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"Kramer Baretta Special"
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K so I waited a while and glad I did, they sent me a light one, and a very resonant one..mods... stainless PRS style trem mount screws, elevated the leading edge of trem 1/8th" leveled up trem plate, graphite saddles, graphite nut, NYXL'sit has wild tremolo up and down, once I used some nut sauce on the bridge n nut it stays in tune well, sometimes a sting will grab but I just push o pull on bar with a flick it goes back, I need to work on the nut and V out the back side of the nut as the strings are not straight back, they come off the back of nut at an angle so i cam going to open up the nut next string change and that should be cured 100%, that's a good trick even for Gibsons with 17 degree angle head stocks, angle that nut slot down and the same angle and v it out ever so slightly so the string is very free.. graphite!... WORKS!verdict? plays like a BEAST, sounds like a BEAST, best value yet, IMHO better than the classic vibes and that says a lot..I only have one question, do you have a dark rosewood finger board that's light? I am ready to pull the trigger on that one too...TY ZZS, Dee
the tone is real good, dynamic and resonates well, of course all that changes guitar to guitar as the wood changes so much but this one is fantastic, I can feel it vibrate my chest real hard, its like a massage..the A5 is very nice, I am leaving it for a while no hurry to change that I am going to milk it for all its worth, the thing about a simple guitar like this pups are so easy to change, nuttin to it..IMHO its got good lows, mids and highs very level across the board, responds well to pedals and tube amps, yet to play it in a 100% solid state, 1 hybrid a Johnson millennium 250 and it seems to like that one a LOT, in fact none of my other guitars sound we well as this but this is my only A5 humbucker save one, and that one likes the hybrid amp as well...my guess is it will respond well to a solid state amp..you can play with capacitor so easy to get to, don't even have to detune the strings on this one..I like the angled pickup, I think it gives it more character..fantastic guitar GREAT modding platform.. HIGHLY RECOMMEND, and that doesn't come easy for me as I do not like very many new mass produced guitars these days, not many at all..LOVE IT!
volume knob is usable, with a lil work the tremolo is very usable, I did install graphite saddles, ss PRS trem mount screws and elevated the trem plate 1/8th" off the deck parallel, that got my intonation spot on..if you V out the back side of the nut to match the string angle you will find they don't jam up, however I still might install a string locker behind the nut, kahler makes areal good one for $60..simply for the reason you wont have the string value from the but back changing while bending.. it will only bend from the net to saddle and that makes fora more precise bend if you are looking to go up or down say a half step, full step accurately, just makes the guitar a better player all around IMO... and jest cuz its not a Floyd doesn't mean you cannot use a locker..I may one day install a floyd?the playability is just stupid actually so, really have zero complaints on this lil guitar not to mention its looks fantastic..
Ease of Use
takes pedals well, tube amps well, and hybrid amps.. works well with all my rack effects, I think A5 humbuckers may be the best humbucker for this reason? seems to be a perfect all around pickup and this IS a good pickup, no need to change really
fit and finish is great, it seems to be made very well, frets are nice, neck fit is great, nice a straight, truss rod works real well, very happy..
this product is above any other guitar in its range by a fair margin, lest the one I got, not all are equal, wood change too much even within the same tree but I got some very good wood ..the value is better than the classic vibe IMHO and I don't say that lightly as the classic vibes are very very good bang for buck, very good, they need no upgrading at all, however the cost is like $450 TYD and that leaves some upgrade money for the special..
my first Kramer and no reason to contact Kramer
The Wow Factor
yea man this is the classic Kramer Baretta look, the best looking Kramer ever made with the hockey stick head stock.. so classic, so trendy and timeless, it really outclasses most guitars made bar none, all your boutiques and ugly compared to this beauty, it says THIS GUITAR ROCKS on the front and "I EAT DISCO" on the back.. :-) are you kidding? does it look good? not big on the black or red but the purple is out of this world and I can live with the off white.. got a light one for me? please?Dee
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