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  1. Looking for Hamer Californian or Chaparral ideally within EU, USA possible , have cash ready to go, fast on payment, etc Thanks.
  2. Who says you can't buy a new Cali? https://youtu.be/Dxs2LLnjCWk
  3. Hello All, Always wanted a Hamer, ever since I played a Steve Stevens model that someone owned back in the late 80's. I never got my hands on one until Christmas of last year. My wife knew that I wanted this Hamer after I played it in a guitar store and she bought it for me for Christmas. It's an '88 USA Californian Custom. It's unique in that it has 3 single coil Bill Lawrence OBD's. Ebony board. The Hamer case still had the tag in it that says it's a GCAC-B Custom. Haven't seen another with this pickup configuration. It's the best playing guitar I own... EDIT - Added another pic below...
  4. My brother is currently living in Manhattan and during a recent visit I was invited to visit Diablo at the house of Cali's. An early start and a little over an hour on a train and I was there! I was made incredibly welcome and, after my insistence of overcoming the "Rocky Steps," a stop off for lunch and the journey back, I insisted on being introduced to his collection. It's fair to say I have not played as many Hamer Californians in one sitting in my entire life. Very cool! Diablo plugged in and the journey began. Diablo has a different set-up to me as he likes to throw heroics on the whammy bar (which he demonstrated) so it took me a while to become adjusted making me play a bit ham fisted. Never the less it was a thrill to try them all out. First on my list was the Fath Double Cali. What a great looking guitar. I felt compelled to pull a suitable face. The O'Connor rose looks much better up close than on photographs. The gold leaf really pops and the shallow scalloping on ebony is really sweet. Next up was the C3 (named by Diablo as it is a Custom Chequered Cali). Love the look of this one. Great rock Cali well executed. Diablo questioned whether the binding was the right move? It absolutely was in my opinion as it really sets it all off. Love the red logo too. There can't be many Hamer's out there with red logos. That's 3 set-necks on Cali's in 10 minutes! Dayglo retina burning Cali next. The first bolt-on of the day. Single humbucker, reverse headstock, boomers, bad ass! Gatorbyte's former Cali. The red sparkle is insane. Really changes as you move the guitar and with the matching headstock and alternating boomers its brilliantly executed. I spent twice as long on this one as I did some of the others. The overtones on this particular model were all over the place. Hold a note and you can hear it change after 3 or 4 seconds. It almost sounds like it is crying (ok, my playing isn't that bad). Yes I am hitting the guitar (gently of course, with my palm) to get a suitable purr at the appropriate moment. Rock on!
  5. Has anyone owned a USA EVH (Fender) Wolfgang and a USA Cali (not necessarily at the same time) and can give a comparison of, say, quality of build, playability, shape of neck, quality of Floyd, etc? I think we can see the differences aesthetically, so I'm really interested in knowing how they differ from a practical, players point of view. I realize they're different guitars, but since they're both presumably made for rocking and shredding, one would think they must appeal in similar ways. So can anyone address this? Anyone? Anyone? B.....
  6. I’ve been visiting this board occasionally for the last year and finally decided to chime in. So a little bit about myself… Back in the beginning of 1990, I took my import Kramer guitar into a small music shop where my buddy worked to ask what it would cost for a re-fret. He told me I ought to just buy a new guitar, and he brought out a new, seafoam green,1989 USA Hamer Californian. I think the shop was selling it for $1500+ or so, but being one of their top guys in the store, he gave it to me at their cost + $40, so I paid $740 for it (I still have the receipt). I never heard of Hamer back then, but I liked the color and it looked cool with 27 frets, plus it had a Floyd, so I was a happy camper. That was the only guitar I owned until just recently. So fast-forward to the present, and now I’m married with kids and a mortgage, blah, blah, blah, and I really have no time to play guitar. I had this guitar leaning in a corner in my studio at home, and I only picked it up to play Christmas songs with the kids (and I didn’t even play those very well after having essentially given up playing). And then about a year ago, like many people, my work slowed to a crawl and I needed to get some extra work. A friend who owns his own business hired me part-time, and our work took us all around Los Angeles and the Inland Empire in So Cal. My buddy makes lots of money and can afford lots of nice, high-end guitars, and he knows where every stinkin’ guitar store is, so he introduces me to a lot of cool guitar shops. Being that it’s his business, we spend a lot of time playing hooky and going to guitar shops, as well as playing at his house in the morning while the wife is away… Am I boring you? I apologize. I’ll continue… So now I’m interested in guitars again and I’ve started playing my only guitar. Because we’re now in the internet age, I decide to do some online research about Hamer and find out that I have a great hand-made in the USA guitar by an awesome company, and I realized at that point what a great deal my friend had given me all those years ago. So now, almost 25 years have taken its toll and I need new frets. One of the many cool shops my buddy introduced me to was Wild West Guitars in Riverside. I took my Cali in there August 5th, and I just got it back last Saturday, December 7. I was in withdrawals being without a guitar in the interim, so I finally broke down and got another guitar…but I’ll save that story for another post. Anyway, this thing plays faster than ever. First off, this is an EXTREMELY RARE maple-boarded Cali. It’s not extremely rare because it has a maple board. It’s rare because it has a maple board AND it’s NEVER been signed by Ted Nugent. (Okay, stupid inside joke). I don’t know if the shop special-ordered this or if a customer placed a special order and changed his mind and stuck the shop with it. I know the Cali Standard came with chrome hardware and a rosewood board, so someone obviously special-ordered this with the black hardware and maple board. I really don’t know the details of its origin besides the fact that I was fortunate enough to get this one new. Okay, I suspect people are going to hate me for modding this guitar, but I never plan on selling it, so here are a few specs: So I added a big, brass block to the Floyd (which I didn’t photograph). I also blocked the Floyd with a brass dingus which has a piece of Honduras rosewood attached to it. I didn’t want to permanently attach anything in there, but I wanted the block to rest against a substantial amount of wood. Maybe I’ll take a picture of it sometime. I’ve never seen it done the way I did it, but I’m sure someone else out there probably thought of the same thing and did it that way as well. Anyway, I blocked it because I also added a D-Tuna. I added some small pieced of the Honduras rosewood inside the humbucker cavity and hard-mounted the Dimarzio Slammer pickup to it. I added titanium screws to the nut for no reason other than I thought it looked cool and I’m stupid like that. I also got titanium intonation screws, which are a lot nicer than the stock screws. I ordered titanium saddles from Musician’s Friend, and they (and GC) have been back-ordered on those for the past year. No one seems to have the TiSonix version of those (and I’m not going to FuTone and pay $700+ for saddles), Fortunately, I happened to mention to the owner of KGC that I had some on backorder, and he said he happened to have a set and offered to sell them to me. So I snatched them up (and MF & GC still haven’t gotten any in stock. It seems impossible to get them, even though a guy over at TiSonix told me they’re selling them like crazy, though I have no idea who’s buying them because they’re not available on their website). And finally, I had this re-fretted with stainless-steel frets. Like I said, it plays faster than ever. Mark Dickerson, the tech at Wild West Guitars is just THE best (which is why he is so busy that it took awhile to get these done). These frets feel terrific. The body has quite a few paint-chips and so forth, but I don’t care. I’m more interested in how it feels and plays. It’s too bad I can’t play as fast as the neck will allow. So anyway, I'm only posting one pic and giving links to pics on Photobucket. Hopefully this works. This pic is of the guitar about a year ago, before I made any mods: http://s1374.photobucket.com/user/Flooglemop/media/guitar_zps406dffeb.jpg.html?sort=6&o=0 All the following pics are post-modifications: http://i1374.photobucket.com/albums/ag420/Flooglemop/01_zps0fffd3a4.png http://i1374.photobucket.com/albums/ag420/Flooglemop/02_zpsab32e368.png http://i1374.photobucket.com/albums/ag420/Flooglemop/06_zpsbb1eda04.png http://i1374.photobucket.com/albums/ag420/Flooglemop/03_zps06ef39aa.png http://i1374.photobucket.com/albums/ag420/Flooglemop/05_zps46c475ce.png http://i1374.photobucket.com/albums/ag420/Flooglemop/07_zps476313be.png http://i1374.photobucket.com/albums/ag420/Flooglemop/10_zps2ee9b6c8.png http://i1374.photobucket.com/albums/ag420/Flooglemop/08_zps5c143f00.png http://i1374.photobucket.com/albums/ag420/Flooglemop/09_zpscec6103e.png http://i1374.photobucket.com/albums/ag420/Flooglemop/04_zps37648ab6.png http://i1374.photobucket.com/albums/ag420/Flooglemop/11_zpsa1e4f456.png