Sin City Presents Magazine May 2016 Volume 3 Issue 5 - Page 17

Nobody had ever done a production guitar with this configuration. There were HSS guitars, but nothing had that blank middle spot. The middle pickup always gets in my way – one reason I have never owned a Strat. A couple months later I took delivery of my guitar, resplendent in metalflake pink.

About 8 months after that, Hamer introduced the Steve Stevens II. It had a humbucker in the bridge and a single coil in the neck. And nothing in the middle.

I own the missing link. It’s the only one ever made, and it was clearly the inspiration for the Steve Stevens II. Charvel, Kramer, and others would then follow suit with their own Humbucker – Blank – Single pickup configuration. But mine was the first. It’s in rough shape now. It’s had two refret jobs and it badly needs another one. The paint is seriously messed up, the bridge is shot, and the electronics need refurbishing. I used to play with a brass pick, made from a chunk of Zildjian cymbal. As a result, this guitar suffered many little dings and a lot of wear. For a while, I was dotting each ding with different colored touch-up paint. So now it looks like it has some rare tropical disease.

I might get it redone one day, but it’s kind of cool in its semi-destroyed condition.

K: That is one bad ass guitar brother man!

TS: Well thank you good sir. Thank ya very much.

K: Well dudes and dudettes, get out see this band next time they play. It’s a fun show and the musicianship is top shelf.

TS: We are right next to the Bisquik and Spam.

K: Yum.

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