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Hamer Sunburst Archtop Quilt Top Electric Guitar  

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  • Hamer

    Incredible looks, sound, and value.

    The solidbody Hamer Sunburst Archtop Quilt Top Electric Guitar goes over the top with its gorgeous laminated quilt top, abalone binding, and mother-of-pearl crown inlays. Mahogany body and set neck deliver dense, soulful tone supported by dual humbuckers and a tune-o-matic bridge.

    • Mahogany body with abalone binding
    • Arched top with a quilted maple veneer
    • Set mahogany neck
    • Crown inlays
    • Chrome tuners
    • 2 volume, one tone knob
    • 3-way toggle pickup selector
    • Tune-o-matic-style bridge
    • 24-3/4" scale

    Burning for a doublecut solidbody? You won't find many that can match up to the Sunburst, especially at the price. Order now.

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    Made in China? You gotta' be kidding me!

    This is one sweet guitar. Totally blown away by the price! Yes, it isn't made in the USA, but it still plays extremely easy. I've had many guitars, including some very nice...Read complete review

    This is one sweet guitar. Totally blown away by the price! Yes, it isn't made in the USA, but it still plays extremely easy. I've had many guitars, including some very nice Gibsons, and this compares more to them than anything else. And in many ways, it's actually better than some of the higher end guitars. The neck is more like a 60's style neck on a Gibson Les Paul, but a bit (and I mean a bit!) thicker. That feels great to me, but you may prefer a thicker neck.The tone out of the stock pickups are fine for rock, metal, blues or alternative, but for jazz, I'd switch them out to some real Seymour Duncans. The neck pickup sounds a little muddy for my tastes by itself. Using both pickups together seems to clear it up alot.The sustain is wonderfully long. Action was a little high out of the box, but a couple of turns on the bridge it get real low without any fret buzz. I only have one real complaint: No wammy bar. If you don't like the pickups or strings, it's easy enough to replace them, but adding a wammy... well, that's quite a bit more work. I see on the Hamer website that a flametop version of the Sunburst guitars is coming with a Wilkinson tremolo. These guitars are a steal!


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    Worst Guitar I've ever Played

    I have played many guitars and own 8. This is by far the worst guitar I've ever played. The stock pickups are ridiculously muddy. The neck is too thick, it literally hurts my...Read complete review

    I have played many guitars and own 8. This is by far the worst guitar I've ever played. The stock pickups are ridiculously muddy. The neck is too thick, it literally hurts my wrist when I play. When playing on my lap, it doesn't balance well. The color is MUCH darker than pictured. The tone nobs don't work as well as a les paul. after setting up the strings it still has a buzzing sound (and no, the strings are not too close). And it sounds like there might be a hollow chamber somewhere in the body because it doesn't sound or feel solid. After replacing the pickups with high end pickups, I still have to say I hate this guitar. Hamer should be ashamed of themselves.

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    Way Underated!

    By Old Picker

    from Kilgore, Texas

    I just bought the Dark Cherry Sunburst Quilt SATQET2 with the EMGH4 pickups&#6527 and it is a bad boy.Moderately priced but very heavy on the craftsmanship. Beautiful finish and a great sound with smooth playability.When my guitar salesman type person recommended the Hamer I recalled myself playing ?Wipeout? and ?Pipeline? almost 45 years ago but after playing this guitar for a while I find I can also play some Merle Haggard as well as a little B.B. King.It also screams with sustain.Very versatile!

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    Great Value For The Money

    By Monroekid

    from southeast

    Like most of the other people leaving reviews, I replaced the stock pickups for SD 59's to get more of a vintage tone. I also replaced the tuners with locking ones. The standard tuners were fine I just prefer locking tuners. I also own a Carvin Bolt, a Washburn WI64 and a Carvin SC90. I find that I play the Hamer more than any of the others, probably because of its woody tone. The neck is a bit thick so shredders beware, but if you want the feel of an old Gibson LP neck, this will do the trick. I bought mine used for less than half of the market price, so of course I consider it a tremendous value guitar.

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    Great guitar to fit a budget

    I have had a Hamer Archtop model for about 5 years. It is low on features but high in style. It only has a humbucker set up with one tone and two volume knobs and a 3-way switch, so if you like simple, stripped down guitars it should suit you nicely. It looks great for its price range, but if you are picky about which one you buy you can probably find one that looks amazing. The humbuckers are great for jazz or blues but are very muddy in high gain situations, so I switched mine out for a set of Seymour Duncan full shreds and now it screams with crisp, hot metal tone. So far I have kept good care of this guitar and the finish has held up beautifully, it is almost mint. The only problem I have is with the electronics... after a few years my input jack started to cut in and out but I can't find the problem. The wiring is ok but not great, and there is no shielding. However, if you are looking to buy a great guitar which you can upgrade and fix up as you go you can make a gem out of this one.

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    Great Guitar

    By GuitarZan-HPSnX

    from Undisclosed

    I have been Playing guitar for 46 years, I have had some of the best guitars on the market. But I have to say that this guitar rates right up there with the best of them. The stock pickups are good but I replaced these with Seymour Duncan's and the sound is great for Rock, Blues or Jazz. For the price of this insturment you cannot beat it.

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    Pleasantly Surprised!

    By Jim-CuAuG

    from Finger Lakes Area

    I love the tone of this guitar ( stock pickups ) on the bright channel of my Fender Custom Vibrolux Amplifier. I recently acquired this axe on a tradeand expected less after reading reviews as a " good " starter guitar ". I own G&L, Gibson and Taylor Guitars, have been playing for over 3 decades ( and still learning ), and I do not consider this Hamer a second class citizen only because it is not made in USA. Fun guitar, great tone and good looks.

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    Great Starter

    By mirtle32

    from Atlanta, GA

    Purchased the guitar because it caught my Eye. For the money it is a great buy! I have replaced the pick-ups so it sounds great. Only problem is the balance. The neck seems to be heavier than the body. Strange for a solid body. Great guitar to keep around the house and I don't mind the wife grabbing a hold of it. Also, had the frets leveled after a short period of time. They were rough. All in all a good starter guitar.

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    Great Guitar - Best value for money

    I've owned this guitar (actually, the flametop, not quilt top) for almost 4 years now. I played this for nearly 25 shows when I was in a hardcore band that played around the state, and I was never disappointed. The locking input is one of the best features I've ever seen on a guitar. The pickups are definatly decent for the money, but I put Duncan '59s in mine after a couple years. The '59s really bring out a wide, thick sound that is great for the price of this guitar. This guitar plays awesome, top of it's pricerange. Although this is an inexpensive substitute for a high end guitar, such as a Les Paul or Hamer Custom, it does not play or sound like either.For $500 I would absolutely recommend this guitar for anyone who wants a guitar to beat around on tour or for someone just jammin' at home. The guitar has awesome features, great sound, sturdy quality build, and a beautiful finish.If playing this guitar live or recording with a band, I would recommend putting Seymour Duncan '59s in just to bring out that beautiful Hamer treble sound. If you are just playing for fun, these pickups are perfect.

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    Wanna be Rock Star!

    By Uncle Ralph

    from Spokane, WA

    What a beautiful instrument for the money. My local dealer makes a lot of money off me(2 Gibson, 2 Orville, 1 Burny, 1 Fender, 2 Epiphone, 1 Schecter) but Gibson or Epiphone doesn't have the this guitar so I bought it. The finish, feel and sound are fantastic and when I put it in my granddaughters hands she will experience what wasn't available to me at an early age. If this was higher priced the rating would be different.

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    Good value for the money

    By Ronin

    from New mexico

    I have had mine a year now.. the workmanship is better than my $1600 Gibson. The only disappointment is the pickups. They are ok but don't have a high out put. So I replaced them with simple but over-wound humbucker PU's that were a perfect match. This axe now sounds better than my Gibson Les Paul Double Cut. I would buy another one and do the same thing and have a modest priced great sounding axe... one that still costs far less than an over-priced Gibson counterpart. Live, play and learn.

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    By Under21

    from Montgomery, AL

    I bought this while playing in my band and it sounds great. The sond is perfect and it makes a great beginners guitar. No other brand even compares to this thing. GREAT BUY!!!

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