I thought I had Hybrid guitars pretty much covered until a comment on the latest hybrid into an ever growing choice by legendary guitar designer Jol Dantzig made me realise I had been overlooking a guitar that has been around for a very long time! It also made me realise I have only featured one Hamer guitar here on Guitar Noize which is absurd. So I give you the Hamer DuoTone Custom. This guitar was the first workable hybrid electric-acoustic created by Jol in 1991!! Now was he ahead of his time with this one or what!
“The acoustic pickup utilizes a kynar cable sensor feeding into an onboard preamp with fully adjustable threeband equalizer. The magnetic pickups are time-tested Duncan humbuckers selected for this application, and together with the rosewood bridge, provide a truly warm electric sound. A full duplex output allows you to rout each signal to a separate discrete sound system, or to join them together.”
The DuoTone is a really great looking guitar due to its archtop spruce top complete with traditional f-hole and sunburst finish and lets you switch between or combine electric and acoustic sounds at the flick of a switch. Now the other hybrids don’t seem quite so groundbreaking do they?