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NGD! Hamer Monaco III

CaseyI

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Well, technically it was yesterday, but I was so busy playing it that I didn't post then. This guitar just has me tickled. The neck is just absolute perfection. I'm loving all of the sounds you can get with the 3 P90's. It's kind of heavy but it really has that Les Paul, take your hands off and it aint gonna move kinda feel to it which I love. When I brought it home I restrung it right away, which was my first time with a Bigsby. It certainly is a bit more effort but with a capo it wasn't too bad. I got faster after each string I put on. The only thing that I'm uncertain about is the 5 way rotary pickup selector. I tend to flip between bridge and neck regularly. If I'm unable to adapt, I think I'll try to figure out a way to use a 3 way toggle and a push/pull pot for the 5 positions. I don't exactly how that would work out, but I'll do my best to adapt.

I want to give a shout out to Jeff AKA thehikingdude as he held the guitar for me for almost 3 weeks. The guitar was as described and I'm way grateful for his patience. He's not too shabby of a photographer either. The nice pics were taken by him (and used with permission), and of course the obligitory iphone pic is mine.



 

DavidMgT

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Wow, very nice! I have mt eye on a Monaco Superpro - Just love the big single cut body. I have a Hamer Newport and the quality is simply amazing!
 

rjsc5

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It does not get much better than that; they really are quite versatile. Jazz to TWANG! Happy picking..........
 

Rama

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I have two and love them...once you rea get into them you will be amazed at what you can get out of one of these.

My favorite sound is position two...bridge/middle with volume dialed back just a hair...maybe1/8 inch into a mildly overdriven tube amp...you get this velvety sax tone that purrs and sings...

No other guitar can produce this sound.

It takes the 25 1/2 scale, semihollow construction, spruce and P-90s all working together to do it.

I've adopted it as my signature sound.




Congrats
 

cmatthes

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Nice. I totally love that green. Stock pickups?
Thanks - it's a special Caddy Green I had them whip up. Took a few tries, but they got it right!

The stock pickups are in it right now, and they are perfectly fine. I back the volume off a couple of clicks and turn the amp up. Sounds damned good that way to my ears.

I've played another one that had been outfitted with 3 Lollars and it was probably a touch better (warmer) sounding, but not enough for me to want to change mine.
 

CaseyI

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My favorite sound is position two...bridge/middle with volume dialed back just a hair...maybe1/8 inch into a mildly overdriven tube amp...you get this velvety sax tone that purrs and sings...





Congrats
The stock pickups are in it right now, and they are perfectly fine. I back the volume off a couple of clicks and turn the amp up. Sounds damned good that way to my ears.
Thanks to both of these comments I tried the whole roll the volume off a touch. I'm usually a wide open 10 kinda guy but it really clears the sound up rolled back a touch. Perhaps a little less bass and mids, it's lets the highs come through a little more which I'm digging.
 

cmatthes

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Casey - when I first got my M3, I was a little disappointed that I loved everything about it except for the way it sounded. As a born rock player, I was usually a "these go to Eleven" guy as well.

Monkeying around with the volume, especially on that guitar, really brought out the full potential. Definitely found the sweeter spots that way.
 




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