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  1. Nice guitar! According to this website pages' color chart, Gibson's Frost Blue was supposedly the 'equivalent' color to Fender's Sonic Blue: http://www.guitarhq.com/gibsonc.html
  2. Looks like a 'Crapola-caster' to me, or at best somebody's idea of a bad joke. Does this mean that, theoretically, if you used all four inputs on a tweed Bassman at once with one guitar and one input signal, and recorded the four inputs as separate channels way back then, you could get paid x4? Seems to me that playing the same part through different amps simultaneously with the same guitar and exact same input signal, even with different PUs and different EQs for each amp/'channel', wouldn't have gotten you paid extra for each amp/'channel', otherwise we woulda all heard about this little recording 'scam' long before. Or at the very least, heard about Les Paul tinkering with this method to record back in the day. Edited to add: Seems to me that simultaneous multi-amp use with one guitar and one input signal for all amps would have been a nightmare grounding-wise, especially back in the days when US electrical plugs didn't have a third 'ground' prong but only a 'polarity' switch on the amp. If nothing else, I'd think it'd be a great way to get electrical 'noise' and 'hum' on your recordings.
  3. The codicil to 'askin' ain't sellin'' is: just because it's there doesn't mean you have to buy it...and at that price I seriously doubt it will sell. I'm not in the market for anything nearly that pricey, so it makes no difference to me, especially in this economic climate. If you're motivated, then hit the 'watch' button on Reverb. If the price goes down, then Reverb will tell you. And if it don't, they won't. Which reminds me, I saw my first full-blown 'Holiday' (Christmas-themed, not Halloween-themed) commercial on TV today (Oct 1st). If you're a real glutton for punishment then, instead of looking at hyper-expensive Reverb listings, load up the kids (and/or nephews/nieces, and/or grandkids) with sugary breakfast cereal then take 'em to a big toy store. The clock is ticking: https://www.xmasclock.com/
  4. It wouldn't surprise me if FMIC 'diluted' it's products like that...hopefully someone who was working at NH at that time can add more info. If I was motivated (I'm not, I'm too broke), I'd ask the sellers if their prices are in Canadian dollars (current exchange rate is approx. US$1 = CAD $1.37).
  5. Aaaaannnnd it's SOLD, according to the DGS website. Anybody here on the HFC snag it?
  6. No affiliation. IIRC, didn't a lot of Hamer builds get postponed and/or never made because the Hamer Workforce got 'borrowed' a lot by other entities (like Guild) at New Hartford, just before FMIC shut the whole thing down? https://www.davesguitar.com/collections/all-products-latest/products/limited-edition-gsr-x-150d-savoy-13 Edited to add: The 'GSR' in the title apparently stood for 'Guild Special Run', and not many were made according to this website...there may be more info elsewhere online: https://letstalkguild.com/ltg/index.php?threads/guild-gsr-acoustic-models-and-production-numbers.184820/
  7. I know a few auto mechanics who call fancy plated engine parts 'chrome go-fasters', partly because they're supposed to make the car look like it can 'go faster' than it actually can. They look purty, but often don't do much performance-wise, if at all. In the guitar universe, we call that 'eye candy'. All of my guitars were bought second-hand. I'm fine with letting someone else have the privilege of buying 'new'. especially since all guitars end up being second-hand eventually. About 1/4 of my guitars are partscasters that someone else put together. Partscasters can be tough to shop around for, as initial looks and high-powered hyperbole can be very misleading. But when I find a good one within my budget that fits my needs and requirements, I hang on to it. For instance, I recently bought a parts Strat that was well put together with new Fender MIM parts as well as a Callaham Vintage-style Strat trem assembly and CS pickups, for about the same price as a stock used Fender MIM 'Vintera' Strat. I used to hate Strats, as I never could get them to sound like what I thought they should sound like. This one, I really like, it does the hollow tubey lower gain sounds (think Hendrix and SRV) I could never get from a mid-level stock Strat without extra help, and it sounds great at any volume or level. Problem is, if I want another one with the same features and components and try to duplicate the results, I'm gonna have to get the parts and have it put together myself. My 'Gibson'-scale electrics are Godins. The general build quality is very good, pretty much on par with anything I see coming out of Asia, and doesn't seem to vary much at all quality-wise between the 'higher end' Godin models and the 'mid level' Godin models. Often, the stock pickups on mid-to-higher end models are Seymour Duncans or better, and I especially like the straight-grained Mahogany (which is probably African Mahogany/Khaya) that Godin uses. It would be nice to get Honduran Mahogany like Hamer used to get, but those days are long gone unless you pay through the nose for a guitar like a solid-body Collings. And yeah, resale values for Godins generally suck, but it doesn't matter that much to me since I'm buying used in the first place, and especially considering the current economic climate. Funny thing is, I prefer the satin finish Godin uses on their less expensive guitars, instead of the glossy finish they use on their higher-end guitars, the satin finish just feels 'friendlier' and more inviting to me. I used to have several Hamers, but nowadays I only have an '85 Cruisebass and a Korean-made Hamer Slammer bass. Unfortunately, I can't hang on to everything forever! Just my $0.02, and as always, YMMV.
  8. We've got a few experienced repairmen who are well versed in guitar repair here on the HFC, Jeff R and Murkat come to mind, have you consulted with them? A repair like that may not need major surgery like removing the fretboard, but it will require a repair person with experience and the proper tools.
  9. The most useful class I had in High School back in the '70's and which still serves me well, was a typing course...AKA how to write using a keyboard, pre-computer, learning on heavy clunky IBM Selectric typewriters. Who knew I'd end up using that skill daily at a minimum? When I was in the military, first doing medical technician duties and later on as a military Nurse, I used to have to carry some means of being 'reached', per duty requirements...at the beginning, I carried a 'brick' (portable radio) when working on ambulance call, then later I carried a beeper when working as overnight Nursing coverage in a larger hospital. I hated toting those things around, because if I got called, it sure wasn't for social purposes...I wasn't the only one who felt that way, I'd frequently heard through the grapevine that occasionally some beepers would meet their fate by getting 'accidentally' dropped in the toilet. If you wanna kill somebody's urge to use a cellphone, make it mandatory that they answer their phone 24-7 when called and carry it around constantly but never be able to use it except for work-related business purposes. Needless to say nowadays post-military career, unless I recognize the number on my phone if/when I get called, it don't get answered. And I never use my phone for inane social chit-chat, my time is better served by doing absolutely nothing than to do that. Edited to add: If I need 'spell check' for any reason, I use a search engine to find the word and it's spelling in relation to the word's meaning. If I can't find the correct spelling of a word that way, then it doesn't exist. And it takes longer to explain that than it does to do it.
  10. The neck and middle pickups are great sounding pickups, so they're staying for sure. As far as the bridge pickup goes, I'm still researching...I might be able to do with using a clean boost pedal instead.
  11. I've had both heel styles on all-mahogany Standards from '96, the one I had with the rounded heel was exactly the same as the one pictured in this thread, with a factory pickguard and a two-piece body. The other '96 all-mahogany Standard I had, had a squared heel (like a typical Standard), ONE piece body (like a typical Standard) and NO pickguard (like a typical Standard); but also had dot inlays, no body or neck binding, and no figured maple veneer top. It coulda easily qualified for having a figured maple veneer top at Hamer (like a typical Standard), but why it didn't get it I have no idea, it was all stock original. I've never seen one like the latter before or since. Edited to add: This excludes the third '96 Standard I once had, which was the made-for-Japan Rick Nielsen 'Signature' Standard Custom; and other than the RN Signature transfer logo on the headstock, was otherwise a stock Standard Custom. BTW, what exactly does 'Stone Classic' refer to, or is that some kinda fancy GenZ yoot slang? In my personal experience, obviously there's variations, even with Hamers.
  12. I've got a parts Strat with Fender '69 CS PUs, I like the '69s a lot but sometimes I wish the bridge PU had a bit more oomph to it. I'm looking at the DiMarzio FS-1 PU (as used by '70's Gilmour, continuous use by The Edge (U2), past use by Yngwie) vs. the Seymour Duncan SSL-5 (Gilmour's preference since the late-70's, equivalent to his original SD SSL-1C, which is an overwound SSL-1). Anybody have any preferences? Pros and cons? Any alternative choices? Keep in mind I'm NOT looking at stacked, humbucking, or 'noiseless' PUs, but more at a more powerful traditional Strat bridge PU. What say ye? TIA!
  13. IIRC, doesn't Brent know a guy named Luther?
  14. I can't speak for Gretsches, but I once bought an '80's USA Guild X-500 that I found relatively cheap years ago...BIG laminated archtop guitar, a real armful, heavy too. It also had the scrawniest neck I've ever encountered on a guitar (though I've never tried a 'shredder' Ibanez ), which makes me think that some trad jazz guitar players like thin necks for pretty much the same reason that shredder players do...speed and precision. The '90's USA Guild Starfire 3 hollowbody I once had, had none of those characteristics (they were both Waverly RI-made), and had what I would consider a 'normal' medium-thickness neck. I don't miss that X-500, except for the amount of money it's probably worth nowadays. And of course, YMMV.
  15. Are you referring to this model Gretsch? https://www.gretschguitars.com/features/players-edition-jet-bt IIRC, most higher-end Gretsches are made by Terada in Japan.
  16. As has been said before (and often) on the HFC, 'Askin' ain't sellin''. 'The Gunter Collection', huh? At that price, the only thing that guitar will be collecting is dust. Edited to add: I contacted the seller about this guitar, told him it looked nice but sure looked familiar too, then sent him the link to the original (first) Reverb listing from this thread. His response (with emoji!): "Yep. " The term 'Chicken Hawk' doesn't come to my mind regarding this character, but 'scumbag' sure does.
  17. Nice looking guitar, play it loud! Dunno if the OD Green color is something for the Millenial/Gen Z crowd nowadays (see news release below, no affiliation, it's been advertised all over TV already), but hopefully not a throwback to Henry J's 'Government Series' guitars for Gibson: https://www.apple.com/newsroom/2022/03/apple-introduces-gorgeous-new-green-finishes-for-the-iphone-13-lineup/
  18. I never buy 'new' guitars ever, if I can help it. They're like new cars, buy them, use them, and the 'value' drops. I let someone else pay for that privilege, and I occasionally try to snag one on the 'used' market. I just bought a Fender 'partscaster' Strat from DGS last week that has a practically new MIM '60's replacement body and '70's MIM replacement neck, Callaham vintage Strat bridge assembly, a Fender CS '69 PU set, 'F' tuners, and all the correct parts to make a complete Strat, for roughly the cost of what buying the replacement neck and body from Fender alone would have cost. And I didn't have to put it together, somebody else did that, and it's a keeper! You mean, like how Fender guitars were being made by Hispanic employees like Tadeo Gomez back in the '50's? Or pickups wound by Abigail Ybarra? Or currently made by Josefina Campos? https://guitar.com/guides/essential-guide/tadeo-gomez/ https://www.fender.com/articles/gear/made-with-love-inside-josefina-campos-hand-wound-fat-50s-strat-pickups
  19. Shippers like this should never be allowed to get near packing materials or a shipping location, much less a kindergarteners' set of blunt safety scissors:
  20. No affiliation. Nice top, if you're into that kind of thing: https://www.davesguitar.com/collections/all-products-latest/products/copy-of-59-reissue-les-paul-left-hand-03
  21. Never heard of a 'hive mind' here on the HFC. Just a semi-educated guess, but IIRC the heavier font lettering for the 'USA' at the end of the headstock logo (vs. the old-style 'U.S.A.' lettering) started to show up in 1996. I believe both styles can be seen on USA Hamers dated in 1996, from those I've owned in the past. For more detail, you're gonna have to ask the seller.
  22. Don't forget to play to and for your audience. Plus, depending on the venue, a spare roll of chicken wire can't hurt:
  23. No affiliation: https://www.davesguitar.com/products/slammer-pickup-set-80s
  24. I can't, so I won't buy. And I don't. How TurdBurst is made:
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