View Full Version : Les Paul vs. Hamer Studio Custom
11-05-2008, 11:15 PM
Anybody compare these two? I have a paul, but am interested in a Hamer Studio Custom. I'm sure that they don't sound identical, but are they similar in overall sound? How about differences in weight and playability? Thanks for all input.
11-05-2008, 11:23 PM
I have an R6 and a Standard Les Paul currently. I also own three Hamers right now and have owned a Hamer Studio (not the custom).
The Hamers are made better than the Gibson. The fit and fininsh are just nicer. The Gibsons really have a hand made feel when compared to the Hamers. I have never played a bad Hamer but I have played plenty of bad Gibsons. Gibsons and Hamers have a different feel to them. It is hard to explain but it is noticable.
As far as tones go, the Hamer will sound similar to the Les Paul, but not the same. Only a Les Paul sounds like a Les Paul. If you are trying to make a Hamer Studio sound like a Les Paul, you should pass. If you want a great rock and roll guitar with its own sound and great build, go with the Studio, you will be happy. The weight of the Studios is about 9 lbs. so they are a little lighter than the typcial Les Paul. The neck on them is a little thinner than a Les Paul 60's neck. The neck is very medium, not too thin or too thick.
11-06-2008, 08:58 AM
I can only compare between a LP Standard Premium Plus and a Hamer Artist Custom (Studio with a F-hole). I totally agree with straightblues comments. Only a Paul is a Paul. The Hamer is more between a LP and a 335 and according to my experience has a more modern sound. I love them both.
11-06-2008, 10:10 AM
I like Hamers, but of the 3 that I've owned 2 had issues with open string fret buzz. They do look beautiful and have a quality feel, but I don't like the actual feel of the finish. Tone wise, I much prefer my LPs and in fact have sold off all my Hamers, but kept my LPs.
You can listen to anecdotal information all day, but you really need to experience both guitars for yourself do make your own decision.
11-06-2008, 01:33 PM
I own both a '96 Gibson Les Paul Custom & a '95 Hamer Studio. I pretty much agree with what "straightblues" said. I find that the Studio has a more versatile sound due to Hamer/CTS pots that Hamer uses to get those out of phase tones. I like the build quality & finish of my Hamer and I own about 5 different Hamer guitars with no issues. I'd recommend trying both and see which one suits you the best.
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