For years I didn't understand tehe hamer thing at all, but the only ones i saw were imports (not a really available brand here in canada) Someone brought one into the shop a few weeks ago for a setup... damn. The other tech and i were REALLY impressed with it...
Totally agree! Got one, now I'm hooked and on the prowl for more. Their designs are incredibly well conceived, and the build quality is superb. I'm like you...don't know what took me so long to latch on to them.
The guitar that turned me - a very hardcore PRS-head - into a non-PRS owning guy is here:
1995 Hamer Custom Studio:
Replaced all these:
And I don't miss them at all.
I roll with custom ordered and made guitars now from Gerard Melancon and Ron Thorn. The one production guitar that still is here six years, hundreds of gigs and countless playing hours later? The same Hamer.
Your Artist is gorgeous; I had one exactly like it. Killer stuff to be sure.
Just put a paper bag over it.
Seriously, I think they're a little homely aesthetically, too, but it's overshadowed by the quality per buck of the guitar. And I find them no less homely than the headstocks on Heritage guitars. Actually, if I ponder it long enough, Fender headstocks are a little peculiar, too. What makes a head stock appealing, anyway? Sorry... topic for a different thread.