hamer vs fender

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by neastguy, Jul 26, 2005.


  1. neastguy

    neastguy Supporting Member

    Messages:
    13,535
    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2004
    Location:
    ohio
    if you had the choice, t-51 vs fender 52 RI... I can go to the local store and try a 52ri but probably wont be able to play a t-51 in person.....what would you pick? for those who have played both....thanks...
     
  2. HHB

    HHB Member

    Messages:
    6,643
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2002
    Location:
    East Flat Rock NC
    the necks are all over on the Hamer, I had a big neck rosewoodboard alder T-51 that was great , just not the total tele tone IMO due to the wilkie bridge , also the flat radius on the Hamer may or may not agree w/ you. Big frets are a plus on the Hamer and sperzels, stock duncans, nice guitars. The 52 reissues are great , but have smaller frets , hard to say which is nicer, I like the ASAT classic myself in this catagory but the fender is a Fender if ya know what I mean
     
  3. Hamer95USA

    Hamer95USA Member

    Messages:
    2,264
    Joined:
    May 27, 2005
    Hey neastguy,

    This is the guitar you want:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    The T-51!! Everything that a Telecaster should have or aspire to be.

    Guitar George
     
  4. neastguy

    neastguy Supporting Member

    Messages:
    13,535
    Joined:
    Apr 14, 2004
    Location:
    ohio
    how much for that t-51?
     
  5. Boomdoggy

    Boomdoggy Supporting Member

    Messages:
    767
    Joined:
    May 31, 2005
    Location:
    Latrobe,PA
    I was really broke a couple of years ago and missed out on a T-51 for around $400.00.It was a great guitar.
     
  6. discountsounds

    discountsounds Member

    Messages:
    150
    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2005
    Location:
    Bartlett, IL
    T-51! Handmade, sperzels, good wood, Duncans, Wilkenson, strap locks, Lubritrak nut, stressed neck, etc.
     
  7. alderbody

    alderbody Member

    Messages:
    682
    Joined:
    Oct 14, 2004
    Location:
    overseas
    i would go for the real thing...

    i just hate those "wanna-be-a-better-fender" guitars.

    [size=1/2]just my opinion. no offence intended.[/size]
     
  8. Unburst

    Unburst Member

    Messages:
    4,221
    Joined:
    Jan 19, 2004
    Location:
    Portland, OR
    If you want a real Tele tone, you have to have a real Tele bridge.

    Not a qualititive decision, it's all down to design, Hamer makes a great guitar but the Tele's bridge is the heart of it's tone.
     
  9. bek

    bek Member

    Messages:
    1,349
    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Location:
    California
    Or the very similar but more rare Washburn Laredo:
    [​IMG]

    Peghead is even shaped like the Hamer, and it uses the Wilk bridge (for better or worse), but it also is routed for a middle pickup (a la Nashville). No lockers, fabulous neck and smooooth big frets, abalone dots a nice touch.
     
  10. HHB

    HHB Member

    Messages:
    6,643
    Joined:
    Aug 6, 2002
    Location:
    East Flat Rock NC
    I had a larado too, I liked it better than the Hamer , should have kept it
     
  11. GuitarG

    GuitarG Member

    Messages:
    373
    Joined:
    Dec 14, 2003
    Location:
    Foley, AL

    George, your Hamer looks a whole lot like my Tele clone:
    [​IMG]
     
  12. conrad

    conrad Member

    Messages:
    205
    Joined:
    Feb 9, 2005
    Location:
    Belgium
    I would try the T-51, they are becoming hard to find and prices are rising up to the 700 $ and more range.
    You can always find Fender Teles.

    these are mine (Hamers):
    [​IMG]

    one with T. Anderson pickups
    one with Fishman bridge
    one stock
     
  13. Phil M

    Phil M Supporting Member

    Messages:
    10,396
    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2002
    Location:
    Rochester, NY
    Is that a cheap guitar??? Back around '93 I bought a TV Yellow Washburn Tele copy for a little over $250 (new). I always thought it was a really nice feeling guitar, for ANY money, but especially for a cheapie. In fact I still have it somewhere, but the electronics did not hold up well.
     
  14. bek

    bek Member

    Messages:
    1,349
    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2004
    Location:
    California
    NOT a cheap instrument, quality made in Chicago. SD Broadcaster pickup set and perfectly smooth and quiet controls. Four hundred dollars would be a real good deal for one of these in good shape.
     
  15. amstaf

    amstaf Guest

    T51 All the way. I had the use of a fender r/i, and there was no comparison. Hamer has a great finish.
     
  16. Phil M

    Phil M Supporting Member

    Messages:
    10,396
    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2002
    Location:
    Rochester, NY
    I wonder if mine was an overseas version then. I'm sure the store wouldn't have sold it for $250. I need to dig that out check it. I don't remember it saying whether it was US made or not.
     
  17. archtopjazz

    archtopjazz Gold Supporting Member Gold Supporting Member

    Messages:
    8,978
    Joined:
    Dec 24, 2004
    Location:
    Lancaster, CA
    If you want a Tele, get a Tele.
     

Share This Page