Acompanying the Zebra Vector was a trusted old friend, the #2 Hamer Standard now re-finished to look like a Tiger. That this is indeed #2 is based entirely on the chrome pickup rings. (This guitar was auctioned off and in the Butterfields catalogue it appears as lot 1599 (p. 115) and claimed to have serial no. 0237. Serial numbers of Hamers changed in 1977 with the introduction of the Sunburst. Up until then it had been a simple, sequential 4-number serial system. After 1977 it was a two-part serial where the first, and separate, digit denoted the year of completion and the following 4-5 digit serial denoted the number of the guitar. This type of serial number, however, did not
apply to some custom guitars, most notably Standards. Therefore the serial 0237 doesn't say anything of when this guitars was made so it doesn't allow us to say for sure that the Hamer Tiger is indeed the custom #2 Hamer Standard. Suffice to say that the serial no. for the only other Hamer Standard in the Butterfields auction, lot 1136 which I believe to be Hamer Standard #1, is 0292 and that at least suggests that he got both guitars at about the same time.)
The flame mirror pickguard is now gone, never to return, and so are the original speed knobs, replaced by top-hat-like knobs
without any print on them. The first time I've spotted it is on January 21
in Portland, MA but the pictures available to me from this tour are reletively few and an even smaller subset are accurately dated. It is perfectly possible that it was along for the ride and used before then. What we can say for sure is that it was used to open the show at least once. All the known setlists from this tour has Creatures of the night
as the opener and it is also the only song in the set that featured a capo
. The Hamer Tiger (#2 Standard) seems to get used slightly more towards the end of the tour in March. Pics from this latter part of the tour also reveal that the pickups in the Hamers were indeed the early relief logo EMG-H
made when they were still called Overlend.