Vintage Kramer Guitars
Vintage Kramer Guitars are musical instruments produced by the American manufacturer Kramer Guitars.
History and Description
Kramer Guitars was founded in the late 1970s by Dennis Berardi and Gary Kramer. At first they produced aluminium-necked electric guitars and basses, and in the 1980s began making wooden-necked guitars to cater for hard-rock and heavy metal guitarists.
It was the best-selling brand of 1985 and 1986, and was used by many leading musicians, such as Eddie Van Halen. In 1976 the first four prototypes were presented at the Chicago NAMM show, and generated a large number of orders and widespread interest. In 1991 the original Kramer company ceased production due to financial problems.
Guide For Collectors
Notable Kramer Aluminum Neck Guitars include:
- DMZ series
- XK series
- Duke series
- Gene Simmons (axe guitar and bass)
- Stagemaster series
- 335 (Hollowbody)
- 600 40' solid top
- 800 41' all solid
All of these models carried modifications on earlier products, or were designed to produce a particular musical effect.
Kramer also produced "signature" models: copies of models modified for use by the musician, or at the event, after which they are named, including:
- NightSwan (Vivian Campbell Model)
- Sambora (aka "Jersey Star") (Richie Sambora Model)
- Ripley (Steve Ripley Model)
- Floyd Rose Model
- Elliot Easton Model
- Gorky Park model
- Paul Dean model
The guitars listed above were all made in the USA. Other models were made in the Czech Republic, Japan, and Korea.
The official website for collectors and enthusiasts is vintagekramer.com. Other websites, such as kramerforum.com and fatdawg.com enable collectors and enthusiasts to exchange news and information and fatdawg offers a wide selection of vintage guitars for sale, with extensive photographs.
Customised Kramer guitars are available. Guitars customised to commemorate iconic events or artists can carry higher value than guitars in mint condition, especially if signed by a well-known musician.
In March 2012 the following guitars were offered for sale by Thomman:
- Kramer SM-1 Vintage White 658€
- Kramer Vintage Pacer 549€
In the same month guitar-museum.com offered the following Kramer guitars, listing the "price wanted"
- Kramer Stagemaster Custom NOS 25+years old - $2500
- Kramer 450g Vintage Aluminum Neck Guitar - $895
- Kramer Ferrington 80's KFS-1 electric acoustic guitar - $300
- Kramer Baretta III - $1500
- 1983/1984 Kramer Baretta USA Guitar vintage cream - $2500
A Kramer Ferrington Acoustic Bass Guitar was sold by B.S. Slosberg, Inc. Auctioneers for $500 in January 2007. A Vintage Kramer Aluminum Neck Electric Guitar was sold by Leland Little Auction & Estate for $650 in November 2008.
A 1979 Kramer DMZ 2000 Natural Electric Guitar was sold by Heritage Auctions for $700 in February 2012. A 1977 Kramer 450B Walnut Electric Bass Guitar was sold by Heritage Auctions for $750 in August 2011.
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