Re: Hamer One Piece Maple cap one piece body
yea I forgot Jackson in my initial post.
fair comment, after it sunk in, I thought because we are living "post internet" then what ever guitar company spends the most time marketing will be the ultimate winner.
pre internet it all came down to the actual item in hand. the quality one was holding drew the sharp inhale of breath on a cold Wednesday morning in a guitar shop. now people can order guitars un-played based on colour or desired finish.
the scarcity of old Gibsons and old fenders in the early 80`s fuelled the first collector rush on old "vintage" guitars. facts were hard to come by back then, some in the know knew how many Explorers and how many Les Pauls were made in the 50`s and how many early fenders were produced. these were the desired collectables pre internet. some of the production numbers were extremely low and the hunt was on for a good example that hadn't been modified. as we drifted into the 90`s suddenly there were bucket loads of Vintage L series fenders around many of which were restored originals or fakes.
which brings me to today, my original point in regards to the inked serial numbered Hamers, if there really was only 450 made then there has to be a rise in price and there is. a standard on ebay was up at 5K, there is a Special on Ebay now for 3K.
back to Jackson for a sec: after Fender bought Jackson and Hamer, fender cheapend the brand by producing substandard cheep balsa wood guitars in Asia. two of the worst guiatsr I have ever played were and Indian made Jackson and a Chinese made Hamer.
I cant understand how Fender and Gibson keep there brand so respected when if we look at both company's history or are old enough to remember the stuff they were producing in the late 60`s - 70`s then in reality those two companies are two of the worst most lacklustre profit driven careless mass-produced utter garbage guitar makers in history.
yet, every kid on the net wants a les paul. even when its said the current guitars they lust over have veneer fretboards, or the fretboards come ready made in cardboard boxes or the parts are assembled in production line facilities, none of this seems to matter to the post internet generation.
my prediction is: once the vale of marketing wears off and people realise that its all about tone I reckon some of the older American made guitars will up in value.
stuff like an old American Jackson neck through or older pre 1980 BC Rich, pre 84 Hamer, that's the stuff dreams are made of. just like a pre 62 fender or a pre 61 Gibson.
some of the best made stuff available in my opinion.
one of the companies I believe are scared of this happening to them is ESP. once people realise that the 1980`s ESP guitars are totally KILLER they may drift onto the second hand market. ESP have intentionally obscured there history in an effort to keep relevant and modern, the company lives in a vacuum. if you have an old ESP then sorry but back then there were no records... if you have an old 48 street custom guitar then sorry but there are no records of production, esp have a new factory in the USA, first one ever they say, but the old catalogues from 1981 have two factory addresses in the USA. Ron wood finds his telly in Tokyo, "really?" and Kirk finds his in "Tokyo" but the interview with Kirk states in 1991 that he had them made at 48 street in the mid to late 80`s.
all this is just fluff really because at the rate of brand polishing ESP are doing no one will be able to read the past because the future is coming at them at lightning speed.