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Well, it was fun....... but it's over.


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No more new Hamer guitars. No more custom orders. Everything in progress gets built, but no more new orders.

It was a blast, wasn't it?

Shit.

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I know I haven't posted in a while, but I always check posts on this board. As someone who was deeply involved with Hamer for many years and who owns a stack of them, this news is not unexpected but s

Eh. As long as the guys at the factory are still employed... then no harm. Come one, admit it: We were all trading and selling and buying used Hamers 'cos they're too damn pricey for 99% of us new. Sa

Great names have come and gone throughout our lives, and will continue to do so long after we're gone. The best we can do is relish the memory, and appreciate & enjoy the legacy. With my Newpor

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Yowza. The news we all knew was coming seems to have arrived.

Maybe Paul will buy back the brand and hire yours truly to be the marketing director. A guy can dream, can't he?

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Most unfortunate.

Any word on whether FMIC will keep their import line? I suppose that would have an impact upon whether they were even open to selling the brand...Then the other question is whether the existing (part-time now) Hamer builders would be open to a new owner or prefer the "security" of continuing to work for a larger (arguably faceless?) entity that is financially overextended.

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I have been asked to not reveal the source, since business is business. The brand is not for sale. They are sitting on it, perhaps it will come back as a "specialty" brand like Gresch and Guild are handled.

I was the top Hamer dealer for many years, and I enjoyed a lot of great times with a lot of great people. I made some life long friends as a result of Hamer guitars, and there are no words to describe this.

None.

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I am very sorry to hear this . Maybe in a few years an opportunity will present itself for the Hamer USA brand . FMIC must figure out a path 1st . It would be nice to separate the two . A very sad day indeed .

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It is, indeed, sad.

But if we are to look for a silver lining, let me ask this of Greg.

One thing that I always appreciated about Greg's presence here was his incredible knowledge about building/repairing and his ability to promote the 'underdog' for lack of a better word. So, Greg, who are the other smaller shops that impress you?

Marc

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Sad, yes, but not nearly as sad as the brand being whored out. I'd take this as a indication of our increased responsibility as caretakers of the marque.

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Sad, yes, but not nearly as sad as the brand being whored out. I'd take this as a indication of our increased responsibility as caretakers of the marque.

Caretakers of the marque? When they start making Charvels with Gibson type specs?

This was their redhedded step child that they never wanted and have finally kicked out of the house. Not happy to say this either as things were lining up for me to put in a call to a Hamer dealer given their recent change of heart on CO. Fuck, indeed.

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Not surprising, but still a bummer. As a fan of the brand, I think that it is unfortunate that "Hamer" is now going to mean cheap imports (that now mirror the USA guitars closer than ever). But then, as a cult brand, I suppose that might be what they meant to most people out there anyway. Bummer.

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