help ID my 80's Kramer

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  1. quadrogong

    quadrogong Member

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    I had a candy apple red Kramer tele in the mid to late 80's,I'm guessing it was around '85-87

    it was a tele I bought off a guy in a rehearsal studio that was supposedly a custom build for Ricky Byrd from J Jett's band,It did seem custom,I'd never seen one like it at the time,or since..
    I looked at Images of Byrd and didn't see him with anything similar..

    locking trem, natural headstock,humbucker in the bridge, It had the tele briteness and articulation that cut through, while having the heaviness and sustain of the humbucker..and a rugged little tremolo
    I loved the whammy bar and really did great stuff with it, at the time I wanted a guitar with a locking tremolo to do dive bombs and stuff, i wasn't into the EVH thing which was HUGE at the time, and I loved that it was a tele with a humbucker, so I just made an offer to a guy in a rehearsal studio and bought it on the spot.

    I was young and stupido and sold it..
    I see tons of 80's US Kramers on sale on Fleabay but never anything exactly like this one..
    can anyone tell me what series it is?
    or the aprox year it was from? (so I can try to find another)
    and if anyone has/had a tele like it?
    or has seen one for sale?

    I'd even go with a double cutaway version if a tele version is just impossible to find..
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  2. axe4me

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    It's probably a parts Kramer.
    I made one like it with a bound sea foam green Tele body.
    There were lots of parts sold at the open to the public Kramer Neptune, NJ sale.
    I bought loads of parts and 3 guitars at that sale.
     
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    ooo.. "Classic II" that sounds a bit familiar,
    like it may have been written on the headstock somewhere..
    same knurled metal knob, switches, headstock..looks right.
    wow. good one.
     
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    The one I put together was like that except it had a push/pull volume pot to split the bridge humbucker.
     
  6. quadrogong

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    nice, I don't really see these tele shaped ones anywhere for sale,
    It really had that perfect blend of tele and humbucker heaviness..
    a cool,unique combination..
    the tele w the maple neck, plus the humbucker and Floyd rose
    I thought it was kind of a misfit combination at the time
    teles weren't as popular back then..
    the 80's CAR paint w no guard,the Floyd Rose..

    It had a certain twang along with it's heavy bridge pu tone, that really kept stuff from getting muddy,& gave a different tone that recorded so well..
    I'd like to buy another one..after some looking, they all seem to be from '87
     
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    They're not a terribly common model. I just built up a mutt with an old NOS Kramer neck and 2 hum bucker recessed Floyd Tele style body. I still have a decent stash of NOS Kramer necks.
     
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    +1

    oh, and that's my pic & guitar! :roll
     
  9. AsIs

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    Yep, I grabbed it from a post of yours from 4 years ago on Kramer board. Beautiful guitar. Do you still have your Classic I also? Actually, you had all the Classic line right? I've got two of the "Focus Classic", but have never come across an actual "Classic", though I have a Classic II neck on my Frankenstrat!
     
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  10. popvamp

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    Yes, I still have all four of the Classic models (Classic, Classic I, Classic II and Classic III (which I have two)). :aok
     
  11. quadrogong

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    yeah, that's the guitar! the Classic II!, that baby stayed in tune so well...
    and that tele-humbucker tone was so badass, It used to cut through so well when i turned up the gain,u could hear every string so clearly,and the clean tones were so sparkly and beautiful.. I'd love another one.. !!!
     

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