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  1. I remember watching you sit down with the Double Cali on your knee thinking “Mmm..  The 12 string looks a LOT higher than normal” but you still strung out some very cool 12 string chords.  Nice!

    The Virt is definitely marmite.  Some can’t adjust to the scale length.  Especially if they have small fingers.  It also takes a light touch (which you mentioned) and rewards commitment.  I love them.

    You didn’t mention the T62?  I thought you got some great sounds out of that.  Rolled off the volume just-so.

    What is the collective noun for O’Connor Hamer’s?  😃


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  2. The other day Bennyboy-UK popped over for a catch-up and brought along some toys.   He brought his awe inspiring SS1 Marble O'Connor, his Chaparral Snakeskin O'Connor, his magnificent Vintage-S Custom order and a few others.    In turn he had a play on the majority of my Hamer's in addition to the Shishkov's.    I love playing guitars, and especially Hamer's and Shishkov's, but sharing them over an afternoon will a like minded soul is fantastic.  

    Ben's SS1 O'Connor really is a special guitar.  It was an uber clean example and oozes class as the best O'Connor finishes always do on a Hamer.  Lovely combination of sound's too and I swear the O'Connor finish makes you play better.

    His Chaparral was lovely in an honest rocky 80's way and did all the right things.

    The Vintage-S Custom.  Wow.  Serious custom order that one and spec'd by a player.  3 on/off toggle switches for pickups, volume, mid-boost and "stratifier" pots.  I don't actually know if its called a "stratifier" but turning the pot up to MAX elicits a very useable convincing strat tone.  Wind it back down and you're in rocker territory.  It's like witchcraft.  Ebony board, micro dots and get this - how often do you have a 1 piece QUILTED maple body?

    Nearing "home time" it was suggested that we, at the very least, get an O'Connor group shot.  Also a few of Ben's lovely O'Connor Marble SS1 in isolation.

    I'm into double figures meeting HFC brethren now and its always a pleasure.  Rock on!!




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  3. 11 hours ago, Rick said:

    Hamer forum, I want to take a minute to thank all of you for your help locating my Brother in laws Red Snakeskin Chap and a SPECIAL thanks to Hamer-on for his help and generosity in reuniting this guitar with Randy's  family. We reached a deal and I want all of you guys to know how much I appreciate him, and the awesome care he gave this cherished instrument  and how much I appreciate this forum. It would have never happened with out all of you. My family is grateful to Hamer-on and to all of you. I just wanted to round back and let you all know the outcome. God bless all of you thank you once again!! Just Crazy!

    That is absolutely fantastic.  I’m over the moon for you.  A great news story for the beginning of 2020.  

    Is it going to be hung on a wall?  Put in a cabinet for people to view?  I hope it doesn’t remain cased under a bed!  

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  4. Biggest win can only be my Shishkov Super C 2.  What really makes it special are the memories attached to me picking it up.  A stop-off at house Shishkov and a road trip with Mike to Philadelphia to meet-up with Jim again for a shred-off and a great meal out discussing life and guitars. A fantastic long weekend. 

    That aside the Axe FX 3 has been a lot of fun combined with the powered Friedman cab. 

    Fails.  Work’s been tough with the general election and Brexit but these things happen.  Moving on in 2020 positively.  

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  5. FWIW I love my T62.  It’s no Strat in a conventional sense but “does Strat” reasonably well.

    Where the T62 excels is in its build quality and materials which are other worldly.  The Birdseye neck for example.

    The preamp too also makes it a versatile tool.  It provides a big difference in gain and EQ and for me becomes the solo switch.

    Whoever bought it will have fun.

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  6. 10 hours ago, Bennyboy-UK said:

    I've had some great fun and learned a lot shooting @DBraz and @diablo175 a few clips back and forth over the last year (thank you chaps!!), and my playing has improved a fair bit over the year as a consequence of this, and just playing more because I'm making time to do it

    I was really happy with these results as I'd pretty much written my playing off, to never being any better than when I was 23

    Matey, sometimes it’s easy to forget about actually playing when engrossed in a guitar arms race.  You CAN play.  You know that. I know that.  

    Practice is overlooked and very satisfying when it all comes together isn’t it?

    Personally I could do with a good theory instructional video as my theoretical knowledge is less than optimal.

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  7. 1 hour ago, MCChris said:

    The pressure is significantly reduced at home versus a pro studio where time is money and the meter is running. The solo and closing wankery in this tune were both single takes, done in my mancave:


    I like it!  I’ve listened to it a few times and it’s buzzing round my head now. 😃

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  8. 49 minutes ago, Ed Rechts said:

    Also, find a video of Brian Setzer playing ANYTHING. His songs seem simple until you have to play them loud and clean like he does.

    A very valid point.  Until you play something loud, standing up, in front of an audience,  it’s just not the same.

    The best guitarists out there make the hard stuff sound easy and that’s the beauty of their art.  

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