Frequently Asked Questions and Sandbox Rules:
1: Is the Hamer Fan Club affiliated or sponsored by Hamer Guitars?
2: How do I register?
3: Ok, I registered, but why can't I post?
4: What is the Outer Circle?
5: Ok, now that I know what the Outer Circle is, how do I get in?
6: How do I post images?
7: What if I don't have any Web hosting for my images?
8: What is this?
9: What year was my Hamer guitar made?
10: Who is responsible for the serial number database?
11: Why can't I find my guitar's serial number on the Serial Number database?
12: Can I get ******* on my new custom ordered Hamer?
13: I need a wiring schematic for my *******. Where do I find one?
14: Where can I catch up on the lastest news from Hamer USA?
15: Where can I get all of the awesome Hamer Fan Club merchandise that I've heard so much about?
16: How do I contact a moderator?
17: Dos and Don'ts...
A: No. The Hamer Fan Club is owned and operated by Ted Martin and is devoted to the lovers of Hamer Guitars. Members are asked (but not required) to make a small contribution to cover server and Web hosting expenses.
A: Click here and sign up. The "Forum Terms & Rules" (below) will be displayed. We urge you to read them and require you to follow them. Otherwise, you may see the descriptor "Suspended" or worse yet, "Banned" under your user name.
"Forum Terms & Rules
Please take a moment to review these rules detailed below. If you agree with them and wish to proceed with the registration, simply click the "Register" button below. To cancel this registration, simply hit the 'back' button on your browser.
Please remember that we are not responsible for any messages posted. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message.
The messages express the views of the author of the message, not necessarily the views of this bulletin board. Any user who feels that a posted message is objectionable is encouraged to contact us immediately by email. We have the ability to remove objectionable messages and we will make every effort to do so, within a reasonable time frame, if we determine that removal is necessary.
You agree, through your use of this service, that you will not use this bulletin board to post any material which is knowingly false and/or defamatory, inaccurate, abusive, vulgar, hateful, harassing, obscene, profane, sexually oriented, threatening, invasive of a person's privacy, or otherwise violative of any law.
You agree not to post any copyrighted material unless the copyright is owned by you or by this bulletin board."
A: After you sign up, you become a "Validating Member." Validating Members can view the Main board and the For Sale board, but can not post anywhere until they are validated. If you have signed up and are waiting in Limbo to be validated, email cmatthes. Once we take a quick look at your account, we'll let you in. Otherwise, we'll probably wait a week or so and delete you.
A: The Outer Circle is one of the forums on the Hamer Fan Club. It is the forum devoted to any topic that is not music-related. Nothing is off bounds, but common decency is still required. Because of the potential for off color topics,
PARENTAL GUIDENCE IS STRONGLY SUGGESTED.
A: All supporting members have access to the Outer Circle. Those wishing to become a Supporting Member can make a small contribution via PayPal or by check to The HFC Server Fund.
A: Two ways:
- If the image is hosted somewhere in Cyberspace Hit the "IMG" button above the text box, paste in the FULL PATH to the image, and hit the "IMG" button again (or "Close Tags"). You will see something that looks like this: [IMG]http://yourdomain.com/yourimage.jpg[/IMG] . In this example, your image will appear within your typed message.
- This alternate example is friendlier to those without a high speed Internet connection, and is a variation of the example above. In this example, you paste the full path to the image into the body of your post without hitting the IMG button. This will provide the viewers with a link to the image. The images can be as large as you like, you can list as many as you want, and dial up users won't crash when they open the thread. This also gives those interested the option to click on the link to view the image, or continue to browse the thread without waiting for the images to load.
Note: Uploading of images is not enabled.
Q: What is this?
A: It's a Shrkfin pick, obviously! That's the photo that you get if you don't specify one in your profile.
A: This page should explain it in detail.
A: The database was compiled over many years by Hamer aficionado, “Serial” Steve Matthes, and is provided as a service by Steve with his permission. He is solely responsible for the content in the list, and the list can be removed by him at any time.
Q: Why can't I find my guitar's serial number in the Serial Number database?
A: Steve keeps his master list and updates the online list when he is able. If you have submitted your guitar's serial number to him, it is on the master list. It is just a matter of time before it appears online. The list is limited to USA Hamer guitars and basses. If your USA Hamer guitar or bass does not appear there, submit it via email to Serial Steve.
A: Contact an authorized Hamer dealer and find out.
A: Check our Wiring Schematic page. Most models can be found there. Adobe Acrobat Reader required .
A: Check Hamer's Factory News page.
A: Click here and break out that credit card. There's everything there from t-shirts to CD's to coffee mugs, all branded with a number of official unofficial HFC logos and patent-applied-for HFC slogans. Any comments reminiscent of current and/or former living or dead HFC members is purely intentional.
A: Click here and type away! Keep in mind that the Moderators (well, most of them) have lives that exist outside the realm of the HFC. A lot of them even have jobs and a family that may or may not take priority to communication on and off the message board. If your email is not answered right away, either try emailing another Moderator, or wait patiently - hands folded atop your computer table.
Don't step or crap on someone's "For Sale" post.
This includes comments pertaining to an asking price which you feel might be too high, that you also have one of these for sale, or your general dislike for the model or brand of the item in question (or for the seller for that matter). Also, do not make offers, lowball or otherwise, as a reply in the poster's thread. That's what the Private Message feature is for.
Do use the Search feature.
It works really well, and can save you some time and embarrassment.
Don't post a 'F&%$ You Guys' or Waterloo Speech/Goodbye Post.
Instead, just go away. No one cares. Actually, feel free to post those. We like to make fun of you after you "leave."
Do include links to that online "whatever-it-is thing" of which you are posting.
"Heads up" posts referring to "that guitar for sale on eBay" without a link is not only frustrating, but the opposite of what was intended by your post in the first place. It's more like a "heads down." We're not mind readers and mind readers don't need a "heads up." Mind readers already know, don't they?
Do label "YouTube" and "MySpace" links as such.
Example: "Here is a link to 'Jurassic Fart' on YouTube." Tell us what we're going to see when we click the link so we can decide if it's worth clicking in the first place. This also goes for video clips, eBay listings, as well as links to places and things "Not Safe For Work (NSFW)." Even in the Outer Circle, a little warning is appreciated.
Do read the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) above.
You'll find answers to a lot of questions that people email and post about repeatedly - hence the name.
Don't go "Signature Crazy."
Feel free to personalize your signature, but don't overdo it. Please try to keep photos to a size that won't cripple the computers of users still on dial up, and keep any quotes and/or gear lists to a reasonable length. A post consisting of "+1!" followed by your entire life story and a 800x600 pixel image of your big toe is over the top, to say the least.
Do use the Private Message and Email links provided when trying to contact another HFCer.
Starting a thread to have Bob call you, answer his email, or to find out if he has been getting enough rest would be the exact opposite of this. If so-and-so is not answering his phone or his emails, he might not want to talk to you (or maybe he's catching up on his rest, after all). Likewise, replying to said poster's inquiry, ie: "I got your email, thanks" or "Sorry...I overslept" is just perpetuating the problem. No one wants to be included in your private discussions - especially when they are, without exception, tediously boring. And on that point...
Don't post "Where's So-and-So" threads. If you care enough about someone to wonder why they haven't posted on the board in a while, or what they are currently up to, you probably know how to contact them by other means and ask them directly. Please do so.