My new Hamer

Discussion in 'The Small Company Luthiers' started by Mike_C, Sep 28, 2005.

  1. Mike_C

    Mike_C Member

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    I've been dreaming of this guitar for about two years. Now the dream is a reality. Monaco Superpro with f holes and bigsby Ulitimate quilt top Ruby red finish matching headstock, ebony fingerboard and ten victory inlays
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  2. Jon Silberman

    Jon Silberman 10Q Jerry & Dickey Gold Supporting Member

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    I'll it plays and sounds even better than it looks! :dude
     
  3. Scott Peterson

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    Wow - that is gorgeous! Congrats!
     
  4. Reeek

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    What a beautiful guitar that we all know performs as good as a guitar can! Congratulations!
     
  5. paintguy

    paintguy Long Hair Hippy Freak Silver Supporting Member

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    Very nice!!!!!!!


    Congrats!!!!!!
     
  6. VinceV

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    Mmmmm Hamer, very nice. I am a huge Hamer fan.
     
  7. Quinny

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    Wow, that is a stunning looking instrument. Being a Hamer it's bound to have tone and feel aplenty too, congrats!!

    Q.
     
  8. Green Pro Am

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    Smokin! Very classy looking. I have always wanted to try one of the Monaco series. I have not found a dealer here in Big D.

    How does the neck joint feel. Does the protusion of the body on the high e get in the way at all when navigating around frets 15 - 22?
     
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    wow. that's a beauty. tone report please!
     
  10. PlexiBreath

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    Cool! An archtop with a volume knob where you can get to it and use it for volume swells, priceless!
     
  11. Mike_C

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    It's not really an issue. I don't play up there that often but I was able play all the way up the neck with out any significant difficulty. At least no more than play a Les Paul or similar style single cutaway.


    As for Tone I'm just amazed at how versatile this guitar is the pickups (a Ducan Custom in the neck and a Custom Custom in the bridge) really compliment each other so I can get a Gretsch like tone in the middle position biting lead in the bridge and a really nice jazz/ bluesy tones with the neck. I've been mainly playing it clean as I get used to it but Will have a better report later in the week. So far I've been a very happy camper.
     
  12. joek86

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    That's funny, I have a Monaco Elite and had the Custom Custom in the bridge and the Custom in the neck. I like the CC in the bridge, but the Custom was too hot, muddy and overpowering in general. I found the combo to be too neck balanced in the middle position. I am going to try a Alnico II pro in the neck leaving the CC in the bridge, many say that this is a much better combo. For $75.00 it's worth a try......BTW, nice guit!
     
  13. Mike_C

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    I've really liked the 59/59 pickup combo Hamer uses for some of the 24 3/4 scale guitars. I did have to lower the neck pickup height a smidge But so far so good for what I wanted it to do.
     
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    Mike -

    Sweet ! God, that guitar has just got to sound good. I'm not a fan of colored headstocks, but yours looks super. Droool . . .


    Craig
     
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    Awesome guitar! I love the color too.

    Not to change the thread but how do you like your elite? I've been eyeing one for awhile. Are they all mahog?

    ~t
     
  16. joek86

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    I really like the Elite, very good player, tones are great, etc. If you are looking for an LP style guitar, check it out. I have have PRS and Gibson single cuts and I would say that I prefer the Hamer. THe only thing that I don't like is the neck PUP. The Custom is not a good neck PUP and is way to overpowering.
     
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    do they weight the same as the LPs and singlecuts? 10 lbs ish?

    Thanks,

    thomas
     
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    I would say that it is in the same wieght league as a PRS single cut. It is Mahog body and neck with a maple top.
     
  19. Mike_C

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    There are two types stock of Hamer Elites. The all mahogany bodied ones which are a great bang for the buck guitar and the Maple top Elites which are a mahogany back and figured maple top guitar. I've haven't spent any quality time playing an elite but I know guys that love theirs. The cool thing about the elites is smaller body than the superpro and gibson scale length so more les paulish.
     

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