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BadgerDave

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  1. Probably a long shot, but I'm looking for a set of standard humbucker size Lollartrons in nickel, chrome or gold. Clean, non-aged version preferred. Cash, or I have the following as possible trades: Wolftone Marshallhead set (nickel covers) Fralin Unbucker set (zebra, no covers) Bare Knuckles Holy Diver set (aged nickel covers) Seymour Duncan Psyclone set (gold)
  2. Now listed on Reverb. I replaced the the nut and and addressed the sloppiness around the edge of the fretboard. Reverb Link
  3. I've owned a Player's edition Anniversary Model and generally agree with all of the comments on quality. I've also had a few of the Japanese made Jets and a Chet Atkins western motif big hollow body. My problem with these guitars is that they all had surprisingly thin necks. You'd think that guitars that were based on designs form the 50's for jazz players would have thick or at least medium neck profiles. Nope. Every one I've played has felt like an Ibanez. Maybe 0.820" -0.850" 1st - 12th fret. The Bigsbys on the Players Edition guitars are string-through w/o pins, so re-stringing is easy.
  4. Weight: 8.5 lbs Neck Profile: C Neck Thickness: 0.825 @ 1st fret, 0.875 @ 12th fret Nut Width: 1.66" Very nice 1981 Hamer Special with a solid black gloss finish. The volume and tone knobs, and possibly the pickup rings, may have been replaced, all other hardware appears to be original. The period correct (and likely original) Hamer hardshell case is included. The guitar shows very little wear, and is in fantastic condition considering it is over forty years old. The frets are in great shape. Like any black guitar, you can see polish swirls and very shallow scratches in the finish in direct sunlight. The guitar is remarkably clean. The truss rod functions perfectly, the neck is straight and all electrical components work as they should. The guitar has not had nor does it need any repairs. It's set up with 0.10 - 0.46 gauge strings, low action and no buzzing with normally aggressive playing. The neck is similar to a Gibson 60's profile, with a comfortable "C" profile . Precise measurements are noted above. $1,550.00 shipped within the lower 48. That's pretty much exactly what I paid. I'll be asking more on Reverb.
  5. @kizanski was correct. It was only a matter of time. I'm letting supporting HFC members in the US have first crack at this one before it goes up on Reverb (probably Friday). Weight: 8.5 lbs Neck Profile: C Neck Thickness: 0.825 @ 1st fret, 0.875 @ 12th fret Nut Width: 1.66" Very nice 1981 Hamer Special with a solid black gloss finish. The volume and tone knobs, and possibly the pickup rings, may have been replaced, all other hardware appears to be original. The period correct (and likely original) Hamer hardshell case is included. The guitar shows very little wear, and is in fantastic condition considering it is over forty years old. The frets are in great shape. Like any black guitar, you can see polish swirls and very shallow scratches in the finish in direct sunlight. The guitar is remarkably clean. The truss rod functions perfectly, the neck is straight and all electrical components work as they should. The guitar has not had nor does it need any repairs. It's set up with 0.10 - 0.46 gauge strings, low action and no buzzing with normally aggressive playing. The neck is similar to a Gibson 60's profile, with a comfortable "C" profile . Precise measurements are noted above. Sold      
  6. I have one prior experience with the IRS claiming that I under-reported a tax liability. Their protocol is to determine that an amount is owed, add a 10% penalty and demand immediate payment. It is nearly impossible to communicate and if a call is answered, the entire discussion history begins over with no prior progress or information retained. I expect that this new policy will result in such a huge influx of 1099s that they will not have adequate resources to perform audits on even a tiny fraction. So, they will either ignore them or create an automatic process demanding estimated additional tax.
  7. My problem with the new process is that, while I'm 100% certain that I will not make a profit on my Reverb sales, I have no way of conclusively proving that to the IRS. I understand that I don't need to do so unless I'm audited, but it still creates certain level of anxiety. I have gear that I purchased years ago, acquired in trades or assembled from parts. I didn't think about keeping receipts. I wonder how flexible the IRS will be? My guess is that if I can't produce a receipt, they'll start at taxing 100% of the sale price.
  8. My local Guitar Center will pay 60% of the retail value of items they can resell. They'll take most guitars, amps and pedals. It's not an unreasonable solution when you consider the fees, sales tax and shipping charges associated with Reverb sales. Not to mention the potential hassles of shipping damage, questionable buyer ethics and IRS scrutiny.
  9. You may remember this one from the recent discussion titled "Hamer Special on Reverb - Ed Roman reborn?" It's a solid, perfectly functional guitar with some apparent, and some hidden issues. There are several chips and dings in the finish, the bridge is tarnished with some worn-through plating and the nut was removed and reinstalled unprofessionally (I'm being kind). A previous owner felt the need to install a set of long legged pickups. In what I assume was a combination of impatience, alcohol and ineptitude, he thought modifying the pickup cavities with a 1" spade bit was the appropriate solution. Still, It's a good guitar and the horror show beneath the pickups doesn't show or affect the structural integrity of the guitar. The nut could use some attention, but the guitar intonates and sets up well. I replaced the pickups with a period and model correct DiMarzio PAF pulled from an 80 -82 Hamer Special and a new Duncan 59 neck pickup. I also added new knobs and dunlop strap buttons. The original case is included and I will also include the Super Distortion bridge and mystery neck pickup that came with the guitar. Weight: 7 lb. 15 oz. Neck Depth: 0.840 @ 1st fret, 0.916 @ 12th $1,200.00 includes shipping in the U.S. Happy to meet in the Chicago - Madison, WI area for an in-person exchange and deduct $50 from the price. Additional photos to follow.
  10. Adding a photo of the Les Paul Signature. I forgot to mention that @JGravelin also contributed to the restoration. Josh lightly wax-potted the T-top Gibson pickups in the embossed covers. So, with the Jay/Ben/Josh holy trinity comprising the restoration team, I'd love to keep this one in the HFC family. My price for HFC supporting members is $3,500 with free UPS ground shipping in the U.S. Plus I'll contribute 10% to support the board.
  11. I'm following @kizanski's lead and cashing out of most of the guitars I've accumulated over the years. I have a few on Reverb now, with a ridiculously clean USA Baker the most likely to be of interest here. There's also an LP Signature that was brought back to life by the masterful artistry of@Stike and @murkat, a bizarrely abused collectable RIC 660 and more to come. I'd love to avoid the fees and other headaches of the Reverb crowd, so assume a 10% discount for HFCers and feel free to PM me with offers if you think my prices are optimistic. Link to my Reverb shop here: https://reverb.com/shop/davids-gear-emporium-327
  12. I'll admit that I rarely pay close attention to lyrics, but Sammy with Ronnie Montrose was pure magic. The soundtrack of my misspent youth. Get on your bad motor scooter and ride!
  13. You can use the search function for rudimentary filtering on the Stratosphere site. Select "bodies" on the main menu and search for "Stratocaster" for example. I don't think you can search by color, but I've never tried. Your Fender neck and hardware will fit Warmoth Strat bodies. At most, you'd need to do some very light sanding of the neck pocket, but probably not. I'm a big fan of the Warmth vintage Strat bodies. Nice, deep contours.
  14. Link These had a significant fan base here on the HFC when first introduced by Line 6. IMO one of the best solid state amps available prior to the Boss Katana. A steal at $150. @MCChris will not agree.
  15. Aftermarket bridge with extended adjustment range plus saddles set at the the rearward limit suggests intonation issues. I suspect the bridge pickup ring was mounted poorly after it left the factory, possibly because the original mounting holes were stripped.
  16. This is what i'm looking for. Unfortunately, it's in Serbia and one of a set listed at $500. I'd like to shake one loose in the $100 - $150 range.
  17. I'm definitely a fan of Josh's work. For this project, I have the period correct DiMarzio double cream bridge pickup and would really like to find a matching zebra neck version with similar aging.
  18. I'm looking for a period correct neck pickup for a 1980 Hamer Special restoration project. Anyone have one they are willing to part with?
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