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  1. Some time ago I picked up one if those cherry Gibson Explorers locally (pretty cheap) and thought... This would be a great guitar for a refinish. So, after doing my research, I learned that if you want metal flake, the best on the planet was Stike. Without much direction, I told him to have at it. I'm floored! Could. Not. Be. Happier! Got a few pics this week and it was shipped today. What an artist!!
    43 points
  2. 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
  3. 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
    40 points
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. ...and my law firm is Howard, Fine & Howard...
    32 points
  7. Thanks for all of your kind words and support guys! It means a lot to me. I have a genetic blood clotting disorder called Factor V Leiden Mutation, which makes me prone to clot unnecessarily, a dangerous condition. I almost died five years ago from it. I had a bi-lateral pulmonary emboli with dozens of clots in each lung. I take warfarin (blood thinner) as a prophylactic. I come off of the warfarin five days prior to any procedures and take another drug as a bridge before and after procedures. I had an upper-endoscopy and colonoscopy done to remove a few polyps last week. There was a pr
    31 points
  8. 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.
    30 points
  9. It appears it was dropped a day ago. It looks and sounds good... if youtube did anything to the audio or video, it was minimal. The clean guitar intro piece got a little more compressed but the rest of it sounds pretty close to the 24 bit uncompressed WAV file I handed youtube. I'm pretty proud of the way it turned out. The backing track sounds great. I think I am getting closer to the mixes I hear in my head... the cymbals are always a bitch and I think I tamed them enough to finally allow the resonance of the kit shine through. Sort of inspired by Tim Pierce for the solos... I copp
    29 points
  10. I don’t buy guitars often, but when this one popped up, I knew I had to have it. I’ve always wanted one with Jim’s beautiful artwork. Other than some minor finish scratches, it’s in absolutely fantastic condition. I don’t think it’s been out of its case very often over the past 32 years. The icing on the cake was an OHSC! After a minor tuneup and new strings, this baby plays and sounds fantastic! Lol, I just realized I’ve never done a NGD post - Guess there’s a first time for everything! ?
    28 points
  11. 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
  12. Speechless. and something special.
    26 points
  13. 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
  14. I finally got time to take some shots of the 1978 Hamer Sunburst Custom i recently picked up in Copenhagen. November weather here, very gray today, and dull. But the shots turned out good. Enjoy! I adjusted the neck which had some buzz. It's 100% dead straight. So I had no problem getting a great low action on her. I don't know if the frets ever have been polished, but they are in good condition. No cowboy chord wear, they look fine all over the fretboard. The neck is wider than on any other Sunburst I've played, more of a nice C shape than a D. Very nice rosewood fretboard. The top is al
    25 points
  15. Like most of you (I hope), I end up with parts laying around for longer than planned. This one in particular has been on-deck for about a decade. One-piece swamp ash body w/ belly and forearm contours mated with a fairly recent Fender Tele neck & tuners, Callaham bridge, and Kinman electronics that were dated 11/2010 (when I ordered them). I finally got off my ass and sent the body to Shane at HEL (absolutely Nailed it!) who did the trans-white finish and a couple pickguards to fit the slightly misshapen cutaway. It arrived back from him yesterday (Merry Christmas!) so I set as
    24 points
  16. Maybe not “in action”, but I was at a different rehearsal spot last night and our very generous host pulled out this gem...
    24 points
  17. Gushing on NGD has a bipolar affect on the guitar community. We have a select few who have been lucky enough to be able to pony up, those who dream of the day that when they can afford their own NGD, and then we have the jaded and sarcastic to make up the remainder of the bunch . I'll leave it up to your imagination, but if it was a Pie Chart you could envision what the shares would look like. So i'll do my best to lay this out as honest as I can. This is for the ones that are sitting on the fence, with a dream of one day owning a Shishkov. I ordered the "Working Man's Guitar", it was a
    23 points
  18. thought I'd post this for people interested in hearing the Artist. mistakes a plenty
    23 points
  19. This arrived yesterday. Custom made (1 of 3 ) Vox Virage SC in Korina, made in Japan. I'd seen pictures of these for years, never thought one would pop up for sale. I'm unsure when this was made, but the Virage line ran from 2007 to 2012. There are no markings on this guitar other than the VOX on the headstock. Fully chambered, it is really thick but weighs 6.5 lbs. 25 1/8 scale, medium neck (butterfly inlays), light cast aluminum 1 piece bridge/tailpiece, two DiMarzio 3-90 pickups (made custom for/with Vox), although I think these may have been wound differently from the stock ones (I also ha
    23 points
  20. short backstory, so I'm eating healthier and after eating salads all week, I said, f it... I'm starvin, I'm going up to Manchester to get the chinese luncheon and also hit Manchester Music Mill. I never made it to the chinese joint... great top, fairly clean, looks like a recent fret polish and level, the nut was possibly replaced, and a tiny bit of hameritis, nothing too bad. strange string guage, looks like a large low E and relatively light rest of the strings... will clean it up and restring it with some slightly beefy curt manga
    22 points
  21. ....and at it's Hamer peak: I only have 4 of those now....and a couple others....
    22 points
  22. To much time no posting nothing so here you got a little history ( sorry if i dont write in english, i dont like to use the translator) My kids , wife and me had the oportuniyy to go Florida for holidays, so one of those days we went to NASA , my unconclused dream was/is to be a civil or military pilot, all about fly i know it and i love it , so my kids are in the same way , specialy my liitle 4 years boy This thay the weather was hot but was imposible for us make he take out his jacket?‍♂️, he was very happy walking betwen rocket with this, was fuuny how all the people look at him a
    22 points
  23. The other day Bennyboy-UK popped over for a catch-up and brought along some toys. He brought his awe inspiring SS1 Marble O'Connor, his Chaparral Snakeskin O'Connor, his magnificent Vintage-S Custom order and a few others. In turn he had a play on the majority of my Hamer's in addition to the Shishkov's. I love playing guitars, and especially Hamer's and Shishkov's, but sharing them over an afternoon will a like minded soul is fantastic. Ben's SS1 O'Connor really is a special guitar. It was an uber clean example and oozes class as the best O'Connor finishes always do on a Hamer
    22 points
  24. Here's an interesting one that I just won. It's the Greco Mirage similar to the mid-70s Ibanez Artist 2663TC that Steve Miller played in the "Fly Like an Eagle" period. I'm pretty sure this one is from 1981, at least that's the only catalog that this model with these features showed up in. There is a similar one in the '78 catalog, but it has dots on the fretboard, not parallelograms. The seller blocked the serial number, so I won't know for sure until it gets here. I've owned a couple of Greco Mirages over the years, most notably the blue M1000 (Same model that Rick Nielsen played
    22 points
  25. The Shishkov was on stage a lot last night. Getting a good photo was impossible because Dustin is rarely playing along the front of the stage. He mostly stays on a platform while Chris Caffery and Joel Hoekstra take the spotlight. The only time Dustin gets a spotlight is when he is singing, and he does not sing while playing guitar. For all the great lights in the show, the performers are not often in enough light for taking photos unless they are featured at the moment. After the second show all the performers sign autographs. Last year I got a tour book signed by everyone. T
    22 points
  26. #0091 - DC Custom Offset Semi-hollow, sage pearl metallic. Honduras mahogany neck & body, spruce top, ebony fingerboard. The color and depth of the finish is really tough to capture, but it's a touch greener and more metallic IRL than in the pics. It's fantastic, far exceeded my expectations (as expected), and feels like an old friend in my hands. I've got to go back to playing a bit to further develop my impressions, but thought I'd give a quick show and tell. More to follow soon!
    21 points
  27. This 2204 popped up last week. It looked like it was in good condition. It's from 1985. From the pics the tolex looked good and they seller said the circuit was original. He only wanted 800$, so I did not hesitate. These usually go way more if they are in good condition. He packed it well and sent it to me. And If you remember @Jakeboy's dirty Special from last week? Well this amp was in the same condition. Way dirty. Dust that had stuck to the tolex and made the amp grayish instead of black. I used some cleaning stuff for ovens, that would "desolve anything" to clean it. But it was quit
    21 points
  28. Sisters: 2017 Shishkov Ultimate #0063 and 2020 Shishkov DC Custom #0092. Cousins: the concept was to do a super-upgraded version of my beloved 1981 Hamer Special. I think he succeeded.
    21 points
  29. I wanted to share photos of my recently completed project. I found a beaten, battered and butchered 1970-72 era Gibson L5-S at my local GC a couple of years ago. For those unfamiliar with the model, It was, at the time, the most expensive electric guitar in Gibson's catalog. It had a body shape similar to the Les Paul, but wider, thinner and with pretty extreme carving of both the top and back. It had elaborate appointments including inlay borrowed from the L5 arch top, wide multiple layer body and neck binding and highly figured maple. Gibson added an ebony fretboard and gold hardware.
    21 points
  30. My guitar tech had a beautiful LP that he had shown me a couple of months ago, that he wanted to sell It was a beautiful LP and told him I wanted it and I'd sell some gear to take it off his hands. Well with all this C19 stuff going on, NOBODY is buying anything off CL or FB Marketplace. Anyway he called me this weekend and asked me if I could please buy his LP ASAP. He told me his guitar tech work is pretty much nonexistent, and his wife lost her job 3 weeks ago. I had to talk to my wife about getting money out of the bank to buy the guitar, and she gave me the green
    21 points
  31. Put the last one back in the rack last night, and figured it was a good time for a couple of group shots
    21 points
  32. … 'bout that bass, no treble, I'm all about that bass … And I'm not even a bass player! It's such big fun to play this fantastic instrument. Thanks to "filtre" for posting this PSA. Except from an annoying scratch near the controls it seemed to be in a decent condition, and after a few hours of TLC it looks like this: As promised, here are some pics for your entertainment, and maybe some of you can provide a few more informations about this cool bass. It came to me with its original case in like new condition, inside and
    21 points
  33. Thanks @Toadroller! It was a blast working on it with you. Since the best part of these threads are the pictures - Here are a few we took - The lemon color was hard to capture. I’m looking forward to seeing Mrs. Toadrollers pics ?
    21 points
  34. I have a Korina Standard #36... So I’m browsing Ebay, I see this. Always wanted a Korina Vector but the prices are out of reach for me at this point. I’m looking at the pics and that’s when I get the chills... can it be? I run to my guitar room and yes, it’s Vector #36!!! I'm floored!! Contact the seller, who is really nice guy. He gives me more than a fair price... And.... thanks to my wonderful woman Linda, it’s now shipping to me tomorrow!!! Not sure how many people own a matching set but I’m now in that club... https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2
    21 points
  35. 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.
    21 points
  36. Here's to a safe and happy new year for all of us here at the HFC. Hoping this year will be a great one for all of us, with good times with family, friends, and good guitars!
    21 points
  37. That's "Joe" for "I wish you all the best."
    21 points
  38. This one's on the way. I've had a love hate relationship with P90s since I was a teen. We'll see what happens!
    21 points
  39. This is my brother playing the guitar!
    21 points
  40. It’s a bit of a long story, but I am now the owner of this 2013 Gibson Les Paul Traditional in Chicago Blue. The only thing that separates this guitar from “mint” is the previous owner had Guitar Center install Schaller strap locks before he brought it home. There are no marks or scratches; he never even changed the strings. The receipt from Guitar Center is still in the case. I swapped out the Schallers for Dunlops (none of my guitars leave the house without Dunlop Straploks), put a new set of strings on it and found an appropriate Couch strap. I still need to put it on the strobe t
    21 points
  41. Wife: "Why on Earth do you need another Hamer?!" Me: "This is a Newport Pro! A nice member of HFC offered to sell it to me." Wife: "Didn't you just buy a Hamer?!" Me: "Yes, but that was an Artist Custom." [I bought it in June of this year.] Wife: "And don't you already have a few others?" Me: "Well, yes. I bought a Duotone in October of last year, and a Studio in November." Wife: "Then what are you doing?!" Now, fellow members, what would you do in this situation? This required some fast thinking on my part. My beautiful wife surely wouldn't go fo
    20 points
  42. There is nothing not to love about that one! CONGRATS!
    20 points
  43. 4/5/2020: A very nice, original example of a USA SoCal Model 1HH. Plays and sounds killer-diller. @diablo175 was right about the neck pickup. Smooth and pronounced, ballzy. I've ordered two pickguards (B/W/B and mint-green 3-ply) from Reverb, but I'll do a separate post on that install. I did put in three fu-tone.com, light springs. Much smoother trem action, now. Anyway, enjoy!
    20 points
  44. My .02..... I worked for Jol during the early New Hartford years. I can share the following: 1) Arlington Heights was run like a factory (a good one but still a factory). New Hartford was run like a shop. That was because of Jol’s presence in New Hartford. 2) I left Hamer in July 2000. Most, if not all, of the customer order rejections I was aware of had a pretty good reason. What people don’t understand is many fixtures, patterns, etc necessary to do the old models and custom orders were trashed in Illinois. A lot had to be recreated. It is very likely the first “no” wa
    20 points
  45. Hamer forum, I want to take a minute to thank all of you for your help locating my Brother in laws Red Snakeskin Chap and a SPECIAL thanks to Hamer-on for his help and generosity in reuniting this guitar with Randy's family. We reached a deal and I want all of you guys to know how much I appreciate him, and the awesome care he gave this cherished instrument and how much I appreciate this forum. It would have never happened with out all of you. My family is grateful to Hamer-on and to all of you. I just wanted to round back and let you all know the outcome. God bless all of you thank you once
    20 points
  46. When my Dad passed away, I wanted to pass something along to my sons that represented something from him. I ordered a Teal B-4M Bass with Boomers and a Cadillac Green Monaco 3, both pretty tricked out. My father was a huge fan of guitar music, and encouraged Serial and I to play, no matter how loud and obnoxious we were in middle and high school. The man couldn't play a note, but always made requests of songs he wanted us to learn and play for him. Miss the guy! Serial and I also came up with the harebrained scheme to order "twin" basses - at the time, we wer
    20 points
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