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  1. Hey, at least he received it and took his own pics.
  2. Based on a heads up I gave him, a friend of mine picked this up. He was able to get a couple of good pictures of the back of the neck. Whatever was repaired looks to be pretty clean, I really don't see much. It's a first Hamer for him, he's stoked.
  3. Damn, I don't need that at all. But it is certainly tempting.
  4. Looks like the Greco is spoken for while I continue to wait for my CITES export certificates.
  5. I've decided to let a couple of my more unique pieces of Japanese guitar history go. Both were imported from Japan by me and have been well cared for while in my possession. I'm primarily looking to sell, but would consider trades for other guitars (no amps), especially a single guitar for both of these. I'm not looking for anything in particular, though, you'll just have to try me. First up should have some resonance around here, a 1979 or 1980 Greco Mirage M-1000. I have seen a couple for sale in Japan, but not in the US. And certainly not in this condition. This is the model that Rick Nielsen played during their 1979 Budokan shows. In the picture folder, there are a couple of pics from Rick Nielsen's Guitars of the Stars book (that I believe I got from cmatthes) with a little info as well as a pic showing him playing this model. The Mirage is Greco's version of the Ibanez Iceman that was made for sale in Japan. They are essentially the same guitar with minor cosmetic differences. To my knowledge, Ibanez did not have a blue model in the late 70s/early 80s. This guitar is in very good shape. It's not mint and has some very light playwear. There is also some minor dark discoloration around the binding in a couple of areas (see the pictures). The discoloration is consistent with others I have seen pictures of. It's important to note that the discoloration is under the finish, there is no finish chipping around it. The guitar is 100% original with Maxon PU-0 pickups. A word on dating this guitar. The Maxon pickups are stamped that they were made in February of 1979. The guitar serial number begins with "G0" which could indicate a 1980 date. However, since the pickup date is stamped with an early '79 date, I'm assuming it's a '79 model. Regardless, it's almost 40 years old/ The guitar plays well up and down the neck and there is no visible fretwear. The neck measurements are: Width - 1 3/4" at the nut, 2 1/8" at the 12th fret Thickness - 7/8" at the nut, 15/16" at the 12th fret The guitar weighs 9.1 pounds The original form fitting hard case is included. $1,900 Shipped/Paypal'd More pics here: https://1drv.ms/a/s!AoLRRT1O_HxX2Roi0cUuUuUkbz50 Next up is a 1977 Aria Pro II M-1600N, a BC Rich Mockingbird copy in great shape, especially for a 41 year old guitar. Aria Pro II was one of several brands that made high quality copies of iconic guitars. This is no exception, if you are into the Mockingbird shape and versatility, this is the way to get there without breaking the bank. The MK-1600N was near the top of the Aria Pro II line in 1977. From what I can tell, 1977 was the first year this model showed up in the Aria catalog (see pictures) so this is a very early example. It features a maple neck through construction with maple body wings separated by strips of walnut. The rosewood fretboard is highlighted with very nice cloud inlays. The headstock has what looks to me to be a walnut overlay inlaid with the Aria Pro II "P" logo. The tuners are Grover USA. The pickups are a pair of very early diMarzio Dual Sounds, which are coil splittable Super Distortions, and absolute perfect fit for this guitar. The electronics include a single master volume and master tone, 3 way pickup selector, an active boost mini switch (powered by a 9v battery in the control cavity) with a level control knob, a "varitone" type chicken head knob with 6 different positions and 2 mini switches that split the coils. All the switches and knobs work as they are supposed to. The condition is very good. There are a few minor bumps and bruises, but nothing major or out of the ordinary for a guitar of this age. There are a few small scratches on the rear. The neck is a dream to play, nice and wide with a D shaped neck, a little flattened on the bottom. The neck measurements are: Width - 1 3/4" at the nut 2 1/16" at the 12th fret Thickness 13/16" at the nut, 15/16" at the 12th fret The guitar weighs 8.6 pounds. It plays great with low action up and down the neck and no buzzing. There is no visible fretwear. Tonewise, I would describe it as aggressive. While there are many tonal options, this guitar shines when driven hard and wide open. Using the onboard boost switch can give you that little extra without the need for a boost pedal. The guitar includes an original form fitting case. $1,250 shipped/paypal'd More pics here: https://1drv.ms/a/s!AoLRRT1O_HxX2RszX3u3PhlNb1pG
  6. Bump. Somebody here surely needs this in their arsenal.
  7. I get that it's cool and rare and one of a kind, but $50K? C'mon man. It seems I've seen this one pop up before, I'm sure some members here know all about it. https://chicago.craigslist.org/chc/msg/d/be-the-only-person-to-have/6732149832.html
  8. A friend of mine saw that and didn't act fast enough. Apparently it was up for 12 minutes, you must be living right to have seen that one so quickly.
  9. currypowder

    Zemaitis production guitars?

    Mine is definitely not heavy at 8.4 pounds. And the neck feels like a nice, medium '59 ish carve, very comfortable and easy to play.
  10. currypowder

    Zemaitis production guitars?

    Thought I'd resurrect this thread as I picked up an '04 Greco Zemaitis GZ-3500 a few months ago. The Greco line of Zemaitis guitars were the first to be made under a licensing agreement with the Zemaitis family. Apparently there was another higher end line made in Japan in limited quantities, but I've never seen one of those. Now the Zemaitis brand has several lines, but the "traditional" Zemaitis lines are the Casimere (made in Korea), Antanus (Japan) and Custom Shop (Japan). https://zemaitisguitarcompany.com/ I picked up the Greco from Japan. It was hard to get used to, the tone is definitely darker than I was used to with 2 humbucker guitars. Initially, I didn't think I'd hold on to it (I even listed it on Reverb), but a friend convinced me to give it some time and I'm glad he did. The more I play it, the more I like it. And it's definitely a head turner. I got it set up to my liking, and it just plays and sounds great. From what I can tell, it's all original. The pickups are diMarzio 36th Anniversary PAFs. The knobs have been changed, but I have the originals. The GZ-3500 model was the top of the Greco production Zs at the time and listed for 350,000 JPY (around $3,200). There was a GZ-3000 with less engraving and, I think, a rosewood board. But I prefer the Ebony on this one. I have found and ordered a catalog from 2005 which should shed a little light on mine and other models that were available. I see the Greco metal tops popup every now and then in Japan for around $1,500, give or take, which is right around what I paid. Here are a few pics for your viewing pleasure:
  11. currypowder

    I May Owe Jol An Apology

    You know what they say, if you have to ask...
  12. Howdy, so there's no neck taper on the Hamer you're selling? It's 0.875" at the 1st to 0.875" to the 12th, 7/8th to 7/8ths?

    Thanks!

    1. currypowder

      currypowder

      Yeah, it surprised me too. I could take a couple of other measurements further up the neck to see if it tapers a little further up.

    2. Drew816

      Drew816

      Might be helpful to others, for me 0.875 at the 1st is just too big.

      Hamer necks are hard to nail down era to era, there's a lot of variation. 

      That is an awesome guitar though, I'm kind of glad the neck won't work for me because otherwise I'd be getting in trouble! In fact I'm not even going to look at the ad again, well, maybe once more...  😉

      Thanks again, that thing will sell quickly, have no fear.

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