At 2:42 in this video interview, Rick Nielsen points about his Checkerboard Hamer Standard. “This is the one that was made after the sink blew up in Ottawa because my other one is at Rick’s Picks. The original checkerboard one that I had made years and years and years ago, they replaced it. The other one still plays, but it was about time. It got more wrecked up in Canada because – I didn’t even want to go into that. But Hamer made an exact duplicate of it and it sounds the same with bow tie inlays, pickups all covers. So this is just like the one that was made in 1979, but it was made this past year... They made it exact. If you go to Rick’s Picks or go to the exhibition, you’ll see it’s got people. It’s got Todd Rungren and Joe Elliott, Slash and Chad Smith, the Chili Peppers and just tons of people are playing it. It’s pretty cool because they’re all playing it. Dave Grohl plays it. He took it up onstage in Milwaukee and played it. They all said kind things. You’ll see that the guitar plays itself and plays great. After getting it smashed, I didn’t get it back for quite a while. It didn’t get smashed, but it still plays great. I wish I had the other one out there, but it’s in the museum right now.” Rocky Robert, Rick Nielsen’s Guitar Tech, chimes in at 4:53 saying, “He uses this one on Dream Police most of the time and we chunk out a bunch of picks.” Rick also speaks about his 1978 Hamer with Guitar Aficianado [here](http://www.guitaraficionado.com/ricks-picks-1978-hamer-checkerboard-standard.html). This guitar can also be seen in [this Letterman performance](https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZ_vPKhisJc).more
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