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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. 32 points
    ...and my law firm is Howard, Fine & Howard...
  4. 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.
  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. 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
  8. 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.
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  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
    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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 15 points
  18. 14 points
    If you can do part of this you have bragging rights.
  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. 13 points
  23. 13 points
    Just a few pics of what's been underway in April... More than meets the eye with these, for sure!
  24. 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!
  25. 12 points
    OP never mentions buying it in this thread so maybe you should get your cart off the street ya negative nellie. Whether they work a deal or not, guy shows up looking for a specific guitar made over 30 years ago and within a week it appears it's been located. That's a win all day in my book.
  26. 12 points
    Did you at least tie a yellow ribbon around it? \
  27. 12 points
    I don't count 'em. Plausible deniability...
  28. 12 points
    English names: Doohickey Thingamabob Gizmo Whatchamacallit Thingamajig Whatsis
  29. 12 points
  30. 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:
  31. 11 points
    Here we have a special model of a mid-90s Hamer. This is part of a special, Japan only run called, I believe, the Special FM-LE. It is essentially a Special FM with body binding (the normal Special FM is unbound). This particular guitar has a nice thick quilt maple cap over a 1-piece mahogany body. The neck is also mahogany with an unbound rosewood fingerboard. The frets are in great shape with only the tiniest of wear. The neck is a nice vintage medium C shape and the guitar plays nice up and down the neck. This guitar originally came to me with a set of Duncan pickups, a 59 in the neck and a Custom in the bridge. However, the neck pickup had an issue and needed a rewind repair. While waiting, I dropped in a pair of JM Rolph pickups that I had. These pickups are a nice match to this guitar and I saw no reason to put the original pickups back in. The original pickups (including the repaired neck pickup) will be included. The guitar is in very good condition. There is a small ding through the finish on the corner near the bottom tone knob and a small indent close by (see pics). The original hard shell case is included $1,700 shipped/paypal'd - NOW $1,100 I posted a couple of pics below, there are more on the reverb listing https://reverb.com/item/26020571-1994-amber-hamer-special-fm-le-w-jm-rolph-pickups
  32. 11 points
    I can't dig this one enough: Replaces my longtime Tech21, which replaced my Boogie Studio 22+. Compared to the Sock Monkey, the Boogie is just too heavy and TOO LOUD (and it's not bad at all).
  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
    It doesn't have Sammy Hagar or Gary Cherone?
  36. 11 points
  37. 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
  38. 11 points
  39. 11 points
    Not mine...his appreciation...kind of cool seeing the fan come out in a seasoned pro
  40. 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!
  41. 11 points
  42. 10 points
  43. 10 points
    I bought this Daytona from Patrick and it’s all original with a matched set of factory SD’s, trem bar and factory warranty card. The Trans Blue finish is awesome and was one of Hamer’s less common finishes. This is a great looking and playing guitar with factory HSC. There is an 8-10 inch faint worm that lengthwise down the back of the guitar that did not break the finish. It isn’t very deep or wide – but it’s there. Its faint enough it’s difficult to get to show up in the photos. Otherwise the guitar is in very good shape with great frets and no other issues. The HSC is in great shape except the cleats and hinges at the bottom/back of the case have some rust on them from sitting on a floor. There is no indication this case has actually been in water though. Other than that the case is in great shape. I’ll post photos tomorrow. $850 shipped to your door. CONUS only – no trades. Payment - Cashiers or personal check.
  44. 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.
  45. 10 points
    Isn't funny how people don't want to be burdened by taxes but demand services ?
  46. 10 points
    arrived safely... kind of tricky, it was traded in without a case and I had a bad feeling of what might happen on the trip from Fla to NH... GC brought in a Dean Z case for me and then shipped it up once it arrived, They did a nice job. needs some tlc (strings are ancient, I believe it was last restrung by a member of the French aristocracy sometime in the 1700's, lol) but some fretboard cleaning, conditioning, fret polish and should be good to go.
  47. 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:
  48. 10 points
    07 Monaco Special M Watson...
  49. 10 points
    It won’t be long. 😃
  50. 10 points
    I'd call it shameless (shameful?) self promotion but with the band now kaput, it's just Hamer love.
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