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  1. 38 points
    FINALLY got this built-out with custom pups, an original Sustainblock, and Wiggins knobs. Long-gone is the Kahler top-mount, the EMGs, and the hazy candy-apple finish from the 1980s. Really, REALLY happy with it.
  2. 32 points
    ...and my law firm is Howard, Fine & Howard...
  3. 29 points
    Jim made reference to a lack of bench reports around here lately from the handful of us who are fortunate enough to work on/with guitars for a living. I shared this unusual fix on a Hamer on my shop's Facebook page a couple weeks ago so a few have seen this, but here's a recap for the non-social media crowd. You may recall about a month ago me picking up a '93 Archtop GT Standard with its share of age- and wear-related issues. One issue was binding separating (gaps) at the body waist. Bindings tend to shrink with age. Binding adhesives tend to fail with age. The two happenings linked cause separation and gaps. Martin acoustics are notorious for this type of binding separation. The gap(s) will continue to spread and eventually the binding will either break off in pieces or potentially come off in one big hoop. More often than not, it's going to create finish issues too, either during the separations or during the fix. Easier to nip it in the bud early in the game. Here's the Archtop GT's waist gaps ... Treble side ... Martins that do this have thin, narrow binding that is usually easy to stretch back into place and reglue. This Hamer binding, however, is thicker, taller and stiffer in addition to slightly shrunken. Squeezing as hard as I could with my fingers, I could barely get it to close the gap. No way binding tape was going to hold it in place while glue set. We were going to have to gently soften the binding. Key word being "gently," because we don't want to deform or discolor the binding, or melt or discolor the urelac clearcoat on the binding. Or ESPECIALLY mess up the original goldtop paint -- for all practical purposes, you can't invisibly touch up bullion gold. I need gentle heat. Heat gun, not the best tool. Hairdryer, better choice, but I'm either going to rush it and get a heat gun effect, or sit there forever as it slow heats, like a crock pot. Wait, that's it ... I need a heated pot with a diameter roughly matching the circumference of the waist cuts. A pot that will apply gentle, even heat. I went through our extensive collection of scented candles and lo and behold, what do we have here ... The candle glass did the gentle, patient work as I did other stuff in the shop. After about 30 or so minutes on each side, the binding had just enough elasticity to go where I wanted it without distoring it. A modern binding-specific adhesive and a good tacky tape, and we're in business. And the next day ... Added bonus: My shop smelt like patchouli and sandalwood for the rest of the day, quite refreshing.
  4. 28 points
    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.
  5. 27 points
    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.
  6. 25 points
    Flew into Louisville to take my son to the Bourbon & Beyond Festival this weekend, primarily, because he’s a HUGE Foo fan, but also because, well, Bourbon. Had the great pleasure of finally meeting Greg (Currypowder) in person. Glad we were finally able to catch up, and next time, we’ll bring Shishkovs to the party! I did really dig the Malcolm Young Gretsch too!
  7. 23 points
    It's been a while since I've seen one of these threads, so I'm hoping I can lure some of you into sharing pics of your favorite guitars. I've been wildly lucky with the guitars I've picked up here over the years, and thought I'd share. I suspect you'll recognize some of these. Thanks again to this awesome community! 79 Black Sunburst 82 Ferrari Red Prototype 84 12 String Pearl White Prototype 98 Blue Sparkle Phantom 07 Vintage Orange Talladega
  8. 23 points
    Took a little down time when Jackass stopped by the shop recently, was fun catching up. Love this guy, miss working with him.
  9. 21 points
    Ya know that issue bubs_42 has with certain amps? Yeah well, I got the same problem with flashy Cail's. This thing is in transit as I type. Gon' be some anxious moments between now and when it arrives.
  10. 21 points
    Carving the tops is one of the more creative stages during a build, and it's a process I've always enjoyed. I don't make a habit of using naphtha often since I don't like drying out the wood unnecessarily, but I find that it's helpful at this stage to bring the figuring out to get a feel for the carve.
  11. 20 points
    Some shots of my new Hamer Special FM... Many thanks to HamerLou, Had a great day in downtown Boston (North end, street vendors, walked by where the were filming the Ryan Reynolds movie, had a great lunch). FM's are by far my favorite Hamer, They're a little tricky because the tops range from relatively plain, to poppin with no rhyme or reason but... when you get a nice one, they're incredible cool. This is a '93, it shows as orange here, but it's actually Aztec Gold... I haven't popped the hood but it seems like a Duncan Alnico pro II (in the lead position and I'm not sure (Dimarzio super distortion zebra?) in the neck, will check. really nicely installed bone nut... it's very nice to see someone who can cleanly score and fit a new nut. Plays and sounds nice... neck a little slimmer, but it's solid, resonant and was well cared for. going to make a few tweaks (gold amber bell knobs) but very nice as is... love, love, love the top. Pics, enjoy
  12. 19 points
    The guitar is a really cool midnight blue pearl burst so it flip flops between almost black to a cool blue pearl sparkle under direct lighting.
  13. 19 points
    I turned out the lights in the shop to see how well the luminlay dots worked. They're a lot brighter than I thought they'd be. Pretty cool.
  14. 19 points
    Just a few recent pics from the shop....
  15. 19 points
    As these first few CO builds have started to take shape it kind of struck me just how different each one really is. It's cool how slight tweaks can take the build in such a different direction.
  16. 18 points
    So, I bought Tombo’s penny-colored tele that he had on the for-sale board, I originally wanted a vintage white one but because he had searched through several to find a “good” one, plus the fact that he put the Gravelins in it and had it set up, and it would save me some money to boot, I decided to jump on his. And as it turns out the color is really growing on me, plus it’s a really sweet playing guitar. But the PICKUPS...WOW!! These pickups exceed my anticipation and expectation. The neck pickup is absolutely, ummm, drippy! I don’t know any other word to use. It is just super expressive and bluesy, it’s like it adds nuance to every note. I don’t have a lot of neck single coils to compare it to, but I’ve gone back and forth with the neck pickups in my TLE, my Daytona, and my T-51. The T51 comes closest to giving it a run for its money but the Gravelin is just sweeter. The bridge pickup is twangy and spanky, it’s bright like a tele bridge pickup should be but instead of drilling your ears like an ice pick, it sings. I love cranking it up and smacking open chords on those top 3 strings, it’s tele bridge goodness. I’ve got a tele with twisted tele pickups coming (I’ve been on a holiday buying binge, I really need to get back to work!) and I have a parts tele that’s just about done and it has EMG’s, so I’ll have a couple more comparisons I can make, but as it stands today, I can’t put down this guitar, and the pickups are the largest part of why. They are awesome, I look forward to trying some of his other models in the future.
  17. 18 points
    Gtrdaddy says Uh.Uhm(clears throat)...........remember I’m selling Hamers.
  18. 18 points
    so I'm down in florida, (parents getting to that age) so I had to get away from the house... trek up to Sarasota to hit sam ash then swing over to GC near the mall and see this thing on the top row in the used section... Kind of freaky, but looking at a distance, was like, hmmm... that's a usa sn pattern… so I got em to grab it... dig it, and plunked down a deposit while it sits on police hold. played great, felt great, nice V neck, frets are excellent (it's an 09)... interesting inlays, had a hankering for a Dean Z but not loving those Dean Select imports at $899. (899? the new reality for an import) yikes,.. but let that go... Nothing like some retail therapy. better pics when it arrives 1-2 weeks. Dave
  19. 18 points
    This is a story posted by a Facebook friend. He was a classmate of mine in Bible college from the '70s. When he graduated he became a career pastor (he has the heart of a pastor as I never had). He recently retired, moved to California, and now works the floor at a Guitar Center. I first met him nearly 50 years ago in school and he had always sung and played guitar. He would definitely know what he's doing at GC. Here is his FB post today about a Guitar Center experience: "This afternoon I sold a guitar to a woman in her 40's who has decided to learn to play. In fact, before she left the store she had her first guitar lesson. Her reason for wanting to learn is that her husband is dying of cancer. It's been years since he played guitar, so she brought his guitar in to have a restring. She decided--for the remainder of his life--that they are going to play guitar together. It's something they talked about for many years but never took the time. Now she is determined to do this for him in hopes it will give him comfort and pleasure as he faces death. When you consider all the jokes and memes about husbands vs. wives vs. the husbands' guitar obsessions, this is certainly something touchingly different.
  20. 18 points
    Since the op is asking what we hate to see then for me it's a heavy relic, extra points for the finish over finish jobs.
  21. 18 points
    Let's stop with the comparisons. Mike hasn't even finished his first guitar in his new venture and people are dissecting things at an unbelievable pace. Hamer shut their doors a few years ago, and EVERYTHING they had built for the few years before that were purely custom orders. Hamer also had increased prices several times a year for all of the '00s, which, coupled with a global economic downturn that truly changed the buying habits of the majority of the population had more than a crimp in Hamer sales. Ask any seller of luxury items how many orders they've been filling since 2007 v. the decade before that. Trying to create a top quality alternative that is also affordable is a tricky balance. For now, the only way that's even possible is by going direct and not having a dealer network in place (which would raise prices by 20-50% to the purchaser, thus cutting out a large audience initially). Mike plans to do what he can to provide an affordable custom alternative, but ultimately, demand and cost will dictate the eventual price point. The bottom line is, let's just cap these kind of speculative threads for now. Mike will surely be forging his own identity and making his own unique stamp on the guitars he builds. Why don't we let him do that without picking it apart and analyzing things to death before the first neck is set? Let's just be happy that we actually have a custom builder of Mike's incredible talent and vision (not to mention history) available as an option. That alone is exciting and wonderful, and I am certain that patience here will be rewarded. It's fantastic that there is such a great buzz around Mike's new venture, but let's hold our breath, and let the book get written before everybody starts asking for the CliffsNotes!
  22. 17 points
    Decided I really wanted one of these. A buddy in Jacksonville has been bragging about his for years. This one popped up on Reverb (five months ago) and I couldn't pass it up.
  23. 17 points
  24. 17 points
    I absolutely love this one
  25. 17 points
    From FB... It doesn't get much better than this!
  26. 17 points
    Wow, loved that one. Tail piece, pickguard and bridge were hand made. ( I got in trouble because they took so long to do) It was hard finding ebony blocks big enough. It's a 3 piece neck.
  27. 17 points
    Well, I'm not going to be getting much sleep tonight! No hype when I say that this is the greatest guitar I've ever picked up. I'm floored! The Shlabotniks rock too. Mike has built the ultimate electric guitar and Josh's pickups are wonderful. The degree of perfection on this would be like the best that Hamer ever offered, but with no 'stiffness' whatsoever.
  28. 16 points
    Needed a Tele with a trem for a new project. This is where my GAS led me. Found it on the Guitar Center website. Just showed up yesterday. I think I am gonna like it. If you ordered this from Nash it would be high dollar. The thinline body, Bigsby, binding and maple top are all options. Has Lollars in it. I'm going to send the neck to Murkat Jay to put the period correct Fender decal on it, like he recently did on my Nash S63.
  29. 16 points
    Something popped up, unexpectedly. (Like you ever would expect a 78 Custom Sunburst to just pop up....). I found this one in Copenhagen, Denmark. Sent the seller an email. She responded that she did not want to ship the guitar. I was abroad on a trip, but she kindly agreed to hold it for me until I could work something out. This Saturday I jumped on a train at 06:20 a.m. Five hours later I was in Copenhagen and met the lovely Camilla, who had inherited the guitar. From a guy who had approx 200 vintage guitars. She did not get all of them, but she also got a 1954 tele, a Gibson es335 sunburst from 1967, a Gibson les Paul custom from 1955, Gibson les Paul SG from 1962 and a Gibson les Paul reissue from 1994. (These are all for sale, except for the 1954 Tele. Not cheap, but if anyone is interested I can set you in contact with her). I got to try the guitar out at her home, got to look at some other cool old guitars and her husband fixed me some coffee. Just great people. Then they drove me back to the station and I took the train back, on the same day. Guitar safari at it's best. I will post more pics as soon. But this early 78 Sunburst Custom is in great condition. Frets are good, no repairs, the b&c neck is dead straight. And the neck shape is very similar to the great 1995 Hamer neck carves that I love.
  30. 16 points
    All these great guitars are popping up and depleting my resources. Just couldn't resist this...
  31. 16 points
    The Minus 5 (a side project of Peter Buck and Mike Mills from REM) played here in DC last night. Thought this was a cool shot from the show - Mike Mills needed to grab a backup when his P-Bass crapped out...
  32. 16 points
    Let me know if you see any issues. There are a few new features along some substantial changes to theme files. Hopefully all is good. Testing as some have reported issues editing old posts.
  33. 16 points
  34. 16 points
    As of today, I have 23 electric guitars. They are all sunburst, every one. Missus Camstone can't tell the difference between any of them, cause they all have the same finish.
  35. 15 points
    So who needs a great 1991 Sunburst Archtop. This is a really nice one. Looking to clear $1300 for it shipped lower 48 states. More on shipping elsewheres. Duncans JB/59, few little dings to surface of back and a couple spots on edge from sitting on a stand. Photos of them if needed. No dings trough the finish and no chips. Thinish neck consistent with that time period. Nice HSC too.
  36. 15 points
    Dude! Do you know how much cover you give me? Every time my wife pipes up, I just point to your latest NAD or NGD post. She mutters something about that bubs guy and I'm off the hook. Your addiction is a charitable service to the rest of us. I thank you for your service.
  37. 15 points
    So I sold my two Cruise basses and my P bass to concentrate more on blues guitar. But I missed playing bass so when this showed up on craigslist (via the Hamer club on FB) I thought I would contact the seller. Anyway .... pretty dang nice and weighs about as much as my strat ( 8lbs?) Wow.
  38. 15 points
    For the FB impaired... And a Maverick...with a 2point Trem!
  39. 15 points
    Small festival here in Norway a couple of days ago. http://www.jarlehm.com/Archive/Music/Artists/Skambankt/Skambankt-Festidalen-2015/ An epic shot! Sorry to derail the thread with your own photo, but another fantastic shot (this time of a Hamer)! The Nebelung played by your bandmate is also very cool! Excellent photography.
  40. 15 points
  41. 14 points
    If you can do part of this you have bragging rights.
  42. 14 points
    Got another update yesterday.
  43. 14 points
    I'm in the SF-Bay area. Got this from BCR back around 2006 I think. It's a player, lots of battle scars. When I got it from BCR, they said that it had period correct pickups in it, but not original. Phase switch was there when I got it, actually pretty useful, so I left it. That is the original case there in the linked online photo gallery, beat to heck, stripped to the wood, but I think its state is appropriate to the guitar. I also have an SKB gig bag, which is very sturdy and has a lot of hard structure to it and is very protective. Would consider partial trades, thinking about a higher end (e.g., Suhr, Tyler Anderson) HSS or HSH superstrat, or a mid-sized to small tube head along the lines of the Mesa TA30, Mesa TC50. Not limited to Mesa, just what I am familiar with, needs to be channel switching and have a good effects loop. Priced at $4000 See more Pics here:https://photos.app.goo.gl/TYjhbJIGObNrT46a2
  44. 14 points
    I was doing my normal rounds, when I noticed this on a guitar stand in front of the racks. I saw the $100 price, but I thought for sure it was an MIM. Couldn't believe they were asking $100 for it. Took it to the counter and wanted to haggle because of the scratches and dents around the body. They said it just came out and they wouldn't budge on the price. I asked for the case and they said it didn't come with one. I said it should have one, and I wanted a case. They looked but couldn't find one. I told them they owed me one, and I be checking back later for one. They were OK with that. I haven't had a chance yet to put is through it's paces, but the neck feels great and it doesn't weight a ton. I don't normally post a pic of the receipt, but I didn't want anyone to cal BS on me.
  45. 14 points
    And, in late breaking news........
  46. 14 points
    “Avalon” was what we called the 2 prototypes in the shop before it was given the official name of “Improv”. It’s the same guitar. I pulled up some old pics of us working on the first prototype.
  47. 14 points
    Should be ready to oil the tops on a couple of them tomorrow. Some nice contrast here.
  48. 14 points
    one of the first ones with a bound headstock, it's going to look even cooler once I add the triangle accent.
  49. 14 points
    Now that I have the fingerboards slotted, time to get to work on the necks...
  50. 13 points
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