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Are Hamer Crown Inlays the Same as Gibson LP Standard?


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Are Hamer crowns the same shape and size as Gibson LP standard inlays?

Or, is this a more complicated question as in "no LP inlays are the same as each other and thus not the same as Hamer crowns"

So, maybe in a general sense, how similar are Hamer crowns and LP standard inlays.

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Yes and no....

material...

Hamer ~ pearloid

Gibson~ plastic

The "shape" of...

Gibson USA (the plant), for the most part, the inlays are rounded. No points.

GCS, the reissues, Historics, the inlays have sharp points. But not all models...

The side bevels are a little more rounded, curved.

The Hamer (later) inlay are very close to a vintage cut Gibson inlay as far as "shape"..

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I've got a set of Hamer inlays - 0.060" MOP.

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Yes and no....

material...

Hamer ~ pearloid

Gibson~ plastic

Are you sure? I always thought they were real MOP. They used to advertise "Mother-of-Pearl crown inlays" (which I guess could still mean plastic...) and now say "Genuine Shell Victory Inlays" for the Victory ones now.

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Real Mother-of Pearl, nacre, shell, whatever you want to call it on Hamers.

Try rubbing a fingernail on it. The nail will be sanded down without a mark on the pearl because mollusc shell is hard and mineral.

Plastic or pearloid (a type of cellulose nitrate, so not an oil based plastic) will not abrade your nail.

Edited to add that Gibson probably use shell on higher end guitars as it isn't expensive, just harder to work.

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Vintage Hamers in the beginning used inlaid fingerboards sourced from Gibson.

Now, that is interesting stuff to know.

Also interesting to know that Gibson didnt make them!

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As Macho Randy Savage used to say "OOOOHHHH YEEEEAAAAAHHHHHH!"

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Vintage Hamers in the beginning used inlaid fingerboards sourced from Gibson.

Now, that is interesting stuff to know.

Also interesting to know that Gibson didnt make them!

Who made them?

You gotta buy the Matthes Hamer book coming soon to all who order one. Then you will have the book of Hamer from which all Hamer lore is written for the ages . . .

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