I’m not sure exactly when they started playing Hamer guitars but I know for a fact that when they toured promoting their first album I saw them in a small venue opening for the Scorpions. They all had Hamers that night. But that was because a local guitar store, The House of Guitars in Rochester Ny, loaned them their equipment for the show because their equipment truck broke down and didn’t make it for the show. Maybe before that they played Hamers or maybe I got to see them using Hamers for the first time ? That would be cool. The only other time I saw Hamers that early in person was with the band Crack the Sky. They frequently were a opening act for a lot of bands at that time.