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Hey all,

Looking for some help.

I am looking into a Hamer Standard and came across a Korean made one for $425 w/Hard Case (Pictured below) and was wondering if this is a good price for this guitar. The serial # is 8081494 but I have not been able to find any info regarding Korean Serial Numbers.

Thanks for your help.

Dom

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Korean serial numbers mean zip! I'll tell you straight: $450 is too much for any Korean made Hamer. The very best of the Korean Hamers were the Hamer Slammer Series (made between 1992/1998). Mine was made at the Cort factory in 92 but I can't say for sure if all Slammer Series were made by Cort. Some later (non-Slammer Series) were also made in Korea up until 2002 (or thereabouts) such as the deluxe superstrats (I had a Korean made Cali Deluxe).

Chances are the one you have found is still a very good guitar. It just isn't worth $450 IMO. Some of the other guys here will surely be able to give you more info than me...

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This one is from the series before the XT line. Those are great guitars you won't regret buying it. With case, discuss the price below $400 and it's yours.

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Vic is right that the best Korean Hamers are the ones that have the small "Slammer Series" under the Hamer logo....BUT None of the Korean STANDARDS ever had a "Slammer Series" printed on the headstock, so what you are looking at IS one of the good ones.

I personally would avoid any import Standards that have "XT Series" or "Slammer by Hamer" on the headstock.

$425 is a little too high. See if you can get the price reduced to under $400 like Gorch says. I like them as you can see...(I also have a black one, not in the pic).

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To give you an idea of price: My 92 Diablo 'SLAMMER SERIES' cost me $500 new in 1996. After a Gotoh FR upgrade ($150), EMG pickup upgrade ($150) [some may not agree that EMGs are an upgrade LOL], complete respray 'Ernie Ball Slinky Pink' ($200), I sold it for $350 (and I struggled to get that)...

I personally wouldn't go over $350 for an import (I've had a US Centaura for less than $350)...

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Vic is right that the best Korean Hamers are the ones that have the small "Slammer Series" under the Hamer logo....BUT None of the Korean STANDARDS ever had a "Slammer Series" printed on the headstock, so what you are looking at IS one of the good ones.

I personally would avoid any import Standards that have "XT Series" or "Slammer by Hamer" on the headstock.

$425 is a little too high. See if you can get the price reduced to under $400 like Gorch says. I like them as you can see...(I also have a black one, not in the pic).

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Hey Sledhead44, I knew you had a fancy collection of them. Seeing the groupies in one shot certainly has sex appeal.

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Sorry Chris, I had to borrow.

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The great thing is even if you choose to pay the $425, you've only overpaid by $75. That amount is low enough that it shouldn't be a show-stopper if you like the guitar.

Personally, I've seen more sell for $400+ than below that, so the price isn't unreasonable.

Just buy the darn thing so you can start enjoying it.

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Hey Dom,

I sold the Natural one with the red pickups for $425 on ebay. Pickups were upgraded to DiMarzio Air Norton and Tone Zone. It was near mint.

I sold one of the flame ones for $375 on Ebay. Pickups were upgraded to Seymour Duncan SH1N and SH4B. It had some clearcoat flaking issues on the back of the headstock and was marked as a "2ND".

Both included a hard shell case. Both prices did not include shipping. Hope that helps.

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Looks like everyone else is vouching for the quality but I'm going to advise you to be careful - I played one of those when I first got into Hamers and wanted a Standard and it was just the heaviest, deadest piece of wood. As we all know, there are duds in every brand, series, style, etc.

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Thanks everyone. Great information, just what I was looking for. Owner has agreed to $375.

I'm going to meet the owner and check out the guitar on Tuesday and if it's as good as I hope it is, I will be the proud owner of a new Hamer axe.

Thanks Again. Your help was much appreciated and extremely valuable.

Dom

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Those models have a Korina top on a maple body and neck. Therefore, appear to be stronger as the generally used alder.

Anyways, good guitars.

Edited to add: the Korina models came with original Seymour Duncan 59s.

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Great news! Just share with us your final impressions, please. :)

PS: BTW, those MIK Standards were pretty good, IMHO.

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Here it is! Absolutely awesome Guitar. The condition was beyond what I expected as it looks brand new. Not a scratch, nix or bit of tarnish on any part of this beauty. seller even had the original knobs.

plays great. Action is a little to low with slight buzz in low E & the A string, but that is easily remedied, however it does not come though when amplified.

All in all I could not be happier with this purchase. Guitar looks and sounds fantastic.

Thank you all for you advise it was immensely useful.

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You may like a pickup swap to Alnico2 to tame the maple (or not).

I just put a set of '57 Classics in my MIK Standard - nice'n'creamy! :D

Nice guit, BTW. :)

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+1 on the Gibson '57 Classics. Put 'em in my Epi Korina Explorer and they put that baby into a whole new ballpark.

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You guys sure know these guitars.

One thing I did notice was that the sound was a little thin, especially at the bridge PUP. To compensate for now I was blending a little of the volume with the neck PUP to sweeten up the tone a little.

Do you have any recommendation on vendors and prices for the '57 Classics. Also, would you suggest swapping out both PUP's or maybe just the bridge PUP.

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One thing I did notice was that the sound was a little thin, especially at the bridge PUP. To compensate for now I was blending a little of the volume with the neck PUP to sweeten up the tone a little.

Exactly what I heard, too. I used the same solution (both PUPs).

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Do you have any recommendation on vendors and prices for the '57 Classics. Also, would you suggest swapping out both PUP's or maybe just the bridge PUP.

I did both PUPs.

I only used '57 Classics because I got a fair deal from an HFC'r. You can probably find used ones on EVILBAY.

Another fellow HFC'r used GFS (GuitarFetish) A2's and was satisfied with the results - significantly cheaper, if cost is a factor. This was my original plan, but I couldn't pass up on the '57's.

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I wanted to do an experiment with tones in these MIK Standards to find what I liked best. I tested all my stock MIK Standards before any pickup swaps to make sure they all sounded the same so I could accurately compare them after the pickup swaps. They all sounded very similar. All of them had Duncan Designed 103's in the bridge, except one came with a Duncan Designed 102 in the bridge. Some I bought already modded, but I figured they must have sounded the same (pre-mod) because all my stock ones did.

So far, beside the stock pickups I have had the following Bridge Pickups in my MIK Standards:

Seymour Duncan SH-4 "JB"

Seymour Duncan SH-6 "Duncan Distortion"

Seymour Duncan SH-12 "Screamin Demon"

Dimarzio DP-155 "Tone Zone"

Dimarzio Super Distortion 3

I BY FAR prefer the SH-6.

I do not like the '57 Classics at all....you may love them. I never had them in a MIK Standard, but I have had them in several different Les Pauls. Depends on what tones you are trying to get. We all have different tastes and playing styles.

I rarely use the Neck Pickup.

I have a USA Standard that just sounded "meh" to me. I was kinda dissapointed with the sound and thought about selling it. But changed pickups to see if that would help. I put an SH-6 in the Bridge and a Pearly Gates in the Neck. It was one of those OH-MY-GOD! moments. This thing is a MONSTER. My search is over! It's my #1.

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Dimarzio Super Distortions do a great job in those guitars. Also consider Phat Cats.

Lift the tone a bit to cut of some highs too. I like to run the tone at 80% when the bridge is on.

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I did some experimenting at the studio this past Friday. First time playing though anything larger then my Gallien-Krueger ML250 at home.

Played through a clean Marshall with a simple distortion with all amp controls at a mid point and I have to say the sound wasn't as thin as I had expected. In fact I liked it and my guitar player thought it had a good sound with plenty of body.

I absolutely Love this Guitar.

Thanks All

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