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    Jol,

    My main guitar is a 2006 Hamer Newport Pro (jazzburst finish) with SD Seth Lover pickups. I am very happy with the tone of the guitar. Why were the SD Seth Lovers chosen for this guitar? Have you done any Newports wired with coil tapping capability? What pick-ups would you recommend for this?

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    Mr. Dantzig,

    Firstly, thank you very much for taking time to come and answer our questions, up to now, this has been a very interesting and informative read.

    I have a very basic question, but I always like to ask it to get some perspective.

    If I was to ask you to recommend me a guitar that was to be my main instrument, knowing nothing about my particular style and taste in guitars, what would you suggest within your instrument line? Why would this instrument be your recommendation?

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    Jol,
    First, it's truly an honor! I've lusted for Hamers since I was a teenager and couldnt afford any. My current dream guitar that I am going to treat myself to when my chops are more proficient, is a Hamer Standard with a black quilt top. (Im also very tempted by a blue stain they have at one of the online dealers!) To me, that is the Grail!
    My first question: That certain online dealer sells a Standard model that is tone chambered. How does this alter the tone? And do you believe it is an improvement to the tone? I dont care for the chambered bodies that Ive played of the LPs, but havent been able to play the Standards. Is the chambering going to become a standard design feature?

    The Standard is my favorite shape Ever, so naturally, I always liked the Blitz too. Are there any plans to reintroduce some of the 80s models back, with the Boomerang inlays and pointed headstock? Californian, etc.. I know the Californian and Scarab are avail as imports again. I would love to add some of those superstrat shapes to my collection as my 5 kids get older and I have funding to purchase the nicer guitars.

    Speaking of the imports, how involved is Hamer in the import line? No offense, but I was less than impressed by some of the Slammer and low end models a few years ago. So Im leary of going after the Import Cali or Scarabs since I cant play them first.

    I have always marveled at the quality and innovation of Hamer and once personally played (attempted) a 12 string bass. Was really a work of art.

    I guess it is good you and Rick N ran out of beer on the 5 neck or he would have ended up with a wrecked back!!

    What is next for Hamer?

    I thank you for your time! All the best for continued success! And PLEASE don't discontinue the Standard!!!

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    What would you say is the most common mistake you have seen people making when selecting, modding, or setting up their gear?

    Or, put another way, if there is one piece of information that you could impart to to people in relation to their equipment, what would it be.

    Thanks,
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    Hamers have been my favorite brand ever since I got my first one in 1999!

    Anyway, if it's possible to do without burning too many bridges, could you let me know who your favorite Hamer player is either from a music perspective or just because you like hanging out with them, etc...?

    Thanks for stopping in Jol!

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    Boomerang Inlays - that's a Hamer original.

    Why have they been discontinued? I have tried unsuccessfully to order a Standard, Vector and a Watson over the last 18 months. Was told no each time. Not long ago Rockateria shipped a new Standard with the Boomerang inlay.

    So Jol, please bring them back.

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    Jol,

    I'd known about Hamers for years, but my introduction was in 01 (9/11 related, long story). Picked up a used Special FM which played and sounded like nothing I'd ever touched before. Have been hooked since. Custom ordered my main player in 04; Studio Custom (bound and victoried), all korina, chambered.

    A couple of Qs. Have you have thought of making a slightly smaller version of the Standard on a regular basis? Just love the shape, sound, and comfort, but having the frets near the nut closer in would be a world of difference. Yeah, retooling is expensive, but had to ask, lol.

    Also, ever thought of reviving something else in the flat-top vein? Not a redo of the Eclipse, Firebird, TLE, Special, etc, but a new twist. Sonically, there is just something about a flat slab that is different (and appealing).

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    Hi Jol!! Super nice of you to donate your precious time for us!!

    1. What guitar(s) inspired you to build because you knew you could do a better job?

    2. What guitar(s) inspired you to build because you hoped to be able to make a guitar as well one day?

    3. The idea of cutting a neck blank in half and inverting one side so the twisting force is evened out is brilliant. Did you come up with that one? Either way, kudos for implementing it.

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    hi jol, just a word of appreciation and thanks for engaging with your customers in such a cool way. i look forward to reading your responses and i'll be sure to check out more hamers in future

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    Jol --- I'd like to take a moment to thank you for the draw that you've brought --- which has apparently resulted in a surge in membership!

    To all those posting for the first time, thanks for stopping in; we hope you take a look around and enjoy the forum. We hope you stick around to swap information about pickups, guitars, amplifiers, effects, recording, and all things music!

    Cheers,
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    How do you guys come up with new models? Is there generally a pretty specific plan which you follow, or do you kind of let a prototype form from a rough idea?

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    Man... I can barely keep up with this! My friend Chris Flemming (Fender Gretsch/Guild custom shop) is here visiting and we got to chatting and looking at stuff... but I'll try to keep pace here! Sorry if I forget to acknowledge every question or person... I'll do my best.

    ErikH, The Newport Pro was a calculated step from the original Newport (which was more of a Rockabilly guitar) towards the Improv, which is a more pure jazz guitar. The Seths just seemed to work in that configuration with the trapeze tailpiece, to give the guitar that ol'-skool semi hollow sound. In the end guys, it's all about finding the pickup that brings out the character that's inherent in the guitar.

    Years ago, I worked with the amazing Don Gehman, a producer whose resume is deep and wide. At one point we were testing some new tube mics in the studio for a manufacturer. We set up the new mics next to Don's collection of vintage tube mics, some of which were worth tens of thousands of dollars. As we had a singer (in this case Tommy Shaw) go from mic to mic I tried to determine which one sounded "best". I had a hard time deciding, so I asked Don what he looked for. More bass? More presence? More warmth?

    Don just said something like, "pick the one that makes Tommy sound like Tommy." I asked him to clarify, to which he responded, "well, you know Tommy's voice right? Yo'u'd recognize him on the phone if he just said hello. That's because his voice is unique, so the best mic is the one that makes him sound most like himself."

    The point I learned, can be applied to pickups and guitars. Pick the one that makes the guitar sound most like itself. When you find it, it will just open up the guitar to do what it does best. Sometimes you can try to bend an instrument to be something it isn't, but that's usually a recipe for failure.

    That's why we audition every new design with a boatload of pickups before picking the ones we like. The guitar will tell you the truth if you're willing to hear it.

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    +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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    Quote Originally Posted by Jol Dantzig View Post
    Man... I can barely keep up with this! My friend Chris Flemming (Fender Gretsch/Guild custom shop) is here visiting and we got to chatting and looking at stuff... but I'll try to keep pace here! Sorry if I forget to acknowledge every question or person... I'll do my best.

    ErikH, The Newport Pro was a calculated step from the original Newport (which was more of a Rockabilly guitar) towards the Improv, which is a more pure jazz guitar. The Seths just seemed to work in that configuration with the trapeze tailpiece, to give the guitar that ol'-skool semi hollow sound. In the end guys, it's all about finding the pickup that brings out the character that's inherent in the guitar.

    Years ago, I worked with the amazing Don Gehman, a producer whose resume is deep and wide. At one point we were testing some new tube mics in the studio for a manufacturer. We set up the new mics next to Don's collection of vintage tube mics, some of which were worth tens of thousands of dollars. As we had a singer (in this case Tommy Shaw) go from mic to mic I tried to determine which one sounded "best". I had a hard time deciding, so I asked Don what he looked for. More bass? More presence? More warmth?

    Don just said something like, "pick the one that makes Tommy sound like Tommy." I asked him to clarify, to which he responded, "well, you know Tommy's voice right? Yo'u'd recognize him on the phone if he just said hello. That's because his voice is unique, so the best mic is the one that makes him sound most like himself."

    The point I learned, can be applied to pickups and guitars. Pick the one that makes the guitar sound most like itself. When you find it, it will just open up the guitar to do what it does best. Sometimes you can try to bend an instrument to be something it isn't, but that's usually a recipe for failure.

    That's why we audition every new design with a boatload of pickups before picking the ones we like. The guitar will tell you the truth if you're willing to hear it.
    Thank you for sharing that. Very insightful.

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    What changes have you noticed since FMIC bought out Kaman?
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    Dear Jol, i've never really had much money to invest in guitar repair. If something was wrong I always had to learn to fix it, or live with it. From someone who is pulling his hair out due to stress, could you maybe explain some home-style methods of shaping and slotting a nut on a guitar. It would be very helpful. Thank you very much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StalePretzel View Post
    Dear Jol, i've never really had much money to invest in guitar repair. If something was wrong I always had to learn to fix it, or live with it. From someone who is pulling his hair out due to stress, could you maybe explain some home-style methods of shaping and slotting a nut on a guitar. It would be very helpful. Thank you very much.

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    https://forum.seymourduncan.com/show...nder+style+nut

    done for fellow bros on the forum, and can be completed with simple household items.

    Of course you won't get amazing professional results, but you'll get a lot better than "ok".
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    Hi Jol - Thanks for all the great years of guitars. I have been a Hamer Fan since '76 and a Hamer owner since '82, a '79 Standard.
    My Standard was owned by Dave Hlubek. Any cool recollections of working with him and how many of the Confedrate Flag Standards do you recall making for them?

    I have other questions but I got only a minute here at work. Look forawrd to reading the thread at home tonight after work.

    THANKS AGAIN For Stopping In.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guitfiddle View Post
    Hi Jol!! Super nice of you to donate your precious time for us!!

    1. What guitar(s) inspired you to build because you knew you could do a better job?

    2. What guitar(s) inspired you to build because you hoped to be able to make a guitar as well one day?

    3. The idea of cutting a neck blank in half and inverting one side so the twisting force is evened out is brilliant. Did you come up with that one? Either way, kudos for implementing it.

    -Tom
    It seems hard to believe today that when we started out, there were no "custom" or boutique shops as we know them today. The large manufacturers were the only real choices, and they had grown to the point where their products were lacking quality. We started as a vintage guitar shop that did restorations too, so in effect, everything we did was to improve upon what was available at the time. Our first guitars were an alternative to a vintage guitar, and an upgrade from a mass produced guitar. It's still the same today.

    Yes, the "stressed neck" system is something that grew from my love of architecture, it's a builder's trick to get natural forces to help you. We've been building that way since 1980.

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    Jol,

    Hi. Just wanted to thank you for all the great info. and candid responses. (Great questions too, guys)

    I've been a huge fan of Hamer guitars for quite a while. I also have one of the 1st two prototypes for the Sunburst Archtop model (confirmed by Kim Keller a number of years back). It's a '91 I believe, and is all mahogany, with a mahogany top instead of the usual maple cap. Sounds absolutely incredible.

    Thanks again,


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