NGD: Hamer Artist

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NGD: Hamer Artist

Post by _xxx_ » Thu Jul 09, 2020 5:14 am

Just snagged this one, quite minty condition according to the description:

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Honduras mahogany and brasilian rosewood used back then, these sound fantastic. Seth Lover pickups, though I might go with a set of white Pearly Gates which I have in my parts box.

If the chambering allows it, I'm planing to install a floyd. Should be an L shaped chamber above the pups and behind the bridge. And even if not, those are killer guitars even without a trem.

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Re: NGD: Hamer Artist

Post by sixstring » Thu Jul 09, 2020 6:36 am

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But let's face it, someone buys a Kramer b/c it has a Floyd.

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Re: NGD: Hamer Artist

Post by MuttznMongrelz » Fri Jul 10, 2020 7:49 pm

Oh...I like that. Congratulations!
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Re: NGD: Hamer Artist

Post by darrend » Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:21 am

Those are incredible.

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Re: NGD: Hamer Artist

Post by Frunobulax » Sat Jul 11, 2020 10:48 am

Very nice Sergej. If it was mine I would'nt try the Floyd experiment on that beauty : keep her virgin. :thumbs

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Re: NGD: Hamer Artist

Post by _xxx_ » Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:29 pm

Not finally decided yet, though I want the floyd. Need to play it first. Floyd was officially an option, so it would be no "rape".

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Re: NGD: Hamer Artist

Post by _xxx_ » Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:07 pm

Got it today. What a beauty! Couldn't capture the color, it's a deep somewhat darker cherry burst and the top is very 3D. The pickups are not Seth Lovers but a JB (labeled JBL) and 59 set, looking at the soldering joints they seem to be original. The tone pot is push-pull and splits the bridge. Though I'm not a huge JB fan, this one fits the guitar well - the Honduras mahogany has quite excessive mids, so the JB doesn't sound too thin. 59 is a bit dark, so I think I'll install a Pearly Gates there eventually.

It's what I'd call a *real* guitar. Sounds like a mixture of Les Paul and ES335, like 70% LP and 30% ES. Beautiful with singing harmonics, great sustain and nice singing feedback. Rounded 50's profile neck, though not quite as thick as Gibson baseball bat necks. Love it. Looking forward to the floyd installation, though my trusty luthier will need a while, Covid and all.

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Re: NGD: Hamer Artist

Post by MuttznMongrelz » Tue Jul 14, 2020 5:02 pm

Gorgeous guitar! Congratulations & Good luck with the modifications.
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Re: NGD: Hamer Artist

Post by 2112 » Tue Jul 14, 2020 11:14 pm

Beauty, eh.

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Re: NGD: Hamer Artist

Post by _xxx_ » Sun Aug 02, 2020 9:53 am

Forgot to post the pics. Didn't turn out perfect visually (dowels not completely covered by the floyd) but it works perfectly and the tone is awesome. Pictured with R2 nut, but I switched to R3 which fits better.

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