More Hamer GAS..any Hamer Artist owners out there??

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  1. riffpowers

    riffpowers Member

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    Picked up a Hamer Korina JR last month and I love it.I've just been offered a smart P90 Artist for a good price.I wasn't actively looking for another Hamer just yet (but do want one) and the artist is very very tempting....
    Any artist owners out there???
     
  2. arniez

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    You mean like these?
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  3. VegasGreg

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    Arnie, that Ultimate is still my favorite Artists ever.
     
  4. gregc

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    I've got one in Korina, loaded with P-90s.
    I like it. It's light, sorta LP sounding, with a little more air, and of course, the P-90 sound.

    gregc
     
  5. sw686blue

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    I own a Mahagony Artist in Silver Sparkle. Awesome guitar. It is equipped with Duncan '59s in both the bridge and neck position. I love those pickups for semi-hollow electric guitars. This guitar sounds great for blues and rock. I highly recommend it!

    ArnieZ, I've said it before and I'll say it again...your Ultimate is SICK!!!!
     
  6. Blauserk

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    Another owner of the korina one. I go through guitars like water, but I bought that one new in 2000 and have held on to it ever since, even as I've been through probably over a dozen guitars. The reason is that whenever I plug it in, it just sounds so damned good. The closest I've ever come to Mick Taylor's flutey slide tone on "Get your ya yas out."
     
  7. riffpowers

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    I'm guessing the mahogany will be a little less bright than the korina jr I have.
    So do I take it you guys think I should go for it??!!
    The only thing I'm worried about is the pickup switch position....it seems a long way from the controls!!!Does this work ok for people??I'm used to the les paul swicth position (although admittedly its not that practical!!) but I've never played a hamer with teh switch back there.
    Also I've heard people say its neck heavy, is it???
     
  8. HHB

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    they are neck heavy on my frame, I had a black artist mahogany and a silver sparkle P-90, they sound good and play well, I just cant get comfortable w/ the neck heavyish hang ( it's not like a Firebird where the neck just drops, but it is there )
     
  9. teefus

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    i have a 25th anniversary (mahogany artist, f-hole) that is not going anywhere. great guitars and pretty reasonable on the used market. i personally prefer the newport pros and have 2 of them. hamer has some great guitars.
    this one is a custom order.
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    this is a stock newport pro and the 25th ann, reportedly one of the first 6 made.
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  10. jimmyj

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    My 25th Anniversary played great and was probably the best sounding humbucker guitar I've owned. It had Duncan '59s in both postions like the Artist Mahogany HB. I sold it because of the neck-heavy issue (not really that bad) and control lay-out. Actually, I still found it quite good ergonomically and often realized it wasn't awkward to play at all but I thought I could find something that sounded just as good but had a little different lay-out etc.. No such thing.

    I'd buy it back in a heartbeat if it becomes available.
     
  11. teefus

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    i never had a neck heavy situation on any of the hamers i own or owned. i usually change the tuner keys to ebony anyway and i would imagine that helps a little. you would be surprised how much a handful of grover buttons weighs. i use the checkerboard levy's straps and they grip a little too.
     
  12. lamenlovinit

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    The switch isn't a problem. It's oriented at a 45 degree angle, so it's a very natural move to go from bridge picking in a down and back direction and slap that switch around. :AOK
     
  13. burningyen

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    Yeah, a grippy strap is a must-have with most Hamers. Love 'em.
     
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    :AOK :AOK :AOK
     
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    riffpowers,
    Here is some more useful information besides porn! The Artists are great guitars. I had a Korina Jr. and ending up selling it for a couple of reasons. I didn't love the neck on it, it had the modern profile, and I also have a Korina Artist with the 2 p90's that my wife and kids gave me as a present. At the time I felt that the korina artist and jr were very similar and being as how the present my wife gave me was untouchable, I sold the Jr.
    If I were you I would look for a Humbucking version of the Artist, either maple capped, korina or mahoganey. they are all great guitars and will give you a little more variety than an Artist Korina
    ArnieZ
     
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    WOWZA! All Natural Quilt!!!!!

    That switch is actually a lot closer than it looks. I find the switch position to actually be more comfortable and accessable than the LP style once you play it for a while. You just slap it with your pinky... Bonus points for not having the toggle switch in the way of the strumming pattern for big chord playing too.

    Karma
     
  17. Crazyquilt

    Crazyquilt Guitar Dad Silver Supporting Member

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    I've got a Hamer Artist Korina. It's the first really fine humbucker guitar I've owned in years, and the second Hamer (the first is a Special P90 I've owned since '93.) It's slightly neck heavy, but that doesn't bother me. I replaced the Duncan 59s with WCR Crossroads, which was a big step up imo. But, I'm still not completely happy/comfy with the guitar -- too many years playing single coils, I guess. But when I get it to a place I like it, it's a really great guitar -- and ergonomically & aesthetically, it's awesome.
     
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    I love mine. Definately can't go wrong with one
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    Great guitars & value, I just wish they didn't have such skinny tiny necks... I like fat necks or V necks! Other than that, they're great.
     
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    Another 25th Anniversay owner here, but I'm pretty sure the stock bridge pickup in the 25th is a JB (of course, you may have swapped yours. If you did, please disregard).

    Either way: great guitar!
     

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