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  1. Back from the hospital and several days of intensive inpatient rehab. I've got months of similarly intensive outpatient and in-home rehab ahead of me but am determined to work the fuck out of it. Very weak left side but improving daily. Yesterday I snuck a Squier Mustang (very short scale, skinny neck, cheap and easily replaceable if it got swiped) into rehab, fully expecting my heart to be broken when I tried to play it. What came out was sloppy but sort of recognizable as guitar chords and simple lines. Compared to the novocain hands I was expecting, I was thrilled. In fact the tiny ne
    45 points
  2. So my buddy texts me Wednesday night with these photos of a skanky, scuzzy looking Special...I mean it was filthy. He found it at a Pawn shop 90 miles away that has no internet footprint...yes they still exist, thankfully. He bought 47 traditional archery bows from the shop so when he asked how much for the Hamer they said “you can have it for $400 since you bought all those bows”. He texts me and I ask how it looked. He said it looked great just really nasty. He calls the owner and tells them I am coming the next day with $375 cash, will that work? Owner says yeah,. So I drove down there and
    41 points
  3. A few years ago, my son took bass lessons from local legend Dajando Smith, who opened up his eyes and ears at a critical time. He really learned a lot, and with Dajando's pushing, he's become a damned good bass player. After one of the lessons, they were shooting the shit about gear, etc., and my son happened to mention that he had a Blitz Bass. Dajando got a bit verklempt, and related the tale of how as a high schooler, his hard-working parents scrimped and saved to help him order a custom Hamer Blitz bass with some special touches and his name on the truss rod cover. I don't recall wheth
    40 points
  4. This year was not supposed to be a big gear acquisition year. There was a possibility that a nice Mexican made Fender Telecaster could be mine. Those will be made for a while, and they will always be available used. In another thread I asked for opinions on the Marshall Studio series amps. Thank you to everyone for the assessments and suggestions of alternate Marshall amp choices. Maybe, a big maybe, there was going to be a Marshall amp in my house sometime next year. That got cancelled. I bought a Boogie. As teenagers we marveled at the gear our guitar heroes played. We wan
    39 points
  5. Years after I foolishly sold it, I was able to buy my very first Hamer back. It’s certainly not the fanciest guitar they ever made, but it was the one I scrimped and saved for back when Hamers were just out of my reach. At some point I sold it because other guitars had my attention. Soon after it was gone I realized that over the years it had become my benchmark with which I’d measured every guitar after. This guitar became far more to me than the sum of it’s all-stock, slightly unassuming parts. This is the guitar I had in my mind when I was planning my Shishkov. I’ve been missing it terribly
    38 points
  6. I’m a pretty simple guy - I don’t require much. I told my two sons I didn’t want/need anything for my birthday earlier this week. They surprised me with this very “on brand” message from Mr. Nielsen: https://www.cameo.com/v/6020137b0d749e001d9498af?utm_campaign=video_share_to_copy Just goofy enough for me! No Hamer content, but if anybody here has gotten to check out a Dwight Eliminator, they are totally badassed guitars. My wife, who's name Rick mangles in the video DID get me a rather cool PRS Parlor guitar that I'm having lots of fun with!
    35 points
  7. The kids are gone and my wife usually schedules herself for Christmas. I usually go into the office. We don't exchange gifts. We're to the point in life when one of us wants something, we buy it. Last night I cooked Christmas Eve dinner. Over the past few years, I've purchased several pots, pans, and a couple of knives to replace some of those which we both came into the marriage with, more than 35 years ago. And I was using these pots, pans, and knives prepping dinner. As I was cleaning up, I started thinking: My wife has given my the ultimate Christmas present. A wonde
    35 points
  8. Despite the emotional rollercoaster that FedEx's inscrutable tracking algorithm put me through over the past few days, I have finally arrived at my first NEW HAMER DAY in many years, and it's a milestone/bucket-list kind of day, to boot! Thanks to a heads-up thread in the For Sale/PSA forum, I discovered this baby, and the discovery just happened to coincide with an amazing present from my amazing wife ~ she dumped a bunch of cash into my gear fund, in honor of my 50th birthday. I took it as a sign. Seller packed her up REALLY well ~ bubble wrap around the hardshell case & doub
    34 points
  9. I guess that Rivera combo won't come my way (other thread). But I scored a 4x12 straight 1990's cab with Greenbacks for 450$ a month ago. You got to own a full stack once in your life. Better late than never. It sounds like a freight train jumping on your chest with the fuzz pedal engaged. So much fun. :-=
    34 points
  10. I really hate it when somebody feels like they have to post on every single social media site that they got a new piece of gear, but damn it this is just too cool and I have been keeping this under the radar since Jan of 2020. If you check out Dr Z's AMA on Joe Walsh he mentions a couple of amps that Joe used on the very first Hell Freezes Over Tour. I now own one of those amps, it had seen a lot of wear and was almost destroyed by UPS in late 2019. On a wing and a prayer, I bought it as a joint purchase with my wife so I had to be sure I really wanted it. LOL After a long year, I sent i
    33 points
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  12. After a few changes, here's the Duotone Custom I bought here several months back. All the gold hardware was swapped for nickel and all the Lollar minis were swapped for Fralin hum-canceling P90s (much of that work done by @Jeff R at The Fret Shack). Super cool guitar that I've admired from afar for many years and it will be with me for a good long while. Not a perfect photo, but you get the gist.
    32 points
  13. Hey all...... Became a big Hamer fan in 90's. Have owned an assortment of some of their finest pieces..........In the Year 2000 i started building. I have built 25 guitars to date. I cant seam to find any pictures of "1"......But here is #2 next to my Korina Artist Custom...........Flamed African Mahogany tBody, top and Neck....Bois De Rose Fret Board With Victory Inlays, Duncan Jazz and JB
    31 points
  14. Recently got a line on some old Honduras Mahogany, so I took a ride and found some massive blanks that had been buried at the back of an old barn. Love it when I find these old treasures.
    31 points
  15. So somebody posted a PSA on the Facebook Hamer group and I just had to have it..Don't know why? Maybe the red see through finish piqued my fancy?? lol! It's not here yet but on the way...I hate the wait.. 😕
    30 points
  16. A package came in the mail today. I'm expecting a gardening book from Amazon Prime I bought for my neighbor who has been enamored with my front yard gardens. The mailman delivered a parcel and I eagerly cut it open and to my surprise it wasn't the Charles Dowding, "No Dig," gardening book. I pulled the book from the shipping sleeve and outloud I said, "What the fuck?" And, . . . . Here . . . . It . . . . Is..... Sent to me from Lorna Lowe, Dion's Widow. How cool is that? Absolutely not expecting anything like
    30 points
  17. I am so blessed, really, I am. Two HFC'ers have made things possible that I never thought I'd see and they really ought to be recognized for their awesomeness. In no particular order: Just before Christmas I heard from Greg G. Years before, when I had some big-time medical expenses staring at me, I sold my Taylor 812, customized at the factory for me, to Greg. There were others that went away in that purge and I have been very fortunate that some of those have come back, thanks to a couple of very cool HFC'ers. But this one really pained me, it sounded so sweet, built for me, and all
    29 points
  18. So, my dear Swedish friend @Sentinel came over for a visit at our lovely home in the little village somewhere in the depths of the forests an hour south of Frankfurt. @Sentinel is visiting Ludwigshafen, Germany, for premier performances of his new chamber orchestra composition. As I had worked on his organ symphoni two years ago, we first time met last year around the same time for performances of a five piece composition for string quintett. Well, we are going to join in and visit in the city of Worms next Sunday for the last of the four concert series. Last night @Sentinel cam
    29 points
  19. Saint Patrick's Day theme, since it's that time of the year. I'll start with the only green guitar I've ever owned (and still do).
    28 points
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  21. Our own atomicwash scored 'Rock song of the Year' honors with 'Bouncing Ball', and got the 'Rock Performer of the Year' award with his band BingBong at the Madison Area Music Association awards last night. HELL YEAH! Great job, Danny! ETA: It's gotta be all those Shishkovs.
    28 points
  22. I'll keep this short. Butcher was thinking about attending the DIGF (see related thread) and since he was selling some guitars, I purchased one of Butchers that I thought might match an amp I have. Butcher decided to he was going to attend and brought said guitar, (Thank God, have you seen the prices to ship something now days?) I think its perfect! I wanted something that would work on "Gonna Raise Hell".....I think I found it. Hamerica
    26 points
  23. I usually grab a couple of my trusty Lesters and head downstairs for band practice, but tonight I grabbed the one of a kind Sunburst Jr. that Murkat built for Johnny Thunders. (Took my new Epi Moderne along for the ride too.) Almost forgot how cool that guitar really is. Thanks to the hot wound A2 pup that Josh made me for it, it really screams thru an Orange Amp ... Pure Rock N Roll Baby!
    26 points
  24. They're OK I spose... (unlike my half-arsed photo editing!) Thank you to all the HFCers who helped me getting this little lot together over the years!
    26 points
  25. This one arrived a couple weeks ago. Finally getting around to sharing pics. I’ve been after this particular guitar since November 2019. It is my personal favorite example of a graphic special...so I am happy to have it. Love the zig zag. Other than the chip on the headstock...it is very clean. The bridge pickup was changed long ago to a black Dimarzio Megadrive. I do have a double cream PAF that came from another ‘81 Special that I could swap in...but I am torn. I kinda like the way the black pickup blends into the graphic.
    25 points
  26. Let me first start off by saying thank you for all the kind words about my guitar I posted about “Hamer’s Influence on my Guitar Building”……….I thought I would share a short story on how it all started!!! To make a long story short, in 2000 I found myself taking a job after being self-employed for 16 years. I was a field guy, but I ended up behind a desk as an estimator / project manager.....I HATED IT!!!.....at that time I had a nice collection of guitars. I had 8 beautiful Hamers. Several Gibsons, a Strat and a BlackYamaha SGB 2000. I had done a couple of "One Offs",……one was a Chamber
    25 points
  27. I’m new to the forum, and this is my first Hamer...although I’ve been a fan since I started playing in the early 90s. I think the blue is fairly uncommon. As far as I know, the guitar is stock. If anyone can tell me anything more, I’d welcome comments.
    24 points
  28. My "home office" is at the dinning room table facing our front window. It was a long day today. FedEx drove by three times before the fourth truck finally stopped and DELIVERED A SHISHKOV! This is the one you've been waiting for (and me too!) - A gold foil SCIII. The color variation in different lighting is amazing. Photos by @Northfield
    24 points
  29. What a killer studio! Scratched an itch I didn’t even know I had until I saw it.
    24 points
  30. F/S is my Artist Ultimate Serial # would make it a 2003 but completed January 2004. One of a very few Ultimates finished other than Cognac and just as rare a quilt top. This top was picked by myselt in New Hartford after my original choice was deemed unusable.This has been rarely played in the past few years and has left my home on only a couple of occasions. Iwould rate the condition as 9.5. No visible fret wear. Two dings in the top in the purfling that wont show in the photo. Otherwise there is some swirling and some hardware tarnish. Pictures at the top were taken today. some of the g
    24 points
  31. Gushing on NGD has a bipolar affect on the guitar community. We have a select few who have been lucky enough to be able to pony up, those who dream of the day that when they can afford their own NGD, and then we have the jaded and sarcastic to make up the remainder of the bunch . I'll leave it up to your imagination, but if it was a Pie Chart you could envision what the shares would look like. So i'll do my best to lay this out as honest as I can. This is for the ones that are sitting on the fence, with a dream of one day owning a Shishkov. I ordered the "Working Man's Guitar", it was a
    24 points
  32. Here you go....fingers crossed.
    24 points
  33. thought I'd post this for people interested in hearing the Artist. mistakes a plenty
    24 points
  34. So, I've been on here for many years, and have ALWAYS been on the hunt for the guitar played by my idol, and one of the greatest guitarists EVER, Glenn Tipton. I don't know how many Phantom Gas were made in total, but not many. They're so rare, that they go for $$$$ when they pop up on Reverb. It's a guitar that has eluded me for over 20 years. Lo and behold, long-time HFC member @GusS shoots me a msg and couple of weeks ago. Long story short, he was so great to deal with, offered me a deal I couldn't refuse (don't tell my wife...) and worked with me to get his GT from Canada to me in CT.
    23 points
  35. Emerald, Kerry, Gator🐊 perhaps a new greenie coming home in a few..
    23 points
  36. The Firebird has had a little update since that pic was taken.
    23 points
  37. March 11 will be 3 years since I played guitar. March 11 was the 4th time my dog, Lille, attacked me and I had to put her down. I guess I just lost interest in it after the trauma and injuries. All the gear got piled in a corner to collect dust. RIP Lille. This picture was from a wonderful road trip my wife and I took to NY to see the fall colors October 16th, 2016. I bought myself a pair of studio monitors last month to replace the little piece of shits Altec Lansing speakers I've been listening to for more than 20 years. At first the monitors hurt my ears because there was so
    23 points
  38. Some years back, Music Man used to have a "Premier Dealer Network", and they would do special runs in one off colors, often with some fancy stuff like flamed maple necks, SS frets etc. These packages could be added to pretty much any guitar they sold. Well, they stopped doing that, and focused more on their "Ball Family Reserve" runs, which are more specific instruments, and a bit more blinged out. However, the Premier Dealer Network never really went away, and more well known dealers still do exclusive runs. DuBaldo Music in CT had a "Diablo Blue" run, which was very nice, but not quite
    23 points
  39. It’s pretty f’n awesome. Hard to get excited after having my business burglarized this weekend, but it’s helping.
    23 points
  40. I don't know but a lot of people mispronounce tremolo, it's pronounced vi-brah-toe.
    23 points
  41. It’s real. I made the body. It belonged to Frank Rindone for a long time. IIRC it does not sound like a Les Paul. It sounds like a Hamer. I speculated it was the neck construction as everything else was dead nuts. Fast forward a little and the Triple Threat came out. The Monaco was not shown to GC as part of the deal. They sent us a 10k LP to copy. I remember nicking the edge of the island in the control cavity as I was routing it- it was due to the length of the cutter and the angle of the fixture. I was freaking out as it was one of the last steps, the body had a kill
    22 points
  42. Well after watching that wonderful "Hamer" DVD i was inspired to share #6 with you all........Obviously "Hamer Inspired".....This concept was also inspired by Johnny A......I was really into his "Sometime Tuesday Morning" disc. It actually took several years before it started getting play. I had seen him @ The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. He was playing Les Pauls with Bigsbys and 2 Marshall 30th Anniversary Models that he had put into super cool wheat colored head cabinets.........anyway, he was off the hook!!!!...... I dug the Hamer Bigsby Monaco and I thought, I would build my own
    22 points
  43. Happy happy happy, Joy joy joy
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  45. short backstory, so I'm eating healthier and after eating salads all week, I said, f it... I'm starvin, I'm going up to Manchester to get the chinese luncheon and also hit Manchester Music Mill. I never made it to the chinese joint... great top, fairly clean, looks like a recent fret polish and level, the nut was possibly replaced, and a tiny bit of hameritis, nothing too bad. strange string guage, looks like a large low E and relatively light rest of the strings... will clean it up and restring it with some slightly beefy curt manga
    22 points
  46. ....and at it's Hamer peak: I only have 4 of those now....and a couple others....
    22 points
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