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Hamer Newport Pro - Any Feedback Problems?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by hardys, Jan 5, 2008.

  1. hardys

    hardys Member

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    I've been considering buying a Newport Pro, but need to do it online, hence I can't try one first. My question is that being hollow bodied, are these prone to feedback? More than an ES-335? I once had a ES-330 that was really bad and almost unusable at my band stage volumes.
     
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    I've got a 2000 model 12 string Newport loaded with Phat Cat single coils,and I've had no problems with feedback clean or dirty.One of the best built guitars I own,BTW.
     
  3. teefus

    teefus Silver Supporting Member

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    how much gain do you play with regularly? i have 3 newport pros and don't have any feedback problems at stage volume with classic rock gain levels. i did change the seth lovers out for fralins (potted). the unpotted seths may howl a little at higher gain or volume levels.
     
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    I've got a regular Newport, and the only feedback I've experienced is the musical kind. Just note that if you play with a great deal of gain at volume, the unpotted Seth Lovers in the Pro can tend to squeal a bit.

    Edit: Oops- teefus beat me to it.


    Great guitars!
     
  5. hardys

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    Thanks a bunch, guys. So, other than the Seth's squealing, is it safe to say the Newport doesn't feed back any more than a 335? Also, I've heard of some Hamer being neck heavy. Is the Newport?
     
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    My Newport isn't neck heavy, though that might have something to do with the Bigsby on the non-Pro. I wouldn't worry about feedback unless you're into serious gain and massive volume. It's not going to do the ES-330 kinda feedback.

    Best axe I've ever purchased for the money, and criminally cheap for a carved-out solid wood guitar...

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  7. TestierWheat

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    I've not had any feedback problems with my Newport even while using a fair amount of gain at stage levels. As others have already said, this is one of the best guitar values out there.
     
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    I have both a Newport and a 335, they both feedback a bit easier than a solid body does, but it isn't something you cant easily control. If you play at intense stage volume levels and with a lot of gain it might be an issue, but for what I do I've not found the newport (or my 335) to have issues with feedback during gigs. I also don't think the newport is neck heavy, feels balanced to me, but I tend to adapt quickly to whatever it is I'm playing. Mine has phat cats and a bigsy if that makes a difference.
     
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    I never had feedback problems with a 335 or a newport. Maybe through a 100 watt marshall cranked through a 4x12 cab but I've played some pretty loud gigs with those guitars and never came close to getting feedback.
     
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    As as been noted the Seth Lovers can squeel with high gain. Other than that it has not been a problem on mine. I am going to try a set of unbuckers mostly because I want more use out of the neck pup.
     
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    I've never had problems, even in higher volume, WHO-style gain/overdrive situations. Depending on your playing environment, you may get different results, but I got a really nice, controllable (intentional!) growly feedback with the stock PhatCat pickups.
     
  12. hardys

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    How does the sound of a Hamer Artist with humbuckers compare to a Newport with humbuckers?
     
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    Very different. The spruce makes a huge difference. You get that sweet wispy/velvety attack like George Benson but with the note bloom of a 335.
     
  14. hardys

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    While I have all of you Hamre guys attention, is there much of a tonal difference between the stop tail and Bigsby Newports. How is the tuning satbility with a Bigsby? I don't use a whammy bar that much and wonder if there are any drawbacks with a Bigsby.
     
  15. jzucker

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    There's always drawbacks with a bigsby. The bigsby is very cool though and the lost of sustain the slightly muffled attack is something you'll have to weigh. As a vibrato bar, it's not very good compared to a strat vibrato but it has it's own vibe that you can't quite get with a strat. Unless you're specifically into that rockabilly or early swing stuff I'd say get a stop tail.
     
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    I originally parsed that as "Velveeta," Jack. :messedup

    (Still digging SOS1, by the way)
     

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