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  • Re: LIVE NOW - Guest Luthier Series Feature's Hamer's Jol Dantzig

    When you made the Hamer guitars for Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, did you meet them? Did they seem like good guys?

    And

    What is your absolute favorite guitar if you could only have one?

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    • Re: LIVE NOW - Guest Luthier Series Feature's Hamer's Jol Dantzig

      what type of neck joints do you think are the best for not only the working musician, but for the one who is at home just playing for enjoyment?

      Also, I have seen neckthrus with trussrods in the neck, if such a guitar were to have its relief changed by turning the rod, would that adversely affect the entire guitar structurally, and not just the neck, or just the neck.

      What is your view on the methods and mentalities of FMIC and Gibson, and do you think they've done their time and should leave, or that their size does in fact provide positives for the guitar industry?

      Jason

      PS: Saw your blog, your work is AMAZING!
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      • Re: LIVE NOW - Guest Luthier Series Feature's Hamer's Jol Dantzig

        Originally posted by Jol Dantzig View Post
        I'm sorry man, that was just a joke. When people ask me if I'm related to Glenn, I tell them that, and then start singing "Mother, tell your son to clean up his room, tell him to do his homework too..."

        Well, you had to be there I guess.

        We've made a few carbon fiber guitars here, and they are not cheap to make. The whole time, people are playing them they are comparing the sound to their wooden guitars, so what's the point really? It's like a plexiglass piano. They have their place, but it's not what I want to do.
        Lol, excuse my ignorance, I didn't catch the difference in the spelling of your last name. Great joke thought! My last name is Hanson so I get asked every day if I'm related to the Hanson brothers, to which I reply "No, I don't play hockey!" (Slapshot reference)

        Thanks for your input on wood supply and carbon fibre.

        Being a "tree hugger" I welcome the use of alternative materials or harvesting younger forests that are grown for industrial use rather than "old growth" or ancient forests (as I believe the signal chain has the main influence on tone). That being said, I'd rather see Brazillian rosewood harvested for guitars than being slashed and burned.
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        • Re: LIVE NOW - Guest Luthier Series Feature's Hamer's Jol Dantzig

          hi jol, thanks for doing this, i think its really cool that you would go and take the time to answer questions about your trade.

          my question whats its like working as a luthier and how/where did you get started?

          reason why i ask is because iv become intrested in luthier work and in guitar work in general.
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          • Re: LIVE NOW - Guest Luthier Series Feature's Hamer's Jol Dantzig

            Mr Dantzig, First, Thank you for your very valuable time. Now, my question...is about Hamer guitars. I currently own two USA model Hamers. A 95 FM and an '04 Artist custom. I understand why they sound different, I'm not quite sure why the FM (the newest to me), "feels" so much better when I'm playing it. The body contours are very similar, except the FM has rounded body edges. Just curious if you had any ideas. I think the biggest difference in feel is in the neck, though. Thank you so much.

            I have to say that this Artist Custom could be the most beautiful guitar I have ever seen.. Honey blonde and tons of flame!!!!

            -thanks,

            -dave
            I don't believe anything I say and only half of what you hear....

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            • Re: LIVE NOW - Guest Luthier Series Feature's Hamer's Jol Dantzig

              Hello, Jol.

              I have been elected to ask this question. Is there any chance of ever seeing an official Hamer checkerboard strap again? The originals have gotten extremely expensive if you can find them for sale.

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              • Re: LIVE NOW - Guest Luthier Series Feature's Hamer's Jol Dantzig

                Ordinarily, this thread would end now, 5:00 PM Eastern, but I just got a call from Jol. He had to head out to an appointment. But he's going to come back on a bit later and answer the questions he didn't get to.

                Thanks for everyone who has posted so far. We'll announce the winner of the contest later on tonight.
                Evan Skopp, Inside Track International
                Sales and marketing reps for D'Addario, Musopia, Reunion Blues, Q-Parts, and Nukleus Pickups.

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                • Re: LIVE NOW - Guest Luthier Series Feature's Hamer's Jol Dantzig

                  Big thanks, Evan!
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                  • Re: LIVE NOW - Guest Luthier Series Feature's Hamer's Jol Dantzig

                    Yes, Thank Evan! This is a great idea. It seems I know so little....

                    -dave
                    I don't believe anything I say and only half of what you hear....

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                    • Re: LIVE NOW - Guest Luthier Series Feature's Hamer's Jol Dantzig

                      I do realize I'm late but work took the best of me so if it's not possible to answer I'll understand.

                      Ok, Jol, first of all let me start by saying that I'm a Rock/Metal and a Strat guy but when I think about a guitar I simply will own someday that is the Explorer and when I think about the name on the headstock it never says Gibson or any such. It say Hamer (Standard naturally, Custom preferably, that guitar is pure class!)

                      My question is also about the Californian (BloodRose and I have a tendency to think alike).
                      I know that SuperStrats today are a dime a dozen but one of my two favorite guitars is a Washburn MG-100, a guitar with STRIKING resemblances to Hamers of the day in general (I was later told that many ex-hamer employees had joined the Washburn Chicago Custom Shop when the MGs were designed so that makes sense). That said I would be extremely interested to know whether there would be any plans for a USA version of the Californian (and preferably one without EMGs) since I have an aching suspicion (that comes pretty darn close to certainty) that one such guitar would be the ultimate guitar for a guitarist such as I (ah, forget it, no, what I meant was it would be MY ultimate guitar!)

                      Thanks again and I'll understand if you won't be able to answer.
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                      • Re: LIVE NOW - Guest Luthier Series Feature's Hamer's Jol Dantzig

                        many thanks to evan and jol! very cool!

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                        • Re: LIVE NOW - Guest Luthier Series Feature's Hamer's Jol Dantzig

                          Originally posted by Luís View Post
                          Is there anything you would like to build commercially but think/know nobody would buy?

                          What do you do then? Build it for yourself and be done with it?
                          Hi everyone... back at my desk, sorry to take so long.

                          I like this question! I don't think that I really have a real aversion to making what I want for any kind of commercial reasons. Most of what I think about is geared (pun intended) towards musicians like myself. If it satisfies a need for a musician, that's usually good enough for me. I mean, after all, who is gonna play a 12 string bass?

                          There have been things that I just scratch my head as to why people didn't just go nuts over. Things like the DuoTone in 1991. I figured it was a slam dunk to make a guitar that could go between a true acoustic sound and a great electric sound just by flipping a switch. I guess people didn't believe it actually worked.

                          Then there's the sustainiac guitar. It allowed you to hold a note as long as you wanted, and even get the octave harmonic by flipping a switch. "Sustain" seems to be on everybody's wish list, but when we gave them endless sustain it was a non issue. Go figure.

                          There have been far more of these sort of things than not being able to go to market with an idea.

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                          • Re: LIVE NOW - Guest Luthier Series Feature's Hamer's Jol Dantzig

                            I fell through the cracks also

                            Originally posted by Got_tone? View Post
                            +1 to what ImmortalSix said.

                            Jol, thanks for taking time out of your day to answer our questions.

                            What kind of advice would you give to someone who wants to get into in the world of lutherie (repair work,custom guitars, etc.)?

                            Do you think they are better off going to some school, learning from a pro (who is willing to teach), or are you better off learning on your own?

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                            • Re: LIVE NOW - Guest Luthier Series Feature's Hamer's Jol Dantzig

                              Originally posted by KeeperOS View Post
                              I do realize I'm late but work took the best of me so if it's not possible to answer I'll understand.

                              Ok, Jol, first of all let me start by saying that I'm a Rock/Metal and a Strat guy but when I think about a guitar I simply will own someday that is the Explorer and when I think about the name on the headstock it never says Gibson or any such. It say Hamer (Standard naturally, Custom preferably, that guitar is pure class!)

                              My question is also about the Californian (BloodRose and I have a tendency to think alike).
                              I know that SuperStrats today are a dime a dozen but one of my two favorite guitars is a Washburn MG-100, a guitar with STRIKING resemblances to Hamers of the day in general (I was later told that many ex-hamer employees had joined the Washburn Chicago Custom Shop when the MGs were designed so that makes sense). That said I would be extremely interested to know whether there would be any plans for a USA version of the Californian (and preferably one without EMGs) since I have an aching suspicion (that comes pretty darn close to certainty) that one such guitar would be the ultimate guitar for a guitarist such as I (ah, forget it, no, what I meant was it would be MY ultimate guitar!)

                              Thanks again and I'll understand if you won't be able to answer.
                              Once again Keeper, I love all those old designs... they were a lot of fun to do. I think the Washburn resemblance thing is a little overblown. A lot of guitar designs back then were all coming from the same philosophy and background as we were all making strats with humbuckers and trems. There was a lot of cross-pollenization that just came from us all being about the same age and making guitars for the same market. Kinda when all the bands of an era sound similar., so I wouldn't say anybody at Washburn ripped anybody off. I actually went to high school with Greg Bennett and Dean Zelinsky was a roadie for my band, so we all were coming from a similar place. As for making the Cali again... we'll see. We have an import model, and it's not very popular. Our shop rate is at a point that any guitar we build starts at around $4000, so if there's a reason to build $5-7000 Calis, you never know.

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                              • Re: LIVE NOW - Guest Luthier Series Feature's Hamer's Jol Dantzig

                                Originally posted by Got_tone? View Post
                                I fell through the cracks also
                                Originally Posted by Got_tone?
                                +1 to what ImmortalSix said.

                                Jol, thanks for taking time out of your day to answer our questions.

                                What kind of advice would you give to someone who wants to get into in the world of lutherie (repair work,custom guitars, etc.)?

                                Do you think they are better off going to some school, learning from a pro (who is willing to teach), or are you better off learning on your own?

                                Start by going to school, then working for someone else. It's commonly thought to take about 10,000 hours for a person to become expert in ANY field. This assumes that you have some guidance. If you try to learn it on your own it may take longer.

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