And I mean it!
Monthly Archives: March 2009
A few weeks ago, I bought a ’91 Hamer XT Californian (import) for $100, shipping included, and practice amp included. I figure, sell the amp for $30, take better pictures of the guitar, and sell it for $120 or so, and I make a $50 profit. I cannot go wrong.
Except that I *really* like the guitar.
Yeah, it’s got a huge chip/gouge out of the wood just below the volume knob. Well, so what?
1) it doesn’t affect the sound
2) it means I don’t really need to be worried about any other minor dings.
The guitar is really dirty. I haven’t loosened the strings to clean the fretboard yet, but I will. The fretboard is filthy. But except for the gouge, the paint job is really nice. A good polish could make it shine nicely. And it might not be impossible to fill the gouge and paint over it for a 90%+ color/albedo match.
But: man! The guitar rocks. It’s really loud and sweet sounding unplugged. I haven’t plugged it in yet, to tell the truth (no time! busy!). And the neck/action is really fast and smooth, too.
I don’t want to sell it anymore.
China is getting really good at making good quality guitars. Both my Chinese factory-made XTs are better than any but the very best Korean-made guitars. I’d bet this is better quality than even a Mexican strat (generally considered to be below USA Strat quality, but better than any other nation’s import). It is just plain a damn good guitar.
With the USA Diablo on the way, and with how much I like this guitar, there’s a very good chance that the Slammer by Hamer Centaura will be sold. It is in great condition, and the trem works perfectly, but the sound is sub-par. No reason to hold on to it that I can tell.
I guess I’m going to end up with a bunch of awesome shredders without any ability to take advantage of it.
That’s just the way I roll.
This now fulfills my voluntary obligation to try and post something about guitars every day.
Honestly, I’ve been so busy with my Masters degree study, I haven’t had time to pick up a guitar at all. That’s going to be one of the good points about my upcoming deployment.
I’ve played on my Ministar Rokstar a little. One of the reasons I purchased it was a cheap/easy way to test out a P-90 sound.
It wasn’t like angels singing or anything.
In fact, the P-90 really just sounds like a Humbucker with the tone turned way down, to me. It’s not a sound that I like really much.
And when I’ve asked for other guitarists who use P-90s (in order to picture in my mind a characteristic P-90 sound), I get told: Pete Townshend (who I don’t listen to), the guitarist from Green Day (who uses enough distortion to render the difference between P-90 and humbucker mostly moot), and Lesle West of Mountain (who plays only one song I know: Mississippi Queen, which sounds mostly like a rather saturated humbucker in the neck position).
Well, after thinking about a thick single coil sound with greater saturation, and a very non-trebly sound overall, I finally thought of someone whose tone I can imagine/hear that might play a P-90: John Fogarty in his Credence Clearwater Revival days.
So I looked on wikipedia, and, sure enough: John Fogarty is listed first as artists famous for using a P-90 pickup sound.
I like his tone fine, but it wasn’t one I would spend much time pursuing. I’m glad there are people who like P-90 pickup sounds, but I’m also glad I didn’t spend $300+ to find out it wasn’t really what I wanted. Heck, I very nearly purchased a Hamer USA Special with P-90s for $550. That could have been an expensive mistake.