Jol Dantzig onstage with the first Hamer bass—a flying V with a guitar neck humbucker and a Vibrola handle. The instrument was stolen at a gig in the mid '70s but was later recovered, thanks to a vigilant guitar shop worker.

Esoterica Electrica columnist/Hamer Guitars cofounder Jol Dantzig recounts the theft of the first Hamer bass, and PG fan Caleb Keeter recalls his double-whammy nightmare.

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