04-09-2013 09:47 PM
My Hamer Cruise bass has developed a problem that's apparently common among 1980's Hamers: the nitro clear coat is lifting off the paint in several spots, especially the neck. I don't have any pics of the problem, but the clear coat is bubbling up and cracking, exposing the paint underneath. BTW, the pearlescent finish (stained by 20+ years in smoky bars) is the clear coat; it's totally white underneath.
I took it to one of the most reputable shops in town (12th Fret) and they said they couldn't do anything for it. Hamer no longer exists so sending it to them for is not possible. From what the repair guy said, only a total refinish will solve the problem.
He said a refinish would cost around $400, which is what I paid for the bass. I do love this bass; never liked the colour but it plays so well that I easily ignore it. Is there a cheaper option, other than a refin? Has anyone else had this problem with their Hamer, and how did you deal with it?
Thanks in advance. :robothappy:
BTW, here she is:
04-09-2013 10:06 PM
Actually noticed a little Hameritis on my Mirage II recently along the top of the neck spanning about two frets. It feels a little rough to the touch but I really don't notice it playing - would bother me a lot more if it was on the bottom (high string) side. Surprisingly, I have an HB Special that is even older that has no Hameritis. No help but until it gets so bad that it bothers me when playing, I probably won't mess with it.
04-10-2013 02:46 PM
now it's a relic and worth at least $1000 more than before.
04-10-2013 08:08 PM
Love that bass! I've been lucky enough not to get Hameritis on any of my Hamers. I would check with the folks over at The Hamer Fan Club forums. They're a helpful bunch, and a few ex-Hamer dealers hang there and can probably do the work or know who can.
04-11-2013 01:59 PM
Hameritus was generally in the early to mid 90's Hamers until the move to Connecticut...and it usually was under the clearcoat and could not be felt. So while it sucks, I think it's something else. I have had three of those 90's USA Hamers and they all had some Hameritus, they also were great guitars.
04-11-2013 07:55 PM
I've already applied on the Hamer fan forum (they haven't accepted me yet. Maybe somebody's asleep over there). Hopefully they can give me a few suggestions. The only Hamer dealership that I knew of in the past 10 years were kinda sleazy; they once tried to convince me to sell my '77 Tele to them for $500.
The problem's bad enough that I really don't want to gig with it - luckily, I have my Fender P-Bass as a backup. I suspect it'll be a full refin, which is a pain because the paint job is all over the guitar. On the plus side, I've never been a fan of the colour; I only tried it out because I love Hamers and I suspected it would be a great player. I bought it because my wife thought I should have one of my own instead of borrowing her's.
Admittedly, I've been wondering about refinishing it gloss black. Now I just need to find $400. :robotwink: :robottongue:
04-12-2013 11:15 AM
Do nothing, its mojo. If something is happening with the back of the neck finish that bothers you, sand it off.
If the whole thing bugs you that bad, sand off the clear coat and paint it a different color yourself. It ain't rocket science. $50 bucks of stuff from Reranch or $25 bucks from the Auto Zone, or $15 from Walmart and a little time and effort is all it takes.
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