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

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. What's up with them? Too mean to fit proper size dots! Such frugal fingerboard furniture.
  6. FBs usually came rattling about in a Blitz case with a black fur interior. They never had a specially designed case.
  7. 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.
  8. It's a dog. Probably a refinish and a conversion from fretted. Fretless had no dot markers on the board and the side dots were placed differently. And what's with all those knobs?
  9. 0491 suggest 1981. Using my peculiar powers of sustain-block divination, I would say that bridge was also 1981. Twenty-four frets is quite mystery, but it must have been a special request on a custom order. By the way, a 1981 prototype of the Prototype also had the full two dozen.
  10. Photos would help. They used two different headstocks on these (angled à la Blitz on many of the later ones, or straight à la Phantom on the "production" model). And there must be half a dozen "Pinks"… fuchsia, flamingo pink, laser pearl etc.. The Scarab II was a common enough model, and can be found in catalogues from the mid-eighties. Other than the shape, it's follows the construction methods and hardware of contemporary models – 87 should have a maple neck.
  11. TWO HUMBUCKER CENTAURA. OFFSET DOTS, EXTRA SWITCH AND DIFFERENT BODY SHAPE (MORE SLABBY) TO THE DIABLO. SSIII WAS NEVER A CATALOGUE MODEL, ALTHOUGH STEVE STEVENS HAD SEVERAL CENTAURA-LIKE GUITARS THAT COULD BE CONSIDERED A THIRD SS MODEL.
  12. Wild tops on some SpecialFMs from the nineties.
  13. Would I be right in thinking a Hamer neck put onto a left-over Tom Holmes made body?
  14. Is it just me, or are some of the dots on the fingerboard a bigger size? Something looks a little off there.
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