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This guitar is highly recommended for any player looking for a good quality SG without spending a fortune, or anyone who uses multiple tunings at a gig. Samarium Cobalt Noiseless pickups. Any thoughts on those?

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Not necessarily a bad thing unless you like to do dive bombs. Overall this guitar is in very nice shape with a near perfect finish that shines like new.

Frets are near perfect and it has an excellent setup. Fantastic early model boutique guitar from John Carruthers , whose bio reads like a who's-who of modern guitar manufacture.

Not knowing a lot about Carruthers ' guitars, I sent John some pics and called him to pick his brain. He said this was typical of the guitars he was building in the mid's and that it was probably around an '85 model. This isn't your cookie cutter maple-necked alder body Strat.

The body features a deeply sculpted cutaway on the treble side to make it easier to reach the high notes. I've seen this type of sculpt on a number of other boutique guitars from the 90's and on, but this is the earliest use I've seen. Hardware is Gotoh, all black, with a vintage tremolo with bent steel saddles, and locking tuners with a low profile that doesn't require use of a string tree.

John couldn't be sure what original pickups were, although he did say that the HSH was proper, but I'm guessing EMG's since you can see two small holes in the back cover which have the same spacing as a 9V battery clip mount. I have some old EMG's we can install but the guitar sounds so sweet as outfitted, I'd be reluctant to mess with something that sounds so good.

If desired, we can swap out to an HSH set of Duncans for a small upcharge. Cosmetically it's in nice shape for its age with the only real flaws being a few small areas of the thin Nitro finish have flaked off, but we are going to touch them up prior to shipping and the guitar will ship in excellent condition. When you pick this guitar up you know you're holding a quality instrument, almost before you even strum the first chord. It just has that vibe.

Set up is superb with low action, no dead spots, and excellent sustain. It has a very warm sound, typical of mahogany, with a faster attack, thanks to the rosewood neck. I just got in a few of these for the holidays. The quality is equally on par with Fender's Squier series with good quality electronics and hardware and after Martin does his magic on them, they set-up with very comfortable action, which is imperative for beginners. If a guitar is difficult to play, it's not going to get played.

Comes in pink with white accents. Unplayed, immaculate, and better than new. One of the current models from Dano, who in recent years has been manufacturing one or two models, and then moving onto the next project. This is the 2nd go-around on this model, patterned after the '56 U-2, which was Dano's first production run in the late 90's, after a break of around 3 decades. This one differs from the earlier reissue in a few ways, most obviously the "Dolphin" headstock instead of the Coke bottle.

Other changes include two lipstick pickups in the bridge, essentially a humbucker, as well as Kluson style tuners. Other features include white knobs on dual concentric tone and volume controls, 3-way selector, a matching "seal" pickguard, double acting truss rod, flat 14" radius, 25" scale, 21 frets, C-shaped neck.

Out of the box these are not great playing guitars, with high action, noisy pots, and rough feeling frets. After Martin gave this guitar the attention it deserves, polishing the frets, lubricating the fretboard, setting the action, dressing the fret ends, and cleaning the electronics, they play fantastic, just like the old mail-order guitars they're patterned after. Hold one-Chuck L; one more available. Another great 1st Reissue, this one finished in the classic copper finish.

Dano discontinued this model many years ago, and opted to build only one model at a time, with a run of a year or two. Nothing sounds like them and once Martin gets them on his bench, they play with the ease of very expensive guitars - his setups on Dano's is simply incredible. If you're looking for something a little bit different for a signature tone, or simply want to add a guitar to your arsenal that has loads of cool vibe and a unique tone, here's a really nice one.

Cosmetically, very clean with no major flaws. Finished in desirable Limo Black and features a few upgrades including excellent quality Gotoh tuners, metal saddles that are individually adjustable instead of the wood block, and a piezo pickup controlled by a mini 3-way switch piezo only, piezo and lipstick pickups, lipstick pickups only. The piezo system isn't really an acoustic tone, but it does add a lot of body to the sound, especially in the middle position, when combined with the magnetic pickups.

To me it sounds just like a vintage hollowbody, like an old EST. I last had this guitar a few years ago and it appears as though it was unplayed since it was last in my hands. Finish has all the luster of a new model and frets are perfect. Nothing sounds like them and once Martin gets a hold of them, nothing plays like them. His setups on Dano's is simply incredible.

After several 60's models, they're building a '56 again, but they're Chinese made and there are various feature changes, none of which are dual lipstick pickups with a Coke bottle headstock. The last generation models had only single volume and tone, rather than stacked pots, and other models went to steel saddles rather than the original rosewood bridge, which makes these early Korean models the most historically accurate reissues ever built. If you're looking for a great U-2, this one is near flawless, without an scratches or fret wear.

The extra neck angle on this guitar gives it a very comfortable feel and allows for a top mounted Floyd Rose. Loaded with quality components and built with Blaze's design elements, most notably the "chrome flame" graphic, floating side to side Blaze inlays, top-mounted Floyd Rose tremolo, and his signature middle and bridge pickup positions i. Production was limited to electric guitars and each includes a certificate of authenticity and a hardshell Dean guitar case.

For the history of this model, click here for Dean's site and here for full specs. The Deceiver F Floyd Rose , combines great looks, quality tone, and unique design features in a well-made guitar that, remarkably, retails for under a grand. It's tone-sustaining mahogany body is finished in high-gloss black with a set-in mahogany neck capped off with 24 jumbo frets and ebony fingerboard, complete with striking pearl Deceiver inlays. One really nice design features is the cutaway area and heel as shown above , which provides superior access to the upper frets.

Here's a demo of a Deceiver F in action. These play okay right out of the box but once Martin does his thing to the set up, they play like guitars costing 3X the price. Personally designed by the late, great Dimebag Darrell in before his untimely passing. By this year Dimebag had returned to Dean and had begun work on several signature models with this Razorback V being one of his final contributions. It cuts a figure much like the time-tested Flying V, only more dangerous looking with a few more jagged edges and actually more comfortable with the addition to sleek body bevels.

The Razorback V features a mahogany neck and body, a rosewood fretboard with a super flat 16" radius, and a very comfortably contoured neck heel shown here which allows very easy access to the upper frets.

Pickups are a Seymour Duncan Dimebucker pickup at the bridge with a Dean humbucker in the neck with the edges taped down, Dimebag style. The neck on this model is quite substantial, with a rounded-V profile that feels a lot like a '56 Strat. Controls are straight ahead 3-way selector with master tone and volume, with easy grip circles on the volume.

With a pro in-house setup, these guitars are an incredible value for the money. Includes Dean hardshell case and comes in gloss black finish or Candy Apple Red metallic.

Dean Dimebag Far Beyond Driven Tribute ML , An incredible guitar that's a fitting tribute to the late Dimebag Darrell, with excellent quality and top-notch features including flame maple top, a mahogany body with a set-in mahogany neck, a Floyd Rose licensed tremolo bridge system, and the classic Dean Series II V headstock with a screened collage of Dimebag.

Other features include a rosewood fingerboard, cream body and neck binding, a vintage Brazilliaburst finish, Dimebag Traction knobs, a Dimebag Quad image sticker on the body, and a Dimebucker Treble pickup bridge position. Killer setup, killer tone, a super axe all around. For complete details, check out Dean's Site.

Between Dean and Washburn there have been a lot of Dimebag models released and it's somewhat confusing to many customers. Having had most of them I can attest that the best of the lot are the Korean set-neck models, and that this is the best of the lot. Although most of the Korean set neck DeArmonds, as well as the bolt-on Indonesia models, were discontinued by , the S lived on a few more years, although rebranded with the Squier brand. Since Fender owned both names, I guess it only make sense to rebrand it rather than have a DeArmond catalog with only one line in it.

It was made in the same factory, by the same people, as the DeArmonds which preceded it, it just has a different name. As with the Guild it copied, the S is a double cutaway "solid premium mahogany" guitar with a slightly asymmetrical double-cutaway design, and set mahogany neck. This guitar features two very good sounding Seymour Duncan-designed humbuckers, which are among the best import pickups I've heard.

Very unique guitar in terms of looks and design, totally hand-crafted in USA in very low numbers. I think this builder has only made a handful of guitars and the hand-built aspect is very obvious, definitely no CNC machines used on this guitar. The body shape is unique, sort of a highly exaggerated Tele style, except with rounded edges. It features a center second of quilted maple, with mahogany wings, with a set-in poplar neck with ironwood fretboard. Pickups are a Gibson humbucker in the bridge, with a P stacked P90 style in the neck.

A striking headstock, which combined with the billowy body, bring to mind Prince's Cloud guitar, or something of that ilk, in fact I think this guitar would look great with an off-white or yellow finish. This guitar is the very one pictured on Denyle's site 4th one down and you'll notice it had a different tailpiece at one time more factory pics.

If you look closely you'll see telltale signs of the earlier hardware but it's not very noticeable. Eastwood has come on strong in a relatively short period of time, resurrecting classic models from past decades, but not your Gibsons and Fenders, but models by Harmony, Supro, Airlines, etc. Only of the original Ultra GP were ever produced before being discontinued, primarily due to the price which was higher than a Gibson Les Paul from the same year.

This model was made in Korea and is an excellent quality import. Click here for around 25 reviews where the GP scored a remarkable 9. Great feeling guitar with quality tone, Petrucci vibe, with a few mods. The first thing you'll notice is the finish. The logo has been removed from the headstock - the body, which is factory satin finish, has been lightly buffed out to a semi-gloss finish compare to headstock in first pic above. The neck pickup has been replaced with a DiMarzio "Humbucker from Hell", which is bright and glassy sounding, along the lines of a Strat, with a vintage, medium output.

A trem stop has been installed, allowing for down pressure only, EVH style, with advantages such as tuning stability during string bends and string breakage. The JP is a rather unique, we made guitar, The neck and headstock picture are one, meaning no scarf joint, which is more expensive to manufacture but adds stability and avoids potential separation.

This guitar has a great feeling fret neck that's thin with very sight shoulders, very easy to get your hand around. Stock features include Basswood body with custom deep forearm contour, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard and custom Sterling Petrucci Neck carve, reverse controls 3-way closest to your picking hand , Locking Tuners, 24 medium-jumbo frets, Sterling Modern Recess Tremolo with a really solid block, It's been so long since I've had a Custom neck-through that I can't remember the last one I had - plus a cool color and custom shop graphic, make it a very rare and desirable model.

This guitar is of interest to both guitar collectors, and comic book collectors, as it has a graphic based on the Nov. An original copy of the comic book is included with the guitar. Color match is near perfect and the areas were clear coated after the touch up. A few thoughtful mods were done which include a Floyd Rose replaces the ESP tremolo, Duncan humbucker replaces the ESP pickup, and a push-pull tone pot replaces the coil tap switch.

For the player, it's a fantastic playing guitar with low action and a fast feel all over the neck. The cutaway is beveled in a way that allows easy access to the upper frets. It's in beautiful shape and presents itself very nicely, with no pick or buckle scratches, and the only flaws noted above. For less money than a new bolt-on M-II Standard in a standard finish, you can get this neck-thru model in a very cool graphic which at 25 years is officially vintage.

Here's one for the collector! Stunning one-off with killer factory graphics on front, back, and headstock, with an eagle in flight covering most of the top with blue sky and white clouds surrounding it on the back and headstock. This immaculately finished axe was used at the ESP booth at trade shows. The paint job goes through the pickups without interruption pic and when viewed from the front it's hard to tell that the guitar even has pickups.

This guitar is in collector's condition with scratches on the body, hardware has no pitting -recessed Floyd Rose trem has no pitting or discoloration. What a wonderful guitar for the collection; a real stunner, and it plays as nice as it looks. I haven't been inside to see what the pickups are but they're both humbuckers and it sounds excellent. Features a carved top Horizon body with deep cut, beveled treble cutaway for easy access to the top frets.

Neck is a medium profile with ebony fretboard, 24 jumbo frets, cream binding on headstock and neck, black oblong side markers, Gotoh tuners, and Schaller strap pins. Some of you might remember this guitar - I actually owned it in It's been very lightly played since that time but remains in very near mint condition. Just be gentle with it is all I ask.

Girls, cars, and guitars; they just go together as evidenced by this super cool airbrush graphic of some fishnet-clad legs sitting atop a 50's Cadillac tailfin. Specs are the same as the Snakeskin above with a few differences - bridge pickup is the ESP dual rail, fretboard is rosewood, tremolo is recessed, and the trem cover plate is recessed.

Other than that, its the same super nice axe from the 48th Street custom shop. The fretboard on this one is some beautiful rosewood that has much of the color and figuring of Brazilian. Like the snake skin above, this guitar has seen very little use and exhibits no player's wear. The only noteworthy flaw are a few lacquer cracks beside the tremolo shown here which only bear mentioning because the guitar is otherwise in such pristine condition.

Highly recommended for the ESP collector, collector of graphic finishes, or better yet and pro player since this guitar plays fantastic with action that's built to shred and quality tone. Includes top quality ESP case with black tolex with silver logo, leather ends, and plush interior. Not an especially rare model, but an extremely rare series, commissioned for Daddy's Junky Music, probably the country's 1 dealer in used gear, around 25 years ago.

I called Daddy's corporate office to get the rundown on this model and spoke to Chris, who was actually around when these guitars were built. The story goes like this: According to Chris, he thought that there were probably 50 or so, but no more than of the entire series, which were essentially ESP's Series, ESP's vintage line, with a special "Daddy's Series" logo. They came in various finishes and appointments, with this one being Olympic white with black and white plastic parts.

It's a well made guitar, typical of Japan quality in the 80's, with good quality woods, hardware, and electronics. The bridge pickup has been replaced with a Duncan Quarter Pounder pic here - middle and neck are regular stag pole vintage style. Pots are the full size Japan pots; switch is the vintage style blade, both shown here. The only noteworthy flaws are some natural relic'ing to the nickel bridge and some of the pickguard screws, as shown here.

The rarity of a Daddy's Series may only appeal to a handful of players, but it's an interesting story, and one that has little to no web documentation. Thanks to Chris from Daddy's corporate headquarters for his help. Killer Viper with in super clean condition, upgraded with a killer pair of DiMarzio humbuckers.

Although common practice is to use the in the bridge position, it has an excellent treble response which keeps it from getting muddy like a lot of pickups in the neck position. With the super high output of the , you need a powerful pickup in the neck and the matches it well.

In addition, it is capable of a multitude of wiring schemes, with a total of 5 combinations for the neck pickup alone. The Viper is built with quality craftsmanship that reinforces the fact that some great guitars are coming out of Korea these days. The body shape of the Viper is pretty much like a Gibson SG, except slightly thicker, and the upper horn is slightly longer, with an offset waist, rather than symmetrical like the SG. Other features include 24 medium jumbo frets, set-neck design with 3-piece mahogany neck for increased stability and strength, rosewood fretboard with "flag" pearloid inlays, pearloid model name inlay at 12th fret, Eclipse headstock, bound headstock, and black hardware.

The all-black look, without a pickguard, is both elegant, and very much rock and roll. Want to try switching to a 7-string without paying a big chunk of change? This M is an exceptionally nice player with quality tone out of these LTD 7 humbuckers. This one was obviously a closet queen that looks like it was played for a few weeks and then stashed away for 13 years.

Made only one year, which the Bluebook says was but the serial on this one is ' It also feature a black gloss finish which I think is unusual since most of these were satin finishes. Features include offset double cutaway basswood body, bolt-on maple neck, 22 extra-jumbo frets, rosewood fingerboard, dot inlays, model name at the 12th fret, reverse headstock, hardtail bridge, strings thru body for enhanced sustain, dual humbucker LTD 7 pickups, volume-tone knobs, three-way switch, and black hardware.

Beginning in the early 90's, led by Steve Vai and following shortly the "Korn" sound became synonymous with the low, huge sound of the 7-string. Killer Viper with factory EMG's, again in super clean condition. The only real flaw is a tiny hole pic here where apparently somebody was going to move the strap pin.

The is the top of the line in the Ltd Viper series, with top quality features and quality craftsmanship that reinforces the fact that some great guitars are being built in Korea these days.

The Ltd line was originally conceived to be a less expensive alternative to ESP's Japan-made guitars. It's been my opinion that they're every bit as good as their ESP counterparts and I actually have found them to be better built guitars on the whole.

Their shortcomings were electronics and hardware that weren't quite as good The body shape of the Viper is pretty much like an SG, except slightly thicker and the upper horn is slightly longer, rather than symmetrical like the SG. ESP left off the pickguard and used black hardware which give it a more elegant look. This is a killer playing guitar and like the EC, definitely good enough for pro use.

Fine example of the upscale Korean guitars hitting the market the past decade. While the majority of imports have moved to China, Korean guitars offer superior woods and finer craftsmanship overall - and in the case of this EC, quality hardware and electronics as well. Other upscale features include an Earvana compensated nut for perfect intonation, Grover mini-tuners which have a lower mass and overall superior to the common The set up on this guitar is spectacular; low action and no fretting out, with a quality tone that's good enough for professional use.

In fact, this guitar needs no upgrades to be ready for the stage. ESP built some of the best quality Japanese imports, and when they launched the Ltd line years ago they found a factory that would be comparable quality guitars in Korea. Extremely cool Fernandes with killer looks, tone, and playability. It's designed for the player who loves traditional feel combined with cutting edge tone and looks. The neck carve is extremely comfortable and the cutting edge body and headstock styling are so eye-catching that you're certain to get comments from anyone who hasn't seen one of thee before.

This thing isn't looks only though, with real-deal Seymour Duncans and quality hardware. This guitar features Seymour's personal favorite in pickup combinations: Plays great well and very clean condition. This model comes in figured tops as well and white, but there's something both heavy and elegant looking on a gloss black guitar with black hardware. It also features the Ravelle signature pickguard with holes in it, again, to set apart from a traditional LP.

The pickguard comes uninstalled from the factory but we can drill screw holes and attach and no cost if desired. Any flaws you may see in the pics are mere reflections - this baby is perfect - with plastic still on the back covers and not a hint of player's wear. I really love Godins. Whether acoustic or electric, every one we've had has been an excellent quality guitar in all regards and probably the best value in a North American guitar built in USA from Canadian parts.

Excellent set up and overall nice shape other than some light scratches and finish impressions but nothing through the clear coat; around an 8. Godin's offer top quality guitars at remarkably reasonable prices. Known primarily for their acoustic models, they also build some fine solidbodies such as this Radiator. Click here for a review by GuitarOne. One of my personal gripes with the stock Radiator is the lack of a pickup selector.

Godin opts to skip the 3-way switch relying instead on individual volume knobs but if you want to go from bridge to neck quickly, forget it, you have to turn down the bridge knob and then turn up the neck knob.

This guitar now has a CTS 3-way switch installed. Cosmetically, knobs have been changed to a larger amp style knob, more accurate for fine-tuning settings, and the automotive type logo has been removed from the body. The single coil pickups sound very good and they're fairly quiet Godin calls them "low noise" but keep in mind if you use the mid-boost they're not going to be as quiet if you use a higher gain amp setting.

If you boost the mids by 12dB, keep in mind that you're also boosting the noise by 12dB. If you want the stock sound of the guitar, just put the TBX in the middle center is detented and roll the mid-boost knob all the way back.

You probably won't use the mid boost all the time but it's easy to get hooked on the fat, harmonically rich sound and may find yourself using at least some boost on all your songs. Set up on this guitar is fantastic, with low action and no fret out on bends anywhere on the neck. This guitar is 3X more versatile than a stock model and it's easily good enough for professional use. A shredder's dream guitar with action so low it makes you laugh like a small child.

Excellent Japan model that was made for Japan distribution and not imported from what I find. These came in two models, apparently identical except for sharktooth inlays on the JJ-F1, plus they made them in an HH configuration, and lastly, a bass. This one's a very cool color, Salmon Pink, which was a Fender custom color back in the 60's.

The body is a dead knockoff of a San Dimas era Jackson with an identical small control plate and identical contours. Features real Kahler tremolo and excellent sounding pickups. According to the catalog, I would guess the bridge pickup is a Jackson USA while the neck and middle are likely Greco.

They're Duncan Quarter-Pounder style with large pole pieces, plus they have a brass band around the sides, same as the catalog pics. All three pickups sound very good. Controls and knob layout is Jackson all the way, with volume and tone mounted straight across, with 3 mini-toggles which activate: Bound fret neck feels great and is thinner at the nut that most metal axes.

Also features black hardware, Grover tuners, and football output jack which is another Jackson touch. I would hold this guitar up against any USA made during this time and, trust me, the action is as low as it gets. It's in extremely clean, collector's condition, with no flaws of note. Now that Gretsch has the Chet Atkins name again they've revamped almost their entire line. This Chet Atkins Solidbody is one of the new models. Loaded with Gretsch Western vibe, from the iconic "G" brand, to the cactus and steer inlays, to the leather studded binding - everything you love about the original in a solid body form.

Includes vintage style Gretsch case , also with western trim , with velvet lining and Gretsch banner inside, as certificate, tags, manuals, etc. Originally a hard tail model, this one has an added Kahler tremolo and string clamp. To say that this was a pro mod is an understatement, this one was modified by John Suhr signed in the trem cavity so you know it was done cleanly and precisely.

One other upgrade, and it's significant, the original Gretsch pickups with odd Phillips head pole pieces have been replaced with a very old pair of DiMarzio Super Distortions.

It was a very tone-enhancing change since stock Beast pickups are pretty unremarkable. It's a very comfortable guitar to play with nicely rounded edges, deep treble cutaway, and the neck cut low into the body - much like a PRS bolt-on - which allows the neck plane to be closer to the plane of the body.

Very nice player with comfortable action and nicely dressed frets without any deep wear spots. The tone is fat and powerful, suitable for a number of styles. Cosmetically it's in nice shape for its age other than a spot on the back where the clear coat is worn through but this is a very thin nitro finish so it's going to wear easily.

Very affordable vintage USA Gretsch that's good enough for the pro player. For the player who wants the lowest possible action without spending a lot, this would be my recommendation.

Action is very low at the nut and stays close to the fretboard all the way up the neck. For playability, this one is as nice as most USA Hamers. This is an excellent example of the quality coming out of Korea in the late 90's. While I think they were mediocre a decade earlier, by '97 the Korean factories were putting out guitars that rivaled Japan production. Hamer moved this series to China in the 00's but if you can find these older models, it's definitely worth the hunt.

You'll note the headstock pic above with a "used" stamp, which means that this was a cosmetic second for reasons that are impossible to tell once a guitar gets a few scratches on it. For a player on a budget, if you don't mind a guitar with a few cosmetic flaws, I guarantee you'll love the tone, feel, and playability.

A real stunner in Honey finish - solid maple top with beautiful flame in beautiful condition. The Artist Studio features an offset double cutaway mahogany body with sound chamber, carved bookmatched solid maple top, mahogany neck, single f-hole, fret neck, Wilkinson hardtail wraparound bridge, Schaller tuners, and a great pair of pickups - Seymour Duncan Seth Lovers.

Extremely clean condition with the worst flaw being a little milky clear coat on the edge of the fretboard, which is a common flaw on Hamers but overall a solid 9. New, an unplayed, first quality Hofner. We have a few of these in stock and feel that they're one of the most unique semi-hollowbody guitars made.

It's super lightweight, at around 6. With the new CT Club Hofner resurrected one of their classic vintage models and a proud history that included John Lennon pic and George Harrison as players of their Club 40 in ca.

Other noteworthy players of Club series include Jimi Hendrix Club 50 ca. If you're used to semi-hollowbodys that have feedback problems, worry not. The small body, lack of f-holes, sustain block, and mini-humbuckers combine to make this guitar no more susceptible to feedback than a Les Paul.

Crank up the gain as high as you want, no problem. This guitar will perform great for nearly any type of music, and especially jazz and jump, although it's probably not the best choice for super heavy metal. It has excellent volume when strummed acoustically, and this open sound is also noticeable when amplified. Features of the CT Club include: Controls include separate volume controls for each pickup i. These are getting hard to find.

HOLD 1-Blaine, other available. With all the glitz and gaudiness of the 60's Italian classics, Italia has filled a niche market building guitars with unique looks but also quality parts and tonewoods. The Modena features three Wilkinson mini-humbuckers controlled by a blade pickup selector, master volume, master tone, and an additional volume that controls only the front pickup which allows you to fade it in or out, yielding 7 pickup combinations.

Other features include quality Gotoh tuners with pearloid buttons, Wilkinson vibrola, Tuneomatic bridge with roller action to reduce friction and keep the tuning stable during tremolo use, What really strikes you about this guitar is killer looks, with a green sparkle that really pops under lights, with mother of toilet seat back, pickguard, and back of the neck.

It also has a cool ridge around the edge of the guitar that's somewhat like a German carve. These pickups sound great and with seven combinations you can dial in a good sound for nearly any style of music. The tremolo is very smooth, sort of like a Bigsby as far as touch is concerned. It's hard to beat this guitar for quality of construction and, even more, absolute killer looks.

Another beautiful older Custom Shop Jackson from early Ontario production - San Dimas neckplate and the body still has the smaller San Dimas control route on back. This one is finished in a perfect red metal flake with matching headstock, which looks great with the gold Kahler Pro tremolo.

Pickups are Seymour Duncan Live Wires, all of which are humbuckers and all are high output, active pickups. It's equipped with individual pickup switches to allow any combination including neck and bridge and all 3. Other controls are simply a volume control. This guitar is super clean with no finish chips or deep scratches, only some fine scratches, most of which will go away when we buff it out. The neck has a thick slab of rosewood, medium jumbo frets, and a sealer coat on back.

Set up is fantastic with low action and no fretting out and overall this is one of the cleaner 80's Jacksons I've had in while. Like the yellow '86 Dinky I posted a few weeks ago, this is definitely a good one for the collection, especially with the older style body which makes it more of a "vintage" Jackson than guitars that followed shortly thereafter.

Whether you're a collector or player, you can't go wrong with this one. Very cool old Jackson in incredibly nice shape, especially for 23 years old. San Dimas neckplate but the only actual San Dimas models were serials below Back in this era these were all custom shop guitars, built to order.

I remember a form that customers dealers included would fill out, specifying pickups, graphics, tremolo, inlays, etc. JT which was identical to a "regular" Floyd Rose, which was also made by Schaller Germany, and, in fact, all parts are interchangeable except the locking bolts comparison pic.

Pickups are all Jackson humbuckers which, I believe, are the JBC in the bridge with a pair of J bi-level humbuckers in the middle and neck. Controls are the usual 5-way selector, mini two-way switch to split the bridge pickup, master volume, master tone, PLUS Jackson's great mid-boost circuit controlled by the 3rd knob.

This mid-boost fattens up the sound incredibly and you'll likely want to keep it cranked up most of the time. This guitar has obviously seen very little use as evidenced by the near perfect frets, intact lettering on the pickups, and almost no discoloration to the Floyd. It plays wonderfully, with low action and very sleek oil-finished neck. There are no buckle scratches, only some fine pick scratches, most if not all we'll buff out prior to shipping.

The only flaw is minor, and it's a small finish ding on the back of the neck which we can fill at no cost. These are nit pick issues and anyone would agree that this guitar is in beautiful shape. This guitar was made while Grover Jackson still owned the company and, thus, much more desirable than the later Ontario guitars.

Includes hardshell case, tolex with leather ends and white piping. It's supposed to be original to the guitar but I don't believe it to be a Jackson case. Kammerer , made in his shop in Iowa, builds very unique, high quality guitars. According to his site, he has "built over guitars These are unique guitars, primarily with his patented neck attachment system, and with a body that's very thin at the edge, beveled to a regular thickness at the center, sort of like an Ibanez Sabre body.

His patented neck attachment system maximizes transfer of energy between the neck and body. What looks like a 2-screw attachment is actually just 2 screws that hold the neckplate in place - the actual attachment uses 4 machine screws, with brass inserts in the neck.

Two additional pins in the body prevent any shifting of the neck. With this system you don't need a lot of wood around the neck for strength, which allows is a very narrow heel that's very rounded, allowing for the utmost comfort playing in the upper register. It's an ingenious system, much more expensive to manufacture than a Strat style with 4 wood screws, but the results are worth it. The neck and headstock are the same piece of maple i. Again, more expensive but an effective and sturdy design.

Feel the headstock while you strum a chord and you can feel just how lively the neck vibrates. His bodies are also unique in that parts are all recessed - back plate, output jack, and neckplate are all recessed into the body, precisely, for a perfect fit. Just as precise is the fret work, with perfectly pressed frets, cut to exact fit, with no tang visible at the end of the fret shown here.

Other features include maple body with gloss finish, abalone bow-tie fretboard inlays, fret rosewood fretboard, Duncan pickups with a Duncan Custom neck and a Pearly Gates bridge, black hardware.

The body is two-piece but not the usual bookmatched variety: Unlike some other boutique builders, Kammerer proudly uses a CNC machine in manufacturing his guitars, just like PRS or any other large company.

He builds guitars to order, but the Scorpius seems to be the starting point. Although this guitar has been played and there's some moderate player's wear, there aren't any major flaws and the frets are perfect. It has superb action, excellent tone, and is quite lightweight. Includes the original case. Model K in nice condition; plays as good as it looks. Vanguards went through various design changes, almost yearly, and this is one of the cooler ones with beveled body edges and a headstock with sort of a German carve on top - flat on back.

It also has matching pickup covers and bridge cover back in the mid's they tried everything! The fingerboard was unbound mahogany with dot inlays. This differed from the regular edition in that it sported a bound flamed maple top even the f-hole was bound and a bound ebony fingerboard and head with pearl crown inlays.

Otherwise it was similar to the f-holed Artist with one exception — it was finished entirely in silver sparkle. The body and neck are mahogany, the top carved, arched spruce. The neck is glued in, with the three-and-three headstock. The fret rosewood fingerboard is bound with pearl dot inlays.

Pickups include two Duncan Phat Cat single-coils, with three-way select, volume, and tone controls. The bridge is a finetune coupled with a Bigsby vibrato. Finish was transparent orange. A similar Newport Pro model was also offered, identical except for a pair of Duncan Seth Lover humbuckers and a stop tailpiece.

These remain in the line, and pretty much define the state of the Hamer art! Import Series As mentioned, ca. Since Korean manufacturers have dramatically improved their quality in recent years, these are high-quality guitars, designed in the U. As alluded to earlier, in terms of design the Import Series was very similar to their previous American counterparts, although materials were sometimes different.

Pickups on the Import Series were Duncan Designed. Carved flame maple top over mahogany, rosewood dotneck with three-and-three head.

Color options were Cherry Sunburst, Purpleburst and Blueburst. This looked like the old model, complete with pickguard, but was now made of solid maple with a glued-in neck and scimitar headstock. The Echotone was basically a version of the semi-hollowbody Gibson ES With a glued-in neck, the Echotone had bound solid maple top and back with bound f-holes. The fret fingerboard was bound rosewood with dots. Twin humbuckers, three-way, two volumes and two tones, finetune bridge, stop tailpiece and elevated black laminated pickguard completed the picture.

The Import Stellar 1 was clearly a nod to the success of Paul Reed Smith guitars, with slightly offset double-cutaways, the upper horn extended a bit.

This featured a maple body with a set maple neck. A three-way, volume, tone, finetune bridge and stop tailpiece rounded out the Stellar 1. The Import Californian was our old fret friend, again pretty much the same except for having a solid maple neck and body.

The Import Cruise basses were replicas of the latter model, with the Fender-style profile and the little batwing pickguard. Body and neck were maple. Modern players The list of Hamer artists currently featured on their website www.

There have been a lot of Hamer guitars over the last quarter century. Curiously enough, most have held their own very well in the used in vintage markets in terms of value, a tribute to their intrinsic quality and the heart that the Hamer folks put into their products.

And now you know all about them…. Dating Hamers The first Hamer Standard was numbered stamped into the wood and subse-quently consecutive numbers were used on all guitars until By most models had switched to a second system, however, some continued to be produced bearing 4-digit numbers until , mostly Standards, Eight- and Twelve-string basses. Approximately guitars were made with 4-digit serial numbers. Beginning in with the Sunburst, a new system was initiated in which the first digit represents the year and the following numbers four or more are the running total of all guitars numbered using this method Y XXXX.

Numbers were stamped on the guitars, either in ink or black paint, or in yellow on dark instruments. Guitar 8 would be from and was the th guitar numbered that way.

Guitar 8 was made in and was the 21,th guitar so numbered. Beginning in late serial numbers were again stamped into the wood. Many one-of-a-kind and prototype instruments have numbers that do not relate to either of the two numbering systems.

Slammer by Hamer By , Hamer had begun to modify its import strategy and made a transition for its Ko-rean models which would end up being called the Import Series — basically upscale copies of its better Hamer USA guitars, still made in Korea. The Slammer brand name was switched to more down-market guitars made in Indonesia. These Indonesian models were then called Slammer by Hamers, with the Hamer block logotype.

Three guitars and one bass were offered. All were in a more conventional Fender-style mode. The guitars were Strats with Hamer six-in-line heads, the bass Fender-style. All had bolt-on maple necks, rosewood fingerboards, dot inlays, and pearloid pickguards. Guitars had traditional non-locking vibratos. These Slammer by Hamers were probably available through the move to Connecticut.

The name had changed but the appearance was still generic. All came with bolt-on maple necks, unbound rosewood fingerboards, dot inlays and chrome hardware. They remain in the line. By these logos had changed to a more stylized, italicized typeface. Strings passed through the body. The Sustain-block vibrato basically used the same components as the fixed version, with the bridge pivoting on two points.

Springs attached inside the body in the back, as on Fender-style designs. Kahler flat-mounts were used on the Phantom, Scarab, and early Blitz models. When the headstock on the Blitz was changed to an angled version, a Floyd Rose was employed.

Recent stoptail models are generally fitted with Schaller tune-o-matic bridges and tailpiece, including the Archtop, Special and Standard reissue. Recent Studio versions of the Archtop and Archtop Artiste feature Wilkinson single-piece hardtail bridges.

However, recent strings have been fitted with a stock Wilkinson design. Basses Until recently, virtually all four and five-string basses featured Schaller-made bridge units with the Hamer logo. Recently, the CruiseBass began to offer an option 2-Tek bridge. Pickups Hamer guitars and basses have used a number of pickups over the years. The following guidelines can help determine if a guitar is in original condition, but this information should be used with caution. Guitars The first few Standards were fitted with original Gibson PAF humbuckers, many of them non-functioning units obtained from the repair shop at the Gibson factory in Kalamazoo and rewound by Larry DiMarzio.

It soon became clear that the supply of vintage Gibson PAFs, even broken ones, would not be adequate to support new guitar production, so Hamer commissioned DiMarzio to produce humbuckers to its own specs. Single-coil pickups used on the Prototypes were also DiMarzios. These, too, were made by DiMarzio. Most recent guitars feature Duncans, though the Diablo has DiMarzios, and, again, a customer may order any other type of pickup.

Some recent basses use Seymour Duncans. Again, any kind of pickup may have been ordered by the original customer. All copyrights are by the author and Vintage Guitar magazine. Unauthorized replication or use is strictly prohibited.

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