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  1. A big shout out to Louhamer. Much appreciation for your willingness to sell me your 79 Hamer Sunburst. I appreciate your willingness to meet part way and make the transaction possible on shorter notice. And what a beauty. I love the darker burst and full sustain block. I got to jam with a buddy and was blown away at what this beauty has in the tank for tone and playability. Nothing quite like it to my estimation. All the best. Good to be in the club. I feel fulfilled. My Hamer stable: a Korina Newport in Jazz burst...a Korina Artist P90...and now this beauty.
    39 points
  2. We just finished what will certainly be the last performance by my dippy little folk 'n' roll band, Spiny Norman. Actually the Mighty Hedgehog retired, pretty emphatically, about five years ago. But we were lured out of retirement to play a benefit for a dear friend whose cancer and its attendant bills have returned. So we got back together, knocked a LOT of rust off and did the benefit and, all things considered did reasonably well. At 70 years old, it's likely the last "band" gig I'll ever play. I know, never say never, but... Anyway almost from the time there was a need for me to use a "plugged in" guitar with the band, say for 25 years or so, there has been at least one Hamer on the stand, usually two or three. The Wyldbil Special has made an appearance, the Aircraft Carrier came out once, a korina Standard, andonandon. Today at the end, things were no different. The very last song of the very last show featured my rutstycrustytrusty Eclipse 12. It done good, we done good, our friend more than covered her bills.
    35 points
  3. @alextazypostet that "costly" PSA a few weeks ago, and I was on fire at once. I could not resist this "out of this world" Vector. I contacted the seller (Hi Jerome, thanks again for everything!) who was very nice, trustworthy and helpful to get the guitar to Germany. What a wonderful Hamer: almost like new, a perfect big neck, extremely lightweight, immaculate workmanship (as expected) and a pleasure to look at. The V-shape and the Victory inlays on ebony are a perfect match, at least to me. And it sounds as a "V" should ... I still can't believe it ... A few pics for your pleasure
    33 points
  4. I came upon this in the newly listed on the verb, made an offer and had my son pick it up. Closet Queen all original 1964 Bandmaster and Speaker Cab. All RCA Tubes and original date code Oxford Speakers. Tubes are original. It works but needs a good going thru!
    21 points
  5. LOCATED at UPS Lost and Found in Utah! On its way to Saul as intended. Thanks for your support!
    20 points
  6. I was digging thru some of books/magazines in my basement looking for something in particular and completely unrelated to this. Not sure of the exact issue/month/year. But each month Guitar World would feature a famous guitar with a double page layout with a short description. Thought this was relevant for the board…
    19 points
  7. I have an incoming T51 from @0054that has been owned by @bubs_42and @Toadroller. I sold my Tele type 2 years ago to start saving for 0117, but I could not turn this one down….should be here within a week or so. Will post more then. Just wanted to share my excitement. Happy Independence Day weekend!!
    17 points
  8. SOLD - Hamer Newport Pro Aztec Gold Glad it’s staying in the HFC family. Here's the specs: Color: Aztec Gold Top: Spruce Fingerboard: Rosewood (super rich and dark) Scale: 24.750" Frets: twenty-two medium oval (.100" x .050") Pickups: Single-coil Phat Cats (Came with Seymour Duncan Seth Lover, but never seemed like the right selection for Newports IMHO). Tuners: Grover Bridge/Tailpiece: TonePros Here's the link to a photo gallery: https://photos.app.goo.gl/tvx87qa3B96ABmwu6
    16 points
  9. We're playing a benefit this Sunday afternoon and it looks like it'll be our last. I started with these guys 10 years ago (was out for a bit with a bum wrist) and it's been pretty great, but our singer/harp/creative force has been having health issues lately. Hell, he's 71(!) and one of the most powerful, insightful writers I've ever heard, and warped as f*** so you're always laughing at what comes out of that goofy bastard's mouth. Sharp as a tack mentally, but the years are catching up with him. I'm going to miss that part of it. I'm going to miss how well we all get along. No egos, no attitudes, no delusions of grandeur, all while being great players - the first band I've been in like that, and probably my last. I mean, how often does that happen?? They're like the brothers you never wanted. I wish I'd appreciated it more while it was happening. What I won't miss is myself obsessing over getting it right and the stress related to that. We're only doing about an hour for this deal but we haven't played out since October 2019. I know the stuff backwards and forwards and still have a knot in m' belly. I won't miss that. So, gonna crank 'er up one last time, hoping to keep f'ups to a minimum. It will be interesting. WhooHoo!
    16 points
  10. I'll take it from you Zen, I've always regretted selling mine. I'll give you a call. Pming now. ETA: If you still have those 6 inline Sperzels I sold you I'll buy them back too.
    16 points
  11. Twell-hunnit is the new tree-fiddy.
    14 points
  12. Last night I had a great night's sleep. No BP meds for 35 days. BP is 111 / 77 HR - 63 I made it to 30 days sober! Actually it's 29 but that would have sounded stupid.
    14 points
  13. If he could sell some of his talent I would be jumping in on that sale.
    14 points
  14. From 2016. No, but I did see them twice in '83; once at a local College (Iona, for all you Westchester, NY preppies), and then at Boston University. The latter show was where I was belly up to the stage with my left ear within scraping distance of his Marshalls. Somehow I lucked out with when I got to the venue and worked my way to the stage, thinking how fortunate I was until I realized that this was probably the last time I would have use of my left ear. I spied a girl blowing her nose and asked if she had a (clean) tissue. She handed it to me and I tore it in half, plugging my left ear with one half and gave the other half to my then girlfriend (the same gf with who I scalped Who tickets in Queens, detailed in another thread) to use in her ear. Our right ears were facing away from the stage....they'll be fine - lol. The soundman or guitar tech came out, grabbed Johnny's Mosrite from its position leaning against the amp (not on a stand), dimed all of the amp knobs, rolled the guitar's volume knob all of the way up, bashed out five A major chords and then rolled the guitar volume back to zero. The sound check was concluded. The crowd cheered. It's funny what you remember about these moments in time. I remember vividly, like it was just this morning, looking at Johnny's right forearm. It was so much larger than his left, obviously from the God-like strumming prowess he possessed. It was like Popeye's arm. If Popeye could rowk. I remember looking up from his massive forearm to his skinny bicep and then to his face where our eyes met and I realized that he was looking at me look at his arm. His face said, "What's with this guy?" Seriously. Best concert memory ever.
    14 points
  15. Y'all. Building a house is fucking hard...
    14 points
  16. Thanks Hamerhead. The worst I think is behind me. Every now and then most days I get that little voice, "Man, I should get a beer." Usually because I'm lighting the grill or something in the air reminds me that I usually got a beer at a particular time or activity. But then I go look at my new ducks or harvest some quail eggs or something else and the notion pretty much goes as quick as it came. Some evenings I struggle a little. I've never watched a movie without a beer in hand and a smoke (weed) break so that's a new experience. If I feel that coming on I just pause as usual but go look at a few snakes for 10 minutes or so and everything is cool. We've had a deluge here for the past week that has kept me inside most of the days. That would usually call for a beer / bong fest but it hasn't been anything I couldn't sluff off by petting the dog or picking up a guitar. I'm also pleased with how my face isn't so puffy and I feel I'm packing on some muscle just from my body healing itself. I haven't been working out but my daily activities entail lifting 5-gallon buckets of water (40 lbs) and pitchforking compost piles, etc. that keep me in okay shape. Thanks for your encouragement. No trainwreck here yet and every time I think of grabbing a beer I do remember you guys and all your support and kind words.
    14 points
  17. Looks like this posted 2 weeks ago. Some of the EVH tributes have been less than inspiring, others have been pretty solid. This is just some noodling by Gary, playing his Green Peace Hamer thru a 5150 Stealth. Gary Hoey’s Animal Instinct is what got me into Hamers and he’s a monster player. Thought I’d share for anyone who hadn’t seen it.
    13 points
  18. Mines cooler lol just saying!!
    13 points
  19. Oh man, I screwed up last night. I indulged myself. I didn't mean to. I went to Publix for bananas. The cashier asked me if I found everything I was looking for. His name was Joel and probably 18. I told him I had a Son once named Joel. I don't think he caught it and said, "It's a good name." I agreed and he asked me again if I found everything I was looking for. I said, "I still haven't found what I'm looking for." He blinked at me puzzled by this as the lady behind me in line was laughing her ass off. I said, "Good God Man! I came up here for bananas and look at the crap I came away with." I don't usually indulge but on a night of no drinking and on the 4th of July I ate half a bag of Lay's potato chips and at least a half tub of French Onion Dip over a movie called, "Bronson," featuring one of my favorites, Tom Hardy. Really strange dude who is apparently a celeb in Britain. Maybe @DBrazcould chime in and say if the movie is true to life. I lived to regret that kind of feasting and went to bed around midnight and tossed and turned until I couldn't stand it no more and got up before 6 to the sound of my male quails calling for breakfast outside our bedroom window. At noon we took my parents to lunch which I managed to stick to 2 club sodas with lime. Another milestone being home and still sober after an afternoon with the folks and rockin' on about 4 hours sleep. I watched a few YouTube interviews with a guy named Sting who I find pretty inspirational. I don't care for all his catalogue but I do find a lot of his Jazz chord progressions interesting along with his lyrics. "Thorn, Jazz?" You say? Indeed.
    13 points
  20. The gigs are slowly coming back. Here's a shot from last Saturday night (with my '90 Archtop). I've got another one (with my other band) scheduled for this Saturday, but it's outside and the way the weather forecast looks right now it might be rained out. This November and December we'll be venturing back indoors for the first time since before COVID.
    13 points
  21. Here's a pretty cool pair that I really hadn't planned to sell but mama wants new kayaks and these don't float. Funny observation: I've sold 30ish guitars over the last twelve months which accounted for about half of my stash. The fewer I own, the fewer I feel like I need. I also finally got to a number that I could hang and view simultaneously. It looked ridiculous and helped me realize I owned a lot of guitars that just didn't really fit my style. Sadly, these do fit but I just don't need them so I'm saying au revoir to two of my three remaining Hamers. **EDITED TO ADD: I'll be on the road Sat, Sun, and Mon. I'll check for messages a couple times a day, but nothing ships "Til Tuesday. 2005 P90 Duotone Custom (ordered and formerly owned by @Camstone and sold last year here) Not one to leave well enough alone, I sent it to @Jeff R to have nickel parts replace the gold and to have a set of Fralin noiseless P90 pickups installed in place of the Lollar mini-hums. Initially the pickups had nickel covers but it took away too much from the aesthetic and when combined with the first fret marker it was just too hard to look at. They're cream now. I'm strictly play at home (hell, during the fourteen months I've owned it I guess we all were, eh?) so it's essentially in the same material condition as the day I received it aside from one oops along the edge of the rear cavity cover. Close up photos make it look 10x worse than it is, but I can provide if you like. It was professionally touched up and unless you're looking for it you probably wouldn't notice it. Condition is very good with some mild wear from play. There is a hint of scratchiness when switching from the middle position to the acoustic position when using the stereo jack. It's only there in the instant you swtich and since I was never bothered by it I never bothered with it. Ships in OHSC that shows a bit of wear but functions perfectly. $OLD net to me includes shipping in the lower 48. 2007 Talladega I also got this one here somewhere around 7 or 8 years back? Could use a fret polish but other than that condition is very good with only a few light blems here and there. Pickups are WB Gregwinds that are wired into a 5-way super-switch. Switching is 1) B 2) B+N inner coils 3) B+N 4) B+N outer coils 5) N. The single coil positions have a resistor inline so rather than the 500k pots seen by position 1, 3, & 5, they only see 250k. If I'm being honest it's an over complicated mess and I primarily use 1, 3, &5 for the traditional dual hum sounds. This is the last of my Talladegas and my favorite of the three I owned. It will ship in OHSC along with the original Duncan Double "D" pickups. $OLD net to me includes shipping in the lower 48.
    13 points
  22. And I also love P90 pickups.
    12 points
  23. Ain’t going anywhere.
    12 points
  24. I dunno.... maybe I didn't say it right? Phrase it right? Semaphore it right? I'm not quitting, never have. The band retired 5 years ago. I didn't. Two go-rounds with prostate cancer and two strokes since the band retired haven't kept me from it. Was I sitting down in the picture at the top up there? Nope. That was the last song in a one hour set, standing all the way, spitting out a blizzard of nails 😅. And I was up for a couple of hours more glad-handing and catching up with folks I hadn't seen in quite a while. Since that initial retirement 5 years ago I've played several actual "people came specifically to see me" gigs, any number of sit-ins and I stink up a couple of local open mics pretty regularly. In my further defense, on Christmas night, 2020, I was lying on a gurney in the emergency room, my left side pretty well paralyzed. My thinking went: "welp, I'm not gonna be playing any time soon, I wonder if I can still sing?" And I belted out the chorus of Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down". Came out just fine without so much as a warmup. Half a year later, here I am. I guess the thrust of all this is that I *much* prefer playing and singing with other people, especially when we're flying by the seat of our collective pants, which Spiny Norman did so well. But just because they're retired doesn't mean that I am. I just need a new set of co-conspirators. BUT... Muchos thankyous for the encouragement, exhortations and well wishes 😉
    12 points
  25. 11 points
  26. The Special build has been level sanded and polished. Assembly is tomorrow.
    11 points
  27. Similar to his Mosrite. Having stood less than 10' away from his Marshal stacks at full blast, it was a very effective setup.
    11 points
  28. You bought my old custom-ordered Mirage I. It was ordered by a Kamman Sales Rep for himself, likely one of a kind as most Mirage I models don't have quilted maple tops or a bridge humbucker. You stole it, by the way. Good job!
    11 points
  29. No I won't stop for all of the beautiful Tallies that our american fellows didn't want to sell to me ! this is my revenge in the name of Euro HFC members, I hope they also suffer! 🙂
    11 points
  30. Very fine guitars and IMHO the best Hamer guitar model. I owned 2 1979s and enjoyed them both. The necks tend to be slimmer than some prefer................the description is saying this one is not.................the first one I owned had a slimmer neck but not a pencil and the later 79 had the 3 piece neck as does this one and it WAS fuller.................like a full C shape let's say. Tops though beautiful on some of these guitars are a veneer not a thick maple top like on later Sunbursts. Not everyone loves DiMarzio pickups but it's what they came with, powerful pickups that sounded great to my ears. I thought they worked well with these guitars which are essentially all mahogany except for that thin veneer maple top. Both of mine were decent weight 8.5 or so, the later 79 I owned was a tad lighter. The tuners, Grover "BULLSEYES" or "SMOOTHBACKS" did their job well on mine, I had no problems with tuning and these were old well used guitars when i got them. The case's w/o a guitar in them already are near impossible to find with these early guitars. I had one later issued Hamer case and the other late 79 had its original....................the later Hamer case was built better and offered more protection. Sure the experts here can offer more.....................I'm no expert by a long shot but I did own these 2 fine guitars I speak of. I always did want a "Natural" finished Sunburst that was Bound and Crowned but none were around when I was looking so I bought the 2 Black 1979 Hamer Sunbursts as this was the guitar played by one of my favorite guitar players Martin Barre of Jethro Tull. Here are the one's I owned, the first one I bought had the Kahler..............not a uncommon mod back in the day when they were popular, I would like to have wished it away but after I realized the rest of the guitar was so good I got over that quickly. The other 79 on the right was stock except a DiMarzio Super Distortion was fitted in the bridge position. HERE:
    11 points
  31. My INXS Tribute band Devil INXSide had our 2nd post-Covid gig this past Friday night at the historic Oriental Theater here in Denver to a capacity crowd. Just another spectacular show and the response we're getting is amazing! Folks really missed live music and dig INXS even more than I thought they would! 😁
    11 points
  32. I finally slept. Went to bed last night at 10:50. Promptly fell asleep and slept until 4:57, got up and peed and went back to bed. Slept until 7:15. I feel so much better this morning! Still had strange dreams but didn't wake up enough to remember.
    11 points
  33. Sent you an email. Take my money.
    11 points
  34. Actually, the '90s were more like 20 to 30 years ago. Hard for me to wrap my head around that as well.
    10 points
  35. So I have a funny story about these shirts. I bought a couple of them back when @cmatthes designed them in the early 2000s, and one night when my band played another opening showcase gig at Jaxx nightclub in Springfield, VA, I was wearing it after I got offstage and went to mingle in the crowd post-show. This guy with a hot girlfriend comes over to me at the bar and says, "Hey, were you the bass player in that band that just played?" And I am ready to accept all the accolades for how bitchin' I am that he is surely about to tell me I am. Instead I get, "Just wanted to tell you I really LOVE that shirt. Where can I get one?" Story of my life.
    10 points
  36. 21 Days today! And my ducks are so cute in my C-ment pond. And they have little baby Angel wings.
    10 points
  37. 10 points
  38. “Dad gifted this to me…” IF this is real (and the fact it’s still listed for sale makes me doubt that), dad should have pulled out…
    10 points
  39. As long as you have one left, you can play slide.
    10 points
  40. Nothing's like a Hamer, but for anyone looking - I've been very happy with my '16 Momose MFV. All handmade. Great build and quality, if you're up for shopping the Japan market. They come up from time to time. Got mine over here for ~1800 total. That's crackhead territory on the Vector prices, but even fair market is getting pretty high these days... (the Phat Cats were a previous owner mod; its running a set of Seth Lovers now)
    10 points
  41. https://www.zikinf.com/annonces/annonce-1953017 another one that american HFC members will NOT have 😉 no affiliation but let me know if I can help, I may be tempted if I get my bonus...
    10 points
  42. I just played my I think my fifth or sixth show since the first of the this month and the third of four in a row tonight. I think my fucking fingers are about to fall off. It's fun to be back though.
    9 points
  43. I'm jammin' alone in front of my cabin and people start showing up. So I got a great feeling and my mojo is in the groove! I look up and see a pretty young thing(50 something is young to me) kinda swayin to the music, so I throw my Rico Suave spandanglish super fine guitar action out... no reaction.. so I bust out my works every time Rico Suave get em hot song, nothing... and I realized... I lost my Rico Girl Getter Suave! Dang!!! I guess I am really old.... Still got my mojo tho!!!
    9 points
  44. that was like a bad dream.
    9 points
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