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Hamer USA Monaco III Electric Guitar

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A powerful mix of Hamer master craftsmanship and semi-hollowbody tone and resonance. The Monaco III is the perfect fit for the player who wants a sup...Click To Read More About This Product

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A powerful mix of Hamer master craftsmanship and semi-hollowbody tone and resonance. The Monaco III is the perfect fit for the player who wants a superior single-cutaway. The hand-carved solid spruce top is matched to a semi-hollow Honduran mahogany body for sweet, dense tone with strong presence. The bound and set mahogany neck is 25-1/2" scale length with a dovetail neck joint, rosewood fingerboard, and Victory mother-of-pearl inlays. Powered by Seymour Duncan P-90 pickups, the Monaco III also features a 5-way chicken head rotary pickup selector, tune-o-matic-style bridge, and tremolicious Bigsby vibrato.

Semi-hollow Honduran mahogany body and neck
Hand-carved, arched spruce top
Rosewood fretboard
Mother-of-pearl Victory fingerboard inlays
Dovetail neck joint
Ivoroid binding on body, neck, and headstock
25-1/2" scale length
3 Seymour Duncan P-90 pickups
Master volume and tone controls
5-way chicken head rotary pickup selector
Chrome Schaller tuners
Tune-o-matic-style bridge
Bigsby vibrato

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By MasonW

from St. Louis, Missouri

This guitar is like a piece of art! I looked at every square inch of it and could find nothing wrong. The fit and finish are perfect. Extremely versatile tone - elements of a Strat, Les Paul, ES-335 are all there, Capable of Jazz, Blues and Rock. The single coil pickups can be a little noisy (as they all are) but with proper positioning and environment, you can avoid the hum.The action is so fine, it almost plays itself, all you have to do is think about it and it happens.Overall, I think this is the best guitar I've ever had the pleasure to play!

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By guitar geek12

from Undisclosed

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this is an amzing guitar i own two hamers id i love them both please musicians friends get some more. i love the body


Excellent semi-hollow w/Bigsby

By TexGoneNW

from Texas

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  • Attention to detail
  • Bigsby action
  • Pickups matched to guitar
  • Special taper volume pot


  • Rotary pickup switch

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    As has been said, this guitar shows elements of a lot of other more typical designs. The "Strat on steroids" comparison is a good one, because the pickup combinations are reminiscent of typical Strat 5-position action. However, you get more than that from the Monaco III. Neck pickup is rich and creamy, accentuating the semi-hollow characteristics. Good "quack" from combo settings, barking middle pickup, and very spanky bridge pickup. I consider the chicken-head pickup knob and rotary switch to be the only minor drawback to an otherwise flawless design, and I have to say the jury is still out on that as I use the guitar in live performance. I expect a stable guitar when I play live, and I'm leery of trem models, and Bigsby's in particular, but I don't have a problem with the Bigsby on this guitar. Fit and finish from Hamer USA is always flawless, and the Monaco III is no exception. Beautiful guitar, lovely spruce top. I string this guitar with half rounds because it's so responsive, it picks up my finger noise.


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    By Livin3ly

    from Discovery Bay, Hong Kong

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    Saw the Guitar on magazine review and ordered it thru Music 123 back in Feb. The guitar finally arrived two weeks ahead of schedule. The transparent red finish is beautifully done, and I'm kind of surprise of its light weight (it weight less than my CS Les Paul Elegent). Once I hook it with my Mesa F50, it sounds great and is versatile as claimed; the Bigsby works fine; action is OK, but could be better. I currently own 10 high end electric guitars and the Monaco instantly rank among one of my favorite. In my own opinion, it offers much better value than the current PRS models in terms of tone, finish, versatility and price. I guess this's the different between a small shop and a large scale production. All in all, the Monaco III is a great guitar and a rare find in current guitar production. Go get one now and I'm sure you'll feel the same.


    Super Size Me!!!

    By Strat-o-master

    from NYC

    As a Strat guy, I'm always let down when it comes to options that feel right for me. But Hamer got it right when they built this li'l sucker... super size Stevie Ray tones with Jazz-Rock too boot.This is the hottest guitar I've ever owned!

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