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Hamer Vector Flametop

V/XPL/FB Shaped Guitar from Hamer

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King LoudnessKing Loudness

Great mid priced V

Hamer Vector FlametopPublished on 08/12/11 at 10:09
The Hamer Vector XT was designed to be a mid line Flying V shaped guitar in their arsenal. This guitar is made in Korea. It features a mahogany body and neck, a veneer flamed maple top, a rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and really cool "V" inlays. It features sealed chrome tuners, string through body construction and a pair of Seymour Duncan designed humbuckers. Here's the full list of specs:

Specifications:

TOP
Material: Flame Maple
Configuration: Flat
Thickness: N/A
Body:
Material: Alder
L, W, T: N/A
Binding: Ivoroid

NECK
Material: Maple
Shape: N/A
Thickness: N/A
Binding: Ivoroid

FINGERBOARD
Material:
Radius: 14 1/2
Inlays: Boomerang
Fret Dimenions: N/A
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The Hamer Vector XT was designed to be a mid line Flying V shaped guitar in their arsenal. This guitar is made in Korea. It features a mahogany body and neck, a veneer flamed maple top, a rosewood fretboard with 22 frets and really cool "V" inlays. It features sealed chrome tuners, string through body construction and a pair of Seymour Duncan designed humbuckers. Here's the full list of specs:

Specifications:

TOP
Material: Flame Maple
Configuration: Flat
Thickness: N/A
Body:
Material: Alder
L, W, T: N/A
Binding: Ivoroid

NECK
Material: Maple
Shape: N/A
Thickness: N/A
Binding: Ivoroid

FINGERBOARD
Material:
Radius: 14 1/2
Inlays: Boomerang
Fret Dimenions: N/A
Nut Type/Width: N/A
Scale Length:

PICKUPS
Neck Pickup: Duncan Designed Humbucker
Bridge Pickup: Duncan Designed Humbucker

ELECTRONICS
Controls: 2-Volumes,1-Tone
Switch: 3-Way Toggle

HARDWARE
Bridge: TON, V Plate
Tuners: Chrome

Finish Options:
Cherry Sunburst (CS), Honey Burst (HB)

UTILIZATION

The design of this guitar is fairly ergonomic. It combines the Les Paul and Flying V designs quite well overall. You've got the ergonomics and lighter weight of the Flying V combined with the classic and elegant cosmetics and the thick mahogany based tone of the Les Paul. It's a fairly light guitar, though not featherweight by any means. The upper fret access on V's is really quite cool and this guitar is no exception. I prefer this Gibson style to the style of the Jackson models (RR and KV) just because it's less pointy and sits on the body much better.

Getting a good tone out of this guitar really isn't difficult. It's set up very simply and usually that is a recipe for great tones. Though the stock Duncan Designed humbuckers aren't the greatest in the world, they have a nice thick tone that reminds me a lot of early Judas Priest (not a surprise since KK and Glenn both used Hamers quite a bit and still do.) It's not the most versatile guitar in the world, but a Flying V is more about the image anyway... ;)

SOUNDS

I've tried this guitar mainly through my rig at the time which was an Orange Rockeverb 50 Mark I head and a Haggerty Enclosures 2x12 with Eminence speakers. It's a decidedly British sounding rig and this guitar was a great match for it. I liked it a lot for hard rock and classic metal tones mostly. The clean tones had a decent shimmer and sparkle, but they lacked a lot of that harmonic content that say a PAF would have. This isn't surprising given the price of the guitar and the general price of the pickups, but it would've been nice to have a little more of a pure and real clean sound.

The overdrive tones were cool as well. The Duncan Designed pickups do a decent job of providing a honky Gibson bite through and through. They tend to get a bit muffled and lost at some higher gain settings, but that can be rectified by redialing in the EQ on the amp. When dialed in right, the neck pickup offered some nice smooth lead tones that were great for legato type playing and the bridge pickup was just right for classic metal tones.

OVERALL OPINION

All in all I think the Hamer Vector XT is a great example of a mid priced yet high quality V. Hamer has long been known for producing great guitars for not a lot of change. These can be had for about $500 new and are well worth the price. The pickups may not be to everyone's tastes, but for about $50 more you can pop in some from GFS or find some used DiMarzios or something and you're ready to rock.
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killerkgprimekillerkgprime

Hamer Vector FlametopPublished on 03/28/11 at 18:22
The Hamer XT series is made in Korea. It has an alder body, a thick flame maple cap, maple neck, with rosewood board and med-jumbo frets, two Duncan Designed pickups, two volume controls, one tone, 22 frets, and a tune o matic bridge that strings through the body.

UTILIZATION

I bought this V as a big fan of guys like Michael Schenker and Wolf Hoffmann. I went to Hamer because guys like KK Downing, Glen Tipton, Wolf Hoffmann, and Rick Neisen played Hamers. I didn't know a whole lot about guitars then, but looking back, it sounded and played pretty great for the price. I had strung it with .11's after listening to tons of Gary Moore, and it still played easily.

I don't get the "you...…
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The Hamer XT series is made in Korea. It has an alder body, a thick flame maple cap, maple neck, with rosewood board and med-jumbo frets, two Duncan Designed pickups, two volume controls, one tone, 22 frets, and a tune o matic bridge that strings through the body.

UTILIZATION

I bought this V as a big fan of guys like Michael Schenker and Wolf Hoffmann. I went to Hamer because guys like KK Downing, Glen Tipton, Wolf Hoffmann, and Rick Neisen played Hamers. I didn't know a whole lot about guitars then, but looking back, it sounded and played pretty great for the price. I had strung it with .11's after listening to tons of Gary Moore, and it still played easily.

I don't get the "you can't sit down while playing a V" comments. You stick the cutaway on your right thigh. Problem solved. Sitting like this actually improves left hand posture, and I still sit with the neck at that angle when I play leads on my strat styled guitars.

The pickups get the job done, but they are a touch brittle and lifeless at high volumes. I'd swap them out for your aftermarket pickup of choice.

The action on this guitar was the absolute lowest I've ever played on the fretboard side of things.

Since the V shape has no cutaway, and this Hamer is a set-neck, fret access on this guitar is perfect up to the 22nd fret.

SOUNDS

Clean tones are useable, but they lack character. Mid gain, Cheap Trick/Rush type tones sound crunchy and convincing with this guitar, but the neck pickup sounds stiff and scooped. Nice and thick though. High gain tones get muddy on the neck pickup, but are workable on the bridge.



OVERALL OPINION

I loved the flametop on this guitar, mine had huge flame lines, and the colour was vibrant and had a lot of character. It faded to a subtle orange, instead of the cheap looking red that is found on most of these V's.

I'd definitely change out the pickups, because the stock ones are less than stellar.

I'm growing less and less fond of finished necks, but that's a personal niggle.
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  • Manufacturer: Hamer
  • Model: Vector Flametop
  • Category: V/XPL/FB Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 11/19/2003

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