Jol Dantzig was the Founder of Hamer Guitars and a fantastic guitar designer. He no longer works with Hamer today but he still designs and builds fine custom guitars.
It was Mr Dantzig who kindly provided me with most of the information about the guitars referred to on this page.
The guitar here in the photos to the left is a customized Hamer FB model. You will note that it bears a striking resemblance to Gibson’s Firebird reverse model and I initially thought that it was a Gibson when I first saw images of this guitar. Until I saw a photo where the name on the headstock could be clearly read, I was convinced this was a custom spec Gibson model.
A standard factory spec Hamer FBI or FBII guitar would come with either 1 or 2 humbucker (either OLB or Hamer) pick-ups. A body made from mahogany, 24-fret, glued in neck, ebony or rosewood fretboard with boomerang or dot inlays and steeply angled pegheads. The trem versions usually were fitted with a Floyd Rose unit. (see Hamer Fan Club.com).
The original FB Series ran from 1986 – 1987.
Here is what Jol Dantzig said to me about Steve’s FB guitar: “The FB style guitar would have been based upon the FBIV model, with the addition of a middle pick-up. Looks like a very standard ebony fingerboard/pearl block treatment that mimics Steve’s Les Pauls. The Tremolo is a Kahler.”
It’s possible that Steve may have had selected specific pick-ups for this guitar as well, perhaps choosing a high-output bridge pick-up in the same vein as his Les Pauls or his custom-built red Gibson Firebird. I’m just not sure exactly what ones he had in this guitar.