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  1. You didn’t buy that ‘64 from a fella in Canada, by any chance? I had a ‘64 that I sold in a moment of weakness (and down market, unfortunately). One of the better playing guitars I’ve ever owned, with a P90 of the gods.
  2. What about the steel block? You ever tried it? I hate to mess with a good thing with the unknownium block, but I’ve thought about ordering one.
  3. My Mk IVa has pretty much gone unused since 2018. I know if I sell this one I’ll never have another one, but they’re going for stupid money these days. Same for my Ludwig drum set. Speaking of Mk IVs and Triaxis, one of the biggest amp mistakes I ever made was trading a Mk IV combo for a Triaxis and 50w tube power amp, then selling my two halfback 4x12s for two EVM-12L Thieles. It sounded nice and all, but meh.
  4. I’d be all over that if it was local. I keep looking at my 4x12 knowing I’m never going to be in a band again that’s just gotta have a 4x12.
  5. God timing on this thread. I just turned down the first chance to be in a band since 2018 last night. When my daughter got sick in 2018, I lost all motivation for being in a band and playing guitar. Poof, gone. Three plus years later, I’m feeling maybe I might want to start up, or be in another little punk band, when one of my friends asks if I’d like to play in their band. Awesome. Except now, due to psoriasis on my fingertips, especially my right thumb, it’s difficult to hold a pick correctly, and I can barely feel it so it slips out constantly. The longer I try to play, the worse it gets. And on top of that, while both of my ears lose high-end at 8k, my right ear now sounds like a broken speaker and has no low-end or high-end. Doubtful if I’ll ever play in another band again, but I’m seriously wondering if it’s time to sell the rest of my stuff.
  6. Is it painted? I had one that looked just like it that I always thought was paint, but then seeing that one makes me think some came that way.
  7. I need a dual Humbucker pickguard for my Shell Pink Strat. Yep, that's just what that guitar needs.
  8. More pics of the Firebird. I'm all Fender. I could really use a Firebird with a Maestro.
  9. Ouch, not that bad when I had it. That's new. Fingers crossed.
  10. There was chipped paint on the back of the headstock when I got it from Jay. I confirmed with him that it was missing when he shipped it.
  11. Almost word-for-word what happened to my Vector.
  12. Thanks mang! That means a lot coming form you! Anyhoo, after a few failures to get the next people on board to receive #5 and a small (read: major) emergency at work that kept me from being able to get it out the door last week, #5 is working its way to SC and Steve Hayne. As I told Gene more than once, I felt very lucky to be able be a part of this, had a great time playing it, but really regret not being able to meet any fellow HFC'ers face-to-face to hand it off. Such is life. I threw a small trinket in the case to document its time in Birmingham, and challenge everyone who gets it to add something from your town so Gene has a small reminder of all the great places #5 traveled.
  13. Aww, shucks. It wern't nuthin' I was hoping to get a decent take of our instrumental version of "White Wedding", but the recording I got was a clamfest and not to be posted. I'll try again at practice on Tuesday.
  14. So I'm first up. Let me just say how honored I am to be a part of this, and Gene (BTMN) is one cool individual for allowing us to share one unique man's vision of his guitar. I sold my last Hamer a couple of years ago to focus on a few core guitars, but strapping Wyldbil's Special on instantly brought back everything I love about Hamers - how effortless they play and a thick, but cutting tone. I had an '81 Special, but it was nowhere near the guitar in tone that this one is. You can hear it below. Unfortunately, we don't have a show until April 5th, but we started learning a song last week that fits in perfectly here, as it's a song by an early Hamer adopter, "Kid" by The Pretenders. It's just a quick one using my iPhone sitting on the mixer so you don't get to see the other half of the band, but you do get see whats important, and Wyldbil's guitar, too. Signal path is: guitar, Carbon Copy delay, '74 Fender Super Reverb. Of course, I flub the solo in front of all my Hamer brethren, but what can you do?
  15. I'm in. Have Murkat send it down to B'ham, or I'll meet him in Huntsville, AL.
  16. Agreed! Since most of the magic happens in the preamp, the Marks are the ultimate bedroom to stage amp. Since I have a basement jam room, either my Deluxe Reverb, or my Super Reverb, is what I practice through.
  17. + a bazilion! That's the first non-white Custom I've ever seen.
  18. This. Offer it in some solid colors. Sonic Blue Mahogany Standard, anyone? If the guitar is to be a Hamer, then for some people Hamer = Standard. If re-introducing the Hamer name is what's being bandied about, then having the first guitar be an updated version of the guitar that made the company what it is should be a no-brainer. You could probably bring out a Special after that, but a Standard should be first. Sorry everyone, but make it a triple-bucker like a couple of guitars that didn't sell well for Hamer the first time around, and the boys might as well keep on making Guilds. But it will be a hard sell, no matter what. The big names are putting out good guitars at decent prices right now, and retailers are desperate to get off stock. Want a new dual humbucker guitar, but don't have a lot of dosh? Sweetwater will put you in a new Gibson SGJ for $499. In addition, the used market is flooded with USA built guitars under $1500. Bling-y Les Pauls, Custom Shop Fender, anybody's signature anything... all can be had < $1500. Heck, you can get a Les Paul Studio, SG Std, or Deluxe Strat or Tele for half of that. It's a tough market at the workingman's price point. Good luck.
  19. That's not correct. AVRI pickups are made pretty much like the originals. MIJ/CIJ aren't, and are more like strat pickups in a JM cover.
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