Hopefully today will be NGD!

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  1. PelhamSG

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    So yesterday I went to the guitar store just to look around and play some stuff. Just went for fun. Found this Hamer Les Paul Jr. Double Cut with a P90 I feel in love with. Two piece solid mahogany body (no veneers), awesome chunky neck, played and sounds great. Decided to pass on it yesterday, but I'm going back after classes today to see what they can do with my Epiphone Casino. I don't play it, and honestly I'd be happy with it if was an even trade. My Epi isn't in the best condition, but plays well. Just needs to be cleaned up, which I will do when I get home. They want $350 for the Hamer, so I have a feeling it'll be an even trade, but honestly I'd still put in a little cash if it came to it. The same Hamer is going for $599 brand new, and this one is practically brand new. Like I said, I just want the Casino off my hands, and this LPJ is just what I've been wanting. Lets hope for the best!

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    Go get it! Looks awesome! Good luck!
     
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    Thanks! I really hope they'll look at it and do an even trade. Casinos are going for like 350-600 on reverb depending on condition. My casino is really a good guitar, but is a bit dirty. Just needs a good polish. Ive just never been into hollow bodies, never used it as much as I should.

    Ive been into Pete Townshend lately, so a solid body with a p90 will get The Who sound perfectly :D
     
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    Aaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnndd its NGD!
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    Congratulations on a really cool NGD. Hamer import double-cuts rock.

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    If you don’t already belong, you should join the forum at www.hamerfanclub.com.
     
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    If I ever get a 'Paul type, it will be with P90s.

    Score - congrats!

    What is the neck profile on those? Just curious.
     
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    Beautiful. Congrats
     
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    Nice catch,
    Enjoy,
     
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    I'm *this* close to e-buying one myself, and would sure like to hear your thoughts about the neck, fret size, and pickup.

    BTW, one thing they seem to all have are those obvious body seams, and it drives me nuts.
     
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    I walked into the local shop and they had one marked down 25%, so of course I brought it home. It could've saved some $$ by buying the lightly used one I was looking at from MusicGoRound, but the money stayed local and I didn't have to mess with shipping so I'm OK with that.

    The neck is a little thicker than my G&L Tribute Blues Boy, but not as thick as my 50's Strat. I've only spent a few minutes with it plugged in, but the P-90 is a P-90, and the tone and volume work together to set the overall sound, like they should. Rolling the tone up increases the volume so much I had to check to make sure the pots weren't backward.

    I also noticed that the "obvious body seam" that seems to show up in all the photos isn't noticeable in person, in fact mine looks like it's got a one piece body under the poly.

    It weights 8 lbs exactly per the bathroom scale. It's got a little bit of neck dive, which probably explains why the strap button is on the horn and not on the back of the neck like an original LP Jr.
     
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    I've been jonesing for one of those for a long time now. A Junior that's made to Hamer standards....good stuff!
     
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    Made in Indonesia, if that matters to you.

    I just looked at my guitar in a well lit room and it looks like the body is actually two pieces. That finish is decepetive, but I think one half is darker than the other.
     
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    Thanks, I defineity will join the forums! Awesome looking guitar, I dig the cherry red!
     
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    Thanks! The neck profile is actually pretty chunky! I believe Hamer calls it a "thin U". Much more rounded and full than both my Gibson LP classic and SG Standard.
     
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    Hey! I'd recommend it 100 percent! Neck is pretty chunky and very comfortable. On Musician's Friend they describe it as a "thin U". Its much more rounded and full than my Gibson LP Classic and SG Standard. Fret size seem to be jumbo. Somewhat big, but very easy to bend strings. The pickup is good, but will most likely replace the pots and pickup with some better components. The pickup does have that distinct P90 tone, but I think a proper vintage style P90 will sound a bit better. On its own though, the Hamer pickup is good. You could get away with leaving it in if you like it. The one thing that id like to replace first are the pots. The tone pot just kinda acts like a on/off switch. Get it down to 3-4 and suddenly it gets alot darker. The volume pot works well, but takes a bit of the high ends off, without cleaning up the tone too much. But hey, thats an easy fix. Vintage style wiring harness will set it straight.

    The seems on mine aren't too bad, but if you really look you can find them. Luckily mine has some nice character, and is well matched. BUT this is what I love about the body and dont care about how many pieces it is... NO veneers. I thought for sure that they used a veneer on the top and back, but nope! For me, that is a huge plus.
     
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    Right! And I really am blown away by the build quality. Fret ends are nicely finished, fretboard is sanded smooth.. just great all around. What REALLY impressed me was that under the guard, the neck joint looked beautiful. To me, that shows that they cared what it looks like even under the guard. Ive seen some Gibson LP Jr. neck joints that look a bit sloppy. I guess its because no one is going to look under there (except me lol). But like I said, I like when an instrument is beautifully made inside and out.

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    That guitar imo is the perfect R&R machine, it was never advertised as such, it came about that rep from the people who played them. That’s the kind of rep money can’t buy.
    I’m envious,
    Enjoy,
     
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    Nice Jr. - love the grain. Congrats!
     
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    Agreed! Pure simplicity is best for pure rock and roll :cool: They can be dangerous things ;) I saw an episode of Guitar of the Day by Norms Rare Guitars and they did a 50s Junior. Mark said "they gave these things to children!" :lol:
     
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    Maybe get a treble bleed fitted and roll it back a little should make it sound a little more vintage
     
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