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  1. Back from the hospital and several days of intensive inpatient rehab. I've got months of similarly intensive outpatient and in-home rehab ahead of me but am determined to work the fuck out of it. Very weak left side but improving daily. Yesterday I snuck a Squier Mustang (very short scale, skinny neck, cheap and easily replaceable if it got swiped) into rehab, fully expecting my heart to be broken when I tried to play it. What came out was sloppy but sort of recognizable as guitar chords and simple lines. Compared to the novocain hands I was expecting, I was thrilled. In fact the tiny ne
    45 points
  2. So my buddy texts me Wednesday night with these photos of a skanky, scuzzy looking Special...I mean it was filthy. He found it at a Pawn shop 90 miles away that has no internet footprint...yes they still exist, thankfully. He bought 47 traditional archery bows from the shop so when he asked how much for the Hamer they said “you can have it for $400 since you bought all those bows”. He texts me and I ask how it looked. He said it looked great just really nasty. He calls the owner and tells them I am coming the next day with $375 cash, will that work? Owner says yeah,. So I drove down there and
    41 points
  3. A few years ago, my son took bass lessons from local legend Dajando Smith, who opened up his eyes and ears at a critical time. He really learned a lot, and with Dajando's pushing, he's become a damned good bass player. After one of the lessons, they were shooting the shit about gear, etc., and my son happened to mention that he had a Blitz Bass. Dajando got a bit verklempt, and related the tale of how as a high schooler, his hard-working parents scrimped and saved to help him order a custom Hamer Blitz bass with some special touches and his name on the truss rod cover. I don't recall wheth
    40 points
  4. This year was not supposed to be a big gear acquisition year. There was a possibility that a nice Mexican made Fender Telecaster could be mine. Those will be made for a while, and they will always be available used. In another thread I asked for opinions on the Marshall Studio series amps. Thank you to everyone for the assessments and suggestions of alternate Marshall amp choices. Maybe, a big maybe, there was going to be a Marshall amp in my house sometime next year. That got cancelled. I bought a Boogie. As teenagers we marveled at the gear our guitar heroes played. We wan
    39 points
  5. Years after I foolishly sold it, I was able to buy my very first Hamer back. It’s certainly not the fanciest guitar they ever made, but it was the one I scrimped and saved for back when Hamers were just out of my reach. At some point I sold it because other guitars had my attention. Soon after it was gone I realized that over the years it had become my benchmark with which I’d measured every guitar after. This guitar became far more to me than the sum of it’s all-stock, slightly unassuming parts. This is the guitar I had in my mind when I was planning my Shishkov. I’ve been missing it terribly
    38 points
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  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. So my daughter had her first gig today, played in front of about 300 people, and made $20. Proud Daddy moment. I know it's a crappy photo, but was busy enjoying the show.
    35 points
  11. Despite the emotional rollercoaster that FedEx's inscrutable tracking algorithm put me through over the past few days, I have finally arrived at my first NEW HAMER DAY in many years, and it's a milestone/bucket-list kind of day, to boot! Thanks to a heads-up thread in the For Sale/PSA forum, I discovered this baby, and the discovery just happened to coincide with an amazing present from my amazing wife ~ she dumped a bunch of cash into my gear fund, in honor of my 50th birthday. I took it as a sign. Seller packed her up REALLY well ~ bubble wrap around the hardshell case & doub
    34 points
  12. I guess that Rivera combo won't come my way (other thread). But I scored a 4x12 straight 1990's cab with Greenbacks for 450$ 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
  13. I really hate it when somebody feels like they have to post on every single social media site that they got a new piece of gear, but damn it this is just too cool and I have been keeping this under the radar since Jan of 2020. If you check out Dr Z's AMA on Joe Walsh he mentions a couple of amps that Joe used on the very first Hell Freezes Over Tour. I now own one of those amps, it had seen a lot of wear and was almost destroyed by UPS in late 2019. On a wing and a prayer, I bought it as a joint purchase with my wife so I had to be sure I really wanted it. LOL After a long year, I sent i
    33 points
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
    31 points
  18. A package came in the mail today. I'm expecting a gardening book from Amazon Prime I bought for my neighbor who has been enamored with my front yard gardens. The mailman delivered a parcel and I eagerly cut it open and to my surprise it wasn't the Charles Dowding, "No Dig," gardening book. I pulled the book from the shipping sleeve and outloud I said, "What the fuck?" And, . . . . Here . . . . It . . . . Is..... Sent to me from Lorna Lowe, Dion's Widow. How cool is that? Absolutely not expecting anything like
    30 points
  19. 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.. 😕
    29 points
  20. I am so blessed, really, I am. Two HFC'ers have made things possible that I never thought I'd see and they really ought to be recognized for their awesomeness. In no particular order: Just before Christmas I heard from Greg G. Years before, when I had some big-time medical expenses staring at me, I sold my Taylor 812, customized at the factory for me, to Greg. There were others that went away in that purge and I have been very fortunate that some of those have come back, thanks to a couple of very cool HFC'ers. But this one really pained me, it sounded so sweet, built for me, and all
    29 points
  21. 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
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  23. 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
  24. 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 w
    28 points
  25. 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
  26. 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
  27. 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).
    26 points
  28. 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
  29. 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
  30. 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
  31. 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
  32. Had to do a quick solo beach trip today, so took a Shishkov along for the ride...
    26 points
  33. 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
  34. Let me first start off by saying thank you for all the kind words about my guitar I posted about “Hamer’s Influence on my Guitar Building”……….I thought I would share a short story on how it all started!!! To make a long story short, in 2000 I found myself taking a job after being self-employed for 16 years. I was a field guy, but I ended up behind a desk as an estimator / project manager.....I HATED IT!!!.....at that time I had a nice collection of guitars. I had 8 beautiful Hamers. Several Gibsons, a Strat and a BlackYamaha SGB 2000. I had done a couple of "One Offs",……one was a Chamber
    25 points
  35. 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
  36. From a festival here in Norway called Tons Of Rock. #0012
    25 points
  37. 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
    25 points
  38. F/S is my Artist Ultimate Serial # would make it a 2003 but completed January 2004. One of a very few Ultimates finished other than Cognac and just as rare a quilt top. This top was picked by myselt in New Hartford after my original choice was deemed unusable.This has been rarely played in the past few years and has left my home on only a couple of occasions. Iwould rate the condition as 9.5. No visible fret wear. Two dings in the top in the purfling that wont show in the photo. Otherwise there is some swirling and some hardware tarnish. Pictures at the top were taken today. some of the g
    24 points
  39. 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
  40. Here you go....fingers crossed.
    24 points
  41. thought I'd post this for people interested in hearing the Artist. mistakes a plenty
    24 points
  42. Shishkov #78 was delivered today and I haven’t been able to put it down. It has exceeded ALL of my high expectations! Not only does it look killer (that tiger maple top has an incredible 3D figure!), but it also has great tone and playability. It is by far the best guitar I have ever played. Mike and Josh listened to my wishes and they cared as if they were building this for themselves. Mike’s commitment to quality is unsurpassed. Here are some of the details: - Maple/Mahogany/Rosewood - Cognac sunburst/Gold hardware - Gibson 1960’s neck profile - Cu
    24 points
  43. What a killer studio! Scratched an itch I didn’t even know I had until I saw it.
    23 points
  44. Had one of my guitars on display at a local guitar show this past weekend. Gary Hoey was there and I had the chance to meet up with him and show him the SC (Maverick) and I was blown away when he grabbed it, plugged it in and started jamming. I've always loved his playing, and Hocus Pocus has always been a favorite of mine, so needless to say, I was absolutely thrilled. I was able to get a quick video on my cell phone.
    23 points
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