Archive for October, 2010

Spraybooth Ready

Posted in Uncategorized on October 25, 2010 by hamerblog

Bravo to those of you who made the trip to Chicago to get to know Paul Hamer along with his family and friends.  We’re confident that a wonderful time was had by all.  In days gone by Paul would regularly visit our music dealers both in the U.S. and abroad, often holding clinics at the stores and allowing our customers to get to meet him.  It’s good to see that a group of you have recently been able to associate a person with the name on your headstock.

We only wish that there was still a shop in the Chicago area for you to make the pilgrimage to while you were visiting. Though we feel that we have found our home in Connecticut, our old shops in Palatine, and especially Arlington Heights, were special indeed.  When in Arlington Heights we started the tradition of opening our doors to our customers. We’ve continued that tradition on a number of occassions since moving to Connecticut in April 1997 and continue to do so with these postings.

Here’s a peak into some of the custom guitars that are currently in, or about to go into, the spraybooth.  Though they are primarily variations on stock models, they all receive the same level of painstaking attention.


Birds Fly

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 14, 2010 by hamerblog

Some of you are currently preparing to travel to Chicago to get to know a little more about our early roots, meeting, playing guitar and celebrating with Paul Hamer and some members of the old Hamer crew. The New Hartford contingent, many of whom are Chicago transplants, isn’t going to be able to make the trip but wishes you the best in your journeys!

We’ve been staying busy completing this bird, which is beautful in its simplicity and harks back to some of our earlier days.  As for color…

It buffed out nicely.

Reverse peghead, mother of pearl logo, Schaller machine heads.

Seymour Duncan zebra ’59 pickup, single 500K volume control and a Tone Pros wrap around bridge.

Clean neck joint with full fingerboard support.

The cup jacks have worked out nicely.

Bursted all over.

Made in the USA – a clear preference.

This bird’s ready to wing its way to its new home. If you are winging your way (or however you may travel) to Chicago, enjoy the Windy City.  We’ll be thinking of you. 

Autumn Colors

Posted in Uncategorized on October 5, 2010 by hamerblog


It’s fall in New England.  That means that we are surrounded with vibrant colors.  We wanted to share some of them with you.  Enjoy.