Avenue Blue

Those of you who have followed Hamer’s history know that we have been working with Jeff Golub for years now. He’s a great guitarist who is comfortable playing rock, jazz or blues.  Jeff first gained notoriety when playing with Billy Squier. Later followed a long stint with Rod Stewart. Jeff then rolled out Avenue Blue with a long run into the jazz world. Jeff’s latest album, Three Kings, is a soulful blues tribute. Jeff is joined on the album with the likes of Robben Ford and Sonny Landreth. Three Kings was just name one of Art Thompson’s “Top Three” in Guitar Player magazine.

Jeff favors the Hamer Artist, Daytona and Improv models, which cover the spectrum of his musical tastes. Unfortunately, Jeff’s Artist recently took a tumble.

Normally we would have opted to repair the headstock but the damage was too extensive. 

With the cracked peghead and neck heel we decided that a new guitar was in order. At least we could take solice that even with such severe damage the oversized Hamer neck joint stayed intact; it was the wood itself that broke. We used Jeff’s original hardware on the replacement guitar.

Here’s the Artist nearing completion.

Our man Todd Gencarella always takes care.

Side by side.

The old and the new.

The Artist needed the addition of just one small detail, the strap button extender. Through his years of playing, Jeff’s hands have gone through a lot of strain. Extending the strap button, which changes the balance of the guitar, relieves the pain in Jeff’s hands.

It looks unconventional but it works for Jeff.

Jeff has recently undergone even greater pain. This year he suffered from a degenerative eye disease, first losing sight in one eye. He has now lost sight in both eyes.

Jeff has always had an infectious personality, bringing laughter and smiles to those he meets. He has adjusted to this dramatic change in his life as well as one can. He reminds himself that the world continues out there in full color even though he cannot share the sights. He is hopeful that a remedy can be found to reverse his loss of sight.

Through it all, Jeff continues to play and tour. We feel that he has rightfully earned his musical seat beside the Three Kings.



7 Responses to “Avenue Blue”

  1. Jeff has always been one of my favorite guitarists. Big fan of his work with Billy Squier.

    Three Kings sounds great! Mention Robben Ford and Sonny Landreth and i am in. It has been my pleasure to see both of them touring with some old British guy named – John Mayall. That would be Sir John Mayall and his guitarist at the time was another Tone Monster, Mr. Buddy Whittington.

    Best wishes to Jeff and I hope that his loss of sight can be restored.

  2. Thanks for sharing – I am very sorry to hear about Jeff’s vision problems. I met him briefly years ago and he couldn’t have been nicer to a total stranger. Great player, and you guys definitely did him right with the new Artist.

  3. Thanks for sharing this. Really pretty guitar for sure! I echo the other’s sentiment – hoping that Jeff’s sight can be restored…

  4. My sincere sympathies to Jeff for his eyesight deserting him; it must be a something of a comfort, however, that he can still play the music. Good luck and good health to him.
    Might I make a suggestion as to a tweak or two to that model:
    Design a new, lighter headstock with straight-pull string runs and lighter machines.
    Taper the body slightly to have it thicker at the lower bout and thinner at the horns.
    Perhaps you won’t need the extender then.
    Nice Tee shirt, Todd…

  5. Best of luck to you, Jeff! That extended strap button is a wild idea. I hope he likes the new Artist as much as the old one. And I will be looking for that CD you mentioned. Thanks for the heads-up!

  6. Bobsessed Says:

    Sometimes I try to play without looking at the neck, and It’s not always easy. Jeff Golub’s dedication to his craft has always been evident, and his vision loss is just another reason to support him. God Bless You, Jeff ! !

  7. Who writes the songs?

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