Hamer Guitar Models A-M
Archtop - see Sunburst Archtop.
Archtop Artist (1995 - date) - same styling as the Sunburst
Archtop but semi-solid design with f-hole. The Studio version lacks binding and has
a Wilkinson wrap-around bridge. Called the Artist Custom and the Artist (with stop tail piece and tune-o-matic bridge) respectively from 1997.
Artist - see Archtop Artist
Blitz Guitar (1st version) (1982 - 1984) - Explorer style body,
3-a-side peghead, dot inlays and 22 frets on a 24.75 inch scale length.
Fitted with two humbuckers (Hamer Slammers) and a choice of Sustain Block
tremolo or Sustain Block fixed bridge. Later guitars (late 1983 onwards)
often have locking Kahler Flat Mount trem..
Blitz Guitar (2nd version) (1984 - 1990) - Details as above but
with original steeply angled six-on-a-side peghead and usually fitted with
Floyd Rose trem.. Guitars 1986 onwards have 24-frets.
Californian (1987 - 1997) - Downsized contoured body with scalloped
offset double cutaways, bolt-on maple neck (25.5 inch scale length) with
angled peghead, 27 frets on a dot-inlay rosewood fingerboard. Fitted with
one humbucker and one single coil pickup and Floyd Rose trem.. The Elite
version has upgraded pickups (OBL, EMG or Seymour Duncan), ebony fingerboard,
boomerang inlays and optional figured maple body. The Custom version
is as the Elite but has a glued-in neck with a sculpted neck/body
joint. Also sometimes fitted with Sustainiac circuitry (circa 1990 only).
There are also 12-String and double-neck (6 + 12) versions.
Centaura (1989 - 1995) - Downsized contoured body (alder or swamp-ash)
with offset double cutaways, 24 fret bolt-on maple neck (25.5 inch scale
length). The peghead is not angled back and is reversed on early examples
(up to 1992). The fingerboard has dot inlays towards the upper edge and
can be rosewood, pau ferro, maple or ebony (with twin boomerang inlays,
Deluxe version only). Pickups are a humbucker and two single coils
(EMG on Deluxe) and all are fitted with a Floyd Rose trem..
Chaparral (1st version) (1985 - 1987) - contoured body with offset
double cutaways, glued-in maple neck (24.75 inch scale length) with 24
fret rosewood fingerboard, dot-inlays and steeply angled peghead. Fitted
with a humbucker and two single-coil pickups (usually Hamer Slammers) and
Floyd Rose trem.. Some guitars are fitted with Kahler trems.. The Chaparral
Custom is as above but has an ebony fingerboard, boomerang inlays and
upgraded pickups (usually OBL). Usually fitted with three mini-switches
and front mounted output jack.
Chaparral (2nd version) (1987 - 1994) - the Standard version is
as above but has a bolt-on neck (with a modified peghead) and a 25.5"
inch scale length. The Elite has optional figured maple- top, ebony
fingerboard, boomerang inlays and upgraded pickups. The Custom is
essentially the same as the 1st version but has a 25.5 inch scale-length.
Also sometimes fitted with Sustainiac circuitry (circa 1990 only). All
are fitted with 5-way switch and side mounted output jack. Single humbucker
versions are also seen. 12-string Chaparral has a glued-in neck.
Daytona (1993 - 1997) - contoured ash body with offset double cutaways,
bolt-on maple neck with skunk stripe, maple board with black dots (optional
rosewood fingerboard), 22 frets on a 25.5 inch scale. Three single coil
pickups mounted on scratch plate, Wilkinson VSV trem. system. Daytona SV
has EMG pickups.
Diablo (1992 - 1997) - contoured alder body with offset double cutaways,
24 fret bolt-on maple neck (25.5 inch scale length) with rosewood fingerboard
and dot inlays. The peghead is not angled back and is reversed on early
examples (up to 1994) except Limited Edition guitars (which also
have birds-eye maple necks). Fitted with two Seymour Duncan or DiMarzio
pickups and Floyd-rose trem.. The Diablo II (1995 - 1997) has an additional
middle position single coil pickup.
Duo-Tone (1993 - date) - Hybrid acoustic/electric. Semi-hollow mahogany
twin cutaway body with bound spruce top. Glued-in neck with rosewood fingerboard
and three-a-side peghead. Fitted with two Seymour Duncan humbuckers (P90's
available from 1995) and bridge mounted Piezo acoustic pickup with 3-band
Eclipse (1994 - date) - original asymmetrical double cutaway body
with glued neck, all mahogany construction with three-a-side peghead, rosewood
board and dot-inlays (24.75 inch scale). Fitted with Seymour Duncan mini-humbuckers
and Wilkinson Hardtail Wrap Around Bridge. Also there is a 12-string
FB Series (1986 - 87) - FB II has reversed Firebird body-styling,
24-fret glued-in neck (24.75 inch scale) with ebony board and boomerang
inlays and steeply angled peghead. Hardware includes two humbuckers (OBL
or Hamer) and Floyd Rose trem.. FB I is a stripped-down version with one
pickup, reverse headstock (not angled) and a rosewood board/dot inlays
often non-trem.. Also rare non-reverse body versions.
Maestro (1990) - Seven string guitar with offsetdouble-cutaway body
and custom built seven-string trem. with graphtech saddles. Bolt on maple
neck. Three custom wound Seymour Duncan rail pickups.
Miller Genuine Draft Guitar - (1987) - Rhomboid body shape with
"Miller Genuine Draft" graphic on the front of the body and silver
inlay border on the body. Also very rare 12-string version.
Miller Music Guitar (1985 - 1986) - Unusual body shape (Miller Beer logo
shape) with "Miller Music" Graphic on the body. Glued in neck
with 3-a-side peghead. Two humbuckers and fixed sustain block bridge. The
front of the body is cherry transparent and the rest of the instrument
Mirage (1994 - 1997) - Double cutaway body with carved flame koa wood arched top, otherwise all mahogany with a 22 fret neck (25.5 inch scale), rosewood fingerboard/dot inlays and three-a-side peghead. Fitted with a Wilkinson VSV trem. and three Seymour Duncan single-coil size rail
humbuckers (Hot Rails at the bridge and two Vintage Rails). Two humbucker version introduced in 1995.
Mirage Maple Top (1996 - Date) - As above but with carved flame maple arched top and two humbuckers.