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  1. Do people who sell "perfect" guitars only discover they were perfect after they sold them (kinda like breaking up with a girl only to find out you'll never find someone as good as her ever again...which, thankfully, didn't happen to myself, but I suspect a few people must have had that experience)? ... I'm just throwing that question out there for discussion. I know I regret selling my first guitar, which was a made in Japan Fender Squire Strat I bought in the early 80's. It wasn't a perfect guitar, but it was a "perfect" Strat and I could kick myself for pretty much giving it away.
  2. Seems like most people, love them or hate them, pretty much describe the PCs the same way. "Brassy" and "Tele-ish" certainly seem accurate (depending on how one is playing). I wonder how many people are using the PC equipped Newport to play the kind of stuff one might play on a Gretsch, because I think my Newport gets closer to a Gretsch vibe than to a hollowbody Gibson, and it seems a lot of people who don't care for the PCs would prefer the Gibson tone more than the Gretsch tone. I say that because a Gretsch (like the Newport with PCs) really doesn't do the higher gain thing well (though they can do crunch pretty well, or to my satisfaction at least), whereas a hollowbody Gibson with humbuckers seem to be able to cross over into higher gain territory (maybe because they usually have center blocks?). I personally wouldn't want to play higher gain stuff with a hollow body guitar, so I'm not bothered by the limitation of the Newport in that respect. I have my Cali for the really hard rock or higher gain stuff. The Newport can cover most everything else.
  3. I have Rio Grandes in my T-51; the Muy Grande bridge pup gets closer to a P90 sound than the Phat Cats and it sounds glorious. I woudn't swap them out for anything. Don't mess with perfection. I still like the PCs in the Newport myself. They're not for everyone and they're not for everything; they're no Swiss Army knife of a pup, but, for me, they do what they do well. Maybe it's because I'm a bedroom player and I don't crank my amp to live-performance-level volumes, so it never gets shrill to my ears. I dunno.
  4. 3 USA Hamers, 1 wife, 4 kids, 4 goldfish, 1 mutt, 1 parakeet, and a partridge in a pear tree.
  5. I dig the Phat Cats in my Newport. However, from all the videos I've seen online, I honestly think the Phat Cats seem better matched to solid body guitars like Les Pauls, SGs, and even Teles. I think it's because Phat Cats are so dynamic that they help brighten the darker tone of solidbodies, whereas the spruce-topped Newport is already pretty responsive and doesn't need the help of such a dynamic pickup. That's probably why Phat Cat equipped Newports can sound shrill/brittle to some people with certain amps. It sounds great in my Dleuxe Reverb because that Fender amp doesn't have strong mid tones that might otherwise cut through too much with a PC-equipped Newport. In any case, I think the near-universal consensus is that PCs don't sound like true P90s. They're just their own thing; not exactly P90, not Fender single-coil, not humbucker. More like a hot single coil that can snarl, but without the warm thickness of a true P90 (though I do think they sound a little thicker in solidbody guitars). Where the PCs really shine is in their dynamics. I've never played anything as touch sensitive as the Phat Cats in my Newport. I mean, you can have an amp/pedal setup that gets you those dynamics with other pups, but the Newport with Phat Cats just does it effortlessly.
  6. I don't think the video was sped up. I just think our senses have slowed down. This is is one of those cases where having great technical ability isn't equivalent to having great song-writing ability, because I never noticed a single memorable hook in all of that. It was both utterly amazing playing and an uttertly forgettable tune at the same time. It's like a painter who can paint so well that his painting looks like a photograph, but all he paints is a banana. It's technically impressive, but I wouldn't hang it on my wall.
  7. I would dig trying an SG with a B5 Bigsby. Might be fun.
  8. I know this is petty, but I tend to think an SG needs that burgundy/wine kind of color with a black pickguard the way I think all Teles need to be on the natural/blond/butterscotch color scheme with a black pickguard, or the way I want all 6120s to be that Gretsch orange. It's as if some models were just made to be certain colors (I also can't imagine a Brain May model any other color other than that dark cherry/red/wine or whatever color that is.) I guess it's about what we've become accustomed to.
  9. I'd like to try one sometime. Didn't care for the Peavy Wolfgang I tried, and the EVH Fender Wolfgang I owned only stuck around for a couple weeks before I sold it, because, frankly, my Cali blew it away. But the Musicman still interests me. Gotta try one someday.
  10. What the ---? I've never seen a "roller nut" before. Does it actually work well? And if it does, why aren't these on all guitars with non-locking vibratos?
  11. Wow, I didn't know she was even still alive. I thought she died decades ago. Olivia De Havilland (for any Robin Hood, Captain Blood, The Seahawks, etc. fans) is still kicking at 103 years old and she seems healthy for her age.
  12. No, your mood is spot on. Anyone this careless about their listing isn't going to give a rat about safely packing that guitar. This isn't the kind of person with which to do business. Buyer beware.
  13. Yup. I'm amazed they still go for so little money. People are paying way more for imports and have no clue they can get a killer custom-shop quality guitar for such a steal. They remain the best bargains out there.
  14. Yeah, I know some don't care for the orange sparkle, but I held out on getting a Newport until I could track a good one down in just that finish. I dig all the other finishes, too, but it's as if the Newport was made for that orange sparkle.
  15. I'm speaking in the context of the topic, i.e., I was referring to the standard Newport as opposed to the Pro. I'm almost certain I've seen a "standard" Newport without a Bigsby. After all, Hamer is a custom shop company, and it's almost a certainty that someone wanted a Newport without a vibrato, so it's likely they built a Newport sans the Bigsby before they introduced the pro.
  16. I don't think all standards had Bigsbys; I'm sure someone can correct me if I'm wrong on that.
  17. Exactly what's the difference between this and the Daytona? I sort of assumed they were the same thing, being the only Strat-clone Hamer made.
  18. I've actually had multiple dreams where my maple-boarded Cali fell apart, which makes me think I need to find another one as a back-up...
  19. From the title, I thought this was going to have something to do with wax. I used candle was to silence my microphonic bridge pup. I was too lazy to remove the pickup, so I just pulled it out of the cavity a bit, removed the tape, and spooned melted candle wax in the space between the bobbins, then replaced the tape, dropped the pickup back in, and all was well with the world. Worked like a charm.
  20. Well to be honest, I bought my Cali brand new back in 1989, and I wasn't even familiar with the brand when I bought it (my buddy worked at a small music shop and brought it out to show me and sold it to me at their cost, which still seemed like a lot of money for me at the time). I just started playing again about eight or nine years ago, at which point I went online to research Hamer because I knew nothing about my own guitar. I was happy to find that Hamer was as cool as it was. In any case, if I knew nothing about Hamer while owning one, I guess I shouldn't be too surprised that a lot of people don't know about them. Plus, when they were in their heyday, my friends and I would have been too young and poor to afford one. It would be equivalent to a high school kid today not knowing what a Suhr is when it's unlikely that he'll ever encounter one at his local GC (though the Internet may have changed things to where people are more aware of things beyond their local retailer).
  21. I've never met another person who plays Hamers; I'm not sure if I've met anyone (in person) who even knows what they are outside of those who worked at small dealers that carried the brand back in the day.
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