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Well, this was a nice surprise: my girlfriend bought me a guitar! (I think she was trying to make me feel better about turning 60.) The description read, "1988 Hamer Chaparral. This guitar was one of the prototypes brought to the 1988 NAMM show by Paul Hamer. There it was signed by the members of Cheap Trick and auctioned off for charity. Has hologram back plate stickers and newer knobs." Does anybody know the full story on this one? In any case, it's pretty dang cool. '88 Chap, set neck, boomer inlays, ebony board, Hamer-branded Floyd. And, if the seller's description is accurate, signed by one of my favorite bands! There are better pictures here, but here are a a few taken indoors right after I opened the case for the first time (and before I brought the strings up to pitch). I'll take better pictures as soon as I have more time and better light.
As some of you might remember, "the Mutt" has a neck from a Hamer USA Chaparral, & the body is from a Centaura (a 2nd single coil middle slot is empty under the stickers). Stock Schaller licensed Floyd Rose bridge still works great, no tuning issues. It now has Ibanez USA pickups (from an 80's Saber, made by dimarzio I believe). Disclosures; tone knob is disabled (my tech said the tone is better that way, I dunno). Pro headstock repair (BCR Greg did it, i think). Med/thin neck has been sanded to bare wood (feels great), & has been glued into the neck pocket (an experiment in tone/sustain, but I couldn't tell any difference). Prism stickers look great under stage lights, or peel 'em off and refinish it yourself. Lots of dings/battlescars/wear, as its a gigged rawk beater that still feels/sounds/looks very good, imfo. Crwth145 has 1st dibs, otherwise its $300 + actual shipping (UPS Store Packing Job, Insured). Consider trades for guitars/amps/shotguns, whatcha got?