Hamer Guitars was a Chicago based guitar manufacturer from 1973 – 2013. Hamer made some of the finest electric guitars ever created and they have been used by some of the biggest names in music. It is my opinion Hamer guitars are one of the best purchases you can make, and I encourage you to do so while you can still get these outstanding instruments.
Hamer Guitars started out creating mostly guitars based on the futuristic body styles of the Explorer and Flying V made by Gibson. They started creating guitars with many other body styles as time passed. Throughout the 1980’s Hamer Guitars were also well known for creating awesome one of a kind guitars.
Hamer Guitars is definitely a true friend to bass players, when most other manufacturers seem to look at bass guitars just as an extension of their regular guitars, Hamer’s first instrument was a Flying V Bass Guitar. It doesn’t get any cooler than that! Hamer has continued to create top of the line bass guitars ever since. They even created the first 6 string bass guitar. In fact Hamer was the first to do a lot of things.
Besides all of the one off custom guitars and basses that Hamer made during the 1980’s, Hamer guitars are divided into several models split between 2 series. The Hamer XT Series, and the Hamer USA Series.
The Hamer XT Series contains the Monaco, Special, Standard, Sunburst, Vector, and Velocity Bass.
The Hamer Monaco features a comfortable carved top single cutaway design (similar in appearance to a Les Paul), Mahogany neck with a Rosewood fingerboard, Hamer Humbucker pickups, and a TOM, Stop Tailpiece.
The Hamer Special features a double cutaway design (More SG than Strat), Mahogany neck with a Rosewood fingerboard, Hamer Dog Eared P-90 pickup, and a TOM, Stop Tailpiece.
The Hamer Standard features a body style very similar to a Gibson Explorer, Mahogany neck with a Rosewood fingerboard, Duncan Designed Humbucker pickups, and a TOM, Stop Tailpiece.
The Hamer Sunburst is another double cutaway like the Hamer Special but with an arch top, 2 Hamer Humbucker pickups or Hamer P-90 pickups, and a stunning sunburst finish.
The Hamer Vector features a body style that is very similar to the Gibson Flying V, Mahogany neck with a Rosewood fingerboard, Duncan Designed Humbucker pickups, and a TOM, Stop Tailpiece.
The Hamer Velocity Bass comes in four and five string models and features a curvy double cutaway Strat style body, 5-Piece Maple neck with a Rosewood fingerboard, Jazz-Style pickups on the four string and Soapbar pickups on the five string, and a Gotoh-Style bridge.
The Hamer Artist is Hamers “first foray into semi-solids“, it features a semi hollow body dual cutaway (similar in shape to the Hamer Special), Mahogany or Korina neck, Rosewood or Ebony fingerboard, Seymore Duncan Seth Lover, p90, or ultimate pickups, and Tone Pros TOM , Stop bridge.
The Hamer Chaparral 12 String Bass features 2 body styles, an single cutaway called the “Acoustic Look” or a double cutaway Strat style, Maple neck with a Rosewood fingerboard, EMG DC-35 Pickups, and Hamer Bridge.
The Hamer Duotone features an electric acoustic body. The acoustic pickup utilizes a kynar cable sensor feeding into an onboard preamp with fully adjustable threeband equalizer. Also features a Mahogany neck with a Rosewood fingerboard, Seymour Duncan 59 pickups, and a Carved Rosewood bridge.
The Hamer Improv features a semi hollow body guitar designed to sound like large Jazz guitars. It feature a double cutaway body design with two F-Holes, Mahogany neck with a Rosewood fingerboard, S. Duncan Custom Wound pickup, and Carved Ebony Bridge & tailpiece.
The Hamer Monaco is a semi hollow body guitar with a single cutaway. There are several models in the Monaco with varying woods and pickups to assure that there is one that will suit any need.
The Hamer Newport is also a semi hollow body guitar but with a double cutaway. Like the Hamer Monaco there are several models with different woods and pickups to make sure that you can find the perfect guitar for you.
The Hamer Special features a double cutaway body (Similar to the Hamer XT Special), Limba neck and Rosewood fingerboard, S. Duncan Dog-eared P-90 pickup, and Tone Pros Wraparound bridge.
The Hamer Standard Custom features a body style very similar to a Gibson Explorer, Mahogany neck with a Rosewood fingerboard, Seymour Duncan ’59 pickups, and Tone Pros TOM bridge.
The Hamer Studio features a double cutaway design, Mahogany neck with a Rosewood fingerboard, Seymour Duncan ’59 or p90 pickups, and Tone Pros TOM bridge.’
The Hamer Talladega features a single cutout chambered body, Maple neck with a Rosewood fingerboard, Double D, Custom Single or Custom Wound S. Duncan Humbucking pickups, and Hamer Sustain Block bridge.
The Hamer Vector Corina features a body style that is very similar to the Gibson Flying V, Limba neck and Rosewood fingerboard, S. Duncan 59 pickups, and Tone Pros TOM bridge.