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mirrorimij last won the day on December 19 2019

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  • Birthday 09/24/1969

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    Korina Standard, Korina Vector, Daytona Prototype, T51 Prototype, BCR Jr, Newport, Newport Prototype
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  1. I can’t believe the Fender Custom Shop hasn’t tapped into this market. Send them your specs, photos or actual neck and they make a fully functional replica to play while the original sits in the case.
  2. Dave, You are killing me here.....I don’t even have a guitar for it but I feel like I need to secure one of these hens teeth. If anyone needs a:reference for Dave I’ve known him for 30 years (he trained me how to fret and carve necks at Hamer), he is a straight up guy to deal with and he builds a pretty nice guitar. Deal with confidence. Bob
  3. Yes. Chris is correct. Those 100% came from the factory. If they aren’t 2 FIG could they be from Parallel?
  4. Not much of an update since my last post. My original plan to trade my Hamers for what I thought would be 90% of the funds I would need for the property was unrealistic (big surprise right). That property had a whacky HOA and ridiculously high fees. In order to get something that is reasonable from a HOA $ perspective it requires more cash up front. I just turned 50.....there are a lot of affordable 55+ communities in the Safety Harbor area.I started a fund that I will contribute to over the next 4 yrs 9 months to help buy into one of these when I turn 55. i can’t figure out how my Hamers factor into the new plan....I still have the handshake agreement for the sale and I’m still unwilling to let them go at this point. Probably not the smartest financial move but I stand by my decision.
  5. Update.....everything is on hold for the moment. We have a handshake agreement to complete the sale contingent on me finding a property. I don’t want to bank the cash and then find a property. I seem to remember a story (maybe from here) about a member who sold a gold top “back in the day” and basically converted it to pizza money. I can only be at peace with this if I immediately convert it to something that significantly contributes to my quality of life. I’m not really worried about him backing out of the sale so it’s not a factor.
  6. Gtrdaddy says Uh.Uhm(clears throat)...........remember I’m selling Hamers.
  7. Update.......problems on the property end related to the association fees. This makes it tougher as I was interested in that specific place because of its proximity to the water. We are still on for him to fly up on Wednesday. I really don’t want to sell the guitars without a property to immediately sink the funds into. Otherwise I fear I would just convert them to alimony payments and I’d rather burn the fucking things. Hopefully I will get this sorted in a few days.
  8. Thanks to all that responded....even Joe LoL. Will post an update as this unfolds.
  9. I never thought I would be in this spot...... i just turned 50 and accepted a new position with a company based out of Clearwater, FL. I will be covering the state of Connecticut working out of my home (which I intend to keep) in the Northwest corner. I’ve worked with these guys before and it’s a good fit. I am considering purchasing a 2nd home near the office. I really like the Safety Harbor area and a place I like is available. I was down there last week getting oriented to the new position. I was talking guitars over dinner and a very wealthy man offered to buy my whole Hamer collection. I have a few special guitars and all have sentimental value but I honestly don’t play them. I play a very good Fender Strat about 90% of the time. I’m considering selling them to 90% fund the purchase of what would be a decent vacation spot/retirement home. It’s almost a no brainer! Im torn because I had a hand in building them. Most have unique factory documentation and/or other little bits of swag. I gave 10+ years to that place and there is a lot of sentimental value attached to these instruments. I have one daughter who likes music but most likely wouldn’t want to be the recipient of guitars after I pass. I think I’ve made the decision to sell but I’m almost in shock over it. The guy is flying up this week to check them out. I would still have plenty of other brands of guitars to play.
  10. That looks different than the streaking I was thinking of. Thanks for the pic.
  11. A few posts above mentioned staining from the case.....does anyone have pics? We rejected a metric shit ton of Korina due to streaks and wormholes. I seem to recall at one point we shipped a streaky batch. I wonder if those streaks are what you are talking about. I also remember (right after the move to CT) an order came in from a member here who attended one of the early factory open houses. They wanted a guitar built out of the nastiest looking Korina we could find. I was involved in the conversation since I was selecting wood at the absolute start of the process. On one hand you had a paying customer who wanted something specific. On the other hand you’d have a guitar with the Hamer USA logo and it would not look up to standards. We were afraid if and when it changed hands it would look as if we shipped an inferior product. Jol said no to the build. I can see his point. Ive detailed the thread enough.....my apologies.
  12. We only put enough frets on to get a straight edge on the board.....it was never meant to be playable. It was a mock up of the body to test my CNC code. We added a neck and sent it to TKL to spec the case. Those are Jol’s notes written on the body.
  13. This is the first one. Same layout as a typical Hamer but angled. The Bigsby got in the way of the switch. Jol had me delete the switch and place it in the third potentiometer position.
  14. I think it was more than a handshake....I’ve shared this before. A year or two after I started at Hamer (it was probably 92 or 93) we had to stop using the bell truss rod cover and we had to slightly modify the headstock scroll. I think it was an agreement or settlement of some sort and that maybe Heritage was involved too. I thought Frank said we were allowed to build Vs, Explorer shapes, etc per the agreement. Anybody?
  15. Funny story on how we got the shape (obviously no original to measure/trace). This is for the original run for Bill K. At my suggestion we took the original patent drawing, borrowed an old style overhead projector a fellow employee rescued from a school trash bin, and projected the image onto a piece of paper taped to the wall. once the image was adjusted so the humbucker ring in our hand matched the size of the ring on the image on the paper, the body was at the proper scale and we simply traced it.
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