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  1. Guys this is unreal!!! This is a bucket list sort of for me but $2900??? That seems way out of line to me. If it was like $1500 I would say maybe that would be fair considering the condition and rarity. I just don't know who likes these enough to jack the price up to these levels. This is close to Standard money. Bummer the price is unreasonable. ☚ī¸
  2. I saw that. Would have been way better without the pickguard and chrome Kahler. Black hardware is much better looking on these I think. Not sure if EMG's are original. I know a friend of mine had EMG's in his but can't remember if that was factory or not. Red and black zulu is really cool though.
  3. Thank you @HamStd. Yes that is what I was thinking of. I got the "W" part right. Ha Ha. Sorry for the confusion. Anybody here pick up one of those Willcutt Hamers?
  4. Here's a strange question I guess. If I get this wrong, I apologize but I think it was Wildwood guitars that carried Hamers and were a dealer. I remember seeing a bunch of really cool custom Standards and Vectors that were crazy cool. There were some insane curly maple topped bound and crowned Standards with ebony fretboards I believe. All different kinds of variations if my memory is correct. I think there was even some bound Korina Vectors. My question to the group is, where did these guitars go? Obviously sold but did anyone here buy them? I don't see any really cool ones for sale like those. There have been some good ones but the post about the Standard market value got me thinking about this. I also agree that it's been sort of quiet in terms of really killer Hamers for sale. Seems like tax time there were some out there. I swooped one at that time. Not a lot of Standards and old Vectors. Surprisingly seems like a lot of the 95 Korina Standards have been posting this year. Weird. Maybe it's better there aren't a lot out there. Would be very tempting and bad for the bank account.... If anyone has pictures of one of those old Wildwood custom Hamers, it would be great to see here (even if they aren't for sale 😀). Thanks.
  5. @Dave Scepterthanks. Yeah, actually I think I would have balked at paying $2500 just because I didn't think the market would support that kind of money for a Scarab in any color since most of them have been selling for around $1000 or less. I thought I maybe slightly overpaid for my blue zulu and still may have but it was no where near $2500. To me, that is Standard money not Scarab money and I would have thought I would have lost my shirt on that deal. It's only worth what someone is willing to pay so I guess in this case the day glo zulu with LED's is the hot ticket for whoever bought this Scarab. Congrats to them. They got a cool guitar for sure. And you only live once...so I'm told.
  6. Wow! It totally figures that I go out of town and something like this washes ashore. And $2500 and it's gone that fast? I'm assuming the day glo zulu is just that rare. And again...WOW. Bummer. Not sure if I would have paid $2500 but apparently that is what someone is willing to pay. I just thought since it is a Scarab that it wouldn't command that kind of price. Very cool guitar. Will keep hunting... Thanks @Dave Scepter for looking out for me...😀
  7. Don't feel guilty @boundandcrowned...ha ha.😀 That is a wonderful find. I just want to thank you for sharing the pictures. They are fantastic. If you have any full shots you feel like adding to the Scarab Appreciation thread that would be fantastic. Congrats again.
  8. Another fun thing was when I looked at the serial numbers they were only 3 numbers apart and I've had the red one for over 20 years! Both 85's. Crazy.
  9. Ok guys, so I am still jealous of @boundandcrowned with his fantastic green/blue Scarab but I was able to dry my tears a bit. I found this beautiful blue zulu much closer to home and couldn't resist! The pictures don't quite do it justice since the blue in person to me is quite aqua in nature. Needs a set up but looks to be almost all original (even the famed plastic knobs) except for maybe the toggle switch. Doesn't have the black knob on the end so I'm thinking this got changed over the years. Pretty stoked. The only other blue zulu I've seen is in the Hamer book and that is definitely a different guitar looking at the paint patterns.
  10. Actually what I've seen most is the black Kahler on the Scarab. But I have seen a couple on the net with Floyd Rose trems (not sure if these are aftermarket or factory) and actually saw a pic of a sustain bloc bridge believe it or not. Also, there are some chrome Kahler's which I think just don't look right. Since I grew up seeing my friend's black hardware red/black zulu with Kahler, that's kind of the way I like them and think they look best even though I really don't like tremolo's. The Scarab and a Strat I have are my only tremolo guitars. Not sure what my Slammer pickups rate at but are original from 85 I believe. Sound pretty hot with a lot of treble in the bridge PU. Pretty fat sounding neck PU too. The thing about the Scarab is that even though they were a "production" guitar as far as I understand, you don't see many in the wild so I wonder how many were really made.
  11. You know the more I look at these pictures the more it pains me....so cool...so cool Dave was right...i shouldn't have looked....đŸ˜Ĩ
  12. Yeah Dave, it is sad that I don't have that ☚ī¸ but congrats to you @boundandcrowned! And thanks for sharing the pics! That is really cool. If that guitar was in the USA I would have probably bought it right away but I just couldn't try and deal with the International hassles and the CITES scared the hell out of me. Too much risk for me I guess. Congrats. Now if there was a zulu someone would want to sell in the USA....😁 (hint, hint)
  13. Thanks, Dave. I see now what Studio Custom is saying now. Why you tempting me with the red/black zulu?...ha ha 😉. Man I wish one of those came up that was original and reasonably priced. Other than a day-glo zulu, this would be the ultimate.
  14. When you say SS1 I'm assuming you mean a Scarab I with one pickup? No? Also, by Barney Rubble do you mean the zulu paint scheme? And really $4,000 for a Scarab? I was thinking any of the zulu's would still be in the $900-$1200 range but then again they don't come up often. Last red/black zulu on Reverb was asking $1100 and sold 3 years ago. Not sure the market changed that much in 3 years for the Scarab.
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