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  1. Terrific guitar but I gotta exercise some self-discipline and keep "right sizing" as we move toward relocating to the EU. I got this last year from the original owner up in Connecticut. His dad did finish work at the factory, and made it with a very nice burst (including matching truss rod cover) and tort binding, plus - inexplicably - Duncan Custom Custom pickups in neck and bridge positions. The usual nice Talladega neck and this one is arrow-straight, low action, no buzzing. Stays in tune for days. A few small surface scratches and tiny dings, but overall nice shape. Original case is very clean, though some of the vinyl is separating from the wood on the top. Issues: there two shallow areas running along the bass side of the body, roughly along the binding, that are... like very shallow, broad-bottomed valleys. Not big, but weird and don't seem to be the result of trauma. It's like the lacquer was just thinner there. I can try to photograph them but it's difficult, and I didn't notice until I'd had it a few weeks. The other issue is that on the bass side "waist" there is a fine line, about the thickness of a human hair, of lighter color on the binding. At first I thought it was just a light-colored part of the tort binding because it does vary, but I suspect it's a form of Hameritis, and the glue might not be as strongly glued there. Running a finger over it I cannot feel any separation, so it might be a glue thing under the lacquer. Finally, there is a little surface corrosion on a couple bridge saddles. I swapped the Customs Customs for a Seth Lover bridge and Phat Cat neck. Still has the CCs in the photos. Sounds absolutely phenomenal, but I'll have the CCs in the case if you have a pair of shredders needing bridge pickups Terrific and unique guitar but I seriously need to get down to two electrics, an acoustic, and maybe a bass or our eventual EU move will require a freakin' aircraft carrier to ship a lifetime of stuff. I wanna just break even with the many hours of cleanup, setup, and new pickups. So $2400 PP gift, shipped in the CONUS. Add 3% for non-PP. I reckon I can do Venmo, too. SOLD, THANK YOU!
    9 points
  2. I'm quite certain that TGP has set up a crisis counseling thread in the wake of this tragic news.
    7 points
  3. Going to a good home and the proceeds will go to my Ukranian friends whom we're helping resettle in Sweden, so it's a win for everyone
    6 points
  4. Hey there all. I`m new to the forum. Can`t believe I got on tbh. Back in the late 80s/early 90s... my 1st new guitar was a stunning black Hamer Chaparral from Mainly Music here in Canada. Eventually when the local scene start dying out.... I sold the Chaparral to a great local player/friend named Percy Marshall. He STILL has it. And whenever asked if he`d sell it, the term "from my cold dead hands" has always been the reply. For years I tried to find another, but the Elusive Black Chaparral never surfaced. That is, until about a month ago. 1 showed up in my local Buy & Sell. Late 85/Early 86. She is now mine. My Tech Buddy found issue with the neck pickup. So I shipped it off to Josh Gravelin for Repair. It was a Godsend finding this Forum, and Josh Gravelin. 😜 So without further ado..... Feast Your Eyes! 😜 hehhhe
    5 points
  5. Built for Frank Rindone at KMC. Guitar Center was looking to drop Gibson and sent a 59 historic to Hamer for us to copy. It sounds like a Hamer.
    4 points
  6. Maybe the amp keeps breaking and he needs 'original' Radio Shack parts for it. Though it might be hard to troubleshoot if the circuit's covered in epoxy.
    4 points
  7. It’s all good until your band tunes 1/2 step down at a gig…
    4 points
  8. I met Burt Ward a few years ago at a pop culture con. I said that I wanted to be Robin when I was little. He said, "I've got a pair of the tights in the back room. Let's go put them on you and then you tell me how much you want to be him!"
    4 points
  9. Did tubes get to expensive for him?
    4 points
  10. Link to Greg's FB post, since the pics in that old thread don't seem to show: https://www.facebook.com/groups/434509151268582/permalink/488438329208997/
    3 points
  11. RF, like all great musicians, sometimes hear things differently or he just wanted to experiment with gear. Nothin' wrong with that...
    3 points
  12. I bought this guitar a couple months back as a impulse buy. I have a Monaco with the humbucker and have learned I don’t really need 2 semi hollows. This guitar has had a headstock break and repair. The repair looks really well done and you can’t feel any differences where this was fixed. Even the staining looks good in the repair area. Stays in tune and I have not seen any signs of issues on the repair. This guitar was listed as excellent but cmon can’t be excellent with a neck break right. I would call it very good. Has a few scratches on the back and some pretty minor nicks up front. The Bigsby seems good but probably needs some slight adjustment to make the bar / spring perfect. I don’t think the electronics are stock. Has a push pull on the tone that seams to bring in the neck pickup. sounds great, plays great just not right for me. Looking ti get back what I have into it. $1500 to supporting members net of fees please plus actual shipping.
    2 points
  13. The guy I've played with for forty four years has a '64 blackface Pro Reverb amp. It sounds incredible. I'm not surprised Robben Ford fell in love with it.
    2 points
  14. Ha, I got a chuckle out of the West Side Story (America) quote!
    2 points
  15. I'm certain I owned that one. I put the knobs on it.
    2 points
  16. Holy cow! Gittler offers it as a fretless bass for $8995: https://gittlerinstruments.com/product/gittler-4-string-fretless-bass
    2 points
  17. I have no clue when and where I got much of my gear or how much I paid for it. The early days of ebay and craigslist are just a blur to me now.
    2 points
  18. As long as it doesn't end like this:
    2 points
  19. Getting closer….many changes: Allparts alder body, Fender neck, WD pickguard, everything else is Fender. Waiting on Bootstrap pickup.
    2 points
  20. If that were only the case. Those posts I did last summer about the pile of tubes that were part of an estate sale paid off very handsomely for my L.A. friends. After a sampler box was sent to the tubedepot.com guy, he called Mike IMMEDIATELY and said, "I'll take everything you got!" Mind you, there were two large boxes of Mullard EL34s (appx 400ct.), countless Amperex BugleBoy preamp tubes, KT88s...you name it, the decedent had them. Antique glass in the thousands, and a good portion were unused or like new. Mike/Kelly sent me a handsome bonus for my efforts, a nice surprise considering work was locked down last summer. Vintage Mullard power tubes can go for $2-400 apiece, so the buyout must have been in the thousands of dollars. Cripes, and to think Mike and I were matching quartets with the tester to sell on eBay? It would have taken a year to plow thru them. Everyone got paid, but I think I shoulda snuck a few boxes out when I returned to Oakland, LOL!
    2 points
  21. Just what someone would say while they were secretly buying up all the tubes. I'm on to you.
    2 points
  22. I've got these pics shot at Astbury Hall in 2015. Had I known while I was there...
    2 points
  23. This is a deal someone needs to jump on… https://www.ebay.com/itm/Hamer-Cruise-Bass-with-2TEK-Bridge-/165404801324?mkcid=16&mkevt=1&_trksid=p2349624.m46890.l49286&mkrid=711-127632-2357-0
    1 point
  24. I'm curiuos! Does anybody know the one- off Hamer Les P. owned by BCR Greg and what's the story behind?
    1 point
  25. Someone snagged it. I'm almost embarrassed by how little I paid for mine. I'll never understand why they go so cheap, but it's a regular enough occurrence that it's worth snagging one as a "house bass" (in case of impromptu jam sessions, break glass). US made Hamer for Mexican Fender money.
    1 point
  26. Damn, that was fast… Congrats to both parties. That’s a killer finish on that one.
    1 point
  27. what a beauty! that was fast..
    1 point
  28. Too much Will Smith here😂
    1 point
  29. As for the Robin guitar, someone got wise.
    1 point
  30. Nice! I have one very close to that. The finish on mine is a sparkle though. Great guitars. Welcome!
    1 point
  31. Tough to imagine this as fretless, when all it has is frets: no fretboard!
    1 point
  32. cool song, original dude
    1 point
  33. I told my kids they can put legs on them and sell them as coffee tables.
    1 point
  34. Not worthy of a Baker? Time to re-evaluate.
    1 point
  35. It arrives on Thursday! I can't wait!
    1 point
  36. I'm with you on this one. I hate restaurants that feature "Build Your Own Sandwich". If I wanted to do that, I would go to the grocery store!
    1 point
  37. My kid's have taken some already, not just Hamers. But I hope they go to musicians that play them and don't let them sit idle, that's not what they're made for.
    1 point
  38. I'm picturing an Indiana Jones 'Ark of the Covenant' scenario. Eventually all of the Hamers will be in an anonymous-looking crate in a vast government warehouse.
    1 point
  39. I could give a flyin' FOOK. I have 3 tube heads that get hardly get used. I haven't changed tubes in YEARS. Every one JUST. CALM. DOWN.
    1 point
  40. I've hung a harp around my neck for 40 years, I get as close as I can vs someone cupping the harp in their hands. I started mimicking Neil Young and graduated from there. I personally prefer Diatonic harps, and cross key in a small section alot. Much like the part in Tom Petty's last dance. There's so much on youtube for different techniques, but it all boil's down to inhale or exhale in the right spot, that's what takes the practice. Get a G Special 20 and start from there. Ton of songs you can do with that. Just like everything else the more you practice the better you get!! (The G Special 20 is what I use for Last Dance, a bunch of Neil Young and G and D blues.)
    1 point
  41. Went there with some band mates a few years ago, was about a 2 hour drive. The place is HUGE ! Picture a regular shopping mall, but every store in it is a different musical instrument. Kinda like a regular music store with different rooms, but larger scale. They also have a sound studio, a theater with a stage, a food court, even a salon where the wife can get her hair done while you drool all over the hallways. They even had their own mini med clinic ! Guess you couldn't fake a sick day with them.
    1 point
  42. Some assembly required but the following is on its way and all together came in about the price of a MIM P Bass. Fender 51 P Bass neck, Warmoth body-Mary Kaye white, SD 1/4 pounder pickup, Schaller tuners, gotoh bridge. Warmoth Pick guard, control plates, electrostatic jack, CTS pots.
    1 point
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