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Collectable Guitars pt 21 – The Hamer Phantom


The Hamer Phantom is a very rare and collectable guitar, built in limited numbers in the 1980s. It started out as a prototype, called simply the Hamer Prototype. It was special in that it had a very unusual three-coil pickup at the bridge. Some also had one single-coil at the neck.

Hamer Phantom Guitar
It was based on a good-looking Superstrat shape, with the bass side horn being elongated and the treble-side shortened. It resembled a coupling of a Fender Jaguar and a Jackson Soloist.

The guitars usually had a scratchplate and Kahler tremolo. Some rare models had an ordinary humbucker at the bridge.

All the reviews I have read of this guitar praise it highly, and it is known as a very nice guitar.

One notable Phantom user was/is Andy Summers from The Police.

Phantoms are rare, but surprisingly inexpensive used considering the looks and quality of the build.

I saw two in Denmark Street recently for around £800-900, and I am sure they would sell on eBay for much less, in the rare event of one coming up.

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6 Comments

  1. […] shop also had a pair of Hamer Phantoms, one white and one metallica red. Again, these both seemed to be in good condition and were alos […]

  2. johnny beane says:

    I have three Hamer Phantom’s from 1983 and i love them!
    A Red one, black one and a white one.

    Here’s a pic of my black one.

    http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=13331414&albumID=2286835&imageID=47408522

    They are great guitars and some people think they are ugly but they play great, sound great, and i always get comments on it when at a gig.
    JB

  3. flyssy says:

    I agree Johnny..They’re great guitars

  4. johnny beane says:

    I just got my red one and my white one fixed up.
    Now i have 3 ready to rock!!!

  5. Roger Chuyan says:

    I bought my Black hamer phantom 27 years ago and have not played anything else. I have been playing with my band now for 20 years this December. The boys in the band asked me many times , when are you going to get another guitar, my answer, WHY? How easy is it to get to the 22 fret and play lead on this guitar, I love it!!!
    Roger Chuyan

  6. mark drake says:

    I got a 1983 phantom red guitar. I’m looking for a case,and i may want to sell??? any idea’s ???

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