.
  6. 7 points
    That guitar is worth (easily) three times that at "good guy" pricing. A fair deal all around for something that rare and unique would be somewhere in the low to mid-$2,000s. That would sell for a considerable number north on the open market.
  7. 6 points
    Funny story on how we got the shape (obviously no original to measure/trace). This is for the original run for Bill K. At my suggestion we took the original patent drawing, borrowed an old style overhead projector a fellow employee rescued from a school trash bin, and projected the image onto a piece of paper taped to the wall. once the image was adjusted so the humbucker ring in our hand matched the size of the ring on the image on the paper, the body was at the proper scale and we simply traced it.
  8. 5 points
    They look like Clapton after someone put an Epiphone in his hands.
  9. 5 points
    I understand you would like to work it out and have a feel good day for you and the potential buyer, plus get some good $$$$ for the guitar,a win/win...............................like they say it is what it is and what it is IS a very rare and expensive Hamer guitar. No reason what so ever to feel like a "DICK" about it,your not guilty of doing anything wrong. If the buyer saw this guitar in a "Music Store" I doubt the owner would leave that kind of money on the table and sell it for $$$$ less just because someone walked in and said that was my brother's guitar and he is passed on now. "Fair Market Value" would be a great deal for the buyer as you could ask more and get it. I DO [I had a similar situation happen with my family with a car and it just couldn't be worked out either] have empathy for him and that the guitar has a special meaning but some times things just can not be worked out the way you would like to see them You could have kept quiet and no one would ever have known about the guitar but you offered it up so now the ball is in the buyers court to see if its worth it to him to have it back.
  10. 5 points
    Great fucking question! Some sort of Cort pickups... the VTH-77 pickups. They seem to be medium-ish in output. Maybe lower output? I certainly wasn't having much of a noise or EFI/RFI problem in my high EFI/RFI plagued home studio. the 2 and 4 positions were the inner coils and outer coils of both pickups which was pretty bizarre to me but the combo worked for some odd reason. The clean stuff before the drumbeat comes in were positions 2 and 4... the sharper sounding stuff is position 2 and the more round sounding lead stuff was position 4. The leads were good but the chords had a compression going on... I woudn't be surprised if the magnets were ceramic.I should have measured the resistance when the guitar was here but I flaked out on that. They felt like 8k-ish 42AWG PAF types but they certainly could have been 12-13k-ish 43AWG medium output (SD Custom like) pickups too. Sometimes it's hard to tell because 12-13k-ish 43AWG and 8k 42AWG feel the same compression-wise to me. My best guess is just under 13k for bridge and 12k for the neck with ceramic magnets Oh and thanks for the Joni Mitchell reference! Man, it is Cort's "Ergo" V shape (medium thickness) with a 12” to 15.75” compound radius. Very playable but the action was a little stiff. I like a higher action but lower bend resistance... this was set up with low action but stiff resistance. Most guitars are... I like my action weird. lolz! Hell yeah! I do 100% of everything. I do the graphic design, animation, videography, songwriting, engineering, drums (samples), bass, mastering and editing. This video turned out to by my director's cut... they went all in and trusted my instincts. Thank you for the kind words about the video craft. I actually did wedding videos for a decade and am largely self taught. I did however, train under a master photographer for a while. He got me started doing product videography (high end custom furniture)... so I did indeed have someone show me the ropes. We were mostly doing rotating stuff and usually had to run through a room full of furniture in a day. It was quite physically demanding. We were doing it all by the numbers... light meters, histograms, laborious focusing and running the cards to the computer for constant "dailies" of each piece. Great lesson for me actually! I don't do much rotating stuff these days though... it's mostly hand operated slider shots and a couple of motorized tilt shots for these demos. Man, I actually use 10 year old DSLR consumer grade crop frame cameras (Canon 60D) that are noisy as all hell. I have to implement judicious use of a noise reduction plug-in because even the lowest native ISO settings are noisy. Lenses are cheap $100 Chinese Yongnuo 35mm, $100 nifty fifty and the kit lens that it came with (low quality 18-135mm Canon). My backgrounds are black cardboard. lolz 2 x 2 tri fold science project cardboard pieces stacked on top of each other. The guitar shots are against a curved piece of black photography paper held with chip clips on yet more cardboard stacked on top of each other. Lights are one singular overhead softbox on a boom stand (white) plus two LED lights with the barn doors (Yongnuo) that are always tinted with a filter. Pretty simple. The crushed blacks where my body and shirt disappears into the background is accomplished as much as I can through the darkest and most matte finish black clothing I can get, light positioning and post production featuring elaborate animated masks where the guitar and arms are masked off but everything else has it's white balance/gamma shifted downwards. I did all Kemper on this one and like to combine multiple profiles layered on top of each other via Re-Amping when going all digital. I used a Fender Deluxe and a Dumble profile for the clean stuff in the beginning. When the beat comes in, that song had multiple amp profiles layered on top of each other. I used that same (clean) Fender Deluxe profile, a (dirty) Dumble profile and a (dirty) Vox AC30 profile. Gain levels were low enough for the notes of the chord to all ring out with adequate separation. I like a 3D sound where the guitar is full but not flabby, tight but not too tight... and bright enough yet with a warm & throaty midrange. I can only get those musical contradictions with multiple amps... SRV got me on this years ago. It's suuuuper easy via Re-Amping where I don't ever need to split my signal at all like I do when I am recording actual amps. The Dumble profiles are God-like. Noisy as all hell, but they have a grainy, almost crushed-glass texture to them. The Deluxe profile is sort of dark and mellow (Cactus Ribbon mic), the Dumble has this crazy beautiful texture and the Vox AC30 serves as a balanced "base" tone. The clean stuff in the beginning doesn't have any Vox on it though. Mixing plug-ins: Reverbs are Abbey Roads Chambers & Plates, Delays are from Echoboy. I use mainly the Waves API set, Puigtech Pultech style EQs, CLA-L3A limiter, L3 Ultra Maximizer (cant live without it) and judicious use of NLS Summer. I also use Kush Audio Clariphonic and UBK-1 plugs. My mastering plug-ins were: Kush Audio Omega Transformers (Type-N, Type-A, Type-458a) & Clariphonic EQ + Softube Abbey Road Brilliance Pack + Waves NLS Summer, API 2500/550 and L3 Ultramaximizer. Drums were Beta Monkey, bass was Hamer Cruise Bass also through Kemper (Bassman, Plexi and Mesa Boogie profiles) and EHX Key 9. Bass was also recorded direct through Warm Audio WA-12 preamp and WA-76 limiter. Thank you for asking,... prolly TMI, but I just wanted to throw it all out there for anyone who is curious.
  11. 4 points
    I totally understand where you're coming from. I know you're trying to work with Rick on this, but $700 is WAY too low of a price for your guitar. I REALLY hope you don't end up feeling guilted into selling it for a price you're not happy with. If the family wants the guitar that bad, you'd think they'd gladly pay a fair market price. Stick to your guns hamer-on.
  12. 4 points
    Yeah but why do I feel like a dick for owning my guitar?
  13. 3 points
    Smallbox. Best amp I've ever owned. The hype is real!
  14. 3 points
    You do not owe this person anything, regardless of his sob story. He doesn’t know or want to know the true value, that’s on him. You tried to do the right thing, case closed.
  15. 3 points
    This is an awesome site. Test 300 mic’s of all cost against each other on different sources. I wish they had this when I was buying mic’s for my now defunct studio! Check it out!! https://www.audiotestkitchen.com/
  16. 2 points
    Well, technically it’s on the island in my kitchen. Best lighting in the house, close proximity to outlets for soldering irons and the beer fridge is nearby. Polished the frets, oiled the fretboard and yanked the pickups. Talking to Josh about what we want to do with this one. Stay tuned...
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  18. 2 points
    I went to a real rock and roll show! My concert experiences are all over the place. There are newer bands like Palaye Royale, and there are older bands like The Glenn Miller Orchestra. Everything good appeals to me. Way up in the mountains of North Georgia there is Anderson Music Hall at the Georgia Mountain Fairgrounds where they get a variety of shows with country, rock, bluegrass, and gospel bands. Two weeks ago it was Atlanta Rhythm Section and Pure Prairie League putting on a good show. Last night I was there again to see Tommy James & The Shondells. I thought I was mixing in another show like seeing those 60's groups on the Happy Together Tour or Jay and the Americans. Instead it was a more "in your face" like a rock and roll band should be. There was an opening act called Radford Windham and Step Back Cadillac from Dahlonega, GA. They did mostly covers and a couple of originals. There were three guitars, bass, drums, and an accordion/keyboard player. Would they be good to see opening another show? Yes, they would. What got me when I walked into the music hall was just how much equipment was on stage. Two bands worth of gear can be a little or a lot, and this looked like more than what two bands needed. When the opener finished very little gear was cleared off the stage. Tommy James was going to put on a show with a full band, alright! Before the show started some band members were checking their gear, and I noticed Greg Smith up there on stage tuning his bass. Greg is normally Ted Nugent's bass player, but he plays with a lot of bands. In particular, he has done a Happy Together tour as well as other 60's band tours. That would be a lot fun when you consider how many of those pop hits had hooks in the bass lines. (Oh, to have the credits of Joe Osborn!) Greg has played with a lot of hard rockers, too. Seeing him was a nice surprise. I just wish he had stuck around talking to people after the show. There were two keyboard players. On on stage left there was a Hammond organ with a rotating speaker cabinet behind it. On top of the Hammond there was a Nord keyboad. That was played by Mike DiMeo, another sideman with impressive credits. On the other side of the stage there were Korg and Yamaha synthesizers played by Bobby Guy (if I got the name correct). There was one drummer, but perhaps there should have been an extra percussionist considering how many players were on stage. Just how many guitar players does it take to put on a Tommy James show? Hmmm... it was three in addition to Tommy. Johnny Golden had a Fender Strat with a HSS pickup setup going into two Marshall half stacks on stage right. He has played with Meat Loaf, Billy Joel, and Edgar Winter among others. I talked to him a minute or two after the show while he was packing up. He played most of the leads during the show. On stage left there were two guitar players with ES-335's or variants. Behind them was another Marshall half stack and a Roland Jazz Chorus amp. One of the two 335 players was a friend of Tommy named Caspar McCloud from Atlanta. When I saw him I kept thinking he might be Punky Meadows with blonde hair. He only got to do a little soloing toward the end of the show during Mony Mony/I Feel So Good. The other guitar player was Jonathn Ashe. (The spelling of Jonathn threw me off, too.) For all my jokes about the show being the original Tommy James with no original Shondells, well Jonathn was there during the original run of hits. Tommy James came out and played a Fender Jazzmaster most of the night. I am not sure what amp he was using. He also played an acoustic D'Angelico guitar for the newer acoustic version of I Think We're Alone Now. I think the other guitar players were using Taylors. So, now for the show. The volume in the PA was not too loud, but the band sounded loud. There were no clean guitar tones unless a song needed a clean guitar tone. This was a rock band with no hesitation about it. Every bit of the energy that made a pop hit was there. Tommy is 72, but did not act like it even though he made jokes about everyone being old, like after all these years everyone is still on drugs... Lipitor and Plavix. He reminded me of Eddie Money working the room to make everyone feel like they were at his house. There was no teleprompter. Tommy has his act together! When Tommy played guitar he did some odd looking chords and used his thumb over the sixth string a lot. It looked like he was playing in an open tuning. With two regular guitar players backing him and another guest with him he still had his guitar out front quite a bit. He really plays while he sings. His voice is there, too. Some of the singers from way back in the 80's have had to change keys or drop tunings to sing their old songs. Tommy James is still hitting his notes after 50+ years. With all those people on stage the backup vocals were full and harmonized, too. Mony Mony was lively when the band played it. Billy Idol has his version. Tommy James rocks it just as hard. The audience stood up and moved with that song. The band is on fire. The singer can sing. Everyone is putting on a show. Everything was right about this show. It was as good as seeing ZZ Top and Cheap Trick last month. If Tommy James & The Shondells had been in that show lineup there would be a lot of surprised people at how well the show compares. Hiring the right people to be in your backing band makes a difference. After the show Tommy and Jonathn came out to the merchandise stand to meet people. Tommy took time to talk with everyone as he signed autographs and posed for photos. At least a couple hundred people were in the line, and every one of them were treated nicely. While waiting for my turn, way at the back of the line, I started reading the first chapter of Tommy's autobiography. In that chapter he wrote about learning to play guitar, and there it was! He learned to play in an open E tuning so he could change chords with one finger... as long as they were all major chords. He has learned how to play other chords, but he still uses that open tuning. My guess about the open tuning was correct. Here is the setlist.
  19. 2 points
    Well, I’d be willing to throw in a little money, if just for all the support I got from the whole damned internet when my stolen Vector popped back up after being gone from 04-2011. Gotta keep it going.
  20. 2 points
    Absolutely be cautious. He never solicited funding. Travis offered up and I went with that sentiment also. I feel the OP was unaware of the potential rareness and cost of such a nice one off Hamer. Maybe they can't really afford it but really miss the lost family member. I get that. My idea was just that, an idea. Passing it on, paying it forward, all that. If you do not wanna give, no one has to. Please give elsewhere this upcoming holiday season. It will mean a lot for some and yes, some that don't deserve any assistance will get a piece of that pie too.
  21. 2 points
    Proceed with caution: there's precedence here for chicanery with that sort of thing: Specifically, someone soliciting donations for something related to a medical situation, then flaunting luxury purchases soon after receiving the funds.
  22. 2 points
    Could we do a GoFundMe for them just to stay home? I loved the Black Crowes, especially from the second album through By Your Side. The debut was OK, but not on the same level IMHO. I saw them many times through the years because they seemed to play in my area a lot either for free or cheap. One of those times, they had lost Marc Ford (I think it was him) the previous show and had a new guitarist with them (Luther Dickinson maybe?). Rich was standing over with Luther half the show shouting out chords to him, but Luther did play some good solos. The last time I saw them they were so deep in trying to be a Grateful Dead jam band they were lost. It was literally the only concert I've ever walked out on in my life. Judging from internet buzz and the postings of my friends who don't know any better/don't care, they will do killer business on this tour and make a shload of cash and I think that's what it's all about for them this time around anyway.
  23. 2 points
    I wanna go back to the old days when used Scarabs went for the $300-600USD range.
  24. 2 points
    The finish is Day-Glo Zulu. Clown puke… same colours, no black, different pattern:
  25. 2 points
    700 is the premium on the finish alone...
  26. 2 points
    And you have no obligation to do so.
  27. 2 points
  28. 2 points
    I can't shake my piggy bank and type at the same time either.
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  30. 2 points
    That is the guitar in the catalog. Randy Robertson got it when he worked at Wray's Music in Lemoyne, Pa. When he left Wray's he started his own shop across the street called Triple R guitar. We lost him to cancer last year.
  31. 2 points
    Hamer-on........Randy IS my Brother in law!!! He owned Triple R Guitar!!! please contact me at axel89@aol.com!!!
  32. 2 points
    Hell YES, some great mojo from that! The "awesome factor" of this guitar just jumped up a few more notches knowing it survived a brick throwing bunny-cooker.
  33. 2 points
    Thanks to Cynic for posting pics for me. A bit of background on the guitar. I bought it 10 years ago from Triple R guitar, Lemoyne PA. I believe from original owner. The guitar has been well played. No wonder because it sounds great and the neck is perfect. It has a characteristic ding on the lower horn. Apparently it was caused by...a brick being thrown thru the original owners bedroom window by an angry girlfriend, hitting the innocent guitar sitting on its stand. Does any of this ring a bell? Also found I still have the strap that came with it. Red with strap locks. Never thought about selling it. But it has been sitting in the case with a broken string for a while.
  34. 2 points
    This is my brother playing the guitar!
  35. 1 point
    lol, that's hilarious. If it weren't for the handshake agreement between Hamer and Gibson, that story right there would be Exhibit A in an infringement lawsuit.
  36. 1 point
    also, this isn't a "sob story" its my attempt to bring back a guitar of a great brother and brother-in -law to his family.
  37. 1 point
    Just so everyone knows, and I can't believe I'm trying to clarify this, but I did respond 3 times via email and didn't hear back as they must have not gone through. I sent a private message and hope that does reach Hamer-on.
  38. 1 point
    Over the years I have been contacted by several people who want to buy a guitar from my collection, but rarely do they want to pay fair market value. They will tell me why they had to sell, and how I'm supposed to sell it back to them for 1/2 of what I paid for it, because that is what they sold for in their desperation a decade previous. Someone has reached out to me to buy a Barney Rubble SSI many times, he is convinced he would be over paying at $1,500. ? He had one back in the day, so I guess I owe him? When I had the five Virtuosos people would routinely offer me a grand each for them, to take them off my hands. Just ignore the nonsense.
  39. 1 point
    I sneaked in there, glad you noticed! ?
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  42. 1 point
    Think Ibanez Edge or Ernie Ball Axis
  43. 1 point
    Next to Bubs is Bruce (Shredmeister), Chris (Z) and Scott Hansohn. Then Eric W and me.
  44. 1 point
    Hi Roger, many thanks for heads up! I’ll check Kleinanzeigen. Actually, I bought one from the same platform in summer, stripped naked and ready for new lacquer. Just checked, noticing that the deal made in summer was not bad. Overall better condition of bass and case, except for a lost serial number from lacquer removal. The little amp was not part of the final deal.
  45. 1 point
    The book is called Me, The Mob, and The Music. You can get an autographed copy straight from Tommy. It is supposed to be made into a movie soon.
  46. 1 point
    I always preferred this variation (cutaways meet the body at a rounded angle, no 24-fret board):
  47. 1 point
    While I do not agree with the buyer's tactics, the fact is: he received a guitar in a condition worse than advertised. Would any of us say. "that's okay, this happens to 11 year old guitars during transit"? I'd try to settle with him, it is in his possession. These Facebook people are all pie in the sky and may never come through on a purchase. Plus the guitar has to travel back to you, giving it another opportunity to get worse. And you are now relying on this buyer to pack and ship the guitar correctly. Sometimes it is better to cut your loses.
  48. 1 point
    The only thing I ever won, a Dean Markley Amp. IT was rigged!
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