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tobereeno last won the day on August 15

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About tobereeno

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  • Birthday 05/09/1972

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    Virtuoso, Californian Doubleneck, Centaura, lots more Californians, Cruise bass (5string/kahler/LED), Chapparal 5 string bass, B12S
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    Marshall, SSL
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    PodXT Live, VHT, Morley

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  1. tobereeno

    B12L...lost in the ether?

    so those records just....vanished? never received by the recipient, and never returned to you?
  2. tobereeno

    B12L...lost in the ether?

    I just got a message from the buyer's "personal assistant"; she's now handling it. Who the hell has an assistant? I googled the buyer's name and I found this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jovanotti
  3. and before someone asks here, because I've been asked on Reverb too many times, why did I swap necks? I bought the '88 Cali for about $300. It just sounded like crap - the only USA Hamer I've played that I could say that about. I just had the sense that the neck and the body didn't like each other. I had a '90 Centaura that played great, but was highly focused tonally - a one-trick pony. And one night it just occurred to me to swap necks. The Centaura's neck had a very hard, full metal tone to it, and the mahogany Cali body just worked with it. It was still a one-trick pony, but the rawk mojo was enhanced, what with the Centaura's jumbo frets and rosewood fretboard that really had more of an ebony-ish tone to it. That was a crunch machine and I used it for drop-d tunings because it didn't lose clarity and was just metal to the core. the Cali neck has pretty small fretwire on it, and the rosewood on that neck is a lot more rosewood-y. mated with the alder Centaura body, it ended up sounding like a good Strat, and the JB humbucker really came out the way a JB should sound. Very flexible tonally and it just has a lot of soul. Absolutely no question I did the right thing 17 years ago; both guitars ended up a lot better by doing what they were more or less meant to do.
  4. it's just easier to say it's a Chap than to explain, and I literally mean a ceaseless deluge of messages, that it is a USA Californian neck I put on a USA Centaura body. It had 27 frets. It has 24 now, which I did on a bandsaw (I kept the fingerboard with the extra 3 frets overhanging the neck pickup rout for years until I finally decided screw it, it's not like I'm ever going to separate this neck and body because they go together so damned well. I replaced the original JB humbucker with a trem-spaced JB humbucker ("trembucker") because the mismatched string/polepieces drove me nuts. The Centaura didn't have the original single coils when I got it; for most of its life, either Hot Rails or Quarter Pounders lived in the neck and middle positions. And people who have absolutely no interest in buying the guitar just wouldn't let it go. "a Cali neck could never go onto a Centaura body" (yes it can, it requires a specialized tool called a phillips screwdriver) "that's NOT a Centaura body that's CLEARLY a Chap Elite body" (I did the swap, I know what it is). I got fed up with the constant notifications from my phone and explaining the above over and over. So I'm calling it what people keep telling me what it is and are so intent on telling me I don't know what I have, and all the know it alls on Reverb have finally stopped blowing up my phone. What it is, is a guitar that has about the most mojo in my rack. It's made it onto nearly every recording I've done and literally every live gig I've played in my life. But, sometimes life just doesn't go your way and you have to give up instruments you thought you never would.
  5. In August I shipped a B12L to Italy. Spent three weeks in customs, then at the end of September, tracking ends, saying it's in an Italian post office. The guy I sent it to says he's been told it's been returned to sender, but I haven't gotten anything back. Anyone ever have an instrument get lost in international shipping? Did it ever turn up? The shipment was insured so financially no one's getting screwed. My concern is for the instrument itself; it would be a damned shame for it to die a lonely death in a warehouse somewhere.
  6. tobereeno

    Mike Soldano Retiring....

    that's an interesting quandry, if you're Mike Soldano. You wouldn't want your company and amps to just die off because they're fucking awesome, but then...if you sell it off, who can you trust to keep making them in the exact same manner they always have? It is his name on the amps after all. It would be HORRID to be in your retirement, only to see your name on $99 amps sold next to "Kramers" and "Steinbergers"....
  7. nevermind. it's a Chaparral.
  8. will discount for HFC members.https://reverb.com/item/16525525-hamer-usa-chaparral-1988
  9. <sigh> while I sold mine for good reason, it's absolutely true that the magic of the Virtuoso has nothing to do with the fret count. I once tried various pickups - only the Hot Rails works. It's soulful and actually works best when not overly distorted.
  10. 18 years ago I bought a similar '88 Cali for under $400....
  11. the screw is functional; at least it was when I sent it to them because I had the original saddles installed. Most TLEs are 24.75". The one I'm never selling is 25.5". The guitar is killer; I bought it to have one 24.75" scale guitar around, and turns out I can no longer really play a short scale guitar anymore.
  12. tobereeno

    Never seen one of these before

    if Hamer did that headstock shape, then that guitar does have some significance as being yet another unique one-off. I personally don't like the headstock shape - it looks like (if original) someone ordered a Kramer shaped headstock for their Centaura. IIRC the Maestro also has a big signature on the headstock, not to mention production Steve Stevens models.
  13. https://reverb.com/item/11884551-hamer-super-strat-centura-stratocaster-custom-shop-sir-valence-made-in-the-usa-1992
  14. that ain't on me - I sent it to them with the original sustain block saddles installed and set up properly. I threw in the graphtechs in the case, taped together precisely *in order* to avoid confusion. If they had put the saddles in the right order, the string width would be correct. And yep, Graphtech saddles killed off about half of the Sustain Block mojo. Not necessarily a bad sound, but not THE sound!
  15. I sold it to them for $1000. Murkat did the refret and did a great job. I sent it to them with the original chrome sustain block saddles, no idea why they put the Graphtechs on. The graphtech saddles will line up flush (they put them on in the wrong order) - 2 of them are wider and those go on the outside. I know because I spent two hours and a micrometer narrowing each saddle down perfectly, while watching some movie my wife forced me to endure... Murkat also filled the pickup ring holes and converted the humbucker to a bottom mount. There were also holes from a MIDI pickup that had been there at some point in its life; he filled those too. I redid the original wiring, using 100% original electronics. Not that it matters to me now, but I'm damned proud of my soldering work! It's a GREAT guitar. I just can't play 24.75" scale anymore. Oh, and the top is incredible. Murkat did some buffing magic to the top to make it pop more. Doesn't photograph well, but in person the quilt is very 3D.