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About Hamer95USA

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    1995 Hamer Archtop Sunburst Custom, 1998 Hamer USA Artist Custom, 1994 Hamer USA Diablo II, 1990 Hamer USA Chapparal Elite 90, 1982 Hamer USA Cruisebass,1984-87 Fender Japan Stratocaster w/factory installed Kahler Spyder tremolo, 1998 Fender Floyd Rose Classic Stratocaster w/ EMG 85 SA 85 pickups
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    1992 30th Anniversary Marshall 6101 combo amp w/ matching 1912 closed back cabinet, Rocktron Vendetta, Reverend Goblin, Reverend Kingsnake, Soldano Astroverb 16
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    Rocktron, Boss, MXR, Xotic, MI Audio, Fryette

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    Playing my Hamer USA guitars onstage!!

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  1. I need to avoid looking at these guitars as I want to buy one with a rosewood fingerboard/2 humbucker version of your guitar. Happy New Guitar Day, dude! Guitar George
  2. I played an outdoor NYE show with an '80s cover band in 40 degree weather with both my '90 Chapparal Elite 90 & '94 Diablo II guitars last year. We had those propane tube heaters on each side of the stage, was wearing spandex/rising sun tank top/black satin baseball jacket, and it was cold! The guitars were fine, but I had to wrap myself up in a trench coat and stand next to the patio propane heater during the breaks. I ended up getting a cold a few days later and my guitar sub wasn't available to fill in for me. The most miserable gig I've had to play even though the guys were nice enough to help me load in/out my gear. Theraflu carried me through the gig that night. I hate to say this, but I won't ever do that again! Guitar George
  3. Happy New Year to all of my fellow HFC members and their families!
  4. I used and formerly owned an original MIJ Boss DS-1 distortion pedal from the late '80s. Used it as my source of distortion into a Peavey Backstage solid state amp when I was first starting out since I wasn't familiar with tube amps at the time. I sent my MIJ DS-1 distortion pedal to Analgoman for the Super mod since my pedal had the more desirable chip that came with the DS-1 pedals from that era. I liked how it improved the range of the tone control and cleaned up the noise. Unfortunately, I ended up trading it away for some gear and bought an MI Audio Crunch Box v2 pedal for my distortion pedal needs. I liked the Marshall In A Box sound of that pedal on and the way it sounded to me than my old MIJ DS-1 pedal. Guitar George
  5. Is that a rackmounted London Power Aurora amp head? I've never seen one before. How many watts is it? It looks like it's a one channel amp. How does it sound? Guitar George
  6. I'd love to hear that preamp with my digital delay & tube stereo power amp, but you would have to use a Voodoo Labs GCX audio switcher just to switch between all of the channels since there's no MIDI control and the audio outs needs its own switching system. Guitar George
  7. If you watch the end of the YouTube video, stop it at 5:24, Felicia's guitar has an F-hole on the bass side of the guitar. That guitar is actually a Hamer Artist Custom and you're correct about the rest of the description of the guitar. I remember her playing a Daytona guitar for awhile. Guitar George
  8. @Pieman: Thanks for posting & sharing that video with us! I liked this video demo compared to the GregV video. That gave me a good idea of what the guitar sounds like and what it's capable of doing. It's sort of like neck through/sustain block bridge like the original Special, but with Seymour Duncan Double D pickups, and is more twangier/snappy sounding like a Tele than the typical double humbucker/Les Paul style guitars, at least to me. For being one of the last U.S. made Hamer guitars with a different sound about it, it's got my attention in a good way since I was kind of looking at the '90s Hamer Specials with P-90 pickups. Guitar George
  9. Thanks for answering my questions about the Talladega. I'm guessing is that how it sounds with the stock Seymour Duncan Double D pickups then? I'm currently playing a Reverend Eastsider T that I modded with EMG T pickups & SPC module installed. I can cop single coil & or P-90 pickup tones with these active pickups. Is the Talladega different from the older P-90 equipped Specials or Studios from the '90s or 2000's? I've always wanted a Gibson LP Junior P-90 equipped type of guitar in my collection and am curious about either the Talladega, the P-90 equipped Specials, or P-90 equipped Studio. I don't own that type of guitar in my collection at the moment. Guitar George
  10. I've seen a lot of pictures on the Talladega & Talladega Pro on here, saw the GregV video of him demoing the guitar, but have never played or heard this model of guitar in person. Is it supposed to be a neck through Tele guitar with humbuckers that can cop the snappy single type tone? Is it any different from a Tele style guitar with 2 humbuckers with a coil tap in its wiring? I'm kind of curious as to what this guitar is about. Guitar George
  11. I have owned Japanese guitars in my collection as an active gigging musician. Some of the guitars that I have owned/sold/traded: 1981 Ibanez Destroyer II: This guitar is equal to the late '70s - early '80s Hamer Standard. I sold it to buy a Gibson Les Paul Custom since I wanted a more classic style guitar in my collection. I kind of have regrets for selling it sometimes. 1993 Ibanez RG-570: My workhorse super Strat guitar that I hotrodded with Dimarzio PAF Pro & Fast Track I pickups. It got damaged by the bassists brother who somehow swiped the guitar in the gig bag at one of my gigs, damaged the guitar headstock, and gave it back to me. Traded to JC Guitars for my '94 Hamer DIablo II guitar. Owner of that guitar shop is a douchebag & not pleasant to deal with. 1987 Fender Japan Contemporary Strat with Kahler Spyder tremolo bridge: One of the best & underrated Fender Strat guitars that I own. An offshoot of the Fender Heavy Metal series super Strat guitar. I removed the stock single coil pickups and installed a set of EMG SA pickups & SPC midrange boost. The guitar that brought me back to playing Fender guitars. Early 1990's Yamaha Pacifica 303-12 electric guitar: Basically a 12 string electric guitar with a Strat body, 3 single coils, and a great playable neck with 12 strings. My newest guitar in my collection that I bought to tinker around for 12 string electric guitar sounds. My Takamine acoustic/electric guitars that I bought a few years ago: 1983 Takamine acoustic/electric classical guitar: 1990 Takamine EN-10C: 6 string acoustic/electric acoustic guitar mentioned in the previous post. Takamine EF-381SC: 12 string acoustic/electric guitar Guitar George
  12. The guitar in the picture is not mine, but is similar to the guitar that I currently own. That's a great looking guitar and I'm glad you bought it! I have a 1990 Takamine EN-10C which is the 6 string acoustic/electric cutaway version of that guitar. I got a great deal on the guitar from a local Craig's List seller that used to play with Norton Buffalo. Guitar George
  13. I had a drummer friend of mine turn me on to Red Hot Chili Peppers as well as Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, Exodus, and a bunch of other bands when I moved to Hayward, CA in the late '80s. I was grateful for the musical exposure of CDs and concerts that I attended with my friend, our musical jams together as musicians, and diversifying my taste of music. My take on the Red Hot Chili Peppers as I've grown to like them back in the '90s. Hillel Slovak, their original guitarist, laid down the ground work for their sound, but passed away from a drug overdose. John Frusciante took it to the next level and was probably the most successful guitarist in their lineup due to his songwriting and playing ability which fits the band's sound & playing style perfectly. Navarro & Klinghoffer were good players, but by that time I stopped listening to them since the songs that they recorded with RHCP didn't appeal to me. They also auditioned other guitarists from different genres like Dewayne "Blackbird" McKnight from P-Funk who were the original funk/rock pioneers. Having John Frusciante back in the band, sober, focused, and wanting to create new music RHCP is a step forward for them. They have a catalog of songs in their repertoire and can continue to tour just playing their past hits and still come out with new music. Guitar George
  14. Brands of guitars that I have bought or sold: Ibanez, Gibson, Kramer, parts Strat, Hamer Brands of guitars that I kept: Hamer, Fender, Reverend, Yamaha, Takamine The majority of my current guitar collection are Hamer USA guitars and I sold off the ones that I didn't bond with or traded away. As much as I wanted my guitar collection to consist entirely of Hamer USA guitars, I've also went back to playing my Fender super Strats or a Reverend Eastsider T Tele style guitar after playing the Hamer Chapparal Elite 90 & Diablo II guitars for many years and before that a '90s Ibanez RG-570 guitar. I bought a cheap Yamaha Pacifica 303-12 earlier this year to experiment with an electric 12 string guitar to see if I liked it as I've already owned a Takamine EF 381SC 12 string acoustic/electric guitar. That being said, I wouldn't mind having a Hamer Special with the P-90 pickups in my collection. Guitar George
  15. I hate to think about this, but I'm hoping EVH's cancer has gone into remission and is able to tour again. If not, Van Halen will be out of the music business other than his music gear sales/endorsements/merchandise sales which was a smart move on his part. Maybe Alex or Wolfgang will go on to tour with other bands or start their own thing. Lots of younger guys who could sing/act like David Lee Roth and play as well as EVH. All of the musicians from the 70's & 80's have reached the age of 60 to 70 years old and will either quit touring/retire or pass away from natural death/disease/etc. Guitar George
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