Jump to content
Hamer Fan Club Message Center


  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


Andrew last won the day on February 16 2014

Andrew had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

670 Excellent

About Andrew

  • Rank
    Veteran HFCer
  • Birthday 03/01/1912

Previous Fields

  • guitars
  • amps
    Has lots of knobs, don't know what they do.
  • fx
    Standing near the PC monitor to get a good hum!

Contact Methods

  • Website URL

Profile Information

  • Location
    Birmingham, UK
  • Interests
    Hamer Guitars

Recent Profile Visitors

2,811 profile views
  1. The finish is Day-Glo Zulu. Clown pukeā€¦ same colours, no black, different pattern:
  2. Definitely Red Snakeskin and NOT Red Dragonskin. Dragonskin has rounder, more irregular "scales". The overall pattern is also more random.
  3. Could be an alder body. The contemporary Californian Deluxe is alder bodied, as is the Centaura. See here: https://www.buddlejagarden.co.uk/hamer/92pics.htm https://www.buddlejagarden.co.uk/hamer/92price.htm
  4. Great guitars. Too many were routed out for bridge humbuckers, but a new scratchplate hides the vandalism. They were made (about 20) for a German distributor, but they pulled out and Prosound in Koblenz (Peter Wolf) took the majority. Whether they are collectable enough to justify that price? I don't know.
  5. You are correct. However, the buggers used up old bits around the factory so later shorter scale fixed-neck Chaps, 22-fret Steve Steve Stevens and other anachronisms are common enough. The easiest way, without a measure, is to check the space between the bottom of the body and the trem.. On shorter scale chaps this space is longer. The guitar looks a little slimmer as a result, a trompe-l'oeil. The Floyd back-rout is not found on all longer scale fixed-neck Chaps. The earlier ones don't have it. The fixed-neck Chaparral with the "banana" headstock continued into the nineties, but I've not seen one after about '91.
  6. There are always exceptions, but 70s and 80s (and probably 90s too) use Indian Rosewood. Not much Brazilian left by then. I think later, in the noughties, some historical Brazilian Rosewood became available. But still very much on a minority of guitars.
  7. Fingerboard will be Indian rosewood. The knobs on the earliest (up to maybe 3 8000) would have been Gibson "Top Hat" style, black with numbers. The Hamer featureless knobs came in early 83. See: https://www.buddlejagarden.co.uk/hamer/1982a.htm
  8. Each may be unique, but unique is no synonym for unusual. Every nag is unique, but a unicorn is unusual. Anyway, I've seen several with the thin top-bottom stripes. But never one with the additional zig-zag pattern of drop-out of the stripes.
  9. Nice unusual B/W graphic. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Hamer-81-Graphic-Special-Studio-Doublecut-Electric-Guitar-Pre-Owned/233307550727?hash=item365236b407:g:xr0AAOSwpORdSrxk Why would anyone fit a Kahler to this guitar? Yes, I believe the plastic is hiding a hideous Kahler rout and I can see the screw-holes for the locking nut on the headstock.
  10. What's up with them? Too mean to fit proper size dots! Such frugal fingerboard furniture.
  11. FBs usually came rattling about in a Blitz case with a black fur interior. They never had a specially designed case.
  12. I think this is a Schaller wrap-around 455. A good quality replacement for someone who wants fully adjustable intonation. The Wilko bridges Hamer fitted are a bit rubbish, so all sorts of replacements have been employed by Studio owners. Edited to add, earlier Studios/Sunbursts/Archtops/Artists came with a Schaller tuno-o-matic and stop tail piece. The single piece wrap-tail bridge was used from about '94-'96 and only on so called "Studio" models, those without binding and with dot markers.
  • Create New...