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Hamer USA Artist P90 Silver Metallic, 1999

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Built from 1995 to 2012, the Hamer USA Artist started with historic design – the Les Paul Doublecut, hollowed the body and added arched top with an F-hole.

Here we have a Hamer USA Artist in silver metallic, built during 1999 in New Hartford, Connecticut, at the parent Kaman plant. It uses Mahogany for the neck and chambered body, and adds a Rosewood fingerboard. A pair of Duncan P-90 style pickups feed a pickup selector, individual volumes and a master tone control. Grover Roto-Matic tuners are at the head and a tune-o-matic style bridge and stop tailpiece are used.

This guitar is in exceptional condition, with no appreciable wear. It’s very comfortable, light and resonant, and sounds great.

The original Hamer-branded hard shell case is included, and it is in as good condition as the guitar. 

Hamer began production at Arlington Heights, Illinois in 1974 and their early designs were based on then-rarer Gibson models like the Explorer. The guitars were high quality and popular with a number of touring artists; many had wildly custom finishes. In 1988, Kaman Music Corporation – who also owned Ovation – purchased the company and moved it to New Hartford, CT. In 2008, Fender purchased both Kaman and Hamer. By 2005 production was almost entirely in China or Indonesia, except for US built special orders, and in 2012 Fender discontinued production.

We’ve received some more information on the history from hamerhistory.com:

“Hamer maintained regular US production of roughly 800 guitars a year through 2008. They continued special order production in the US through 2012.

Kaman began importing Hamers in the ‘90s as Slammer and “XT” variants. US Hamers are immediately distinguished by their headstock logo which reads HAMERusa. Imports lack the USA on the logo. US models also have unique serial numbers that are impressed into the wood on the rear of the headstock denoting the last digit of the year in the first digit and the remaining digits represent the number in Hamer production that the guitar is.” 

 


 

Price: $1000 CAD
  • Model: Artist
  • Year: Current
  • Finish Silver Metallic
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 949664
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 29/11/2018

  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 7.26lbs 3.3kg
  • Scale Length: 628.6mm 24.75in
  • Nut Width: 43mm 1.69in

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