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Kramer Guitars is an American manufacturer of electric guitars and basses. Kramer produced aluminum -necked electric guitars and basses in the s and wooden-necked guitars catering to hard rock and heavy metal musicians in the s; Kramer is currently a division of Gibson Guitar Corporation. There is some dispute over the company's early history, but it begins with Travis Bean , a California luthier who was building guitars with aluminum necks. Bean and Gary Kramer started the Travis Bean guitar company in , in Sun Valley, and while their guitars did well, Bean lost interest and left most of the business aspects to Kramer; the two parted ways. Kramer then founded the company that still bears his name, improving on the Bean design—Bean's necks were heavy and the material felt cold to the touch. Kramer's improvement consisted of two wooden inserts in the back of the neck. By he had hooked up with a friend from New York, Dennis Berardi, and the two founded BK International, which engaged luthier Phil Petillo to make prototypes for them.
Serial Number Identification. While there are several places on Vintage Kramer to learn about serial numbers, here is a rundown of serial numbers, with year models and distiguishing characteristics for I. These serial numbers do not pertain to the new line of Kramers from Musicyo. Musicyo Reissue Serials. Overseas Serials.
A lot can be and has already been said about this infamous decade, but rarely do we talk about its finest guitars. With the wholehearted endorsement of Eddie Van Halen — the foremost guitar hero of the 80s — Kramer rose to the top of the heap and enjoyed a reputation as the best guitar company around. There was quite a bit of variation with the headstocks, neck shapes C to Boat to Shredder , nut widths, tonewoods, pickups Schaller to Seymour Duncan , electronics stereo string panning, coil-splitting, hidden pickups , tremolos, and hardware. So, basically, Kramer played around with every element of what goes into an electric guitar.