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tobereeno last won the day on August 15 2018

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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. Price is probably about right for the Korean market, but I haven't been there in 8 years so I dunno for sure. A decent rule of thumb I used during the decade I lived there was that USA-made stuff was reasonably priced if it was 50-100% over what it would cost here. A lot of that comes from a special import tax on musical instruments, so whoever first brought it to Korea paid that 50% tax so that's been passed on from owner to owner. I remember when you could score USA Calis with dot necks on eBay for $400 or under, all day long.
  2. I'd pay $4k; isn't that where extremely limited run Hamers sort of sit these days pricewise?
  3. It's been a few years since I was living there, and keep in mind I never managed to speak the language so my understanding of things were limited...but the factories that are producing affordable versions of USA-made stuff, will also use domestic branding - we've all heard of Cort. I think it would take a very talented Korean luthier to start a custom shop and go from there, which is how a lot of the great US guitar companies started. I hear you on the Korean-made thing. It is a very affordable way to buy guitars on a whim, and in the past few years the quality and precision which which they're made has gotten to the point where there's no measurable different between them and production-level USA stuff, maybe even better. The finishes have gotten really good as well. The bargain stuff isn't made in Korea anymore - Korean-made guitars are now solidly midrange quality...and price. On the average a Korean guitar beats out USA Gibsons that cost twice as much. They may not have tonal mojo worthy of professional studio work, but they don't sound bad at all. And for $800 new with top-shelf hardware and excellent build quality, that's a very hard package to beat.
  4. How often do you see an Impact bass for sale? They do, but a couple years may pass between when one pops up. That's why it cost that much. An Impact has been on my want list for twenty years. There comes a point where honestly, you start getting too old to wait around years for the "right" deal. $3800 to me sounds fair.
  5. I've seen more of just about everything than of Californian Customs. For years I tried to snag one, to absolutely no avail. I sold my Virtuoso earlier this year, but it took me 16 years to get to the point of selling it.
  6. don't ship to Italy. I sold a B12L in August and it is STILL floating around somewhere. I took out all the insurance available so my ass is covered. But it's still heartbreaking to know that a fine instrument is in limbo and unloved in some warehouse....somewhere.
  7. Boomerangs. Jim O'Connor finish. Reverse headstock. It ticks ALL the boxes. But as ironic as this might sound, I do kinda understand letting that one go. I've also owned a 5-string Chap bass and the word that comes to mind is BIG. Wide fingerboard. Double trussrods. Huge sound. No danger of being drowned out on stage. And yet for me (and maybe because I'm not primarily a bassist) it was just too much. For me, it will always be the 5 string 1st gen Cruise basses. They're warm and intimate. They suit me.
  8. so those records just....vanished? never received by the recipient, and never returned to you?
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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"....
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