First, a red Peavey Vandenberg. It will be nice to compare the sound of the stock pickups in this one to the upgraded (George Lynch Screamin’ Demon) in the black one. I’ll get pictures up after it arrives in a few days.
My Hamer USA Diablo showed up today. Beautiful!!!! Pictures later. The slant neck pickup, the neck thinness, the quality of the work on the neck, the body shape, the input jack configuration, and the color all remind me of my import Hamer Californian, despite the Cali having a single coil in the neck and a slanted fretboard edge that gives you up to 27 frets.
Which means I may sell the import Cali…except I really like it. Can’t I keep both awesome guitars?
And then today I had the highest bid on an eBay auction for a Hamer USA Centaura. It has a crack in the headstock at one of the tuning pegs that has been repaired. The seller said it hasn’t given him any problems for 7-8 years, and it is true that if repaired well, repaired cracks can sometimes end up stronger than the original wood. It has kind of a ‘granite’ paint job, black and yellow. Again, pictures after it arrives.
I might just end up selling the black Hamer import Californian. It’s just that I like the boomerang inlays, since all my other guitars just have dot inlays on the fretboard.
So I’ve got too damn many guitars now.
I’ve gotta sell some. Obviously, the 1995 blue Hamer USA Studio will be sold, because I promised I would when I bought it. And I honestly like my import Hamer XT SATF as much. So I can sell that, no problem.
And I can sell the import Centaura, no problem. I’m not that hooked on it, haven’t played it that much. I like that its tremolo stays in tune, but its tone is slightly whiny, so it goes on the block!
The Slammer guitar? Bought in order to sell it, so it goes on the block!
The Ibanez? On the block!
The Fernandes Pro w/ sustainer? Hmmm… It’s pretty except for the minor damage in shipping. The USPS insurance rules mean I would never have gotten any money out of them for repair. The damage isn’t that bad. It still plays fine. I’ll lose $100 if I sell it, probably. But can I get $300 of enjoyment by keeping it? Dunno.
JB Player Sledgehammer? On the block! It’s a decent guitar. I’ll be lucky to get the $100 I paid for it because of the bad economy. It’s a decent guitar, but I don’t see me ever playing it because I’ve got all these awesome shredders.
Carvin Bolt? It was my first decent guitar. It still looks great. It has good action, and I like the sound (although I’ve heard others hate Carvins). I really don’t know. I haven’t been playing it much over the last few years… I could get up to $450 for it, because even used Carvins have been selling well as of late. Dunno.
Hamer import Stellar? My first Hamer, so I have emotional connections with it. Plus, it has a completely unique look. The action isn’t that good, and the sound is slightly worse than the XT SATF. But since it has the damaged nut, I’ll probalby lose money. On the other hand, if I can get $180 back in the family bank account for a guitar I may never touch… Or maybe I’ll hold on to it for my child if we happen to get my wife pregnant. Dunno.
Hamer import XT Californian? Not really a Californian in look, feel, etc. It’s basically just a 24-fret, fixed bridge shredder, so it fills the same niche as the Stellar. I can sell it and make money, so I may do so. On the other hand, it cost far less than the Stellar, so “losing money” on the Stellar would still mean more cash in the family bank account. Argh. I’ll have to a/b sound test the two guitars…but for playability, the XT Cali wins…for looks and sentimentality, the Stellar wins. Again: Argh.
Black Vandenberg: Keeper
Red Vandenberg: Keeper
Hamer USA Diablo: Keeper
Hamer USA Centaura: Keeper
Red Hamer import Californian: Keeper
Honey Burst Hamer import XT SATF: Keeper
Ministar Rokstar: Keeper
That’s still 7 guitars, with 5 of them being shredders. Not bad for a guy who doesn’t shred. Or maybe: not good for a guy who doesn’t shred.