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The Hamer Special was introduced in 1980. The Special was based on Hamer's Sunburst model but without body binding and with dot fingerboard inlays. Both the Hamer Special and Sunburst had a double cutaway body shape like a double cutaway Gibson Les Paul Special. The original Special had a thin flame maple top, a set 22 fret mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays, a sustain block bridge, Schaller tuners and two Dimarzio PAFs wired out-of-phase, exposed cream bobbins for the bridge, zebra for the neck. Specials could also be ordered with graphic finishes like camoflage or black and white striped.

Over the next 20 years the design of the Hamer Special underwent several changes, but the body shape remained the same. There were changes in hardware (like the Floyd Rose Special 1980-1984), various pickup options (like the Seymour Duncan P-90 equipped Modern Vintage Special from 1994-1998 or Seymour Duncans on later Flame Maple Specials) and the Flame Maple Special (1993-1998) had a flame maple top.

Source: Hamer Fan Club Special page

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Body materialmahogany body
Body shape featuresdouble cutaway


Bridgetune-o-matic bridge
Hardware colorchrome hardware
Tailpiecestop tailpiece
TunersSchaller tuners


Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Finish colorsblack finish, blonde finish, red finish, white finish
Finish effectstransparent finish
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length


Neck jointset neck
Neck materialmahogany neck
Number of frets22 fret
Peghead (headstock)black face headstock
Tuner layoutthree-each-side


Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Tone controls2 tone controls
Volume controls1 volume control


Pickups brand and modelDiMarzio PAF Pro pickup(s), Seymour Duncan 1959 pickup(s), Seymour Duncan JB pickup(s), Seymour Duncan P-90 pickup(s), Seymour Duncan pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups, 2 soapbar pickups

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