are not offering a Californian replica
because Hamer is still offering it in a low
cost imported model. (which by the way
is one of he best lower cost imports I have
seen on the market even beating out the
Jackson & Ibanez imports) which are
generally agreed upon to be the best in
It's a real shame that Hamer stopped making
the USA model. Nothing has ever come close
to that guitar with it's solid tonewood
construction. Hamer's superior design
concepts dominate the competition. I
will now list all the great guitars that
were second fiddle to the Californian model.
The Kramer Baretta's, Pacer's even
The mighty Sambora didn't stand up to it.
The BC Rich Gunslinger's, Assassin's,
Outlaw's were not even close.
The Jackson Dinky was built as well but it
did not have the design features.
The Fender HM Strat was not even in
Ibanez Satriani's, Gilbert's, Petrucci &
even The Jem were great but the Californian
ESP's entries were crude by
comparison, they were all Asian made &
actually cost more. (Their concept is too
overprice the guitars so people will think
they must be good) They have been very
successful with that marketing ploy just
like Taylor & Gibson.
Caparison's are nice and the fell
good and might be very close but they are
imported and I still choose the Californian.
revered the almighty legendary Charvel San
Dimas was good but still no cigar.
Pensa Suhr was great but it was really
nothing more than a well built Fender HM
hurts me to say it but the Californian even
beat out my own J Frog Glock 22, Glock 24.
cannot tell a lie)
The guitars that did stand
up to it were few & far between, The Kramer
Nightswan was real close The Rand may have
been slightly better but they only made
about 125 guitars in their short life span
(The have gone back into business 20 years
later with the exact same model which they
are asking $7,000.00 and up for. I
don't think they will be around for very
The Washburn Nuno Models with their
innovative Stephens cutaway design was a
contender but the Hamer had the beautiful
figured tonewoods. The Washburns were drab
looking by comparison.
The Roscoe 24 was also pretty damn nice, It
may even have been a tiny bit better but
they are hard to count because they probably
only made about 500 of them in total before
they switched over to just making basses.
GIBSON, RICKENBACKER, MOSRITE, BAKER, JET,
WARRIOR, ALEMBIC, MOONSTONE, DUESENBERG ETC
ETC Never made a competitive model to the
guitars listed above that is why they are
not listed or discussed.
If Hamer ever discontinues
the imported version of the Californian I
will have my own version of it on the market
within 90 days. I've already reserved the
name for it
If anybody has anything to add to this
article or they disagree with me in any way.
Please by all means call me on the telephone
and I will be glad to discuss it with you.
I will gladly give written credit by name to
anyone who can enhance this article in any
Thanks for reading this
Ed Roman August 10, 2010 3.34 AM