KRAMER BARETTA (1983-1986 era)

  • Kramer Baretta early model


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1983 to 1986

The original Kramer Barettas produced between 1983-1986 are among the most desirable of the Kramer superstrats. The Baretta was first introduced in 1983 as an Eddie Van Halen signature model. The Kramer Baretta was a stripped down superstrat with several features setting it apart from other guitars at the time: a single slanted humbucker, single volume control and a large hockey stick shaped headstock. The bridge is an original Floyd Rose tremolo.

The 1983 models had a non-angled headstock, Schaller Golden 50 Humbucker  and Gotoh tuners. In 1984 Kramer introduced an angled back headstock on the Baretta, the pickup was changed to a Seymour Duncan JB and Schaller M6 tuners were used. The pickups were usually in reverse zebra configuration (one cream coil and one black coil - with the black coil closest to the Floyd Rose tremolo).

Necks and bodies were made by OEM factories including ESP of Japan and the Canadian LaSiDo company. In 1986 the peghead was changed to a pointy design.

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Body shape featuresdouble cutaway
Body styleStratocaster style


BridgeFloyd Rose tremolo
Hardware colorblack hardware


Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard


Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings


Neck jointbolt on neck
Neck materialmaple neck
Number of frets22 fret
Peghead (headstock)hockey stick headstock, pointed headstock
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners


Pickups brand and modelSchaller Golden 50s pickup(s)m, Seymour Duncan JB pickup(s)
Pickups configuration1 humbucker pickup, 1 pickup

Prices (4)

1986$500.00excellentThe Baretta I bought had a maple neck which I do believe is not very common.

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