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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 neck made things a little "too" crowded. I may try something more normal today. But first, back to learning to walk.
    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 grabbed it yesterday. Spent all day cleaning it, setting it up, intonating, etc.....dirtiest guitar I have ever touched. Just funky. In a really bad way...but I could see the gem under the scuzz. The only thing wrong is the g string slot in the nut has worn too much so I fixed that today. The 59/JB combo ROCKS in this Hamer. The neck is vintage carve and not skinny. It holds tuning and will be the perfect player Hamer For jams and sketchy places. I wish my buddy would have said $350, but he didn’t know. The owner knows what Hamers go for and was cool. So for $375 And some elbow grease this is what I got plus a gig bag...
    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 whether he had to sell the bass a few years later or if it was stolen at a gig or whatever, but it was something he's been searching for for decades in the hope of getting a chance to get it back. Apparently, it was literally one of those things that kept him up some nights. I asked my son to see if he could get me a pic that I could post here or if he could even describe it, and it definitely sounded like quite a cool, unique piece. White top and back, black sides, a "Japanese Flag with Grid" graphic and matching headstock with a red Hamer logo. Hmmmm...something sounded vaguely familiar about that... An email to a longtime HFC'er who happened to know where the bass was, some 2,500+ miles away, and Dajando finally knew that his bass still existed out there somewhere. Fast forward to a few weeks ago - Dajando didn't have the money to buy his bass back, but was working to save for it. As a working musician, that's been pretty tough during 2020. Some DC-area musicians and fans started a GoFundME, and the goal was met almost right away. https://www.gofundme.com/f/reunite-dajando-with-his-long-lost-bass My son called me this afternoon to let me know that there had been an actual reunion, and Dajando and his one-of-a-kind Blitz Bass are back together after all these years. Thanks to a mighty cool HFC'er who worked things to make it happen, as well as the DC Music community members who pitched in to bring the bass home. For those who do the social media thang - it's on Instagram and FB, but not sure it'll link here: https://www.facebook.com/100000290981725/videos/pcb.3549876358365362/3549876285032036 I needed a feel-good story like this this week...
    40 points
  4. 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
  5. 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 wanted the same instruments so we could sound exactly like those guys. A DiMarzio Super Distortion pickup would make me sound the same as Ace Frehley. Tried it. Failed. Got one notch less naïve about gear. I got the T-shirt, too. After a while there were some guitars and amps we got to try out. Some guitars and amps were only seen in magazines If I could have my favorite players’ guitars the list would have been really long in 1980. By 2020 there are very few that I would go out of my way to buy. Virtually everything I would like to have goes back to around 1980 like some of the Molly Hatchet Hamers and anything Rick Nielsen played over the years. Find me the missing Alice Cooper guitars that Michael Bruce played, please. After years of going to concerts some of the players could be associated with the same type of amps, but very few players were known for specific amps. The first time I saw a Mesa Boogie amp outside of the pages of Guitar Player Magazine was when I saw the Charlie Daniels Band around December of 1982. I had front row center at a general admission show. I got a Tommy Crain guitar pick during the show, and afterwards I got autographs from Tommy and Charlie Daniels. I remembered the Boogie combos as only being one for each guy, but looking at old videos Tommy had one on his side and Charlie had a pair on his side. One of Charlie’s amps had a graphic EQ. Tommy Crain left the CDB in 1989. Charlie’s pair of Boogies was spread farther apart after that, and the pair of them were always in front of the drum riser or on the drum riser. There have been shows without the Boogies, but those had local backline or multiple artists sharing the same gear. Go looking for some old live videos of the Charlie Daniels Band and you will notice the Boogies on stage. Here is an example from 1980. For a while there was a Charlie Daniels museum in Nashville. It was filled with wardrobe and awards. There was a guitar that Ronnie Van Zant had given Charlie. At a meet and greet I mentioned to Charlie that I had been to his museum. He asked what I thought of it, so I told him the stuff I really wanted to see was still being used, particularly the two Boogies. He asked if I was a guitar player. I mentioned the pair of amps in conversation with Charlie at least once more. While waiting in line for a meet and greet one time it was possible to see the backs of those amps yet not quite close enough to get a photo of the serial numbers. They are stamped into the metal under black paint, so it is tough to photograph a serial number like that close up. I talked at least once with Roger Campbell, Charlie’s guitar tech and crew member since the 70s, specifically about those amps. By now it should be obvious I was fixated on those amps. You can go to shows and often see the same guitars tour after tour. I noticed the amps at CDB shows. Both Tommy Crain and Taz DiGregorio died in 2011. They were a part of the band that became huge in the 70s and 80s. In the mid 2010s Roger Campbell modified the pair of Boogies with new grills to replace the original wicker grills. One amp now had a cloth grill with “TC” and the other cloth grill read “Taz.” They were the same amps. The Boogie with a graphic EQ got the “Taz” grill. The original wicker grills can be seen here: Here are the same amps with new grills: Charlie Daniels died in July 2020. At the beginning of this year some of his belongings have been put up for sale. Clothing, office items, recording and touring gear have been going up for sale. There were additions after the first items appeared. For most items there is a higher “celebrity owned” price. You might find some items that are not too far from a normal asking price. The Boogies were not in the initial offerings. I was waiting for them to show up at some point. Then there was this “if you do not ask you will not know anything” attitude that came over me. Asking and not following through on a purchase had me a little hesitant, but I did. Someone within the Charlie Daniels organization had already claimed the Taz amp. TC was available. I dreamed of owning the pair one day. Having either one of those amps would be special even though to me they will always be a pair. I was given a price. There was not a problem with the price (do not ask), just how to come up with the money. I paid. Then I had to schedule a time to pick up the amp. There was a week of waiting for my opportunity. My trip to the Nashville area started on Sunday night so I could be there early on Monday. The amp was waiting for me at Charlie Daniels’ studio which is next to the company office. I was going to go to CDB headquarters—past the gate! Stephen Shutts is the person in charge of selling the gear, and he met me at the gate to let me follow him in. Another guy was there with his son to pick up a Marshall head that Charlie used back in the 70s along with some other items. I spent three hours listening to Roger educating us on CDB gear. It was gear talk. It was CDB history. You can tell Roger is a real crew member. No amp or flight case was too heavy for him to pick up or pull out. When he looked for something he found it quickly. At least 45 years of doing that kind of work shows. He was really nice to the three of us fanboys there. What I learned about the pair of Boogies was that they were definitely used by Charlie Daniels on stage and in the studio. A third Boogie combo with a wood cabinet and wicker grill was used in the studio. Eventually they were not primary amps even though they were on stage ever since Charlie got them. The amp without a graphic EQ became the guest amp for anyone who got to jam with the CDB on stage. The amp with the graphic EQ would sometimes be used if the acoustic guitar or fiddle wireless was not working, and that there were only a very few times that happened in the last 40 years. The Boogie that I got was set up on stage with the output going to a 2 x 12” Peavey cabinet loaded with Eminence speakers that leaned back on an angled box. I got those and a wicker grill, too. There has not been time to take a photo of everything since getting home, so here is a picture of the amp I was sent when I first inquired about it. Some of the photos from yesterday that are on my phone are too big to upload, but I have photos of the two amps together. Here is one of me an Roger with the amps. In the final years Charlie was playing through a Fender Hot Rod DeVille that was behind the amps and a 4 x 12” cabinet on stage behind Charlie for that. He liked the sound of it. I got an amp I can remember seeing used on stage over 38 years ago. It is in a lot of photos and videos from that time forward that are all over the Internet and YouTube. I got a piece of CDB history. I also got a piece of gear that I had thought about many times over the years. It is actually mine now. It will be cranked up. Friends can play through it. Charlie would have wanted someone to jam on his gear.
    39 points
  6. This was the first Hamer I remember seeing in magazines, and most notably, prominently featured in the collage of the “At Budokan” album gatefold. Since Rick pretty much retired it from the road in 1980-81, I never got to see it played onstage, despite seeing it up close and personal in Rockford. On Thursday night I got to check out the Nielsen Trust with the fantastic Nick Perri and the Underground Thieves opening. Nick Perri actually had more guitars onstage than Rick did, as Rick is just taking out his main ‘50s Burst that has been on every album since 1977, a 59 Reissue and #0000.
    38 points
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  8. I spent close to 16 hours in the car this weekend, am sick as a dog and wiped out, but it was TOTALLY worth it. I stopped by Mike's place and was just blown away. I'll just show pics of the one that followed me home to stay, but I did deliver two others. These are crappy cell phone pics - I'll take some REAL pics later.
    36 points
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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 wonderful life.
    35 points
  12. So my daughter had her first gig today, played in front of about 300 people, and made $20. Proud Daddy moment. I know it's a crappy photo, but was busy enjoying the show.
    35 points
  13. Despite the emotional rollercoaster that FedEx's inscrutable tracking algorithm put me through over the past few days, I have finally arrived at my first NEW HAMER DAY in many years, and it's a milestone/bucket-list kind of day, to boot! Thanks to a heads-up thread in the For Sale/PSA forum, I discovered this baby, and the discovery just happened to coincide with an amazing present from my amazing wife ~ she dumped a bunch of cash into my gear fund, in honor of my 50th birthday. I took it as a sign. Seller packed her up REALLY well ~ bubble wrap around the hardshell case & double boxed. And the guitar, while not new, could easily have been sold as "new old stock." There's not a mark on her that I've found yet! She looks like she just strutted out of the factory yesterday. But enough words. How 'bout some pix & vids? The playing is admittedly rough ~ I don't have the action dialed in quite exactly like I like it yet, and I'm one of those wusses who just has to have the action "just so" to play right, plus I'm very much still getting used to the different feel and voicing of this beauty. But I am STOKED! This is my third Hamer, and it's been, what? 15 years or more since I picked up my second one. I've wanted a Newport since the model came out. Never imagined I'd be in a position to snag one so finely appointed as this one. Seller was fantastic to deal with ~ great communication over the phone, by text, & via email. And the guitar got here exactly as described ~ perfect!
    34 points
  14. I guess that Rivera combo won't come my way (other thread). But I scored a 4x12 straight 1990's cab with Greenbacks for 450$ 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
  15. @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
  16. I’m back in the fold with a 1995 Eclipse. I got this in a local sale from our very own Jellyfish about a month or so ago. A true gentleman, super easy deal. He had it refinish by Pat Wilkins (beauty) and did some additional work, too, so I thought it would make a cool project. Ahh ... it has that nice mid nineties medium large neck shape and a great acoustic sound. I had an Eclipse years ago that I liked but never got into the stock pickups. This new guitar would get some mods:) Here we have an Ivory Eclipse, Fralin mini hums, Mojo compensated wraparound bridge, with other nickel/silver appointments. I also darkened the fingerboard a little bit. It’s a really nice rosewood board so I didn’t go ebony. Just a couple of shades darker trans mahogany. It’s not perfect but pretty damn close. The mini hums are a slightly different size than the firebirds so they needed their own surrounds. I can see a little evidence of the change in a couple of places at the edges of the surrounds. Minor for sure. So far I can’t find a silver toggle tip that is perfect. This one is a little too shallow, so it doesn’t screw all the way down. There are a few threads exposed and perhaps it looks a bit long. Again, pretty minor. Overall it looks killer and it sounds amazing! Mini hums are unique in that, to my ear, they sound like a PAF crossed with a Strat pickup. They have beef and warmth but with a little hollow sound. The bridge is wound to balance well with the neck. No Achilles heel. All in this project cost me under $1100. Not only is it a great value for a guitar of this quality but it’s the perfect Eclipse - for me. Fugly? You’re koo koo:)
    33 points
  17. 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 it to Dr. Z for a repair, I knew it need some work by the looks of the guts, but I didn't really know the extent of what the Doc was going to have to do. He did all the work himself to bring it back form the dead. For that I am forever in debt to him, it sounds amazing and THAT makes it all worth while, because I want to be able to use what I own and not just stare at it. The cab was icing on the cake, I had never seen a Dr Z open back cabinet from that era ever until this one showed up and it looks like they were made as a set. Perfect Match, down to the tint of the valences. In my 55 years working on tube amps I have never done so much to repair one amp.Normally I would have said forget it this amp way to damaged and needs way too much work.But since it had the Joe Walsh connection, (see video from the Eagles HOF induction, only the knobs were changed ) I felt compelled to try my best. Well it was a complete rebuild , the chassis was bent so bad I had to completely disassemble the amp to straighten it .Once I started to re-assemble I completely removed all the excess solder from the various repair attempts from years past, remember this is a 25 year old amp. I got it working and then attempted to get the best sound out it I could.It did sound very good when I finished and I'm glad dubs digs it and appreciates how I brought this classic amp back from the dead.Z
    33 points
  18. Most of you know I've struggled my whole life with addiction. Whether it's reptiles, music, guitars, amps, coins, fishing, smoking cigarettes, photography, gardening, or alcohol, it's all from an addictive personality. Some of these activities have come and gone for various reasons either of my own choice or from tragic circumstances. The one activity that seems to blend with all the others is alcohol abuse. It seemed to be just one big long party that I really enjoyed and it didn't seem to affect my life in other areas that are important to me such as family, work, life in general, health, etc. It wasn't until my son, Joel, died twelve years ago that I think it did begin to wreak havoc on all aspects of my life. So I began smoking weed is 2013 to curb my alcohol intake. I was drinking around 15 a night. My blood pressure was elevated and I had to go on meds for that. The weed helped to lower it more and helped me cut the alcohol intake a bit. But as the years passed my consumption went back up. It was a struggle to keep in under twelve a night. Several weeks ago, maybe a few months ago, I tried counting out 10 beers out of the case and placing them on a shelf in the fridge and I'd try to drink only those. But, as the alcohol took a grip each evening I said, "Fuck it," and went in for more. Then I'd feel guilty in the morning and try to do better that evening. A week, or ten days ago, I finally decided I had to do this before something worse than high blood pressure happens to me. At one point I didn't care if I lived or died but now I've decided I have more shit to do here in my little corner of the world. You may or may not know that quitting cold turkey after this kind of alcohol abuse can cause sudden death. So I opted to wean myself off of it. I knew this would be tough because once I crack that first one I'm into it until bed. Or couch. Or floor. Once or twice the front porch. It's always weird to wake up there as people are walking down the sidewalk. But, I've done very well. I didn't want to "come out" and tell anyone until I felt I may make it. I've announced it before and just relapsed in the end. But this time is different. I started out by counting out 9 on the shelf. The first night was really tough not to grab the 10th out of the case. But I didn't. And then I woke up feeling empowered. So the next night I did 9 again. Again I woke up and patted myself on the back. But, my body started feeling really strange. Like every cell was craving something. I thought it was water it was craving. But water didn't help. I knew my body needed more alcohol. I didn't give in and last Friday, Saturday, and Sunday I drank less than 8 each night. Each morning there were 2 beer cans left on the shelf. So I counted out 9 beers instead of 10 and Monday and Tuesday there were 2 left on the shelf in the morning. I started hating that I had to drink to keep myself alive. It was like taking medicine. I didn't want it but knew I had to take it. Well, last night I only had 5 1/2. As I sit here my head is foggy and the feeling is back that my body needs something. So in less than a week I have cut my consumption in half. I decided to post this to you, my friends, because now there is no turning back. I'm going to kick this monkey in the ass and get him off my back. (It just occurred to me I should name it. I'm not good at naming things so what do you think?) I know I will need to avoid triggers, and that includes just about everything because everything always meant having a beer. Or ten. This is probably my longest post and is a post about a very private matter but I think it will give me a shot in the arm when I need it to keep on the righteous path. Initially I said to myself I wouldn't try to go from 7 to 6 until Monday, June 7th because of how my body was feeling. But less than 6 was a surprise last night. By the way, my blood pressure has already dropped to near normal and yesterday I skipped my BP med. Thank you for indulging me.
    32 points
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  20. 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
  21. We are pleased to announce that Mike Shishkov, one of the insanely talented builders from Hamer, is officially launching Shishkov Guitars, USA. Mike started a quarter of a century ago in the Arlington Heights shop, and made his way East to New Hartford in the late '90s with the company. With Hamer now a thing of the past, Mike will be hanging out his own shingle and taking on orders for what will simply be the finest custom electric guitars out there. Some of you may have noticed the first ever banner ad here at the HFC. We totally believe in this guy - he is the real deal, and he has been a long time friend and inspiration to us all. Please take some time to check out his site, ask questions, and revel in the knowledge that he'll be building them just as good, if not better, than before! This has been a long time coming, and things are still ramping up, but this could very well be the best news of the year! www.shishkovguitars.com
    31 points
  22. 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
  23. 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 this today.
    30 points
  24. 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 of that stuff. Anyway, Greg got ahold of me and told me he wanted to give my guitar back to me. No strings, free fer nothin'. 😲 Although I deeply appreciated the gesture (still do) I didn't think it was right to just take it with nothing in return. So he's got another nice Taylor waiting for him as I write this. It took all this time to get 'er done due to the weather and my not really being sure I'd be able to play again. But it's done and I can't thank Greg enough for his generosity and patience. It's just as I left it, Greg has been the best possible steward. And his packing job, well, I can't imagine it being any better. My humble gratitude, Greg. Meanwhile, over in the DC area, ElDuave was working for the man and had a sales goal to meet. He put up a little notice on the Facetube and, tacked onto it was a link to a Martin dreadnought that ticked all the boxes for me and didn't cost an arm and a leg. Hmmmm. I'm all about helping out a brother HFC'er when I can, and a guitar I had on consignment locally had just gone away which helped some. So the deal was done and everybody was happy. Until a few days later when, for a very short period of time, Musician's Friend had the same guitar as the SDOD. For considerably less than I (happily) paid. For those who might not know, Dave's shop, Music and Art, is part of that MF/GC conglomerate. I sent Dave a link to that SDOD and my intent was sort of a "well, no good deed goes unpunished" gag thing. Hell, them's the breaks, this stuff happens all the time. I wasn't expecting what happened next. Dave responded that he'd get back to me on Monday (this was Saturday afternoon). I told him not to shoot himself in the foot if he did anything at all. When the dust settled, Dave got me a refund check for the difference and he assures me that the ding on his sales totals won't be bad. He pulled a three-state cross corporate finagle that Radar O'Reilly would have been proud of. The guitar punches waaay above it's price point. I've never had a real Martin dreadnought (all solid woods, scalloped braces, etc. etc.) and my Martin picking friends have given me crap about my Taylor for decades. That settles that. And Dave went waaay beyond the call in making it happen. Buy gear from Dave. That's all. You mugs are the best.
    29 points
  25. 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 came over for a visit and we had a long evening of wonderful and delicious dinner, prepared by wonderful Mrs. Gorch, wine from the Nahe region and lots of guitar talk and composing. Sentinal is an ever so friendly and kind guy that you can't miss out to meet when he is around. Before we forgot about, we managed to take a pic to provide evidence. Sentinel is holding my trans black Tally while I quickly took the Charlie Christian Bo Diddley from the stand. HFC is the greates place on the interwebs.
    29 points
  26. 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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  28. 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
  29. I havent plugged it in yet but I can say this is the best guitar I have ever owned! The WHOLE guitar resonates even when just hitting a single string. It almost like its alive but it really isn't which is good because that would be freaky. The ebony board feels great and notice the truss rod cover. Nice touch. I am more than happy with non bound headstock. I didn't know if my conversation with mike about the neck profile translated but he nailed it. I wanted one similar to a vintage Hamer and I got it. I agree it may be wider like chris mentioned but it feels good. This short post will have to do for now as I need to spend some time with this.
    28 points
  30. I don’t think the soon to be owner of this beauty is on the HFC, and it’s too cool looking not to share -it’s an amazing chunk of maple and man, the flame really popped on it. I can’t wait to get a couple of clear coats on and get it buffed -it’s gonna be one killer looking axe 😎
    27 points
  31. Got a couple of cool packages in today. The new custom fit cases finally arrived, and they fit like a glove. Decided to stick with the burgundy interior, but went with a more vintage tweed look for the exterior.
    27 points
  32. 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
  33. 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
  34. 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
  35. Maybe not “in action”, but I was at a different rehearsal spot last night and our very generous host pulled out this gem...
    26 points
  36. Have been preping the tops for the next group and man, these are some crazy tops! Crazy in a very good way. It always amazes me how different the figure is from tree to tree.
    26 points
  37. Had to do a quick solo beach trip today, so took a Shishkov along for the ride...
    26 points
  38. I was told by Mike that a post of mine from a recent thread was spot on and he asked that I pin it at the top to serve as a guideline for discussing ideas and future orders. I've edited it slightly to give context outside the thread. Please keep it in mind when posting. Hamer model names are a language we all understand so its quick and easy to use them when discussing an idea for a potential Shishkov order. I completely understand why people do it. Please remember when discussing that Mike is NOT making new Hamers, although one can understand the confusion when people see how much the Ultimate design was inspired by a Standard. It's important to note that while they share some similarities, they are different guitars. The biggest concerns comes from when someone says something like "how much will Mike charge to build a Watson". Mike is definitely not in business to build Hamer replicas but statements like that might lead someone to believe that he is. Will Mike build people guitars inspired by a Watson or one of their favorite models just as was done with the ultimates? The answer is yes, but these new models will also be different guitars just as the Ultimates are. Let's not forget that Mike has some ideas for things none of us has even seen yet so there maybe something on the horizons even better than that Talladega styled guitar you were thinking about. Lastly, There WILL NOT be another run of Ultimates available at a special price, but they can be ordered on an individual basis. Expect pricing to be reasonable but relative to a regular custom order from Mike. The initial run was a way of financing Mike's new venture (ala kickstarter) as well as thanking those that believed enough to put money down up front.
    26 points
  39. Update from the Shishkov Shop: Been a busy week. Paperwork and more paperwork. Mahogany blanks coming out of the kiln next week. Maple tops on order. Supplier of the maple has stuff that blows my mind. Thank you for all of your support!
    26 points
  40. 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
  41. 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 Chambered Korina Artist with a Bound Fret Board, P90’s and a wrap tail……Someone on the board here has it J…..and I was able to get Kim on the phone and asked him about doing a 25th LE in Salmon Blush.......He did it for me. I SHOULD HAVE KEPT THAT GUITAR…someone on this board his it J………. I asked Kim about doing a Robben Ford Model......Black Limba, F hole, Seth Lovers...........Kim responded with, If Mr Ford is interested in a guitar, he should contact us. That response was resonating in the back of my mind from that day forward...... Sitting behind a desk was not working for me. I had always loved working with wood so I said to myself that I should build a guitar. I spent hours looking at my Hamers and Gibsons......McNaught was just arriving on the scene, so was Ron Thorn for that matter. I made 3 full size drawings. A guitar based off a Yamaha SG 2000, A Single Cut and a Double Cut with an "F" hole. This was great, but I still needed some direction on how to proceed. One day I just picked up the phone and called Taku Sakashta, (amazing luthier building a guitar for Robben Ford....My Hero!!)......he picked up the phone. We talked for 30 minutes or so. Told him about my drawings, my Hamer one offs and how I wanted to start building. He graciously said, grab your drawings and your Hamer and come up.....I was floored!!!!......I had the pleasure of spending a little more than a half day with this amazing kind soul. He went through how you need to be "Organized".....Templates are so important. Make them, store them and have them ready when you need them!!!!........what a day......As i was leaving, he gave me a little drawing of a neck angle. He said as long as all of them have this neck angle, they will all be players no matter what wood you use......... I came home, Bought Melvin Hiscock's book on "Making an Electric Guitar" and I was off running........... I wish I still had that piece of paper that Taku shared with me. He was such a sweet soul. A tragedy that he was killed by a “Drug Addict” out on parole…….I did have the pleasure of hanging with him at Yoshi’s one night. Robben actually played and desired my #3 (that’s a whole other story in its self, I let my Ego get in the way)………. Anyway, I would like to post some pics of my builds. Any objections?.......
    25 points
  42. From a festival here in Norway called Tons Of Rock. #0012
    25 points
  43. 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
  44. 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
  45. What a killer studio! Scratched an itch I didn’t even know I had until I saw it.
    24 points
  46. 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 glamour shots were taken for it's inclusion in the Designer Gallery. The top speaks for itself and the mahogany is the straightet grain I have seen on any Hamer. Photos taken in sunlight no flash. COA, all case candy, and the monster cable it came with, if you wish. Glamour shots from the Hamer Desinger Gallery Asking $4100 shipped will accept PP gift, Venmo or fees on buyer arniez
    24 points
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