NGD - 1986 Kramer Baretta Poll

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Troy T. Blues, Jun 14, 2019.

What do you guys think of this Kline painted Kramer Baretta? Disregard the price.

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  1. Pretty Cool

    9.4%
  2. Very Cool!

    5.1%
  3. Love it!

    3.4%
  4. It's OK

    20.5%
  5. Yuck!

    61.5%
  1. NorCal_Val

    NorCal_Val Member

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    Meh.
    Don’t hate it.
    But it looks like it should be hung over a bar with all the cheezey neon beer signs.
     
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  2. s2y

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    I'd play it, although I'm more of a Pacer guy.

    The only thing I don't like about it is that the painting is going in the wrong direction. It's fine if it's being stored upwards. Looks odd if you're playing it. The beer would be spilling out.
     
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  4. Troy T. Blues

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    Agreed!
     
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  5. carbz

    carbz Supporting Member

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    I wouldn't buy it for a bunch reasons. Unless you like thin necks and small frets it won't be a pleasurable playing guitar. The early Pacers had much cooler graphics IMO. That beer graphic is terrible. Now if were a Joint with smoke coming out...........
     
  6. Troy T. Blues

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    I hear ya. However, this is more of a sentimental thing to me as I had one from that series as my first real guitar in '86. And I loved the way it played, and it always sounded great! I am after a guitar with a Floyd right now, so I thought this was fitting. I agree that the beer graphic is not that great, but it's growing on me. To me, it's not about that....it's part of the vibe. I would love to have the one I had from back then, but it's rare, and going for near 2K these days.
     
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  7. carbz

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    I had a purple pacer that I bought new back in 85 I think it was. It had a beak neck but I wanted the banana thing so bad that the store swapped necks with another pacer for me just to make the sale. I couldn't believe they did it but they did. Looking back that was a dumb mistake! I remember the neck was kind of thin and flat compared to what I prefer these days and the frets being probably 6150 which are too low to me. If you like It buy it. No harm.
     
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  8. Troy T. Blues

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    Wow! I can't believe they did that. Cool...thanks! :)
     
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    Nothing a belt sander wouldn't take care of.
     
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    [​IMG]

    Had the neon fly graphic just like this for a long time. Sold it for pennies in the early 00's. I still miss that guitar, it was great.
     
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    Whoever Dennis Kline is, his artwork is pretty bad, IMO.
    Edited to add: I love this guitar shape, it's just the graphic I dislike.
    Don't let us critics change what you like, OP.
     
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  13. Troy T. Blues

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    I'll be checking the guitar out tonight. Definitely more folks not liking it, but if it's like what I remember, I will probably grab it. The price is right, has the vibe I'm looking for, it comes with the original cert, and looks to be in decent/all original condition. I hardly ever sees these around anymore as well. I can definitely ignore or look past the graphic, but even so, I'm OK with it.

    Last night I found a very old cassette tape of me playing my old Kramer Baretta with a keyboardist. The sound was amazing and I was doing some really cool stuff with the bar. It would be great to have something like that again. This is as close as it gets without spending a ton of cash.
     
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  14. JasonElGato

    JasonElGato Silver Supporting Member

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    My high school buds and I, we had a negative rating system that started with Butt Ugly. Then Butt Rash Ugly. Finally Butt Rash Pus Ugly.

    That guitar is Butt Rash Pus Ugly! I voted "Love It" because I love oddball stuff. I'd play that out with pride if it sounds and plays goo .
     
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  15. Troy T. Blues

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    LOL! Oh well.

    Right on! Me too. I'll post an update later on.
     
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  16. Troy T. Blues

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    OK, so I went and checked out the guitar tonight. Right from the get go, it felt so good and I was loving the playability. The neck is so comfortable to me, exactly like how I remembered. I instantly knew that I had to have it. This one had it all. I would regret walking away from it, so I bought it.

    I really wanted to hear how it sounded through my rig. I came home and plugged it into my Marshalls cranked. I was absolutely blown away by the tone of that old Seymour Duncan JB. As mentioned previously, there’s a real sweetness/mojo from that older pickup. Clarity, sustain, notes just popped out & rang beautifully. The frets are in great condition and the Floyd Rose works great. I’m especially ok with the graphic now that I’ve put it through its paces. It came with the original cert and case. The case is beat, but nothing that some heavy duty duct tape can’t fix. This guitar totally ROCKS!!! :)

    I don't think I need to post any more pics of the guitar.

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  17. Troy T. Blues

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    I have a question about the Floyd Rose, but maybe I should start a new thread for that.
     
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    Is that a beer in a wine glass? Fancy!
     
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