Our Custom Made Kramer Baretta Guitar Specifications
Body Wood: Maple Neck Wood: Maple Construction: Bolt-on Fretboard: Rosewood Inlays: White Dot Inlays Scale Length: 25.5" Nut Width: 1-11/16" Frets: 22 Pickups: 1 Wilkinson Humbuckers Controls: 1 Volume Headstock: Kramer Style Bridge: Licensed Floyd Rose Tremolo Hardware: Black Finish Finish: Candy Red Strings: D'Addario
Kramer Baretta Guitar Blueprint
Kramer Baretta Guitar History
Kramer Baretta Guitar is a good start of the mid-1980s well-known Kramer guitar; Kramer later got bad reputation in after-baretta time for its lack of large quantity of standard body products that appeared no difference from baretta. Baretta is right the series that can truly define Kramer guitar brand and it is the most famous series in Kramer products line. Many people like call the Kramer’s baretta as pacers, etc., but Kramer Baretta Guitar is generally considered to be a "single pickup guitar.
The most important thing is, without Kramer’s repeatedly exploring, Kramer Baretta Guitar wouldn’t become one guitar that cannot be taken lightly in rock history. Baretta appeared in 1983 when Kramer wanted to release the Eddie Van Halen signature model. Van Halen had a lot of home-made guitars before signing with Kramer, which also affected the appearance of Baretta. One point that should be noted is, considering the history of all electric guitars; Van Halen's influence was widely misunderstood and neglected. If there is no Baretta, Floyd Rose, Banana, or "Hockey Stick" headstock, Slanted pickups (which later led to the F-spacing in pickups), and other innovations from Kramer and Van Halen, then the industry will not exist today.
Eddie's first Frankenstrat is one black-white striped guitar with only one pickup, and Eddie painted it himself. He used old Gibson PAF pickups on the 1950s Les paul, one volume control, and he felt that the tone control button was not that important (there are other guitarists who also think so). Kramer Baretta Guitar was deeply affected by this Frankenstrat design. This black-white striped guitar is the later Frankenstrat, later Eddie cut off the pickguard, adding a single-coil pickup and not connecting it with wire, plus some other elements, all of these made the guitar a truly unique guitar, as shown in the picture. In early 1980, the Floyd Rose was added, which needs tilt pickups, thus it’s necessary to integrate the electrode block and tremolo better. It’s the very change of the tilt pickups that affects Kramer Baretta’s pickups design.
Black-white striped Frankenstrat Kramer 5150
1983 Kramer Baretta Guitar
In 1983, after discussions with Eddie, his signature Kramer Baretta Guitar was born, people think this guitar is not only the icon of the Baretta Series, but also is the icon of the entire Kramer, Kramer Baretta is the best guitar of the bulk-produced guitars of Kramer. The headstock of the guitar is non-angled, larger than the angled banana headstock of the time, and is very similar to the. There is a very interesting story of the headstock; it was invented by a group of people in the Kramer factory (Paul Unkert) when they develop the similar guitar to. In fact, they imitate the design of the headstock.
Standard specs: Floyd rose bridge, reversed Schaller zebra pickups (Golden 50), Gotoh 90 tuners, maple body, a bit heavy, some guitar body is poplar. It was said that before the headstock was angled, these guitars were produced between 1983 and 1984, in black, white and creamy color, generally with rosewood fingerboard, but maple fingerboard was also seen in 83 version of the baretta.
Because the headstock is so large and non-angled, Barreta is considered to be produced overseas; the headstock produced by the ESP is similar with this. The 83 version of Kramer Baretta Guitar is the only version uses this none-angled and somehow big headstock. The Floyd rose bridge of the 83 version of Baretta is matte, but much later versions are glossy.
1983 Kramer Baretta Guitar Features:
Neck: Oil finish, large non-angled banana headstock, ESP structure, R5 nut width (1 3/4"), Rosewood fretboard
Body: Poplar or maple
Floyd Rose: early mat surface
Pickups: Schaller Reverse Zebra Golden 50 Humbucker (non trem spaced)
1984/1985 Kramer Baretta Guitar
In a certain time of 1984, the headstock was changed to angled banana design, because a lot of manufacturers involved, the guitar body and neck were also changed frequently. At the beginning, Sport made this angled banana neck, which was notorious for the “luthier joint” issue, some of the neck even dropped when moved to the factory. Some can be used, others can not. At that time, Kramer sought around for the neck, including Canada made LaSiDo. LaSiDo was assumed to have the same problem, so the dispute about lengthened neck still existed. Everyone said these necks were the most comfortable neck of the Kramer series, which have R2, of R3.R4 and R5 structures; the back shape is more slender than the classic "beak" neck. In addition, there are red, creamy, white colors matching with headstock color. Maple Fingerboard style is not common.
In 1984 and 1985, Kramer turned to use Duncan pickups, and the baretta was also correspondingly changed. Seymour Duncan JB pickups became the standard pickups, continually using the design features of the zebra colors. The main products of Barettas featured reversed zebra, but some Schallers and Ducans were still installed regularly, thus the milky white coil is very close to Floyd.
Also in 1984/1985, Gotoh 90 degree tuners were changed into the black M6 Schallers, and during this period, most of the Baretta guitars were mounted with a wrench retainer in the back of the neck, but some times there were no retainer bars, and even no Allen wrench holders. Those that had wrench retainers were, of course, the highly demanded products, but at that time the inventory was limited and some guitars were delivered without this device. In addition, as other Kramer headstock, the logo on Kramer Baretta Guitar followed the "Kramer" logo. The fingerboard was usually made from rosewood; little was made from maple, only seen in some customized guitars. Maple fingerboard was just not very common rather than rare.
Until 1985, the Kramer Baretta Guitar body was processed by Sports. In 1985, a change occurred, the distance between the handrail and the outlet became larger. It is believed that this body type was produced by ESP. So in a certain period of time, there were two body shapes existing. One simple way to identify Sports guitar body is to compare them with overseas body, they were sometimes particularly close. The body generally made of maple or poplar.
The finish color includes Candy Red, White, Cream, and Black. All Barettas have cannon or barrel input jack, a standard 1-10 volume knob，Schaller strap buckle, and black Original Floyd Roses (some are chrome-plated).
1984/85 Kramer Baretta Guitar Features:
Neck: glossy finish, angled banana headstock, slender back shape, rosewood or maple fretboard
Body: poplar or maple
Floyd Rose: black (chrome optional)
Pickups: Schaller Reverse Zebra Golden 50 or Seymour Duncan JB Humbucker
Color: Black, Candy Red, Cream, White and customizable design
86/87 version of Kramer Baretta Guitar
In mid 1986, Kramer decided to change the design of the headstock without changing other parts and accessories. The contours of the back of the headstock became thinner and the finish also changed. One thing should be noted is that the 86-87 series Baretta got more colors, such as FF Blue, FF Red, FF Pink, FF White, etc.
86/87 Kramer Baretta Guitar Features:
Neck: Nitrocellulose Liquor finish, angled pointy headstock, rosewood or maple fretboard
Body: Poplar or maple
Bridge: black Floyd Rose
Pickups: Seymour Duncan JB Humbucker reverse Zebra colored and solid black (non-trem spaced)
1987-1991 Kramer Baretta Guitar I and Kramer Baretta Guitar II
The biggest change during this period was the body, there were two changes, one was relatively simple, just added more spoon holes at the lowest corner, the tremolo had a groove, but in some version, they only added spoon hole, no groove in tremolo, it is Baretta I.
Finish colors: Black, Trans Red / Blue, , White, Cream, Candy Blue/Red, Campagne, FF Blue, FF Red, FF White, Flors. Pink, Seafoam Green, Violet
There was the other change of body during this period. The Jackson soloist body had been widely used, this form is relatively large, Baretta II was on the use of this form, and the other models of Kramer also changed to this form.
Finish colors: Black, Trans Red / Blue, White, Cream, Candy Blue/Red, Campagne, FF Blue, FF Red, FF White, Flors. Pink, Seafoam Green, Violet
1985 Kramer Baretta Guitar reissue - 2006
Main features of the 2006 Gibson replicated Kramer Baretta Guitar 85 version:
Neck: oil finish, angled pointy headstock, rosewood finger board, colorful pearl inlays
Floyd Rose: black
Pickups: Gibson-91T Reverse Zebra
Colors: Candy Red, Antique White, Black, Candy Blue
In summary, the stories of the Kramer Baretta Guitar are so many; we want to declare once again: what we showed here is replication of 1984/1985’s Kramer baretta guitar. Because the version in this era is of the most representative and most popular!!
Though researching repeatedly, we strictly followed all the features of the original Kramer Baretta guitar
Neck: Angled banana headstock, thin back profile, rosewood or maple fingerboard (2 optional, in the picture is the rosewood fingerboard).
Body: poplar or maple (these two kinds are of optional, in the picture the body is maple)
Floyd, rose: black, chrome is optional (photos of the guitar is black)
Pickups, Schaller Reverse Zebra Golden 50 or Seymour Duncan JB Humbucker, (but the pickups our replicated products recommend is Wilkinson pickup, because pickups of this brand is more cost-effective, and can save money for you; the quality is also more reliable)
Metal parts: all black
Color: Black, Candy Red, Cream, White, and custom design (these are optional set)
Our Kramer Baretta guitar we replicated are in small quantities, a limited production, if you take interest in it, please contact us immediately, thanks.
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