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  1. In summer 1994 I was working at a custom cabinetry shop in Chicago. I’d been living there since the early ‘90s. After my fourth Midwest winter, that was it. Time to drag my raggedy ass back to the Bay. Before the move I walked into a music store on W. Belmont Ave. Not sure of the location, but it was a few blocks from Western Ave. It was a family business. I can’t recall the name or know if it still exists. On a display shelf behind the counter was an unsold Dean ML. Owner said it had been there since 1983, NOS. I immediately put it on layaway, intent on paying it off when I got settled in SF. After a few years I consigned it at Real Guitars. Always wondered where it landed. By the beard of Poseidon, nearly thirty years later it shows up at a local dealers’ website. I met with him last night and we did an equitable trade that made us both happy. Besides some finish checking, the guitar looks barely used. Still has the case keys and warranty card. I got a bit of a lump in my throat when I opened the case. A lot of memories and gigs are wrapped up in this Dean, and I’m so pleased to have it back.
    8 points
  2. Totally forgot to post this "family" picture of the three iterations of this design so far.
    8 points
  3. This one was $6,800 (a $43,200 savings). I can get two reflector knobs and do the deed with the magnets and flip the pickup. I'll skip the trip to Nashville. The first wife still lives somewhere close. Don't want to run into her again.
    7 points
  4. Slowly getting my home recording corner set up, so that I can do some writing and track guitars for demos etc. Also, great for practicing laying down guitar parts before going in to do the real deal. Not fancy by any means. Neither the gear or the set up. But I will get some better stands for the speakers, buy some better cables and learn how to use Cubase 12 Pro properly. I also plan to do a little video editing here. When I had the house I could use every room as a studio/recording room if I wanted. But in my appartment I have to keep it simple and as small as possible.
    4 points
  5. Felt in love and purchased another '79 Sunburst from a nice Italian guy living in Newcastle, UK: 9 0897. Great Condition but Brexit Tax: € 165,- 🤪
    4 points
  6. If you have to announce to the world that you're a maestro, you ain't one. Not unlike how opening a story with "true story" lets everyone know that the story is bullshit.
    3 points
  7. Well, then, they will leave the light on for you… and the light will be Murphy aged.
    3 points
  8. For that price, the buyer should be given the privilege of beating Kirk senseless with a wah pedal.
    3 points
  9. They built several customs for Billy Gibbons and Dusty Hill with the shrimpfork in '83. They also built customs for Phil Collen (triple pickup blueburst Z) and Steve Clark (a maroon triple pickup Cadillac) via Billy's initial connection with Dean--those are the guitars in the video for Me and My Wine. BFG recorded Eliminator in '82 with a Z and ML (primarily the ML) that Dean Zelinsky's crew built him in '82. Dean then built at least three matching guitar/bass sets for that tour--all with the shrimpfork. IIRC, they had a red top/blue back pair with block inlays, a white pair with block inlays, the sheepskin covered white pair of video fame, and a year or more later, the sheepskin covered pair with the Walkman TVs embedded in them. I swear they had at least one other matching pair with the fork; I'm thinking those were yellow and/or had a graphic finish. I've come to realize that I am one of only eleventeen or so people on the face of the earth that far prefer the shrimpfork to that gaudy-ass-looking reverse vee shape. But then, I'm neither an influencer nor a standard bearer like BFG. ETA: Found it. The oddball Z was yellow with a pinstripe graphic and a Kahler.
    3 points
  10. Well, I just finished this one up. Here is a summary of the details... Specifications: Scale: 34" Neck-through contruction: 13 laminates in the main neck beam with dual truss rods, heel adjust Neck material: Hard maple, padauk, black poplar Headstock: Claro walnut burl face with ebony accents Fretboard: Heart and sap cocobolo Fretboard radius: 12" Nut: Stainless zero fret and Tusq nut Frets: Stainless jumbo Side position markers: Mother of pearl Body wings: In order from top to back; Claro walnut burl, black poplar, alder core, black poplar, mahogany, katalox with matched inlaid control cover Body thickness: 1.5" Finish: Rubio Monocoat over epoxy seal coat Tuners: Gotoh Resolite bass tuners, small and medium 510 series guitar tuners Bridge and tailpiece: Sung Il Strings: D'Addario Nickel Wound XL .018-.100 Pickups: 2 Lace 3.5" Bass Bars Electronics: Aguilar OBP-3 preamp, additional stereo passive output Electronics layout: Stacked volumes, stacked bass/treble, mid with push/pull select. Coil split switch for each pickup and output jack selection switch (one output from OBP-3, one passive stereo output) Weight: 8lb 12oz It turned out pretty much how I had envisioned it. Surprisingly, the weight is not bad, but of course it is a bit head heavy as all 12 strings are. It plays amazingly well with very low action. I'm still getting used to the technique required and I sometimes struggle to mute all of the strings when necessary. I think it sounds fantastic. There are a lot of sound options with 2 output jacks. I can bypass the internal preamp and use a stereo cord to run each pickup to separate amps for a cool clean/dirty sound. I couldn't find a way to do this with active output short of installing 2 preamps... I'm am including a couple of sound clips. I apologize in advance for the sound quality, my digital interface starting making strange noises and I didn't want to bother with troubleshooting, but I think you'll get the idea. Here are some photos and sound clips. Of course this one has to be included with a 12 string build.
    3 points
  11. That one used to be mine a loooong time ago! And it looked like this when I bought it (before Murkat fixed it):
    3 points
  12. 2 points
  13. Hey, down in the front. We can't see the game!!
    2 points
  14. Sounds like a good deal to whoever might be interested. https://www.stewmac.com/tonewoods/shop-tonewood-by-instrument/acoustic-guitar-wood/acoustic-guitar-necks/honduran-mahogany-neck-blanks-10-pack/
    2 points
  15. And if I stay at a Holiday Inn Express, I’ll be smart enough not to buy the damn thing…
    2 points
  16. That does not look like Hamer Original wiring, to sloppy... and I've never seen copper tape used as factory shield, but I've never had that model apart either.
    2 points
  17. According to the rear panel on the pack of strings... 418lbs!!!! I can absolutely say that I'm glad I used 2 truss rods. They handle the tension with authority, only tightened about 3/4 of a turn past the point where they were snugged up enough not to rattle.
    2 points
  18. Per the Facebook Page posting the guitar has sold. Hamerica
    2 points
  19. What the hell was wrong with the Schallers?? l
    2 points
  20. 1977, #0089. Massively busted headstock, repaired by BCR Greg. Long gone. I now have Shishkov #0089.
    2 points
  21. Here’s another you’ve probably seen before in an old post or two. As of last Friday, now residing in coastal Maine. SN 9 1343. Thank you Mike and HFC.
    2 points
  22. Nice orangey burst over a chevron top, wraptail — bring ‘er home! https://sfbay.craigslist.org/nby/msg/7536356562.html Price reduced to $1375-
    1 point
  23. The few times I got to see Gary Moore play live he was always using Custom Shop Les Pauls , I was always waiting for Greeny or his other Vintage Burst to make an appearance. In 03' he was using the Red Strat & a white Explorer most of the show. He bought out a custom shop Version of his signature model when he did Still Got the Blues & Prarisienne Walkways. Saw his two time in one week in 06 while he was on tour with BB King. He had a verrity of different Custom Shop Les Paul on that tour & I think he bough out the Red Strat & a Tele for one or two songs.
    1 point
  24. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XrpI6V2yupk According to this guy they did all sell out the first day, he got "Alpep'd" (banned) . Gibson is also "Dream Policing" for resellers while "Orwell's 1984" is alive and well. One thing for sure, Gibson has created more buzz and people are talking about it. There is no such thing as bad publicity. I refuse to be a pawn in this...wait a minute. ; ^ ) Hamerica
    1 point
  25. Up for sale is an extremely RARE original early 80s Hamer Prototype II pickguard without the neck pickup cutout. I originally bought this for my 1983 Prototype, but would like to find another original Prototype pickguard for it. $90 +$10 shipping. Thanks, Ed egaudet@bellsouth.net
    1 point
  26. Congrats. Those old Deans can be great. I was working extra in a small music store in 1986 and it was the only shop in Sweden who sold Deans at the time. I played this blue triple bound,three pickup Cadillac on a daily basis. Just loved that guitar. It cost way out of my league. But If it would show up used now I would buy it on an instant. I just loved it.
    1 point
  27. This one has the, “soft-V”, with the rounded binding and no nibs. It feels pretty substantial, but is great for riffing (thumb-wrap), and the spine is a good anchor-point for soloing.
    1 point
  28. So, I can just pay for the guitar, pick it up at the garage and forgo experiencing the rest of the stuff…?
    1 point
  29. Bottle Full of Blues
    1 point
  30. Thanks, guys, I appreciate it! I'm super happy with this build. It plays so much better than I had hoped for, it's pretty amazing actually. Although, this is the first 12 that I've played, so there's that...
    1 point
  31. Love the guitar. These Rio Grandes Texas BBQs are great. The finish is as nice as many PRS 10 tops. But, I really don't like the stupid holes in the headstock.
    1 point
  32. And we shall see. I'm thinking my SIL's sufi group. Find some inexpensive in-ear monitors with mic, a small mixer, etd. I am imaging it might give the audience a focal point when the singers moved about. Something more to play with. That's always a yay.
    1 point
  33. Let me try to be young and hip: dafuq??? Hey, Gibson, GTFOOH.
    1 point
  34. I had an '83 E'lite that had this headstock. Preferred it over the biggun, but I know I'm in the monitory on that.
    1 point
  35. This is great!.. Thanks for doing this
    1 point
  36. Hey guys, I put together a serial number page with around 30 manufacturers, aiming to be a one stop serial resource. I think it's better organized than the Ed Roman site. Take a look. I wrote the Hamer section specifically after getting instruction from guys on this forum. Please use as you see fit, bookmark it, etc. thanks https://www.stillkickinmusic.com/blogs/still-kickin-blog/the-serial-bowl
    1 point
  37. 1 point
  38. Nearly 30 years go by and you found it again. That is cool. ML's are cool!
    1 point
  39. Hey Dave, Thanks for posting about Peter Frampton. Back in high school Frampton Alive was everywhere. Then he followed up with "I'm in You." While his most "successful" album in sales I don't think it was his best effort. Every good looking / popular girl wore one of three t-shirts from that period; #1 Frampton Comes Alive, #2. Steve Miller Book of Dreams Steve Miller and #3 Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band. Kansas was probably a tie. Framptons first four albums are staples; Wind of Change, Frampton's Camel, Frampton, Something's Happening. 2006's "Fingerprints" is also up on there. Really sorry to hear about Frampton illness and continued health decline. I was not a fan of that Sgt. Peppers remake except Aerosmiths take on "Come Together". Cheap Trick opened for Frampton a few years ago and he was exactly as Jakeboy described. Hamerica
    1 point
  40. For that price one could buy a vintage Gibson, definitely not a late 50s Les Paul Standard, and have something that will have an actual market value. These NFT guitars are like Franklin Mint issues. Is the Gary Rossington Les Paul still in vogue or has its time passed?
    1 point
  41. After a solid day's work I've got it all set up, it is beautiful! Still that strange issue with the pickups, the switch is sealed with two rows of contacts and one pickup is going to one row and one to another, I'm going to put them both on the same road tomorrow and see if that changes the performance of the middle position, it's a very strange twangy effect right now, almost like a phaser is on
    1 point
  42. Just got the guitar! I love it, it is smaller and a lot lighter than I thought, finishes a bit faded but I hit a test section with fine automotive finish compound and then some wax and it looks like the deepest Candy Apple ever, going to do the whole guitar Old bad strings, but preliminary tone the pickup sound amazing individually, when on the center position volume is much much less, any comments? It looks to be the original switch, the pickups say hamer guitars, I'm sure original, single connector and a ground so not any four wire phasing issues.... Let me know any thoughts on the volume drop in the center position please, this is going to be an absolute joy to restore!
    1 point
  43. No worries, THIS Party never ends! These tops were crazily vivid, looked at from the right angle. Bruce919's too.
    1 point
  44. The Blueburst's bones came from an early one with shimmed bridge, one piece neck and long headstock. Crummy pic but notice the 15th fret dot is off center. That's original. Love it.
    1 point
  45. Ah...the Hamer Sunburst. Two of my personal favorites, can't keep them all. To answer the OP's original inquiry. How many do we have here - Early Sunbursts ? You can add two '78's for me. Although, I thought I would show a picture of one of my personal favorites that is a non early model. The other questions - Question #1 - Yes Question #2 - Yes
    1 point
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