Eric Hammer about guitars part II

Posted by Dee-Ann On March - 25 - 20114,977 views

Couple of weeks ago I talked to Eric about his favorite guitar. But he’s got a whole collection of beautiful and unique guitars. I love it when someone is passionate about something, so I let him talk a little more about his babies:

Eric's Flying V (arm and tattoo is not Eric's)

You say you have a collection of 20 guitars. Tell us more about them.
Yes I have. I like most guitars from the ’60. It’s a thrill to buy them for something like 200 euro’s. And sometimes I buy a guitar because of it’s funny shape. I have a broad range of guitars from cheap to expensive and different kind of qualities. My brother Jeroen has less guitars but more expensive and all of good quality.

My next favorite guitar is a Gibson Flying V.

A friend of mine likes to walk around with his metal detector. He finds his coins and buckles buried in pits where they also throw sheep bones in it. So, he got some sheep bones and glued it on the Gibsons tuners. On the tremolo he glued a sheep jaw. Now it has a Voodoo look! I use the guitar with Tio Gringo and the Gecko Brothers.

The original Flying V was made in the ‘50s. No more than 100 guitars were made, because no one would buy such an odd shaped guitar. Now it is worth a lot! 

I have a Guild S100 from 1972. It’s almost like the Gibson SG, but the Guilds sounds better than the Gibson.

I bought a Harmony Rebel for 230 euro’s, it’s original guitar case with stitched borders included. At the beginning of Tio Gringo I played with this guitar.

Eric Hammer

Gibson’s factory was located at a place called Calamazoo. They have produced Calamazoo guitars for a while. I own one from 1965. The original pickup had a very thin sound. I replaced it with a DeArmond pickup. Now it sounds great.

Is there a guitar you would love to own?

I’m not interested in a Les Paul for instance. But I’d like to own a real Dobro or National resonator guitar.

Also Gretsch White Penguin. They have produced this guitar for two years. Now it is worth a lot, about 100.000 dollars. A remake costs about 3000 dollars.

When I was in Ireland, I saw a bass banjo. I didn’t dare to touch it, but still I’m curious about it’s sound. I could make one out of an old bass neck and a snare drum. But the tones of a banjo are short, so I don’t know if it is ideal for bass.

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