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Hamer Newport Pro, Schecter Van Nuys (not a true "dream machine", but close!)

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OK, couple guitars for sale.

 

1. Hamer Newport Pro.  Nice shape, had it set up, needed a new Tone pot when I got it. Nothing needed now.  $1350 net to me.  

 

2. Schecter Strat.  Cool guitar.  Van Nuys body and neck.  When I bought it it needed a regret (done) and also a new nut.  Also there was an undisclosed crack behind the original brass nut, but it was not an issue and you can see in the photos how it looks now.  It is only at the nut, and the rest of the neck is lovely.  I will cut and paste info from seller's email to me (I found on this site, I believe), but remember, I took care of all the work.  

Admittedly I paid too much for the guitar given that crack.  So the work I had done is my significant loss and such is life.  According to Tom Anderson, "body and neck certainly look to be van nuys made. tuners and string trees not so much."  Which I knew before I bought it, but I did not know about the nut.  Right now the guitar is set up and plays great.  As you can imagine, it is fairly heavy at a little over 9lbs on my el cheap postal scale, as you know these exotic wood Schecters are.  To me the neck size is comfortable, similar to but very slightly larger than my old late 80s fender american strat despite what the previous owner describes.   If you really need it I can dig out the calipers...   $2000 net to me.  

Here is the previous owner's description (remember, I had a refret done and bone nut put in):

Here are some pics of the guitar. I tried to capture any significant marks/dings and such on the guitar.
There is a "scuff mark" on the bottom edge of the guitar by the jack. I also tried to capture there are a few dents in the first few frets.  Not so significant that I can feel them when fretting/bending strings in this area, but there are there.  As I said, hard to capture in pics.
Also have shots of the pickup assembly.  the pots date to '84.  There are no breaks in the solder joints and it is hard to show in the pics but I believe these to be original schecter pickups.  The pole pieces are very large (but  I can't confirm they are Anderson made pickups). I also have a couple of shots of the back of the headstock, there are two extra holes.  Not sure exactly what they are from as the one over the  low  "E" tuner  is not inline for any tuner mounting screw.  The one by the "A" string could be a dent, I didn't pull the tuner, but you can see an edge of it (hard to capture in the pictures).  It doesn't obviously look like there were any other tuners mounted on the guitar.   I measure the neck width at the nut and 12th, they are 1.65 mm and 2.04 mm respectively.  It isn't a huge neck, nor would I say it is a typical "C"  fender style.   Very comfortable to play and feels fast (love that no finish on the neck feel).
A couple of additional notes, I don't have a trem bar for the guitar. It comes with a non-orig hsc and it is missing the handle. The graphite bridge pieces are not original and it has never been drilled for a trem plate cover.
 

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If you need any other info, let me know.   
 
Also may be selling a little (and cool) Gibson Les Paul Junior GA-5 amp in nice shape, and a 3rd Power Dream Weaver Mkii w 1x12 cab (celestion gold).  You can PM if you have any interest or questions - these I have not decided to sell anywhere but locally, at this point, because shipping the DWII might be a PITA.  The DW II is in the same condition as I bought it new from the local shop (Soundpure, where the guitars were taken care of, btw).
 
Don't forget the graphic special I have for sale.
 
 
 
Finally, it is completely reasonable to ask why I am selling.  I have bought some other stuff and just like that more and I am doing my best not to hoard that which I do not absolutely love and USE.  They are great, I have just moved on - 
 
 
All sales PayPal, net to me as above.  Cash works, too, if you are in the area.  CONUS, only.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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fixing a spell correct error (celestial to celestion)
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oh, and let me add these - they came from the prior owner.  I have not taken it apart, again.  

 

So, as you see Schecter VN parts, built at another shop.  That is how most of these were done.  Only the few built at Schecter as complete guitars are the "dream machines."  They carry an S serial number (beware of fakes) and maybe a few early A serials, though most of the A are Dallas Schecters (using VN parts early on, then later Canadian or other bits).

 

 

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Nice Schecter!

 

I've been looking for a Dream Machine with the blade switch as opposed to the 3 minis, which I never seem to get the hang of when playing live.  Best of luck!

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thanks.  I just messed with it a bit and have second thoughts, but for now it is staying for sale.  I will post another Schecter for you in a sec - not for sale, just for fun

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on on the left is a koa "PT".  The right is a holy grail.  Cool history, lots of famous people played it.  Even has a name.  Will paste a bit of history in a sec.

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a little history of the one on the right:

 

sorry for the delay in getting back to you with a little more info on the Schecter.  I think I may have told you already, but in case I didn't, I believe it was made in 1980 or possibly 1979. The guitar was purchased in May of 1981, but as I recall, the owner of the store had told me it had been in the store for about a year. This is why he sold it to me at a reduced price. I think the original price had been $1,399.
As I mentioned when we met, there have been quite a few guitarists that have played this guitar at some point. This typically occurred in my shop or home during the course of building or modifying other instruments for these players. Anyway, here is the list of those I can recall.
 
Chris Cornell - Soundgarden
Mike McCready - Pearl Jam
Mike Lull - Maker of fabulous bass guitars
Jerry Cantrell - Alice In Chains
Neal Schon - Journey
Ross Valory - Journey
Ronnie Wood - Rolling Stones
Robin Trower
Chris DeGarmo - Queensryche
Nancy Wilson - Heart
John Waite - Babys, Bad English
Roger Fisher - Heart
Stedge - big fan of The Who
 
I would have to say my fondest memory of this guitar was in the early 90's while my brother and I were helping build Roger Fisher's MARS recording studio. We were discussing the merits of mass in getting longer sustain so I brought the guitar to the studio the next day. I got to listen to Roger play the guitar for over an hour. He went through several Heart songs (most notably, Barracuda) as well as playing some Led Zeppelin and Kinks. When he finished, he told me how much he liked the guitar and asked me what her name was. I told him she didn't have a name. He then informed me that every great guitar needs a name. As he put her back in the case, he told me her name would be "Guenevere". 
 
I hope this info will be of interest/amusement to you and that you enjoy "Guenevere"  for many years. 
Feel free to contact me with any questions that may come up in the future. I'll do my best to answer.
 

So, her name is Guenevere.  

 

 

I think these old Schecters are cool and given the ties to modern boutiques, kind of the beginning of it all.  The wood is lovely.

 

 

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That PT is amazing!  Thanks for the story.  Roger Fisher is a seriously underrated guitarist.

 

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Thanks, Eli.  Yes she is a beauty, and not heavy, easy to play.  Again, I overpaid for that one, but I wanted it, dang it.  And that one is staying.  As is Guinevere (who, BTW, is wayyyy overweight).  The one I am selling is a wonderful guitar, but is redundant given a fender American Strat that is a POS and fun beater, and another, so just trying to move something I  dont use.  Certainly wont be heartbroken if it does not sell, but it is a very good price given the work I had done and the awesome wood, sound, rarity, etc, etc.  

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what do you know about the A series w blk hardware and the weird locking trem?

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Love your Schecters!

21 hours ago, it's me HHB said:

what do you know about the A series w blk hardware and the weird locking trem?

Sounds a bit like a PT that I have, A*** s/n with their old TremLok setup. I know most folks don't care for that unit, but to me it works fine (I favor traditional fulcrum trems and top mount Floyds). Weakest part is the archaic lock nut, but that's pretty much a set-and-forget kinda thing - at least until you break a string :)

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What little i know about the A series is more general but:

early A could have been made in van nuys, and a number not made there but after move to Dallas still used the same van nuys parts. 21 fret necks, rounded skink stripe and butt end of neck, stamps and serial nmbrs/wood codes etc

 

later A (Typical Dallas guitars) were made from offshore parts or canadian parts and pit together in Dallas. Some had 21 fret necks but a 22 fret neck is never VN Schecter. 

 

At least that is my rough understanding thus far. 

 

If you really want to know what you have you take it apart and look. 

 

 

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