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  1. What a killer studio! Scratched an itch I didn’t even know I had until I saw it.
    24 points
  2. So, I've been on here for many years, and have ALWAYS been on the hunt for the guitar played by my idol, and one of the greatest guitarists EVER, Glenn Tipton. I don't know how many Phantom Gas were made in total, but not many. They're so rare, that they go for $$$$ when they pop up on Reverb. It's a guitar that has eluded me for over 20 years. Lo and behold, long-time HFC member @GusS shoots me a msg and couple of weeks ago. Long story short, he was so great to deal with, offered me a deal I couldn't refuse (don't tell my wife...) and worked with me to get his GT from Canada to me in CT.
    21 points
  3. 1959 Stratocaster. The only "mods" were a replaced pot (I was able to repair the original and replace), the frets were worn, and the finish had been removed. All that and it was still really expensive, but the seller was Dave's in Lacrosse, WI, so I was confident I was getting what I was buying. All of the plastic was primo and the pickups were gorgeous. I had the body resprayed (original sunburst was still in the pickup routs) and gave it a proper fret job. After that it was THE Stratocaster that I had always dreamed of owning; it played perfectly, sounded
    19 points
  4. WELL MINE WAS THE GINSON L-5S..............AND I OWNED THREE OF THEM 2 78'S AND 1 79.......................MY LAST ONE WAS THIS ONE BUT THE FIRST ONE I OWNED I PAID THE MOST FOR AS IT WAS BRAND NEW FROM GIBSON.
    17 points
  5. Sometimes (often) I am an idiot - posted originally in FS and may have caused some arrhythmias. Just was feeling happy and lucky to own and play these guitars. Sharin some P90 goodness/porn. BCR Jr, N90, Special The MIII would not fit on the wee rug! And these three kinda make a good wraparound trio, I think.
    17 points
  6. I got a call from a friend who said someone was looking for a guitar I owned. The person looking for the guitar is the one who had a hand in building it. There are so many custom features to this guitar that I really liked. It has the fattest neck I've ever seen. It's a true baseball bat. I loved the black ebony with no inlays. It's a true 2", unchambered body. Ebony backplate and TR cover. The back and neck are finished in honey burst. I don't know the reason this person sold the guitar to Brentrocks. And of course, Brent screwed with it. I got it with Tim Shaw pickups in it but Brent s
    16 points
  7. for me it was a Hamer by a slim margin. one of the greenies .. a special standard. custom order that I acquired off the HFC.. one of the last (to my knowledge) off of the floor before they closed the doors, complete with an old school spec (e.g. 4D spec headstock), and later equipped with Shlabotniks.
    16 points
  8. I've always bought used guitars for years with the exception of my first electric, an '89 MIJ 62RI strat that I bought off the wall in 1990 at ProSound Music in Denver, CO. I think it was $600 and may still be the least I've paid for an electric guitar. The only other two guitars I've bought new were my Shishkovs, and as reasonable as Mike's guitars are, the most recent is as much as I've paid. I'm still really grateful to Mike for making both of mine happen for me.
    15 points
  9. No contest, the all original '64 Strat I picked up 2 years ago at Austin Vintage Guitars when my wife took me there for my birthday. I was born in '65 and asked if they had any '65s in stock, and they brought me an Olympic White '65 and this '64, which was an easy winner. Easily one of the best playing/sounding Strats I've ever heard. Neck is dated April '64 and all 3 pickups dated 6/2/64. Has the case-candy too... A pre-CBS Fender was always on my "bucket list" so I was glad I finally could fulfill that mission!
    15 points
  10. I paid $500 for my '80 Gibson "Jimmy Wallace" '58RI "Prototype" LP Standard back in '84. It's probably worth $12k-$15K ? today. This is one I'll NEVER EVER sell as long as I'm alive.
    15 points
  11. 1960 Gibson ES-330, from the original owner's family. This past week I sold it back to his son, a former classmate.
    15 points
  12. I was just about to put a Stage IV on order, and begin the weight. Never got that far, because I noticed a “Demo” model for 200 off, with some small tear in the Rolex. So here it is, in my Rivera “Stack”. I took a picture of the tolex issue, which I later glued down so it doesn’t spread. This really is the ULTIMATE incarnation of a Fender Deluxe Reverb. It does EVERYTHING that a Deluxe does, and then goes so far beyond it. It's the original Rivera modded deluxe, but has none of the "downsides" that a modded deluxe would have. - True Channel Switching - Reverb and Tremolo available on
    13 points
  13. The fact that Brentrocks' name was mentioned here - in a Heritage thread, no less - should probably get you banned, Michael!
    13 points
  14. 13 points
  15. This one, most likely, the Aircraft Carrier. Sold, of course. A close second, adjusted for inflation, would be my Taylor 710 CE, bought sometime in the 1990's. Other than a 65 SG Junior, the Taylor is probably the only guitar that ultimately paid for itself.
    13 points
  16. Most expensive I've purchased, and own, was my custom order bound korina Special w/ebony FB. Sadly, not even my favorite Hamer, but it has a simple elegance wen you play it.
    13 points
  17. The grail. Expensive but worth it! One of just a few that I bought new. And the only one of the new guitars that I didn't sold after a short time.
    13 points
  18. I bought this in '93ish for $2500, still have it, still play it and worth every penny....
    12 points
  19. '63 Fender Esquire. Original Case Clay dot markers Ashtray Half of the original hangtag Had to have it when I spotted the cigarette burn on the headstock. A definitive personal example of "If I'd been able to hang on to this one..."
    12 points
  20. Santa Cruz PWD, Brazilian, I just couldn't get used to the soft V neck. So it left and the Adamas came out of the closet!
    11 points
  21. Been toying with swapping in DiMarzio Fantoms in this one. Anyone with experience with those?
    11 points
  22. This has already been posted. We voted and its your turn to pony up, be sure to give us a full report.
    10 points
  23. The HFC is the only place I'll sell on the Internet.
    10 points
  24. MJT is right on its timeline, and has notified me that this body starts it journey today.
    10 points
  25. I bought a really great guitar from him a few years ago. He has promised (threatened?) this past year to make me an offer to buy it back. But it has not happened yet.....It is the archtop on the left......These snapshots do neither guitar justice. FWIW, the stylized "f holes" were apparently designed to be a shark's fin, an ocean wave....Or something. As best I can tell, it was a total one off from Germany.....Nice to have friends that will build you something special!
    10 points
  26. This one. Ironically you'll soon see it up for grabs in the For Sale section.
    10 points
  27. Most I ever paid would be for one of these two. Either the ‘78 B&C Sunburst 8 0111, or my Talladega. The Sunburst was great, had a woody tone that was killer and was born only a few months before I was. If the neck had been a bit rounder/fuller I’m sure I would still have it I believe I paid $100-$200 more for my Talladega, if I remember correctly. It’s the one that Hamer used for their calendar/web promo shots. Still have this one. Ran a custom shop Duncan Brobucker in the bridge for many years before putting the stock bridge pickup back in it last year. The neck carve is in my top
    10 points
  28. Most, if not all, came from the Military machine. What was left over from War was hobbled together in different flavors that eventually settled into there respected niches. Amazing. On top of that, over time, creators have honed in and refined each one to a pinnacle representation of the original concept. But, the ongoing search for the grail tones of years past becomes more costly, and the "Fakers" (modeling) really do not cut it. You may say they do, (since you bought into it) but, they really do not. Man, if I had some the equipment I have now and had it 40 years
    9 points
  29. I just got the email telling me....REFUND!!! Case closed in my favor!!! Fuck yeah!!! pardon my french
    9 points
  30. 9 points
  31. Update: Jason was suffering from an infection, which is now clearing up. He has been released and is back home sitting on the back deck with his cats.
    9 points
  32. Fat stacks of dolla dolla bills y'all... But seriously, my most expensive is my Yaron Burst but it just looks like any other Les Paul.
    9 points
  33. A Blade switch in place of that toggle would cure all that ails that one. 😆
    9 points
  34. This one. Could not resist getting a Prototype of the Rietbergen. I HAVE had some thoughts about selling, but only out of "guilt" for paying that much. Still, it might well be the "best" guitar I have ever played, so it is still hanging around.......
    9 points
  35. I have one of these models, a GA140F 'Anniversary' (Les Paul controls and with stop tail) and although it is not a Talladega, it is a really good guitar: Japan made, Faber hardware, MKII pickups, one piece body, long tenon neck joint. It is my 'poor man's Talladega Pro' and a keeper For what I read it seems that they only built a dozen or so before being force to desist, IMHO it is well worth that price.
    9 points
  36. Don't judge me you tool bags. How about a 1st year Dr. Z Route 66 (Interstate Logo) #62. This one popped on and off GC twice so I bought it to see what it was all about and why does it keep getting returned. My guess is that if you don't have an attenuator this isn't your amp. It kind of goes from ho hum, too WOW. Once you get the amp cooking your golden, this is the only amp I have ever owned that if you dime it on 10 its still has a pretty quiet floor noise but this beautiful harmonic saturation. Hit the front end with a COT Tiki Boost and it goes over the top all you need is your volu
    8 points
  37. https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Hamer/Monaco-Electric-Bass-Guitar.gc
    8 points
  38. 1993 Hamer USA Flame Maple, paid $950 in 2017. More than twice what I paid for my 93 Studio and 93 P90 Special many years prior, but the 93 FM is the best player and has the beefiest tone!
    8 points
  39. I paid a fair price for the tele style, far less than many on this thread, and Gwen (I posted about in another thread) was a Craigslist find. Not inexpensive, but nothing like a vintage Fender or Gibson, less than Custom shop, etc for each. Both are the real deal, Van Nuys Schecters ie S serial Dream Machines. Not parts guitars, but built there in the original Schecter shop. Gwen has been around the block with some famous players. 😉
    8 points
  40. I purchased a new Hamer USA Rick Nielsen 'Signature' Standard Custom in 1998 from Music Land KEY in Shibuya (Tokyo), back when I was stationed in Japan with the U.S. Navy. This guitar was a 'for Japan only' model, I think it was a '96, it had a facsimile of his signature on the headstock, and the Hamer logo was on the end of the headstock 'old style' to make room for it. A photo of it is in the 'back pages' of the HFC somewhere, unfortunately I no longer have this guitar. IIRC, the price was somewhere around Y185,000...and it was on sale half price, so the original list price was around Y35
    8 points
  41. "I have it set up with .12's and action high for slide and sounds killer that way. Very easy to lover the action and put lighter strings on it." Saying that is always a 'red flag' for me. When they say its setup with high action for slide. I am skeptical that there might be some neck issues as they can't get the action low without buzzing etc.
    8 points
  42. Sadly, it'd have to be the guitar I use the least- my '12 Gibby CS LP Axcess. 1 of 3 in Fire Tiger finish. An inverse ratio of cost to quality. Said it before and I'll say it again: Most expensive POS I ever bought. I've labored long and spent scads of dough on making this the fire-breathing, rock instrument of destruction that it finally is. All new electronics, hardware and even some aesthetic touches to get this to be worthy of it's place on my rack of Hamers and HELs. Even the clear coat sucks. Using standard Gibby polish and a soft chamois to keep it shiny has left it less than so.
    8 points
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