I’m sorry I have been neglecting the blog. Big plans, and not one came to fruition. Life got in the way, I guess.
Well, I just wrote an email to a friend about my guitars, but a good portion of it makes sense to post here, for those who care. So here it is:
Shoot, I’ve been up above 30 guitars as recently as 4-5 months ago, and I’m struggling to get DOWN to 16; I think I can end up with between 12 and 14, eventually. I can’t play that many guitars, but each one has some reason I want to keep it…sometimes rarity, sometimes function, sometimes appearance alone.
My keepers are:
1) Jon Kammerer (JK) gloss walnut solidbody electric w/ blonde flash, H/H
2) JK Maple solidbody electric (blonde) (just arrived, pics soon) S/S/S
3) JK Hollowbody Jazz electric (just arrived, pics soon) H/H
4) JK full body strat style cherry (gets here Wed) H/S/H (blade pickup in neck position)
5) JK cored maple solidbody electric (same shape/configuration as the gloss walnut, but is chambered w/ an F-hole…Jon sold it to me cheap, and I wanted to hear what the chambering does for the tone) H/H
6) Hamer USA 12-string Chaparral: rare, less than about 20 made; got the action and tone of a shredder guitar, but 12 strings! H/S/S
7) Hamer USA Centaura Deluxe: mint, ebony board, EMG pickups, sounds/looks sweet H/S/S
8) Hamer USA Californian: rare maple fingerboard, signed by Ted Nugent H/S
9) Hamer import Stellar 1: only guitar I’ve ever seen with Lacy Oak top; looking at it makes me happy…I sold the first one I had (that got me into Hamers) and regretted it ever since. Not my best guitar by a longshot, maybe my worst of my keepers, and worse than several I plan to sell, but I always reach for it because it looks so good and balances so well, but that may change with the arrival of the Jon Kammerer guitars. H/H
10) Hamer import XT SATF: really good sound, especially for an import; 3D maple flame and a cheerful amber burst…got it for Christmas from my family; it would be worth keeping for sound/looks alone, but the family present makes it a permanent keeper. H/H
11) Hamer USA Tobacco burst Centaura: rare maple fingerboard, but also awesome tone with the swamp ash body, and the tobacco burst is really, really beautiful…I guess I just have a weakness for two/three-tone transparent over wood-grain paint jobs? H/S/S
Now the struggles. The following are all good guitars for various reasons…but I can’t keep ’em all, don’t need ’em all, and really need to sell at least $1500 worth to cover the guitars I bought…
12) Peavey Vandenberg: awesome guitar, fairly rare, love the ebony fingerboard, short scale, and a Kahler trem (floyd rose style) that can be locked into a fixed bridge (have I mentioned I don’t like trems that much?) H/S
13) 1980 Hamer USA Special: beat up, but the biggest problem for selling, and the biggest reason I want to keep it is it has a Kahler Pro tremolo, added aftermarket. I love those trems because they stay in tune when bending…but aftermarket means it is possible no one would pay me enough to sell it. H/H
14) Hamer USA set-neck Chaparral: trem is blocked, it is extremely beat up, great neck/action; really good fingerboard scallop, even if amateur. Great tone. Ugliness/beat up condition makes it a hard sell, especially since I actually like it and the trem is blocked. 3 mini-switches make it very sonically flexible. H/S/S
15) Epiphone 935i: slant-edge 27 fret shredder, pretty much a clone of the Hamer USA Californian. Badly needs a set-up (strings touching the frets) so I haven’t even played it yet. I hate trems, so I’m scared to try to adjust string height for fear I’ll dull the knife edges of the tremolo and make it more expensive to make playable. H/S
16) Hamer USA Diablo: nothing special. H/H
17) Hamer USA Centaura: nothing special. repaired crack. H/S/S
18) Ibanez AX220QT: my only guitar with quilted maple top. Very pretty, but kinda shrill tone. Some nostalgic value because I played it onstage in Iraq. H/H
19) Yamaha 120SD: great little guitar w/ flat fingerboard and truly awesome tone. H/H
20) Cort KX5: interestingly, the best action of any/all my guitars. strings are micrometers above the frets, no buzzes at all. But the pickup tones are shrill. H/H
21) Cort Electric Guitar: crappy little 3/4 size guitar. But I love it because it has low action, and a unique method of preventing single coil hum: both single coils are always on, but each has its own volume. But the single coils are cheap, so the tone is crappy. S/S
22) Spider Web guitar: the only reason I bought it was I got it for $50, including shipping to Iraq! It’s not a bad guitar…probably worth $100 in action/tone, but they are so common and so cheaply priced I’d probably get $30 or less for it. H
23) Aria Pro II Knight Warrior: beat up project, although it does actually play. Came in a package deal with 2 other guitars for a total of $180. I’ve already sold the other 2 for a total of $200, so anything I get on it is gravy. H (S/S) missing two pickups and the pickguard.
So I’ll probably sell #16 on down, which would give me about $1500 total. The Epiphone (#15) is also in play, either to cover any shortfalls to get to the magic $1500 number, or just for extra cash, or maybe to replace the Cort or the Yamaha.
Dunno, the Epiphone 935i *is* rare, so I should keep it for that reason…but it seems like no one cares about its rarity.
Okay, sorry…you didn’t ask for this run-down…I just like talking about all my guitars.