August 18, 2006 9:01 PM | Simon Carless
So, having mentioned jealousy of Dan Amrich's Um Jammer Lammy guitars in a recent semi-unrelated post, who should email us but GamePro/Future veteran Amrich himself, who has given us a complete guide to how you can also obtain real-life versions of Lammy's guitars, if you are crazy.
So, take it away, Dan: "The kidney bean one (pictured on top) is a Fernandes Zo-3 (in the US, the model is called the Nomad; the circle on the front is a small battery-powered built-in amplifier) and the yellow one (which hits my love for replicas of fictional objects as well as my gaming pride) is the Fernandes UJL-2000. [After some other eBay-related shenanigans] I decided to get serious about finding the 2000, and with the help of a friend who spoke Japanese, I contacted Ishibashi Music in Japan. They're one of the few retailers there who do business internationally (most of the Japanese guitar shops online sell to Japan only). I told them exactly what I was looking for and--amazingly--had it in hand just four weeks later (and part of the delay was that I'd written over the new year break). If you want to drop them a line, it's firstname.lastname@example.org."
What's more: "The surprising thing is that these guitars are more or less novelty guitars for girls, and therefore moderately priced. Each retails for about $300 (the UJL-2000 was 26,820 yen plus another 12,000 yen for insured international shipping - Global Express Mail) and you could probably get them easily from Ishibashi. They were never released in the US. They made a PaRappa ZO-3, too. It's blue. I've been tempted. And that one's actually still listed on their site." Holy smokes, that's cool!
Finally, Dan pointed to his unsorted directory of Lammy-related guitar pics, and says he intends to build a proper shrine at some point - as he should! In the meantime, he plays the yellow Fernandes UJL-2000, in heavily modified form, in his '80s tribute band Fast Times, who are playing the Dirty Martini in SF next month, should you feel the need to gawk at a Lammy guitar in real life. Fun - and thanks to Dan for sharing!