This updated system utilizes an impressed eightdigit numbering scheme that covers both serializing and dating functions.
During the period from 1975-1977 Gibson used a transfer that had eight digit numbers, the first two indicate the year, 99=1975, 00=1976 and 06=1977, the following six digits are in the 100000 to 200000.
MADE IN USA were also included on the transfer and some models had LIMITED EDITION also applied.
It was acquired by Kaman Music Corporation in 1988, which was purchased in turn by Fender Musical Instruments Corporation in 2008.
Hamer offered a wide array of electric guitars and electric basses, and, since its foundation placed an emphasis on producing high-quality instruments with vintage aesthetics as well as creative innovations.
Keep your eyes open for 'em.) Once again, Hamer used a Gibson design from the late '50s in this case the1959-60 slab-bodied, double-cutaway Les Paul juniors and Specials as a starting point for basic shape, materials, and construction, but added deluxe features and electronics (flamed-maple top with binding, humbucking pickups, and other details normally found on a Les Paul Standard) to create a hybrid that improved upon its inspirations in almost every way.
Jol Dantzig, Hamer co-founder and Director of Design, says that it was "priced as a loss leader. However You Will Love The Hamer Sustainer Bridge That Is On The Original Models Only.
Kaman marketed a lower-priced line of Asian-built instruments called the Hamer XT Series and Slammer by Hamer,, which was discontinued in 2009.
In February 2013 Fender announced that the Hamer brand was being discontinued after 40 years of production.
Four prototype Sunbursts were displayed at the '77 Summer NAMM convention in Chicago.
(These guitars have no serial numbers, are a bit thinner than production models, and have bakelite/phenolic backplates instead of the later stamped aluminum.
This is followed by the sequential number for that particular model.