NGD! Hamer Monaco III

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  1. CaseyI

    CaseyI Member

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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.

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  2. Lowlands Erik

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    One of my favorites!
    Enjoy!

    cheers
    Erik
     
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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!
     
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    I miss it already!!! Congrats and Happy NGD!!! Now go rock that beast!
     
  5. CaseyI

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    It will be well loved and played :)
     
  6. Kurt L

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    I will get one of those eventually... they're great guitars.

    Enjoy!
     
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    love those, with the spruce and the bigsby
     
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    Sweet! Congratulations!
     
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    very coooooooooooool score
     
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    It does not get much better than that; they really are quite versatile. Jazz to TWANG! Happy picking..........
     
  11. cmatthes

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    One of my favorite guitars ever. Nice score!

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    Congrats, beautiful guitars.
     
  13. CaseyI

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    Nice. I totally love that green. Stock pickups?
     
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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
     
  15. cmatthes

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    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.
     
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    wow, that's gorgeous~ congratulations!
     
  17. CaseyI

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    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.
     
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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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