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Kramer C-2A (Grace Series) - $1250 - Sold!!!

Filed Under (Kramer, x- SOLD -x) by Importstrings on 11-12-2010

Right from the start, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, Kramer’s Glide/Grace series from 1989 are some of the highest quality Kramers ever made.There is so much quality for $$ packed in these guitars, that if you were to buy a guitar with the equivalent specs today (E.S.P Horizon) you would be paying alot more. The Glide/Grace series always stir controversy when seen outside of Japan. I’ve heard people say Super Pacer, Pacer Deluxe, Bolt-on Stagemaster, Proto-type Horizon etc.. Fact is they were created for the Japanese market because the Japanese yearned for a top quality model.

The difference between the Glide and Grace is, the Grace is an archtop model with added pick-up/switch configurations. To add to the confusion when these guitars were released they actually came with mixed Pacer, Glide, Grace and Stagemaster truss rod covers. Why?Probably from a selling point.

At the time quite a few American companies EG. Kramer, Jackson/Charvel, Washburn, Dean etc..moved alot of their production to Japan but, there was still that “Made In U.S.A” image so, backplates, extra decals or model names were added. Backplates with the companies U.S.A address were added (these DO NOT say made in U.S.A) or in the case of the Kramer “American” series, which included their top model Stagemaster, an extra decal saying, “American” was added, even today this confuses people. From 1985 E.S.P were suppling almost everything for Kramer, they were either built and assembled in Japan or built in Japan and assembled in the U.S.A. Japan had pretty much the same models plus orignal to Japan only models, just a different name and or electrics (these are the JK, EK, LK, TK series) NOT the cheaper Focus and 100 series that were intended as a cheaper alternative for the overseas market. (Kramer was a very inconsistant, confusing company).

The C2-A that Importstrings have is an all original 1989 one year only product and the top model of the Glide/Grace series. The pick-ups used on the C2-A are E.S.P originals and were used on the early Horizons, Mirages etc.. They are very nice pick-ups, with pull/push coil tap on the volume and tone controls and direct switch. There is ALOT of sounds in this guitar and very versitile. In later years E.S.P would change this model slightly and call it the Horizon, like so many other Kramer models. This is really how E.S.P took off in the late 80’s.

The C2-A is in perfect playing condition, it sounds and performs awesome, frets are very clean and still have 80%+, there is some light scratching and a few small dings to the bottem edge, but nothing that jumps out at you. A couple of laquar only dings to the heads edge but, again nothing big and the previous owner has done some touch ups to those so not very noticable. For a guitar thats going on 20yrs+ its in really good appearance and plays fantastic. Quality for $$! Its a shame Kramer do not make guitars like this anymore. In their day, an amazing, innovative company, sad they bit off more than they could chew.

Body : Alder
Neck : Maple
Fingerboard : Bound,24 fret,Ebony w/diamond inlay
Bridge : Floyd Rose
Pick-ups : (Front) E.S.P Power sleeper, (Rear) E.S.P Full Shaker
Controls : 1 Volume w/coil tap, 2 Tone w/coil tap, 3 way selector with direct switch
Hardware Colour : Black
Colour : Aqua Metallic

Kramer B-7(Pacer) - $1300.00 - SOLD!

Filed Under (Kramer, x- SOLD -x) by Importstrings on 19-05-2009

Near new playing condition, scuff/tiny lacquer chip

A classic example of quality for $$ is this all original B-7, part of the Kramer Glide series from 1989. The Glide series was an improved/upgraded JK-2000 based on the original early 80’s “Pacer”. From 1989 would come with Pacer on the truss rod cover, E.S.P original Full Shaker based on Seymour Duncans Full Shred SH-10, KS-80 and Power Sleeper based again on Duncan’s Hot Rail. The E.S.P originals are VERY high quality and personally are on par with any other top quality maker. (for those who didn’t know E.S.P started off as an electronics company so they know what their doing) and the Full Shaker humbucker has a coil tap switch giving it a bit more gain.

The “Stagemaster” with its neck-thru design is the only model that would come out on top after this model, the Glide series are very impressive guitars and fetched a pretty high price tag in their day. The B-7 sounds like it was built for one purpose only, SHREDDIN! seriously this guitar has an almighty range with a humbucker to kick you in the teeth. Its plays like a demon possessed and in fantastic condition, apart from a lacquer ding at the bottom near the strap pin. These were only produced for one year so there aren’t that many of them, if your a collector of 80’s vintage guitars or a Kramer freak you’ll definitely love this.

Body : Alder
Neck : Maple
Fingerboard : 24 fret Ebony w/Diamond inly
Bridge : Floyd Rose Original
Pick-ups : (Front)E.S.P Power Sleeper, (Middle)KS-80, (Rear)E.S.P Full Shaker
Controls : 1 Volume w/coil tap, Direct on/off,5-way selector
Hardware Colour : Black
Colour : Black

Kramer JK-1000BGL - $1450.00 - SOLD!

Filed Under (Kramer, x- SOLD -x) by Importstrings on 19-05-2009

Minor ware, good playing condition, scratches, chips

A very rare Kramer is this all 100% original 1987 JK-1000BGL, based on the Barretta made famous by Eddie Van Halen. The Jk-1000 is basically a Barretta, fact is from 1985 onwards E.S.P were making most of the bodies and necks, then shipped to the U.S.A to be assembled (these would later be known as the “American Series”, due to the extra logo “American” next to Kramer on the head). The electrics were different though, the U.S.A models had Seymour Duncans were as the JK-1000 came with E.S.P’s original KP-100c based on the P.A.F design, the new Floyd Rose FRT-5 based on the original but, only sleeker and lighter was considered the best double locking system of its time and used on both models. This model is particularly interesting. Was it made in anticipation that George Lynch was about to endorse Kramer? George did have an arsenal of Kramer’s in his collection and did meet with Kramer but, decided to go with E.S.P for a better deal.

Anyway back to the JK-1000 as mentioned very rare and a great collectable for any vintage Kramer fan. What I know from sketchy Kramer (Japan) archives is approx.150~170 were made going by the serial no. and only came out once it can also be seen in the 1987 Kramer(Japan) catalogue. Over the past 17yrs or so I have seen a few butchered, broken and incomplete ones for sale so there can’t be many left out there. In their day this was a “real quality” guitar with, that really cool gritty 80’s sound and retailed $200AUD less than a JEM 77(That’s some hefty price tag in 1987!!) It also comes with an extra large “banana head” for this model only! The JK-1000 Importstrings have is in “players condition” scuff marks, a ding here and there but, still the neck is as straight as an arrow, the electrics have grunt and is in awesome playing condition!! Professionally setup but remember it is over 20yrs old.

A piece of Metal history.

Body : Alder
Neck : 1 pc Maple
Fingerboard : Rosewood w/Abalone dot inlay
Bridge : Floyd Rose
Pick-ups : E.S.P Original KP100c
Controls : 1 Volume
Hardware Colour : Black
Colour : Tiger Graphics

Kramer LK 1RBF - SOLD!!

Filed Under (Kramer, x- SOLD -x) by Importstrings on 13-06-2008

Minor Ware, players conditions, light scratches

Kramer were one of the most innovative guitar designers of the eighties. With a collaboration from a young Eddie Van Halen and a new fangled thing called a “Floyd Rose”came the famous Pacer and Barretta models. Hitting their peak in 1985-86 with record sales, just about every major artist had a Kramer in their collection. But by early 1990 due to over zealous ventures and poor foresights, Kramer was forced into bankruptcy. E.S.P Japan who had been producing the majority of stock for Kramer since 1985 were licensed to carry on. Sambora, Nightswans, Bluesbreakers the Baretta and Pacer(Focus 1000-2000)EK and LK series etc..were all produced to the same quality, while the cheaper Striker and 100 series were built in Korea. In 1995 the last Kramer was made and an end to an era. With the re-emergence lately of Kramer(Gibson), the interest in vintage Kramer is steadily rising, bumping up prices and making some models very scarce. (the race is on!)

At Importstrings we are dedicated vintage 80’s freaks and have a Kramer LK series 1BRF from 1989! in near mint condition. With E.S.P designed pick ups and Seymour Duncans Quater Pound on board, the LK just rocks! We hope these guitars really make a come back, like they are overseas.

Body : Poplar
Neck : 1pc Maple
Fingerboard : Rosewood 22 Fret medium scale
Bridge : Floyd Rose licensed TRS-101
Pickups : (Rear) E.S.P,s KH-100,(Middle) E.S.P,s KS-80,(Front) Seymour Duncan Quater Pound Flat SSL-4,
Controls : 1 Volume, 5 way selector, Gain switch
Colour : Gun metal Grey

Additional Note : Vintage American and Japanese Kramers are just quality for dollar. Ever wondered where E.S.P got there Horizon, M-Series and Lynch designs from?

But, HEY if you don’t believe us check out an awesome site Vintage Kramer .com