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Clearly based on the theme and body shape of the 1958-60 double cut Les Paul Special, the Hamer Artist Korina was introduced at Summer NAMM in 2000.  At its introduction, the prototype was called the Hamer Vanguard, but the name was changed to Artist Korina by the time production started.  Unlike the Les Paul Special which it resembles, the Artist Korina is semi-hollow and made from korina (African limba wood).  Because large pieces of korina are scare, Hamer had to carefully bookmatch the spreads used to build the Artist Korina.  In addition, the top is hand carved!


Body:  Semi-hollow, 2-piece korina back and top

Finish:  Natural, polyurethane

Neck:  3-piece korina, set-in

Fingerboard:  Indian rosewood; mother of pearl dot markers

Number of Frets:  22

Pickguard:  None

Bridge:  Tune-a-matic with stop bar tailpiece, chrome

Nut:  Bone

Tuners:  Grover Rotomatic, chrome

Pickups:  Two, Seymour Duncan P-90 single coil with adjustable pole pieces

Controls:  Volume for each pickup, mster tone, 3-way pickup selector

Scale Length:  24 3/4 inches

Neck Width at Nut:  1 11/16 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout:  13 inches

Body Depth:  2 inches

Weight:  n/a

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