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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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  1. Washburn/Hamer actually have a connection. When the first Hamer factory closed down in the early 90s, some of those Hamer employees went to work at Washburn's custom shop near Chicago starting in 1992/93. In fact, Washburn's custom shop from the late 1990s to mid-2010s was actually headed by a Hamer employee (Terry Atkins). Terry mainly worked on the 12 string basses when he was at Hamer (from what he told me). He created many Washburn's bass designs. From 1992-1996, the Washburn custom shop was headed by Grover Jackson, and he had multiple Hamer employees working under him. I call
  2. Woodwork add a couple hundred, maybe more. $600 for refinish (again, maybe more). That doesn't include shipping both ways which may around another $125-150. Also, setup and installation of pickups, let's say another $125. If you were to send everything to a person to complete, my estimate is that you are looking at around $850 not including the woodwork. If you were to fix the back of the wood, maybe $150? Monkey grip? Probably don't even want to know. This is just a ballpark, and I'm probably low the some estimates. Either way, you are in the $1k territory when it's all said and done
  3. Well, you could refill the holes and refinish it. A refinish would cost around $600 before the actual refilling process and shipping. The back holes wouldn't be that hard - put some wood in there (with glue) and finish it off with some kind of filler. Then sand smooth. The monkey grip would be more difficult, but same thing. Sand it smooth - send it to someone for a refinish. That being said, I really don't think it's worth it unless you don't mind repairing the wood yourself.
  4. Those are great guitars built at the Japanese Kasuga factory. I've owned 7 of them over the years. Hardware is mediocre but build quality is absolutely incredible. They were very expensive to make. I gigged with one for about a year.
  5. It's important to note that Rands are basically Tom Anderson guitars. Rand Havener sculpted TA parts to make them what they are. Havener was a talented painter and did most himself. Do Rands feel similar to Calis? The answer is no. They are both great in their own way, but they have a different feel. I've owned six californians over the years. Every one felt different from each other: different neck size, resonance, etc. Each one was very unique. Rand bodies are a tad smaller and are more standardized with their necks (generally thinner) and feel. They have a very "scu
  6. Very nice first guitar. That's one good thing about the internet - access to the entire sales market to a degree.
  7. I've been getting swamped with Rand related questions on other forums and email for some reason. If anyone has more Rand questions, join the facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/randguitars where extreme detail can be given. If you hate facebook, just ask them here.
  8. I'll make a new thread on them once I finish a few more - I made lots of oddballs.
  9. Experimental builds I made where I tried to mix a Washburn EC36 and Hamer Virtuoso. 3-octaves guitars. They are pretty neat - still have a few more to finish up.
  10. The first production Rands were displayed at the January 15th-17th 1988 Winter NAMM show (below). I own the fourth production Rand built, and it's dated 11-7-1987. I also own the one the guy in the second picture is playing, which Gunnar Nelson once owned. 27-fret prototypes were made throughout 1986-1987 from what I've been told. Here is one of the prototypes made for Vivian Campbell and used in the "Still of the Night" music video This (below) is the very first Rand ever built. EVH Baretta style guitar made with Tom Anderson parts (like all Rands) in late
  11. Wow, I guess it helped (for you) that the buyers didn't have so many damn guitars to choose from in this auction when compared to the first insane Becker auction. I'm honestly totally perplexed those two guitars went for that much this time around, especially the the Harmony. There must have been insane Becker fans that feel they missed out on the last auction.
  12. I did the same thing about seven years ago. I deleted maybe 100 saved searches on ebay. It was actually a relief and saved me a lot of time. I was up to maybe 25 guitars.....all super strats with Floyds. I'm not a collector and my gigging days were done. I tried to get into vintage recording gear instead, but that's another rabbit hole a person could sink into. I think I might need to reset again.
  13. Indeed, I don't think I've ever seen an early German FRT-3 in black or gold. They non-fine tuning Floyds have much more use these days since the invention of locking tuners. Lol, I'll be sure to put that in somewhere.
  14. I checked the Hamer book and seen the Gonna Raise hell standard but can't get a good look at the Floyd. It is indeed a non-fine tuner - probably FRT-3. Don't remember #0181. Have any pics of it?
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