Actually that's not correct. The necks got progressively fatter in the late 1990s. By the early 2000s, the necks were similar to the '59 Les Paul dimensions. Some people say the necks got too fat.Great guitars but very slim necks. Usually sell for $800 used give or take $50.
Since Hamer went out of business about a year ago, the price of used Hamers has gone up a bit. I'd love a Hamer Custom Studio, in natural. They tend to fetch about $1500.I am interested in these....found one for sale.....looks MINT.....What are they like and what do they fetch for $$$$$$
This one os a nice AA Flames amber top.
I've owned a few of those. Always felt that the tone could have been more focused and don't know why it isn't. I like my PRS Custom 22 more. Maybe it's the way the neck is joined to the body? Short tenon?
Also, I don't care for the thick finish that Hamer used on many of those guitars...it turns white in the inside corners almost like it's come unattached or something.
It was a long and wide tenon.Short tenon vs long tenon with Hamer is a red herring. The contact area of the neck to the body of the Hamer has a larger surface area and better joinery. Check out the construction videos on you tube. The double cut body style and body thickness has more to do with the tonal differences IMO
Try one from the early 2000s. They have fat necks. The 1980s and earlier 1990s had the skinny "shredder" necks of the hairband time frame.I`ve played a LOT of Hamers, however I don`t pay attention to years.
I have never held a fat necked Hamer in my hands. That`s why I don`t care for them. Maybe I should play a few more.
FWIW, Willcutt's (who bought out the remaining supply when Hamer closed up) still has a few NOS Hamers. Didn't see any Studios - mostly Artist Customs and Monacos. http://willcuttguitars.com/hamer-1I'd really like to see Hamer USA back in action, maybe keeping the product line to 3 or 4 guitars max. People need an alternative to Gibson.
Hamer's finishes are anything but thick. Certainly thinner than PRS finishes. The 'milky white' that appeared on some 99s Hamers had little or nothing to do with thickness of finish.
The neck carve did get much more substantial after the move from Arlington Heights in 97, although they did get thicker after the early 90s.