Hamer MONACO III (custom order) arrival

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  1. conrad

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    This arrived 14 days ago in Belgium:

    Monaco III - custom order
    Tobacco sunburst no black-cognac center
    Ebony fingerboard
    Bound F-holes

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  2. straightblues

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    Very nice. I am sure will enjoy that. I understand they sound strat like. I haven't played one, but man I would love to. I play the Newport, Artist and Studio. That three pickup Monaco is definatley on my list.

    Please give us a review of how it sounds. I have played sevaral Monacos and I already know it plays very nicely. Also which pickups did you get in it.
     
  3. conrad

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    It came with the standard SD P-90's.
    It has some strat flavoured sounds in it, but that wasn't exactly what I was looking for. I just wanted a guitar as versatile as possible. I only have it for a couple of weeks now and I am still in the exploration phase.
    And there's a lot to explore in it !!!!
     
  4. pcutt

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    Looks great!

    It seems like Hamer Monacos and other Hamer semi-hollowbodies come with two or three knobs, not four like the Gibson ES-335. Having foolishly sold my 335 I'm in the market for something similar and am quite interested in the Hamers, but I really like the 4-knob approach. Are Hamer's available with the 4-knob design as a standard or would this be a custom order?

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    I had this same feeling until I got my Hamers. (Aritist, Studio and Newport). I have easily been able to live without the 4 knobs and I am a guy who changes knobs many times during each song.
     
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    I've been eyeing some of the Monacos at Willcutts, but the little lip at the bottom of the neck in the upper registers looks uncomfortable. What's up with that?
     
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    Surprisingly, your hand doesn't hit that little lip. Looks odd, I grant you, but it's a non-issue ergonomically.
     
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    That space is needed for the Dovetail joint they use on the neck. It's a non-issue when you pick it up to play. They can also blend it on a custom order basis, ...I'm pretty sure Jol said that~!
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    Played it for a couple of hours yesterday, and especially in the high registers, and that little lip wasn't an issue, never touched it even.
     
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    Very nice looking guitar! Really love the look of those M3's! I custom ordered a Monaco 3 Goldtop with custom wiring...instead of the chicken head 5 way, I had them replace it with a 3 way toggle for standard neck/bridge operation. The middle p'up was always on but I had a 3rd knob added to bleed in as much or little of it as needed. It was GORGEOUS, bound F holes, locking sperzels, Natural grain back....only thing was the tone I was looking for was NOT there. Dont know if the wiring job was the culprit or the Duncans just weren't up to snuff. I tried for months of p'up height adjustments, tone knob variations, amp settings, etc...I finally gave up and had to sell it. I thought about buying Lollars or other replacement p'ups but couldn't bear the disappointment if they didn't help not to mention dropping another $300 on an already high dollar custom order. I hope your experience is the polar opposite of mine and you fine tonal nirvana!
     
  12. conrad

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    Wasn't the maple top the initial problem ?

    Normally the monaco III is topped with spruce, that gives another tonal range - Kiz (who bought your monaco ) also had trouble with it, and moved it trough also. He also couldn't live with the combination maple top and the (too) hot P-90's.
     
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    Good possibility...however, it seems most P90 hollowbodies are with maple tops or maple laminates...I think the wiring played a big part of the tone issue...does yours feedback excessively?
     
  14. Dave Orban

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    I like these a lot, largely because of the 25-1/2" scale. :dude

    I was seriously considering one, before the 25-1/2" scale Baker came up recently... now I be poor again...! ;)


    Keep us posted...!
     
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    At home it doesn't has excessive feedback, (less than my Newport) , I haven't tried it on high volume levels yet.
     
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    I love my (slightly different) Monaco. Mine has a maple top, korina body and ebony board. Surprisingly, the tone is not overly bright.

    I did replace the pickups with a set of Harmonic Design Classic humbuckers. The stock Duncan Custom and Custom Custom pickups were not well suited to this guitar, IMO.

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    I ordered this one with a lot of help from the distinguished members of the Hamer Fanclub board.
    Thanks a lot, I would not dare to do this without their help, tone reports, hints and suggestions. (This is the first guitar I ever bought new)
     

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