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    A Fractal gizmo
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    Some Fractal boxes, mostly.

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    My wife and daughter. Music. Cycling.

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  1. He produced Guided By Voices' "Isolation Drills" too. Great sounding record. He always seemed like a smart, funny, self-aware guy. And I suspect he had a good life, which is any of us can hope for. Good for him, and rest in peace.
  2. They’re just wood and wire, acquired with labor and used for pleasure. But still... the 1935 Biltmore archtop, I feel like I’m a custodian of history. It’ll go to someone who respects that history.
  3. After a few days of getting the setup JUST right (I'm fanatical about that)... HOLY JUMPING COW why had I never bought one of these? Ticks all my boxes: Big but not monster neck Medium frets Independent volumes for neck and bridge pickups, for those quiet intimate times Stays in tune All about the midrange, not boomy or shrill Lovely wood Not too heavy Dang, it's weird how things work out. Sold off most of my guitars lately, some at a big loss (just gathering dust and didn't want them around) but it gave me the space and mad money to grab this. Where have you been all my life?
  4. Fixed that for you Thanks for adding to the story. I really don’t know if anyone but me said “pissed off” over two days of negotiating (though I was). Cliff, the manager, said the guitar had been passed around to “three or four stores” so I’m assuming three or four people are now more skeptical about GCs condition ratings. Funny we both figured $1100 was fair. Once I got over the bad experience of my first trip to GC, I realized objectively that the little dings were just character and you have to angle the guitar to notice them. And an inch long repair of clear coat isn’t hard to fix: fine sandpaper, spray, dry, wet sand, repeat a couple times, buff. I wouldn’t feel confident doing that on the top of a Huber, but around the strap button? That’s the guitar equivalent of anal bleaching: if you’re examining there, you forgot why you’re playing. Welcome to the HFC!
  5. Wow. I actually dig that finish. Nice one!
  6. Here's the thread... Took the strings off, found that with a little damp cloth with a drop of soap - and a LOT of polishing with a soft cloth - it cleaned up pretty nice. Swiped the fretboard with oil and dried it (it was pretty dry) and put new NYXL strings on. Truss rod was a wee bit overtightened. Got the wonky pickup straight, which took taking it out, as it had somehow been walloped hard enough to tuck the lip under the wood (sounds filthy). Action and intonation were easy to get right. The nut is cut or worn just a smidgen deep on the D string, as it faintly buzzes against the first fret when plucking it: with comfortable action and no other buzz on any string anywhere. I'll put a micro-drop of superglue in there tonight to build it up. The wear around the bottom strap button is weird, but eventually I'll wet sand it and then build up a couple layers of clear so at least the wood isn't bare. I'll be on vacation for ten days in October so that will be a good time to let it dry. There are I think six little dings in the top, all between pinhead and um... big pinhead sized. Back has some light jeans button wear and some shallow fine scratches into the clear. Turns out it fits my existing Mono case perfectly, so I'll juggle the other four guitars around so someone ends up in a cheap gig bag and the Monaco gets the Mono. Love love love the weight and the neck and the medium-tall frets. Sounds great unplugged and we'll have a rehearsal today plugged in. I think this is a pretty nice top even by Hamer standards. So $1150 for a dang nice-playing 2005 Hamer that needed cleaning, setup, a drop of superglue, and if I'm picky some finish work on a place no one ever looks. The other damage all falls inside "gigged" territory so I won't be nervous about playing it.
  7. I figure GC coming from $1799 to $1150 is a moral victory. The neck was great, the bit around the strap button I can lightly sand and then shoot a few coats of clear lacquer, with wet sanding between. I've fixed worse, and it's kind of fun. I have a set of appropriate Dunlop strap buttons and I do all my own setups and repairs anyway. A local guy has agreed to sell me a new Mono Vertigo bag for $150, so I'm out $1300 plus $15 for lacquer and a few hours pleasant labor for a nice Hamer built in what I think was the absolute golden era. And I really prefer Monos to any hard case.
  8. LATEST UPDATE They guy said this poor guitar has been passed around three or four stores and no one can find the case. But he'll sell it for $1150, and they paid $1200 for it. I'll go get it tonight and find a used Mono eventually. Fun weekend project to polish it up, get it in shape.
  9. UPDATE I posted the above to the Guitar Center Corporate Mothership contact page, and politely told them this was an opportunity to help the staff deliver a better customer experience, and also to revisit their grade of "excellent" in condition. Four hours later I got a call from the store manager, apologizing for the experience I had. He said that the guitar had been listed as excellent with case, and shipped to a customer, who was pissed off at the condition and returned it to his local store. It was then shipped back to this store, but somehow not in the case. He agreed that the guitar had issues, and asked me what would make things right. I said that if he could come back with a price with case that he thought was fair given the condition, or with an allowance for a Mono Vertigo bag, I'd be happy to listen. He said he'd try to get the OSHC from the store that shipped it, and get back to me. Sometimes it plays to... not so much complain, but to tell management that you had a bad experience, and why it was bad. We'll see...
  10. We got a QSC setup: two CP8 powered speakers, a KS112 powered sub, and a little Mackie board. The CP8s are 1000 watts each, the sub is 200 watts. A bit more pricey than they may be considering, but we wanted to be sure the bottom end was taken care of, as if we happen to be playing where's there's no reinforcement that's where you can lose stuff. I will say that the CP8s alone are pretty amazing, so a pair of CR10s and a small mixer might be all they need. You can daisy chain them together if you want to expand, like any modern system.
  11. Checked it out. This GC is a bit shabby compared to the big Atlanta one. There’s a teenager in a GC shirt texting. I get his attention and ask about the used Hamer Monaco on the website because it’s not in the used section. He walks over and says he doesn’t see it. I agree it’s not visible, but could he check if it was sold. He looks it up on their computer and says he’ll look around. Ten minutes pass and he says he found it in a hallway but maybe it’s sold, so ask the other guy. Bearded, 30ish. He finishes talking to someone and I ask him if the Hamer Monaco is sold. He stares at me and says “I don’t know what that is.” I stare back. “It’s a guitar. You list it for sale but this guy seems to have found it but doesn’t know if it’s been sold.” The kid explains it’s in the hall, the beard says to bring it out and if it’s still listed in inventory it’s for sale. Kid brings it out. No case. A little dirty. Light weight. It’s listed as “Excellent” but it has several dings in the top, a good bit of buckle worming on the back, the bridge pickup has been knocked at about a 30 degree angle in the surrounding plastic and won’t push back down. There’s a lot of wear around both (non original) strap buttons, and it’s through the finish and into the wood on the lower button, like someone used a really abrasive cable. Neck is straight though, it’s light, frets have light wear. Plays okay on dead strings, and I don’t bother plugging in, as it’s not worth $1500 and that pickup is wack. I ask if has a case and the beard says no. I point out that it’s listed as having a case. He looks in their system and says yes but he doesn’t think that’s right. These guys. Hilarious. I ask him to please check. Twenty minutes later he comes back triumphantly, waving a gig bag that offers all the protection of plastic wrap, and starts trying to stuff the Hamer inside. It doesn’t fit. “Don’t worry about it,” I say. “Not interested.” if anyone feels like offering $1100, go for it!
  12. https://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/msg/d/buford-12-string-hamer-bass/6971202240.html
  13. I’m probl’y gonna look it’ll at it. I’ve never played a Monaco of any variety.
  14. Disturber's post made me think... ...rare occurence. We should have a thread where we share the links to each other's bands. Support the community, unless you hate the music. Here's us. I Am a Rocketship website: https://iamarocketship.com https://www.facebook.com/iamarocketship/ https://www.instagram.com/iamarocketship_band/ https://iamarocketship.bandcamp.com https://twitter.com/iamarocketship1 Who's next?
  15. https://www.guitarcenter.com/Used/Hamer/Monaco-Superpro-Solid-Body-Electric-Guitar.gc Looks very nice, and $1530 seems fair. I can drive out there if anyone wants an in-hand evaluation.
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