This thing rocks. It thunders on stage and in practice. It plays really well. The pick-ups are positioned nicely for fingerstyle playing. It's heavy enough to have good sound but it doesn't hurt the shoulder when gigging. I think my favorite aspect would have to be it's thunder...The only thing I don't like about it is the oversized tuning keys...The "b" and the "e" get in each others way sometimes and the inverted headstock is a pain to get used to as far as finding the string you want to tune on a dark stage and in a hurry. I would, without hesitation, buy another Hamer...
Where Obtained: C.A. House Music, St. Clairesville Ohio
Japanese made (proof of that was removed with sandpaper)
not sure of the wood(s) used.
22-fret/medium (possibly jumbo)/5-string
volume/tone/pick-up selector (two single coil)/passive
pick-up make unknown
purple and blue fleck paint
precision style body
Hamer brand/non-locking/inverted headstock
Playability is excellent. I had trouble selecting a 5-string because the necks and the action were always uncomfortable...and then I found SLAG (I name my instruments...)
I use a Music Man (twin tube) B100 head through a Peavey cabinet loaded with an Epifini 15". I play rock and heavy usually. I personally think with a little f/x and amp tweaking this thing could play anything. It's got a very dark, powerful sound at 3/4 volume w/ both pickups on full. Turn the volume to full and it distorts nicely (...can you say "distorts" on a bass player web sight?) My band recently went into the studio and I ran directly into the board...I really don't think I could've found a better sound...It sound almost identical on stage, wether through a sound system or through our gear...I had an Ibanez 4-string that I traded in for this one...a B200 I think...It played fantastic and weighed nothing, but the sound was thin and "gronky"...
Well, I hate to admit it, but I tend to leave it in my garage a lot and it hasn't given me to much trouble with climate change...It needs strap locks bad...I had to drill a hole under the top horn and re-locate the strap post so that it didn't fall headstock down. The strings are old and need replaced so I am having some difficulty keeping it in tune...but 5-string sets are EXPENSIVE...All in all...it's a rock.