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Anyone try the Hamer Monaco bass yet?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by badsneakers, Jul 15, 2005.

  1. badsneakers

    badsneakers Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    I have not.

    It is a beautiful instrument though.

  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    Just from looking at it I feel its neck-heaviness.
  3. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    Id love to but they're pretty pricey. :meh:
  4. badsneakers

    badsneakers Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
  5. badsneakers

    badsneakers Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    I suppose, but $2000 isn't that bad for a an American made bass. From the web site they seem to be very hands on in the making of there American instruments
  6. watspan


    Nov 25, 2002
    madison, wi
    looks similar to my allen woody sig. epi, which plays nice and sounds sweet!
  7. CrUiSeR


    Jul 13, 2005
    I haven't tried that particular bass but,
    in the '80s I owned a 1st generation
    Hamer Cruisebass(US). That bass had a
    mahogany body and mahogany set neck.
    I now own the 2nd generation Hamer
    Cruise(US), alder body with bolt on
    maple neck. I paid well under $1,000
    dollars for my latest Cruise.
    Hamer USA is way underrated.
    My true opinion:
    Hamers blow away anything made by
    Fender :crying: r Gibson in the last thirty years,
    and a lot of the other "big boys" also.
  8. Rock City

    Rock City

    Apr 8, 2001
    I have one in the shop right now, and I'll tell you....It's amazing. It weighs in at about 8 pounds, and isn't the least bit neck-heavy.
    The body is mahogany with a flamed maple cap, and it's fully chambered. The neck is maple with a rosewood board, and the profile of a vintage Thunderbird. The Duncan Phat Cat pickups are true single coils, similar to a P-90, and sound clear and punchy.
    In my opinion it's the best 4 string bass Hamer has ever made.
    It's funny to me that people think $2000.00 is expensive for a HAND BUILT bass, yet they're lining up to pay close to $4000.00 for a bass assembled from parts that someone else made. Kinda cracks me up!
    Also Hamer is a true custom shop. They will build just about anything you want, and the option prices aren't crazy. Everytime I've made strange requests for custom stuff, Frank( Hamer's production manager), giggles and says "cool"! The only thing he wouldn't do was a mahogany neck on a 12 string bass. He says it's not strong enough.
    If you get a chance to play the Monaco, do so. You'll be VERY impressed!
  9. badsneakers

    badsneakers Supporting Member

    May 31, 2004
    I first saw a picture of it in Bass Player then I read about it on the Hamer web site then I happened to be in Rock City talking to you about your bike (did you rip it apart yet?) and saw it on the wall. Haven't been able to get it out of my head. I'm pretty sure I don't ever want to pick it up, I might like it. :D
  10. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    I'm waiting to win the BP contest, personally. :D