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Hamer Sunburst Archtop Quilt Top Electric Guitar   

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The solidbody Hamer Sunburst Archtop Quilt Top Electric Guitar goes over the top with its gorgeous laminated quilt top, abalone binding, and mother-o...Click To Read More About This Product

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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

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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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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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Great Value For The Money

By Monroekid

from southeast

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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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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.


Why go active?

By Works_at_hamer_dealer

from Aberdeen, SD

I work at a music store in South Dakota and play this guitar nearly every day. I like it so much I ordered one in Trans Black (which musicians friend does not carry). Beautiful finish, incredible craftsmanship (for a production model), and a damn good deal. It has great tone with Seymour Design pickups. So don't ruin such a beautiful thing with active pickups. Don't be afraid of the Custom models either, great guitars for less than a PRS that are actually HANDMADE!!!


Good guitar, hamers rule....

By Jackson444

from Rosemount, MN

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Yeah this guitar has nice action and it is very fast it is also looks sweet, it has an awesome sound... I know because i have one.... At this low of a price its a sweet guitar i recomend this too anyone who wants a good cheaper guitar, who cant afford a PRS.. so buy this...


A work of art

By Cam-r8IIu

from Warren, RI

I picked this guitar up after much deliberation between several of different brands, and I?m glad that this was my choice. This guitar (I got the trans black with white and abalone trim) is a work of art. It?s gorgeous and the neck is smooth the double cutaway looks absolutely awesome. I particularly liked how the frets are abalone but the entirety of the neck and fret board is wrapped abalone as well, but enough of the outside because it?s what?s inside that counts. This guitar is screaming? its hot pickups have a sweet smooth melodic tone when set to clean but it can also deliver a perfect tone for jazz and blues. You get really great heavy grunge distortion for metal, not only that but you can set it so you have that really open higher tone for punk music and blues and rock tunes. This guitar is truly well rounded and plays perfectly in literally every genre of music.


Great Guitar - Best value for money

By rocknritalin

from ND

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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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By Rickhawk80

from Jackson, MS

I played electric guitar 20 years ago as a teen then got away from it and I'm returning to playing now in my late 30s. After EXTENSIVE research I bought this guitar and have been very pleased. I didn't want to start back up with a $150 piece of garbage but also didn't want to spend major $$$$ on a real Les Paul. Folks, this is a great product at a value price. Excellent craftsmanship and sound that beats the pants off so many other import lines. Set neck, gorgeous finish on a full mahogany body, very competent Duncan designed pickups, nice and very playable neck and the Hamer tuners hold tune for DAYS even with being carted around in the case, car, etc. Very versatile guitar that is great for everything from rock to metal to jazz. Hamer makes quality products and stands behind them. I am very pleased with this purchase!!


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.


Hamer Sunburst XT F/T

By Joey Mann

from Stillwater, OK

I was fortunate enough to have played the original late 70's Sunburst in the day, so I may have a unique perspective on this model. This is a dandy lil' axe, make no mistake about it... The bridge & tailpiece differ from the original in a good way, but overall, it remains faithful in many important ways. All mahogany construction, set neck, dual Hamer humbuckers & unique control layout... All of the qualities I loved about the original. And, outstanding fret work in this price category... However, this guitar needs to be re-strung & set-up properly, to extract all of the performance it can deliver. Like the Ford Model T, it only comes in black... Overall thumbs Up...

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