PSA on a sleeper cheap shred guitar

guitarbilly74

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I got one of those Kramer Baretta Specials as a gift from my wife and I was impressed how good these guitars are as a mod platform. I ended up buying 2 more of them and they all sound and play great. I think their price ($179) turns a lot of people off but they are seriously decent guitars with a few upgrades. Right out of the box, they're okay for a beginner I guess. But I changed the hardware, added a good pickup, locking tuners and did some basic fretwork and setup and they're really good now. Look at it as a decent body and neck for $179. I think I ended up having about $300-400 into each one, after all the upgrades, which is STILL a bargain in my book.

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Yes I tried a few at a shop - amazing guitars for the money. Great necks, no frills, and nice colours to boot. Glad you're enjoying them - I kept looking for an excuse to buy one, but I have too many guitars and not enough time to play.
 

guitarbilly74

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Very serious - deadly serious. Been looking at new Kramers and thinking They've got to have some Gibson in them, got to...I haven't seen any bad reviews, but I haven't seen many reviews of them in general.

Yep. I am a Les Paul player for the most part, so I figure the Kramers would be the easiest choice for a superstrat. And the Baretta Specials even have a mahogany body, which was a selling point for me. Oddly enough the more expensive models have a maple body. Only the cheap one is mahogany. Go figure lol
 

guitarbilly74

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Good news! Great deals for beginners and modders still out there. @guitarbilly74 Do they have a trem? Looks like it... And what is the fretboard radius?
They do have a tremolo and with a basic setup the tremolo is super stable. Funny, a friend of mine was asking about the tremolo earlier today (he was concerned about not having a Floyd) so I made a quick video for him:





As you can see, no issues with the tremolo as long as they're set up correctly.

I think the radius is 14" but don't quote me on that. I will measure it later to be sure.
 
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CanuckChris

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I've had a couple of these. Great mod platforms. You can actually install a FR on these quite easily if you have some basic woodworking skills. I did that with the vintage white one I had. For the purple one, I found an Etsy seller that sells Lynch style stripes.

Sold both of them, but they're definitely fun guitars to mod and quite good players.

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I got one of those Kramer Baretta Specials as a gift from my wife and I was impressed how good these guitars are as a mod platform. I ended up buying 2 more of them and they all sound and play great. I think their price ($179) turns a lot of people off but they are seriously decent guitars with a few upgrades. Right out of the box, they're okay for a beginner I guess. But I changed the hardware, added a good pickup, locking tuners and did some basic fretwork and setup and they're really good now. Look at it as a decent body and neck for $179. I think I ended up having about $300-400 into each one, after all the upgrades, which is STILL a bargain in my book.

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dNHOQakl.jpg


P3MHNStl.jpg


VIRpH4Jl.jpg



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I’d be sorely tempted if the white one had a mayo fretboard.

Oops: maple fretboard. Phone slipped.
 

guitarbilly74

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I've had a couple of these. Great mod platforms. You can actually install a FR on these quite easily if you have some basic woodworking skills. I did that with the vintage white one I had. For the purple one, I found an Etsy seller that sells Lynch style stripes.

Sold both of them, but they're definitely fun guitars to mod and quite good players.

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BfN6kEk.jpg

My Barreta is now fighting to be my number one and bump my Jackson Soloist...for the money they are hard to beat. I put a FR rail Tail on and it divebombs like crazy and stays in perfect tune.
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Oh nice!!!!! :):)

Now we're talking!!!!! Love the custom finishes!!!!!!

I thought about putting a different style tremolo on mine but I never had an issue with stabilizing regular strat tremolos, all three guitars are super stable after I set them up.
 

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I could have gotten by with a Gotoh trem for half the price...but these rail tails are unreal...I have several Floyd guitars and this thing is just as stable for tuning and dives as good as a locking nut FR...just no Brad Gillis action as it will not flutter. I did put a Tusq nut on it and that may have made the stock trem work.
 

guitarbilly74

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I could have gotten by with a Gotoh trem for half the price...but these rail tails are unreal...I have several Floyd guitars and this thing is just as stable for tuning and dives as good as a locking nut FR...just no Brad Gillis action as it will not flutter. I did put a Tusq nut on it and that may have made the stock trem work.
That's good to know. I've been wanting to try the Rail Tail tremolo, maybe I should get one for one of these guitars.

I kept the stock nut, just lubed it with a KY gel/graphite powder mix and it did the trick. But I do want to upgrade it to a TUSQ nut eventually.


I’d be sorely tempted if the white one had a mayo fretboard.

Oops: maple fretboard. Phone slipped.
hahaha it is dinner time so...
 

Jecht

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I’ve also thought about taking the plunge on one if these and modding it. I would like to replace the bridge also, but son’t have the woodworking skills. I was hoping to find a drop in replacement if possible.
 

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I’ve also thought about taking the plunge on one if these and modding it. I would like to replace the bridge also, but son’t have the woodworking skills. I was hoping to find a drop in replacement if possible.
The Vega trem is supposed to be a real easy switch out. No locking nut needed. Check it on YouTube. Mine can dive really well with the stock trem. Strangely enough. That little thing actually performs amazingly.
 

guitarbilly74

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Yeah I just switched the bridge because I wanted black hardware. But the stock tremolo is fine, just take the time to set it up right and you're good to go.
 




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