Judas Priest/K. K. Downing: A Hamer Custom K.K. Mini V guitar, circa 1984,

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Judas Priest/K. K. Downing: A Hamer Custom K.K. Mini V guitar,
circa 1984,

Sold for £ 27,562 (US$ 37,178) inc. premium
Judas Priest/K. K. Downing: A Hamer Custom K.K. Mini V guitar,
circa 1984,
red finish, top and bottom of body with two rows of round metal studs, Shadow neck pickup and EMG bridge pickup, two selectors and one Fender control, Kahler tremolo, scalloped rosewood fingerboard with trapezoid markers, headstock lettered K. K. Downing, in plush-lined Hamer rectangular case, guitar 40in (102cm) long

Footnotes

  • Provenance:
    The property of Ken (K. K.) Downing.

    This guitar is one of four Mini V's in various colours made specially for Ken by Hamer. Ken considers this an important guitar in his career and it was played extensively during the Turbo/Ram It Down/Painkiller era and later.

    It was customised further by Ken whilst on tour in the US: he recalls that he didn't feel it was quite 'metal' enough, so went to a hardware store and bought a quantity of upholsterer's studs which he then hammered into the guitar's body to create its now-familiar appearance. This distinctive instrument is even the subject of various films on the Internet on how to produce a replica.
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Judas Priest/K. K. Downing: A Hamer Custom K.K. Mini V guitar, circa 1984,
Judas Priest/K. K. Downing: A Hamer Custom K.K. Mini V guitar, circa 1984,
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