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About DarrenD

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    Washburn EC29, Washburn EC36, Peavey V Type Limited Edition, Hamer Californian Elite, Custom Purpleheart Superstrat, Custom Maple Superstrat, Washburn HM-80, Tradition Michael Angelo Batio Signature Series, Raven RX620,
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    Marshall JCM2000 combo, Peavey VTM, 5150 cab

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  1. Just my cup of tea. What kind of nut is on it?
  2. Stainless will pretty much last a lifetime for most players. Not all titanium in necessary as strong as stainless - there are different grades and depends on how they make it. Stainless is still my preference - lasts forever and tone is good if you actually know how to install them right. Most people now days refret them with a loose slot and think superglue will be the answer to everything. Loose slots+superglue to hold down = bad transfer. The tangs needs to bite in the wood IMO. With stainless, you want the radius of the frets perfectly matched to the fretboard when you press them. For tools, cut them with a piano wire clipper. Those are made to cut hardened piano wire and will have no problem cutting stainless. No reason for titanium frets but interested in someone taking the dive and doing a comparison. My guess is they will install similar to stainless.
  3. Titanium Frets Sellers claim that they don't work well with metal string guitars because of side tones. They recommend installing them on nylon or "soft" metal strings. So there you go - if you want your nylon stringed guitar frets to last thousands of years, you have your answer. So, who's taking the first dive? Buy a bolt cutter and see what happens, eh?
  4. I was too young to remember people buying/selling USA Hamers for $350 on the forum. I assume this was the 90s? Please elaborate and provide stories on the 'ol days.
  5. I personally think the 24 frets on a 4-digit makes it more unique. I’ve never seen another one. And a sustain block? To each their own I guess.
  6. Thanks for the information. So the middle piece is battling the other two. Interesting. What is the advantage of this over a two-piece lamination where two pieces are simply opposing grain and simply battling each other? Wouldn't this be more equal? I really not a wood expert and interested in these details. My old cali elite stayed in tune in 38 and 100 degree outdoor gigs and I think the stressed neck system really contributed to that.
  7. So in a three-piece Hamer laminated neck, the two outside pieces are opposing grains to fight each other - and from the same piece of wood to my knowledge. What was the middle piece? Can someone explain this system in more detail?
  8. That's a beginner's dream rig. You can't go wrong with anything considering it even has the original hardshell - and the Rockman. Hell, just pick it up. You could flip it and easily make some extra change, and that just selling it to us on HFC.
  9. The Chap bass is my favorite bass of all time. Narrower nut width - very comfortable. I haven't searched for another bass since I got mine. That being said, I never find pawn shop deals, or any lucky deals for that matter. I don't know how the hell you guys do it, especially in the age of internet where it so easy to simply type something in google to get rough estimate values. Rock on man.
  10. HamerJammer - please contact me - I can't send you a PM.  I would like to talk about your Rand guitars.  Thanks!  PM me here or email me at darreno27@hotmail.com.

  11. Forums everywhere aren't as popular as they once were. I think facebook groups may have taken those people away. I still prefer forums over the facebook groups though. This is really the only message board I pay attention to. I used to be active on the old Kramer forum, TGP, Gearslutz, but it after a while, I took a few years off. There's a lot of great information collected over the years on forums that you can search for. In facebook, I think it gets lost over time.
  12. I used to own a Washburn SS80 - they are great guitars. I visited the Washburn custom shop (when it existed) in Illinois about 8 years ago and talked with Terry Atkins, the head of the custom shop at the time and also worked for Hamer before then. He liked the SS80s and talked about working on the Hamer B12s and his current Washburn bass model he was prototyping. I got there just before they sold their "Barbarella" Washburn to a guy in Australia, which was also meant for Steve Stevens. I also have a copied Barbarella graphic with built in ray-gun effects. The graphic is from a different Barbarella comic though. I used to own vintagewashburn.com and talked to many people back in those days, one of them is my friend Dave who is the SS80 historian. Cool guitar man - I didn't realize the original was destroyed. When I had the website about 8 years ago, it was difficult to find good photos of the original monster guitar.
  13. I'm currently building a guitar that's a cross between a Washburn EC36 and Hamer Virtuoso. I don't want to copy one of their headstocks but want characteristics of the virt or another Hamer in it regarding the headstock. Does anyone know the best way to do this? Also, my favorite input jack of all guitars was when I had my Californian. It was so perfect for live playing. Does anyone have experience routing this kind of jack and tips for when I try it? I have built guitars before, but this 27" scale (I wanted to try this instead of the virt 26.25") 36 fret guitar is throwing me for a few loops.
  14. Cool story mudshark. There are plenty of guitars exactly as you described still there. Next time I go back, I'll see if I can find a 60s or 70s import no-name crapola and send it to you for old times sake. That, or some Vietnamese random guitar. They still have them laying around and don't throw out those types of things, no matter the condition (as it seemed to me, anyway). As for the manufacturing talk, as with everything, they would probably need to train the workers very well. Their standards are very different from ours when it comes to those things. However, they do work their asses off when they are trained in something. Their electrical is so messed up, though. Like I said, everything is so unregulated there. But you know, the youth in Vietnam seemed very excited about playing guitar. They were exhilarated about music and singing. It's a large part of their culture. There are no bars, just Karaoke and singing it seemed. Their equipment is garbage but the people have incredible musical talent and will. There aren't as many distractions like cell phones and computers. It was typical on a week day for a family to sing karaoke for 2-3 hours straight. They would be singing until midnight on Wednesday, and I would be like "Is this normal?" Why yes, yes it was. And again, it included me singing "Hotel California" another 4-5 times! Damn! I'll take American rock, recordings, and guitars/amps any day of the week. In fact, I was strangely craving this after week one. However, they love music just like all of us. You could argue they love it even more than us in some ways. But yes, I'm pretty thankful I get to talk about this on a guitar forum that discusses the best guitars in the world - and I've owned multiple. Yeah, I feel lucky.
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