Hamer makes very good guitars and has for a long time, avoid the Slammer models though.

You can get an idea of their sound from hearing Glen Tipton.
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yeahh.. glen tipton plays them
ive only ever played a slammer..
needless to say i wasnt very impressed
The Studio Mahogany features a solid Honduras mahogany body
^Thats worth the price alone, they are as good as GIbsons for half the price. I have a US made one like this one with a flamed maple cap Cherry sunburst finish and let me say with the 3/4" maple cap it wieghs every bit as heavey as a Les Paul with beautiful tones to match it. As a bonus you can play all the upper frets very easily although I like the LP shape slightly better. The neck is just slightly thinner than a 60s slim taper les paul neck.
they make great stuff i tried my friend's 1983 Blitz (the feel is AMAZING) and it inspired me to buy this:http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&ih=018&item=280018929543&rd=1&sspagename=STRK%3AMEWN%3AIT&rd=1
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