Well, we near the end of the long tale of Hamer USA Guitars, a saga that began in the early 1970s and is today a great success story in American guitardom.

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The Mirage Maple Top disappeared after only a year.

Artist Archtop, et al In ’95 Hamer introduced the Artist Archtop (Model GATA), the Studio Archtop Artist, and the new version of the Cruise Bass.

This was essentially the same as the Archtop Artist, except it lacked body and fingerboard binding, and had dot inlays.

The original version also had a Wilkinson Wrap Around bridge, although by ’97 this had changed to a finetune bridge and stop tailpiece.

The Mirage was equipped with three Seymour Duncan single-coil-sized humbuckers (all perpendicular to the strings) – a Hot Rail at the bridge and two split-rail Vintage Rails.

These were controlled by a five-way select and one volume and one tone control.Finish options included Cherry Transparent and natural.In ’95 the Mirage was joined by the Mirage II, which differed in that it had a carved maple top and two Seymour Duncan humbuckers, with three-way select and no bypass switch.It had just slightly offset double cutaways with a slightly extended upper horn and a slightly deeper treble cutaway. The body was mahogany with a carved, figured koa top with a glued-in mahogany neck.The 22-fret rosewood fingerboard had a 251/2″ scale, dot inlays, and a Hamer three-and-three head.Other features similar to the Sunburst Archtop included a mahogany neck, Hamer three-and-three headstock (blackface), a bound 22-fret, 243/4″ scale rosewood fingerboard with crown inlays, finetune bridge, stop tailpiece, twin humbuckers, three-way select, volume, and two tones.