The "Russo Guitars" Vector - "Black Beauty"
Designer's notes from the old Hamer website:
"As much as we like creating new styles with vintage appeal, we haven't forgotten our roots. So when Brian at Russo Music brought up this idea we couldn't resist."
With the matching pick-guard trim and gold hardware this vector has a serious and formal look that cuts a striking image. Continuing the cellulose binding around the entire neck and headstock ties the whole concept together. We chose black ebony for the fingerboard inlaid with ten blocks of genuine pearl to complete the "tuxedo" look of this unique series of guitars. As modern today as the day it was conceived, a classic rock statement done up in the kind of attention to detail that only the guys in our shop can deliver. This one surely lives in the details. The deep gloss and richness comes from an old-school cellulose based finish that we lovingly apply and hand-block in-between coats. The Vector has a lot of straight, flat surfaces so you've got to take your time. Each one of these guitars spends over two weeks being painted and polished.
From what I can gather, there were maybe 10 of these made though I have yet to see another. I found this one NEW on the shelf on the east coast in 2016. It cost a premium but was worth it to add a brand new example of one of the coolest designs EVER to my little collection.
One of the coolest headstocks EVER!
Beautiful Ebony Board and Pearl Block Inlay