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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. 34 points
    Wow, it just dawned on me that I have been playing and performing with Hamer guitars for forty years. Got my first Hamer in '78 when I was twenty and still rocking in '18 now that I'm sixty. Let's see if I can make it fifty.......?
  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
    ...and my law firm is Howard, Fine & Howard...
  5. 26 points
    I finally moved from 10s to 9s after really wondering why in the hell I'm making myself work harder. Honestly, I can't tell a damn difference in tone. It took a little bit to adjust to picking fast because the strings fought back less, but I got that worked out. I'm going to try out some 9.5s and see if I like splitting the difference better, but all in all, I've really enjoyed going lighter. Overall, I feel like my bends and vibrato hang in there better over a three hour set. On another note, I know I've been scarce lately - My personal life turned from fantastic to flaming garbage back in October, and I am just now kinda digging out from under that. I did pick up a Friedman BE-50 Deluxe like I mentioned - great amp! The idea was to sell the Small Box, but that didn't happen because it is a great amp too. The BE-50 caters more to my high-gain love on a lead channel, and being that I am too stupid to make a boost work right going into dirt, I really like have a third channel I can just click for leads. That being said, those Small Boxes just do the 60s-plexi through Van Halen I thing so well that they are just cool. So now I'm sitting an a gazillion dollars worth of amps, haha. I also picked up a Gibson Explorer. I think it's a 2017. Great playing and sounding guitar, and it has quickly worked into a regular for my gigs. It also has a totally Gibson screw up on it I notices the first time I changed the strings. One of the tuners is off by at least 10 degrees to the left, and it was totally a factory error. No additional screw holes or anything on the back; it was just made that way. Pretty guitar but slightly fucked up. Other notes on this now update that you never wanted, my band won favorite band in town in the local entertainment rag up here, and I finally got best guitarist after being runner up two years in a row. I can actually think of at least three other guitarists up here that have better chops than me, but everyone is real-stand-in-one place-and-shred or whatever. I guess the reason I like having won that finally is that for years I've been telling guitarists that rock is about the show, not your chops - people want to see something happening on stage that makes them wish they could be up there having as much fun as you. I'm actually quite reserved until I get to know people, but I definitely play the part of guitar hero on stage. So winning that finally was vindication for my "Looking like Little Richard is more important than playing like Steve Vai" approach to playing rock 'n' roll live. Now if I can just get the rest of the band to loosen up a little and move around, haha.
  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. 25 points
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 17 points
    Geoff, you're so talented and could probably make a cast iron skillet sound good but this is just over-the-top excellent all the way around. Your playing offers a very realistic and wide scope of field in terms of natural tone, shows off how dynamic and touch-sensitive the instrument is, shows all the shiny perfect goodness that is every Shishkov guitar, and your playing is killer too... Pro job. Best instrument company demo I've seen. Thank you! Josh Gravelin/Team Shishkov
  14. 16 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.
  15. 16 points
    All these great guitars are popping up and depleting my resources. Just couldn't resist this...
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 15 points
  19. 14 points
    Got another update yesterday.
  20. 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.
  21. 14 points
    And, in late breaking news........
  22. 14 points
  23. 13 points
  24. 13 points
    Just a few pics of what's been underway in April... More than meets the eye with these, for sure!
  25. 13 points
    I was cleaning up my email and moving stuff over to imgur and I decided that these might be of interest. I was asked not to post these during the build, but it should be safe now.😃 The top Fingerboard and binding-the neck was bound with the outer layer of the two piece checkerboard binding First glimpse of the body Mike's impeccable binding work (find the seam) Coming together (this came on my birthday) Getting ready for finish Some Color At this point Mike decided that the binding looked a little too white. He told me they were going to "do something with the binding". That was the last I saw of the guitar before it arrived, other than this teaser Trish sent the night before it shipped...
  26. 13 points
    Congrats on being a loyal Fan of the brand. In no way to take away from you. I was lucky enough to have brought my first Hamer home in December 1982. It's still here too. Sherry Baby Life IS Good!
  27. 12 points
    Did you at least tie a yellow ribbon around it? \
  28. 12 points
    I don't count 'em. Plausible deniability...
  29. 12 points
    English names: Doohickey Thingamabob Gizmo Whatchamacallit Thingamajig Whatsis
  30. 12 points
  31. 12 points
    It's that time of the year again. You know the drill. This year's 16th installment of the Frozen Jam will take place on Saturday, January 26th at the 4-3-2-1 Club. Any out of town guests want to hazzard a Minnesota winter? Chili or gumbo? We have an ample supply of wigs to warm the pates of the bald guests. It's time for more of this:
  32. 12 points
    My Chap bass has no boomerangs and only 4 strings, but is does have a reverse headstock and a solid quilt maple body.
  33. 11 points
    Got a text from a co-worker hipping me to this FS Axis. Basically a NOS ca.2000. The guy I got it from is 6’5” (“it’s just too small on me...”), but it fits me perfectly. Excellent quality guitar. Now I see why Axis owners rave about them so. It came strung with .010s, a non-starter on a guitar this Floyd-y. The Floyd was pitched forward into the cavity. Wrongo!! Why do, “repairmen”, constantly get it wrong with decked-FR setups? I did a factory setup with .009s, balanced the FR and this suckah is a PUH-layuh!! Some pics (not mine), but I’ll take some real ones later
  34. 11 points
    Well, call me crazy but after much back and forth deliberation, I have decided to teach myself to play pedal steel guitar. And since I rarely go into any endeavor lightly, I bought a really nice one. A late 70's Sho Bud D10 Professional. She's a beauty. We'll see how long it takes for me to be proficient enough to bring it out to a gig. I'm guessing two years. But I have a music room where I can set it up plugged into an amp and just go sit and woodshed on it. There's dozens of instructional videos on youtube and I figure I can loop some rhythm tracks with my 6 string and play over them for practice. Stay tuned.....
  35. 11 points
    Of all the times he said no, this should have been one of them.
  36. 11 points
    It doesn't have Sammy Hagar or Gary Cherone?
  37. 11 points
  38. 11 points
    Check out this pair Firstly thank you to @carfish7 for selling me the maple necked sunburst, and @currypowder for gallantly agreeing to handle the CITES bollocks to get the 2HB to me from the US. They are both 1990 guitars, the HSS appears to have the SD pickup set (JS and 2x SSL1s), the 2HB has a pair of Slammers - check out the neck pickup - the slugs face the fingerboard Both have some nice figuring on the necks - some flame on the HSS, and a spot of Birdseye on the HH. They are both VERY light and feel great - comfy necks (very similar) and low actions. You can see that they are both honest well played guitars, which I like - and oddly enough, just like my '86 Fuchsia SS1 - the guitars what have been well used, seem to be particularly good 'uns. Cosmetic knocks here and there - but importantly - all the playing surfaces, fingerboard, frets etc are perfect. I've had a bit of play of both of these, by no means much of a play, and not hooked up to any of the rest of my gear - but I'm very optimistic. In a sea of awesome Cali's - I'm going to assemble a pile of awesome Centauras. I think most HFCers know that a Centaura HH is something I've wanted for ages, and I'm not disappointed so far. I'm definitely looking for another one of these and currently tracking down others... Thanks again guys!! Cheers, Ben. PS. Better pictures as soon as the sun comes out
  39. 11 points
  40. 11 points
    Not mine...his appreciation...kind of cool seeing the fan come out in a seasoned pro
  41. 11 points
    Mike invited me to join him as his “+1” for the event, and I was more than happy to oblige and check this guitar out in person. The guitar perfectly balances on a strap, has a nice weight and a really comfortable neck profile, total fret access all the way to 24, and it played like...well, a Shishkov! Sounded great through the guitarist’s rig and there was lots of fantastic feedback from guitar players and non-players alike in the crowd. The guitar even got a nod from the CEO as he took the stage to address the company. Being a Washington Capitals fan for decades, I insisted that the visiting mascot, Slapshot, get a crack at the guitar and pose for a shot. After the event ended, I took Mike to a Caps game downtown, and we not only got to see a win over Calgary, but the Leidos Zamboni taking care of business between periods. This is obviously a bit of a departure from the usual fare, but the story is too cool to not share!
  42. 11 points
  43. 10 points
    if you like how it sounds & plays. Don't mess with it. if anything , give it a few months before ya change the configuration.
  44. 10 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
  45. 10 points
    I'm having similar issues - will reach out to Ted, as I'm not sure what's hanging these up. In the meantime...digging out the ol' Photobucket:
  46. 10 points
    I’ve given this one a new home.
  47. 10 points
    Here's mine, Korina P90 Junior with Quilted top:
  48. 10 points
    07 Monaco Special M Watson...
  49. 10 points
    I'd call it shameless (shameful?) self promotion but with the band now kaput, it's just Hamer love.
  50. 10 points
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