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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
    44 points
  2. Some time ago I picked up one if those cherry Gibson Explorers locally (pretty cheap) and thought... This would be a great guitar for a refinish. So, after doing my research, I learned that if you want metal flake, the best on the planet was Stike. Without much direction, I told him to have at it. I'm floored! Could. Not. Be. Happier! Got a few pics this week and it was shipped today. What an artist!!
    43 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. 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
    40 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. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. I don’t buy guitars often, but when this one popped up, I knew I had to have it. I’ve always wanted one with Jim’s beautiful artwork. Other than some minor finish scratches, it’s in absolutely fantastic condition. I don’t think it’s been out of its case very often over the past 32 years. The icing on the cake was an OHSC! After a minor tuneup and new strings, this baby plays and sounds fantastic! Lol, I just realized I’ve never done a NGD post - Guess there’s a first time for everything! ?
    28 points
  12. 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
  13. Speechless. and something special.
    26 points
  14. 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!
    25 points
  15. Hello HFC Friends! Once a year I like to do a special run of pickups at a deliciously discounted price to support all of you here on The HFC, to encourage casual participants to join up properly and be Supporting Members, to keep Shishkov Guitars on peoples minds, and to do good by/for the best and only internet guitar forum I will align myself with. It's now 2020 and this amazing New Year deserves some amazing new pickups! The cost of parts, coil wire, and all of it has bumped up on my end but I'm going to stick to last years prices of $220/set. Shipping to your doorstep with insurance a
    25 points
  16. Here you go....fingers crossed.
    24 points
  17. 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
  18. thought I'd post this for people interested in hearing the Artist. mistakes a plenty
    24 points
  19. 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
    23 points
  20. 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
    23 points
  21. 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
  22. ....and at it's Hamer peak: I only have 4 of those now....and a couple others....
    22 points
  23. To much time no posting nothing so here you got a little history ( sorry if i dont write in english, i dont like to use the translator) My kids , wife and me had the oportuniyy to go Florida for holidays, so one of those days we went to NASA , my unconclused dream was/is to be a civil or military pilot, all about fly i know it and i love it , so my kids are in the same way , specialy my liitle 4 years boy This thay the weather was hot but was imposible for us make he take out his jacket?‍♂️, he was very happy walking betwen rocket with this, was fuuny how all the people look at him a
    22 points
  24. A few have asked me about these pickups over the years and without the mounting rings or access to the right parts at the time, I said "Sorry but I can't". Well, now I can! I have 3 original OEM Hamer rings, have fabricated to perfection the brass single coil frames right here in my shop, sourced the right brass frames for the humbuckers, and have put forth the effort 1000% to do these right and in the way that they should be - the way they were! It is my pleasure to offer them to the HFC first because you are exactly the guys that deserve this good stuff. HFC ♥ I will build/wind to
    21 points
  25. I used to own several hamers , most of them bought from this very forum , but sadly they’re all long gone. I’ve always missed them , so I’m pleased to say that thanks to bennyboyuk I’m back in the Hamer club with this lovely fm special !!
    21 points
  26. We start with an idea for #0094. Then Mike makes a life sized sketch. A top is selected. And Mike works his magic. Pickups by @JGravelin. Photos by @Northfield - This guitar is way too reflective for me to capture!
    21 points
  27. Felt the need to scribble this off last night: *** In 1979, I was at a very impressionable stage of my life. I was 12, and my family had moved to a home a couple blocks away from Fiddler’s, a music store on Detroit’s far northeast side. I was starting to broaden my rock appreciation horizons beyond the Beatles and Kiss, and in September of that year, I successfully convinced my dad to buy me a guitar. It was a nylon-string Yamaha classical, which made my Spanish mother very happy. Me, not so much. I wanted an electric. Dad said I could have one if I took lessons and stuck with it for
    21 points
  28. Wife: "Why on Earth do you need another Hamer?!" Me: "This is a Newport Pro! A nice member of HFC offered to sell it to me." Wife: "Didn't you just buy a Hamer?!" Me: "Yes, but that was an Artist Custom." [I bought it in June of this year.] Wife: "And don't you already have a few others?" Me: "Well, yes. I bought a Duotone in October of last year, and a Studio in November." Wife: "Then what are you doing?!" Now, fellow members, what would you do in this situation? This required some fast thinking on my part. My beautiful wife surely wouldn't go fo
    21 points
  29. The Paris Single Cut Background: Years ago, I sang in a rockabilly outfit. Since my real name had been taken by Dan Hicks (and his hot licks), I used my wife’s middle name and the band was called Danny Paris and the Shiner’s. Years later, many of my friends still call me Danny P. My wife kept her last name when we got married, so Paris has been our connecting name (even though I do go by Danny Hicks). This is where the abalone Paris came from on the TRC.
    21 points
  30. #0091 - DC Custom Offset Semi-hollow, sage pearl metallic. Honduras mahogany neck & body, spruce top, ebony fingerboard. The color and depth of the finish is really tough to capture, but it's a touch greener and more metallic IRL than in the pics. It's fantastic, far exceeded my expectations (as expected), and feels like an old friend in my hands. I've got to go back to playing a bit to further develop my impressions, but thought I'd give a quick show and tell. More to follow soon!
    21 points
  31. This 2204 popped up last week. It looked like it was in good condition. It's from 1985. From the pics the tolex looked good and they seller said the circuit was original. He only wanted 800$, so I did not hesitate. These usually go way more if they are in good condition. He packed it well and sent it to me. And If you remember @Jakeboy's dirty Special from last week? Well this amp was in the same condition. Way dirty. Dust that had stuck to the tolex and made the amp grayish instead of black. I used some cleaning stuff for ovens, that would "desolve anything" to clean it. But it was quit
    21 points
  32. Sisters: 2017 Shishkov Ultimate #0063 and 2020 Shishkov DC Custom #0092. Cousins: the concept was to do a super-upgraded version of my beloved 1981 Hamer Special. I think he succeeded.
    21 points
  33. I wanted to share photos of my recently completed project. I found a beaten, battered and butchered 1970-72 era Gibson L5-S at my local GC a couple of years ago. For those unfamiliar with the model, It was, at the time, the most expensive electric guitar in Gibson's catalog. It had a body shape similar to the Les Paul, but wider, thinner and with pretty extreme carving of both the top and back. It had elaborate appointments including inlay borrowed from the L5 arch top, wide multiple layer body and neck binding and highly figured maple. Gibson added an ebony fretboard and gold hardware.
    21 points
  34. My guitar tech had a beautiful LP that he had shown me a couple of months ago, that he wanted to sell It was a beautiful LP and told him I wanted it and I'd sell some gear to take it off his hands. Well with all this C19 stuff going on, NOBODY is buying anything off CL or FB Marketplace. Anyway he called me this weekend and asked me if I could please buy his LP ASAP. He told me his guitar tech work is pretty much nonexistent, and his wife lost her job 3 weeks ago. I had to talk to my wife about getting money out of the bank to buy the guitar, and she gave me the green
    21 points
  35. Put the last one back in the rack last night, and figured it was a good time for a couple of group shots
    21 points
  36. … 'bout that bass, no treble, I'm all about that bass … And I'm not even a bass player! It's such big fun to play this fantastic instrument. Thanks to "filtre" for posting this PSA. Except from an annoying scratch near the controls it seemed to be in a decent condition, and after a few hours of TLC it looks like this: As promised, here are some pics for your entertainment, and maybe some of you can provide a few more informations about this cool bass. It came to me with its original case in like new condition, inside and
    21 points
  37. Thanks @Toadroller! It was a blast working on it with you. Since the best part of these threads are the pictures - Here are a few we took - The lemon color was hard to capture. I’m looking forward to seeing Mrs. Toadrollers pics ?
    21 points
  38. I have a Korina Standard #36... So I’m browsing Ebay, I see this. Always wanted a Korina Vector but the prices are out of reach for me at this point. I’m looking at the pics and that’s when I get the chills... can it be? I run to my guitar room and yes, it’s Vector #36!!! I'm floored!! Contact the seller, who is really nice guy. He gives me more than a fair price... And.... thanks to my wonderful woman Linda, it’s now shipping to me tomorrow!!! Not sure how many people own a matching set but I’m now in that club... https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2
    21 points
  39. Been thinking about getting an Strat type thing for awhile. This one's a used 2019 model and I couldn't find a mark on it. UPS delivered it in the pouring rain. In this area they deliver from a golf cart towing a little trailer. From the looks of it the guitar rode around in the rain for a few blocks. Box was soaked to the bone. All I've done so far is crack the case open, tune it and inspect it. Had to go back to work & looking forward to spending some time with it when I get home.
    20 points
  40. I figured I would start a thread to show projects that I'm working on, rather than starting new threads for each item. I've already posted threads about my 5 string neck though bass and precision bass builds, so I won't rehash those. This past Winter I started making both a Strat and a Les Paul Special double cut inspired guitar. The plan was that both of these would use certain elements from vintage instruments, while adding features and touches that I wanted. For example, I wanted the look of a 50's Strat with a 2 color sunburst, but I wanted a more modern 2 point trem instead of the t
    20 points
  41. Pics on Reverb here. This had a Floyd installed when I got it so it was sent to the factory to be reconditioned and returned to original hardware specs. It's a great player and just a very cool and unique guitar. Price here is $SOLD to me. Shipping and any fees to be covered by buyer. This is a 1979 Hamer “4-digit” Standard that was reconditioned in 2013 by the Hamer Factory in New Hartford, CT shortly before they closed their doors for good. Most of the work involved removing an aftermarket Floyd Rose and returning the guitar to its original hardware configuration. Mater
    20 points
  42. 20 points
  43. SOLD - Thanks! Excellent plus/near mint condition. All original except locking tailpiece posts have been added and the original Duncan pickups have been replaced with a Gravlin Shlablotnik set (original Duncan Seth Lover pickups are included). OHSC included. 7lb. 9oz. Neck specs: C profile, depth 0.84" @ 1st fret, 0.93" @ 12th There is some white coloration, possibly grain filler, under the finish on the back lower bout. This is not wear and the finish is perfectly flat and clear above it. Low action w/o buzz, plays and sounds great, no issues. Asking $1,700 includi
    20 points
  44. There is nothing not to love about that one! CONGRATS!
    20 points
  45. I honestly couldn’t tell you. I don’t count them. Gives me plausible deniability on a spousal level.
    20 points
  46. 4/5/2020: A very nice, original example of a USA SoCal Model 1HH. Plays and sounds killer-diller. @diablo175 was right about the neck pickup. Smooth and pronounced, ballzy. I've ordered two pickguards (B/W/B and mint-green 3-ply) from Reverb, but I'll do a separate post on that install. I did put in three fu-tone.com, light springs. Much smoother trem action, now. Anyway, enjoy!
    20 points
  47. My .02..... I worked for Jol during the early New Hartford years. I can share the following: 1) Arlington Heights was run like a factory (a good one but still a factory). New Hartford was run like a shop. That was because of Jol’s presence in New Hartford. 2) I left Hamer in July 2000. Most, if not all, of the customer order rejections I was aware of had a pretty good reason. What people don’t understand is many fixtures, patterns, etc necessary to do the old models and custom orders were trashed in Illinois. A lot had to be recreated. It is very likely the first “no” wa
    20 points
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