KRAMER RIPLEY (STEREO GUITAR, RSG-1)

  • Kramer Ripley Stereo electric guitar (RSG-1)

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  • electric guitars

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1985 to 1987

Steve Ripley's stereo guitar was originally unveiled in 1983 - but Kramer's version did not appear until late 1984. Eddie Van Halen used custom Ripleys and this lead to Kramer releasing their own Ripley (RSG-1) model. The Ripley was a essentially a Kramer Baretta but with a multi-channel Bartolini humbucker. Each string had its own knob on the lower rear bout of the body which allowed you to individually pan that strings output in the stereo spectrum. The circuit was powered by two 9V batteries. To get the stereo effect you obviously needed to output to two amplifiers and the Ripley's stereo output went into a special splitter box that enabled this. The hardware was black including a Floyd Rose and Schaller tuners. A 5-string bass version was also available.
 

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Controls

Pickup selector controls6 stereo pan controls
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control

Electronics

Circuit functionsactive electronics
Input and output jack typestereo output jack
Pickups brand and modelBartolini pickup(s)
Pickups configuration1 humbucker pickup
Power supply9V PP3 battery

General

Finish colorsblack finish, red finish, white finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length

Body

Body shape featuresdouble cutaway
Body stylesuper strat style body

Hardware

BridgeFloyd Rose locking tremolo

Fretboard

Fingerboard materialmaple fingerboard, rosewood fingerboard

Neck

Neck jointbolt on neck
Number of frets22 fret
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners

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