Hamer; Washburn; Michael Kelly; PRS

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Hamer; Washburn; Michael Kelly; PRS

Postby herb_ransburg » Thu Aug 10, 2006 2:18 pm

In the $400-$600 all these guitar makers offer some attractive deals. I own a couple of Washburns-OS, a Wasburn custom, a couple of Ibanezs, a few Fenders, a Rouge Reso, and a Epiphone LP Custom on the way.

Anyone got any comments on quality of the others - Hamer, PRS, MKelly?

Over the next couple of days I will hopefully get a chance to play these brands at the local store(s). I did notice that the PRS and ESPs have models that are double to triple what I would like to pay at the moment. I can wait until I play professionally before I drop that kind of cash on a new Lady.

Thanks in advance for any responses.
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Postby bignick » Thu Aug 10, 2006 7:28 pm

I do not feel that Washburn or Hamer make bad guitars. I have liked every single one I have ever played and I have only really played their budget models. I had a really nice Flame Topped Hamer Studio at one point. It was Double Cutaway and had Seymour Duncans. It was an incredible guitar and I miss it. I think they are a lot better than the PRS SE line.

Those PRS strat copies are pretty neat for around $340. Everyone I have talked to about the guitar has told me to take a Fender over one of them any day though if I wanted that kind of sound.

Those Michael Kelleys look like solid guitars but I have never played one.
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Postby herb_ransburg » Fri Aug 11, 2006 1:49 pm

Thanks Bignick. I appreciate the feeback. I am looking to carve out some time and play the Hamers, PRS, and Michael Kellys over the weekend. Maybe by next week I have 12 Ladies in the rack!
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Postby straightblues » Sat Aug 12, 2006 5:38 am

If you can spend $600 do yourself a favor and buy a used Hamer USA. They are much better than their import stuff. You can buy an Eclipse with firebird pickups in it, a Special with either P-90 or humbuckers, or a Studio. I have one of each and they are truely great guitars and are a real bargin. Probably the best bang for the buck guitars available today. They are better than the Gibsons of the same style.
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Postby wwpete52 » Sun Aug 20, 2006 5:09 am

I have never owned one but I have played Michael Kelly guitars. They are one of the best bang for the bucks guitars around. They are very well made, they look great, they play great, etc...
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Postby leftyguitarman » Sun Aug 20, 2006 7:19 am

I went uke shopping today and of course had to play some guitars along the way. I played a Michael Kelly and I thought it was pretty good. I have never played Hamers before though. But as far as Washburns go. I have never played a bad Washburn. My friend has a Washburn 12 string Dreadnaught made in the 80's and its such a sweet playing and sounding guitar. All of the Washburn products I have played are sweet IMO.
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