Eric Hammer, is bassplayer of legendary psychobilly band Batmobile. Also very active with his other bands The Cactus Cowboys, Gecko Brothers, Tio Gringo and Bang Bang Bazooka. You’d think I would ask him about all his bands, but no… I decided to talk to him about his huge guitar collection. Yes, he is passionate about guitars especially one…
I own about twenty guitars but my one and only is a Gretsch 6120 from 1961. Color orange. It’s color has faded though. The special thing about this one is that it is the inbetween model when Gretsch went from single cutaway to double cutaway in 1962. I bought it in 1985, just after Batmobile started in 1983. It was my first real guitar. I started as a guitarist you see, when I was 15. When we started Batmobile, I learned to play bass, but I’m a guitar player.
I love this guitar because the pickup sounds great on every amp you plug it in. Really always easy to get a great sound with it. When I was in my teens, I played on a simple guitar and was used to playing on that one. But then I bought the Gretsch, played on it and I almost cried, because… it was a disaster! I could not play on it, it sounded awful. Why? Because it is a guitar with character. You have to put effort in it to get used to it and learn to play it. Just like a woman. It is nice and fun to have an easy going woman, but it gets boring after a while. When you have a woman with a little temper and spirit, you have to put a lot of effort in getting along with her, but she’ll stay interesting your whole life. And so is this guitar.
I bought the guitar from Hans Moust in Breda (http://www.guitarchives.nl/guitarsgalore). He is our main guitar supplier. Not only Gretsch but all kind of brands, like Guild and Fender too. He had his workplace in our parents street so as soon as I started to play the guitar I was at his place all the time like a kid in a candy store. And still I am. I get greedy when seeing all those guitars.
Hans started off small but traveled to the USA a lot, to contact dealers and import guitars. His collection got bigger and bigger.
He wrote the Guild Guitar Book ( http://www.amazon.com/Guild-Guitar-Book-Hans-Moust/dp/0634009664). When the Guild factory was shut down he bought half of their supply, so we could buy all original Guild parts from him. The supply is becoming less ofcourse. He also has information about a lot of Guilds, when it was manufactured year AND month, who owns which one etc.
I bought most of my guitars from him. My brother Jeroen bought all his guitars from Hans.
But back to my Gretsch… it was used in a lot of Batmobile recordings and also on stage by Jeroen.
Next time Eric talks about the rest of his collection and one special Voodoo like guitar. Stay tuned!