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Hamer USA Goldtop Studio Custom w/ P-90s -WOW!!!

dewman

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Just got a 2006 Hamer Studio Custom Goldtop w/ P-90s. Wow what an amazing guitar!!! Feels hefty and has a 59 LP style neck, large but not tree trunk. Highly resonant- ivroid binding. The workmanship is amazing. I actually dig the big sound from the ceramic Duncan P-90s. They seem overwound and warm relative to today's vintage styled alnicos, fat like a really great R6. Whew....
 

atquinn

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Lots of people seem to not like them, but I love the HotP90/CustomP90 combo Hamer uses in their guitars (I had a Special with that combo for a while).

-Austin
 

dewman

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coming soon...gotta snap a few...

I am amazed at the low end with these pups. I know it goes against all vintage, but they sound very cool. Its a nice pairing for this guitar, but I cant leave anything alone so I'll probably sap them out at some point or another for ome Lollars just to see how it changes the tone. But for a fat Les Paul sound with some tele character, this is it...plus I like the feel of it- feels like a Les Paul and has nice heft to it!
 

Bo Faulkner

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Did you buy the one at Fat Sound? if so I dont know whether to be mad or be glad because I wanted that guitar! And I really dont need another guitar!
 

bsshiver

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Wow! If you guys keep talking about this guitar, you might make me regret trading it in! That is, assuming you got this one from Fat Sound ;)

If you ever do change the pickups in it, let me know how it turns out. I'd be interested to hear how the lollars (or whatever you choose) stack up to the original pickups.

P.S. BTW, I'm a long-time lurker. I couldn't pass up an opportunity to find out if this is my old guitar, though :)
 

dewman

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Yep Bo...Its a mean machine man...Some picts were up at the fatsound web site, but they're not on the front page anymore- www.fatsoundguitars.com

Well if I ever sell it I'll call ya!!

How's that Marshall treating you!

We should get together sometime- I'd love to hear those M75s and that old Marshall...


Did you buy the one at Fat Sound? if so I dont know whether to be mad or be glad because I wanted that guitar! And I really dont need another guitar!
 

Bo Faulkner

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Yep Bo...Its a mean machine man...Some picts were up at the fatsound web site, but they're not on the front page anymore- www.fatsoundguitars.com

Well if I ever sell it I'll call ya!!

How's that Marshall treating you!

We should get together sometime- I'd love to hear those M75s and that old Marshall...

At the moment I have the M75's in my Germino 2x12 cab... I swear that cab sounds better than my Marshall 4x12 with the M55/Heritage 20 watter combo.. I am Greatly impressed with the M75s!

I was checking out that Hamer on the front page at Fatsound website and when I saw your post I KNEW that was the one you got!.. I was semi planning a trip over there the play that thing!
 

Bo Faulkner

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Wow! If you guys keep talking about this guitar, you might make me regret trading it in! That is, assuming you got this one from Fat Sound ;)

If you ever do change the pickups in it, let me know how it turns out. I'd be interested to hear how the lollars (or whatever you choose) stack up to the original pickups.

P.S. BTW, I'm a long-time lurker. I couldn't pass up an opportunity to find out if this is my old guitar, though :)

What did you get to replace it?
 

Robert1950

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Lots of people seem to not like them, but I love the HotP90/CustomP90 combo Hamer uses in their guitars (I had a Special with that combo for a while).

-Austin
The Studio Custom has SP90-1 pups - alnico. I have a Special and it had the SP90-2 and SP90-3 pups - hot ceramics. I swapped them out for something more vintage - just my taste.
 

bsshiver

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What did you get to replace it?
I picked up a PRS SC245. I've never owned a Les Paul style guitar, and I've been wanting one for as long as I can remember. I thought the SC245 would get me the closest without having to shell out for a Historic (or a Collings CL Deluxe), and so far I'm not disappointed one bit!
 

dewman

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Funny- I was making that decision betwee the SC245 and a Les Paul and whatever P-90 gitar I could find that wasn't too bright and brash, then I felt the Hamer and it felt warm and very Les Paul like. I like the SC245- I was looking at that Goldtop and also the 10 top with birds- I want to wait to see the David Grissom model before making that choice, then we..I saw the Hamer and Mike A. said it was very nice and I picked it up an walked out the door with it...If my wife knew how much gear I've been through lately....
 

bsshiver

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...If my wife knew how much gear I've been through lately....

I won't tell if you won't tell!

Glad you like the guitar. Getting rid of it was a tough choice to make, but I'm glad it made into the hands of someone who appreciates it!
 

dewman

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here's a few picts, courtesy of Stu's website of my Hamer Studio Custom P-90. some comments below..







A few very very minor things to fix, probably raise the tailpiece since the break angle is steep. Maybe new nut , or a lube job since the grooves are deep on the light strings. Pickups are actually very good. Stock pups are real thick and I can get dead on Black Crowes Marc Ford tones...nice. All in all a great used guitar, the finish is perfect- ivroid binding is as cool on this guitar as it is on Collings City Limits guitars. The goldtop is dead on Gibson colored, the neck is like an R9 - very comfortable. This is one of those guitars with so mch sustain all you hav to do is slide your fingers up or down the board to nd te notes hang on and just sound fantastic. Its so well made I cant believe it. I dont know where I have been and missed this model of dual P-90 loaded guitar. Id argue that if you shut your eyes it feels just like a nice R6 Gibson, but with a boutique highly crafted feel to it. I've been a fan of Hamer standards since I have been young when they first came out. These were guitars that I've wanted but coldnt get a hold of one when I was just starting ot. The necks on every Hamer I ave played have been well made and played effortlessly. I would love to get an old four serial number digit Hamer Standard like the one in the emporium. Those are great guitars. Bound body and bound neck. Just put tgether very well. I personally think this Studio setup with Duncan P90s is a great pairing for thick, Les paul style tones with clarity. I'm anxious to hear how it would sound with some Lollars, but I would argue that some of the magic about this guitars' big voice is in its stock pups. We'll see, its an easy fix to go back. Anway, here she is- Thanks again to Mike A at FatSound for pointing me in the direction of this gem....!!!
 




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