Strange Kramer Body and Neck

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Strange Kramer Body and Neck

Post by Doggy daddy1 » Tue Jul 25, 2023 4:26 pm

Aloha from Honolulu, Hawaii!
So I recently stopped by at my good friend's guitar shop and he showed me a specimen that consisted of a Kramer branded neck and body. It came with no pickups or bridge but it did come with a full set of Schaller tuners already installed as well as the volume and tone knobs and pots as well as a switch for coil tapping. It was also routed for a Floyd Rose bridge. My friend, knowing that I like to restore guitars offered me a great price for it so I picked it up and had a new Floyd Rose bridge and nut installed as well as wiring up a Seymour Duncan JB pickup. It was set up and plays great. However, it confuses me because I know it's not a new Gibson owned Kramer. I also know that the neck and body came from two different types of Kramers because the neck has a truss rod adjustment at the headstock and the body has a route for truss rod adjustment for necks with a screw at the heel of the neck. Another strange thing is that the headstock is slanted back so there is no need for a string retainer bar above the nut. I know it's an "older" style Kramer because of the smaller sized neck plate that's stamped KRAMER Made in USA and a control cavity plate matches those of original Kramers. Also, the body's upper and lower cut away "horns" are thicker than a strat or any other Kramer i've ever seen.

Mahalo (Thank You) for any input.

BTW Why can't I upload images?

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Re: Strange Kramer Body and Neck

Post by sixstring » Tue Jul 25, 2023 5:03 pm

Welcome, follow link to post pics.

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But let's face it, someone buys a Kramer b/c it has a Floyd.

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Re: Strange Kramer Body and Neck

Post by Doggy daddy1 » Tue Jul 25, 2023 5:33 pm

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Re: Strange Kramer Body and Neck

Post by 80sChris » Tue Jul 25, 2023 5:46 pm

The neck is off a USA model (presumably a Baretta) the body is Matsumoku build Focus 1000.

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Re: Strange Kramer Body and Neck

Post by Doggy daddy1 » Tue Jul 25, 2023 6:13 pm

Mahalo!!!! Thank you so much! It's weird but I love it. :yourock

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Re: Strange Kramer Body and Neck

Post by AAEA » Tue Jul 25, 2023 6:25 pm

don't see too many of the single humbucker K-1000 Matsu focus. def a rarity. all the bits involved are quality. some folks love the matsu shap some hate. if it plays good who cares right.
I own kramers :mrgreen

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Re: Strange Kramer Body and Neck

Post by Kramers » Tue Jul 25, 2023 7:28 pm

Cool guitar bra!
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Re: Strange Kramer Body and Neck

Post by leftykramerguy » Tue Jul 25, 2023 7:37 pm

80sChris wrote: Tue Jul 25, 2023 5:46 pm The neck is off a USA model (presumably a Baretta) the body is Matsumoku build Focus 1000.
I thought all of the Focus 1000s had a tilted pickup. The early Pacers had one pickup and 2 knobs.
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Re: Strange Kramer Body and Neck

Post by menace » Tue Jul 25, 2023 8:02 pm

I thought all of the Focus 1000s had a tilted pickup


Nope :nono

The first version of the 1000 was a straight pickup just like the Pacer Special.....
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Re: Strange Kramer Body and Neck

Post by sixstring » Tue Jul 25, 2023 8:04 pm

Looks like a R2 nanner. :thumbs
But let's face it, someone buys a Kramer b/c it has a Floyd.

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