Price paid: £ 320
Purchased from: John Boots Music
Sound — 9
I like a wide variety of music from cream to Guns N' Roses and Pearl Jam to The Who. The guitars tone is just so versatile it can handle any of those styles. You'd be surprised at the variety you can get even without an effects pedal. It reacts well to pedals so none of its soul is lost under the various disguises I personally use a Zoom G1 effects pedal nothing special but it still has about 70 or 80 different effects aswell as drumbeats, but hey thats another review. The Hamer can produce excellent clean tones aswell as bluesy even hard rocky sounds, despite 2 thirds of the guitar being hollow the sound certainly is not is incredibly full.
Overall Impression — 10
You know what I think? I think we have found a real Epiphone killer...
Reliability & Durability — 10
I have played this guitar non stop for about 8 months and there is not one scratch or anything despite its constant rocking. I have only had to replace strings from natural wear and tear, I use Ernie Ball super slinky mostly.
Action, Fit & Finish — 10
I cannot comment to much on how it was straight out of the factory as I know the shop do full checks and set ups ready to play straight away, but they keep getting them in so I can only imagine they are pleased with them. I have had no problems.
Features — 9
I got the guitar for a bargain price of I think around 320 and the prices literally did go up to around 400 everywhere on not just Hamers but other manufacturers the next day. The guitar is an ES-359 style semi-Acoustic (it is slightly less rounded then some other semis) and is well equipped with Hamer's own humbuckers which have a truly beautiful tone. It has an awesome 2 tone sunburst fade which continues up the neck and headstock. The neck itself has 22 jumbo frets and ivorine Dot inlays. The majority of hardware is chrome such as the stopbar tailpiece and tune-o-matic bridge which are both sturdy and aid the tone. Everything is sound and solid from the controls to the scratchplate. Only thing that lets it down are the 'phlegm' machine heads so called because of their snotty colour but nonetheless they stay in tune well, you can replace them but beware the screw holes do not line up so you may be left with odd holes I personally chose to remove them and paint them myself. It came with a free Hamer gigbag lead and allan key, however I don't know if they all do. Please note one thing I have found is that mine and maybe others look slightly different to on Hamer's website. Mine is not as wide and has more pointed cutaway corners.