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  1. Thank you so much for being concerned about my well-being . I've already found a solution. I keep the case closed and look at this: it wears no scratch at all ! Another serious question: what do the Hamer-logs say about this particular instrument? "Serial"? Many thanks in advance.
  2. Good question. I'm still not quite sure. The switch with the LED activates the built-in preamp. The three way mini toggle has one position with the pickup working in passive mode and in middle position boosted by the preamp. The third position adds more treble and a bit more noise (coil split?) and even more loudness. Members being in the know may enlighten us. Calling "chromium"!?
  3. I saw them once in 2001 here in Germany playing in a rather small venue (old movie theatre). There was a even smaller crowd of not more than 50 people in front of the stage But Cheap Trick did a show as if they would have played in a stadium in front of 50.000 fans!!! Unforgettable! And Rick Nielsen had all his cool Hamer guitars with him. Since then I love them! Still have one of the picks which Rick was throwing out in the "crowd".
  4. Yes, Sir. It didn't look like this when I got it. The finish was stained and dull. It took me a few hours to revive it. But all Hamer finishes are of such good quality that they can be restored almost always.
  5. … 'bout that bass, no treble, I'm all about that bass … And I'm not even a bass player! It's such big fun to play this fantastic instrument. Thanks to "filtre" for posting this PSA. Except from an annoying scratch near the controls it seemed to be in a decent condition, and after a few hours of TLC it looks like this: As promised, here are some pics for your entertainment, and maybe some of you can provide a few more informations about this cool bass. It came to me with its original case in like new condition, inside and outside!
  6. Significantly better than Neil Young, I hope?!
  7. Now, this is a profound expertise from a man who should know about pickups!!! Thanks for that. I would subscribe to every single word. Thanks. In fact, I'm not very much into that whammy thing, too. At least, the Kahler doesn't look as aesthetically offending as a Floyd... . After changing the strings I had the time of my life to get the guitar back in tune... The horror!!! I even watched a YouTube tutorial with "grandpa" Kahler to understand the basics. It stays in tune, now !!! Here's a question to the experts: I found these mysterious signs under the bridge pickup. Does anyone know what they mean? Thank you in advance.
  8. Slowly but surely I'm beginning to feel a bit guilty...
  9. Thanks! Yes, I think that's the secret! As a side note some trivia. That's what the seller wrote after I'd received the guitar: "Yes well I think it has basically been in its case for about 25 years. It belonged to my father-in-law, who played a lot in his teens and 20s (he even used to hang around with the guys who later became Def Leppard!) but he hasn't played for a long long time." FWIW, I didn't ask the seller not a single question about weight, neck size, acoustic voice or other BS before buying! I never do.
  10. It has a medium thin (whatever that means) but remarkably wide neck. I got to get used to it, first. The sound of the Hamer Slammer pickups is great: a lot of bite and treble with the bridge PU and an extremely full, rich and dark sound at the neck. Both pickups switched together, the sound gets a bit nasal (out of phase?), unusual but useful. The acoustic voice of the guitar is less convincing: I will try to describe it ... better not.
  11. So here it is! Some stupid guy posted a PSA here on the board. Pablo, you are to blame! First, I have to admit that for quite a long time I've regarded the Scarab as one of the ugliest creations Hamer ever made. So I bought the guitar kinda half-heartedly. But it seemed to be in an acceptable condition, unusual color, Brexit still pending, seller seemed to be credible, my offer was accepted ... and it was a missing link in my Hamer collection! It arrived last Friday, meticulously packed, incl. original Hamer case. Looking at the fretboard it was obvious that the guitar had not been played much for quite some time (it stuck in the case for about 25 years, as the seller told me today). And that's how it looked: It definitely needed some TLC and my full "steel wool and oil"-treatment. Things are getting better ... and even better ... And here it is, and it is so cool: These discolourations on the back couldn't be removed by my own means. But these are the only bad news. The color of this Scarab is hard to capture: I suppose the finish once was a bright sky-blue but now it has aged to a beautiful kinda sea-foam green!!! At least if you see it in person. And it definitely rocks!!! Hard!!! Hope you like it, too.
  12. It's been quite some time since I've been counting them at last. I did it today... OMG! 34!!! Received my latest acquisition last Friday. Teaser pic: More to come in the near future. Now I should better commit myself to the insane asylum... 🤢 Hey, we do have now an awful lot of emojis on the board! Don't know what they all mean but...
  13. This is the one Jol is holding: The 2005 NAMM Show Filtertron Newport. The COC says: "Ivoroid Binding on Back of Body", but there is none!!! However, the top has multply binding. Simply the perfect guitar! The top of Kiz's Newport looks even better!
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