The year of manufacture is determined the same way for the EG models.Like the CE models the serial number is located on the neck plate on the back of the guitar.Hamer Guitars is an American manufacturer of electric guitars founded in 1973, in Wilmette, Illinois, by vintage guitar shop owners Paul Hamer, Jol Dantzig James Walker and John Montgomery.The company's early instruments featured guitar designs based on the Gibson Explorer (The Standard) and Gibson Flying V (Vector), before adding more traditional Gibson-inspired designs such as the Sunburst.Starting with some big players (Bad Company, Jethro Tull, Wishbone Ash) and only four authorized dealerships in 1975, Hamer soon had a reputation for quality and value, and twice as many dealers, all clamoring for a less expensive model.Conceived as a workingman's guitar, with affordability the key word, Hamer cut no corners and packed an incredible amount of deluxe features into a mid-priced instrument."3" indicates 1993, or a"93" would indicate the same).
The shop catered to musicians who were interested in high-quality instruments.Even Specials and juniors from the '50s cost thousands of dollars. Here's a fantastic alternative: a late-'70s/early-'80s Hamer Sunburst.Inspired by the classic cherry sunburst 1958-1960 Gibson Les Paul Standard (thus the name), the Sunburst combined the best features of some proven ideas, improved on others, was virtually handmade in America, and was an unbelievable value for its price. One of the earliest offerings of a company now entering its third decade, the Hamer Sunburst is destined to be a classic in the 2lst-century vintage market. In the last article we looked at Hamer Guitars' early history and their first, extremely limited-production, Explorer-shaped "Standard" model guitar.After the year prefix, these models us a code digit of "9", indicating a set-neck model bass.Harley-Davidson production figures are taken from the recent (1993) book "The Legend Begins" published by Harley-Davidson.