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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by badsneakers, Jul 15, 2005.
I have not.
It is a beautiful instrument though.
Just from looking at it I feel its neck-heaviness.
Id love to but they're pretty pricey.
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
looks similar to my allen woody sig. epi, which plays nice and sounds sweet!
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 r Gibson in the last thirty years,
and a lot of the other "big boys" also.
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!
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.
I'm waiting to win the BP contest, personally.