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  1. My guess...unusual body shape/overall look, the sound of mini humbuckers aren't for everyone, and because they were probably one of if not the last used set neck Hamer models that could be had in these here parts for the infamous "$350" price. Obviously those days are long gone with all USA Hamers, but the stigma probably still remains? That said after owning one it's easy to warm up to the funky style and enjoy the extremely comfortable to play (standing or seated) ergonomics. I've owned two (still have one, probably should have kept the other one as well), and the only thing I didn't care for were the stock Duncan minibuckers. Pickup preference aside Eclipse's have every bit as much of that quality made in the USA Hamer workmanship as other Arlignton Heights Hamers from that era..well and often times the same period-correct Hameritis too, but nobody's perfect 😁
  2. Very nice guitar! Between this and other Mirage FS threads it appears it’s a very good time for a HFC buyer looking to land a Mirage. I liken these guitars to a 350 Chevy or LS3 motor...very good as-is right from the factory, but it’s almost like they were designed to become amazing with some simple “bolt-on” modifications (well, add some soldering to the mix too lol)
  3. Congrats Travis! Glad you enjoy the improvement (and glad you suffered no sheared screw head trauma lol). Now you just need to get another Mann trem so your Mirage I doesn’t feel left out.
  4. I was going to go with Travis's explanation too...less metal, less strength. As for what they're made of...I honestly don't know? If I were to guess I'd guess zinc plated (cheapo) steel? So any initial impressions of the new tremolo?
  5. A decision that has no wrong answer and two right ones...a good position to be in if you ask me 😉 Just go easy with the screw installation...it can quickly dampen the fun when you see a screw head spin off the screw body.
  6. Man I remember going to one of these many years ago....a good time for sure. With gigs getting cancelled maybe I'll be able to make it out? At the rate things are going if things are returning to some sense of normal by May it'll be nice to hang out and scratch the itch of playing live with other people! If Stonge is going I may even feel the compulsion to bring a green and/or purple Hamer with me? 😁 I guess we'll see how things are as the date gets a little closer?
  7. I'll second the DR Zebra recommendation IF your primary focus is to get the feel and most of the "acoustic" sound of a piezo equipped acoustic guitar that's plugged into an amp, console, or PA. I would suggest checking out the version of the Zebras in 10's (or heavier gauge) that have a phospher bronze wound G string vs. the plain unwound steel G that some of the 10's and lighter gauge DR Zebras have. If you're more concerned with bending notes easily/overall ease of playability as an electric guitar and still want a passable acoustic sound (of a piezo equipped acoustic guitar that's plugged into an amp, console, or PA) then I think just about any brand of string you normally like to play will do just fine. Just my $0.02 anyway.
  8. One caveat I will add to 2nd gen neck sizes...the 4 string models have the slender J-bass profile, but the 5 string models have a fuller asymetrical profile (it's fuller/rounder on the bass string side and a little more oval/flatter on the treble string side). I'm a guitar player who if need be can hack his way through a gig as a mediocre at best bass player, but when I play my 2nd Gen Cruise 4 string and then my 2nd Gen Cruise 5 string back to back I quickly realize just how much more I really like the way Hamer shaped the 2nd gen 5 string Cruise neck. The 4 string neck feels more traditional, the 5 string more "boutique"...again, I'm not a real bass player though YMMV.
  9. Prior to "Coronavirus" I'd say your price for a clean Mirage 1 in 2020 isn't unreasonable at all. Now with this sh!t...who the heck knows what fair prices are going to look like for several months? Only you know how motivated you are to move the guitar or if you would rather hold until things normalize again, but considering the way the market is crapping the bed and the fact that most of us gigging musicians are currently seeing our shows being cancelled (who knows for how long?)...let's just say I think if I were selling guitars right now I'd be open to negotiating on pricing before the economy potentially gets worse. And for the record, no...I'm not the guy who sent you the offer 😄
  10. If it were me and I had the dilemma of two guitars you enjoy playing equally but only have one MM trem...I'd install it in the brighter and/or thinner sounding of the two. The MM adds a little more 'beef' IMO.
  11. The older FIshman VMV Powerbridges I've used were originally made by MannMade. Both bridges I've installed were a near perfect replacement in terms of both trem block length and screw spacing for the stock Mirage Wilkinson bridge used on Mirages (even though they don't have the one elongated hole like the Wilkinson units do). I will give you one word of caution if your new bridge comes with 6 mounting screws that have a groove in them just below the screw head (lets the knife edges of the the screw holes in the bridge operate VERY smooth) and should you decide to use them vs. the stock Mirage/Wilkie ones be EXTREMELY careful tightening them into the body of the guitar. It's easy to shear the screw head right off if you tighten them too quickly or with excessive force (ask me how I know!). *MY OPINION* it's worth the mild hassle to install those screws vs. using the stock ones, and the extra girth in tone the MannMade adds over the stock bridge is nice on a 'slightly bright sounding from the factory' Mirage.
  12. The late 80’s ones I’ve owned have been 500K pots from the factory. That’s been for Hamer Slammer (DiMarzio), Duncan, or OBL pickups. EMG’s are likely 25K pots.
  13. I typically am going direct with most gigs, but when I play somewhere where we’re using floor wedges instead of IEM’s my trusted grab and go is a Traynor YGL-1. Built in digital reverb, foot switch controlled +6db lead boost (and reverb on/off if you go 2 button switch), and under 40 lbs. with bonus points earned for being made in North America (Canada). The most important aspect...it sounds darned good for its size.
  14. A little off topic, but Hamer must have sourced some boards of that flame (quilt???) mahogany back in that era. I have a 95' Duotone that has that same flame/quilt on in the (mahogany)body. It is pretty amazing in person. I haven't seen too many Hamers with that much figuring in the mahogany. Now back on topic...I will confess my first impulse was "Is this bogus? Would Hamer ever use wood supplied by the customer?" but after looking at the pictures of the correspondence with Jim (assuming Allen) it reaffirmed my belief that with Hamer sometimes things that you'd swear would get shot down 99 times out of 100 just might actually happen once if the right person possessing the right persuasion asked at the right time .
  15. That seller seems to have a few nice Hamers that he puts up for sale. I think he might be a HFC'er (or was on here many years ago)? The Iowa location seems to stick in my memory.
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