• Kramer Nightswan (Vivian Campbell) electric guitar
    Kramer Nightswan (Vivian Campbell)
  • Kramer Nightswan (Vivian Campbell) electric guitar
    Kramer Nightswan (Vivian Campbell)


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1987 to 1991

KRAMER introduced the Nightswan in 1987 as a Vivian Campbell Signature model. The Nightswan was based on the custom Shredder guitar built from Warmoth parts by Buddy Blaze for Campbell in the mid 1980s. This guitar had a scaled down super strat body had a 24.75" scale length bolt-on neck with reverse headstock, two Seymour Duncan humbuckers (in the bridge and middle positions). The dot fingerboard inlays have an unusual diagonal vertical spacing

The NightSwan was available with graphic finishes. Lightning bolts and light or dark blue polka dots were the most common. The Aztec and holoflash finishes are more unusual. They also came in black, white, red, burgundy and blue sparkle finishes.

Kramer described the NightSwan as follows in their 1987 catalog:

"Created by Vivian Campbell and Buddy Blaze for Kramer the NightSwan transcends traditional electric guitar designs.

The sleek, contoured body balances perfectly with the 24.75" scale length neck. Carved from hard rock maple, the 24-fret special radius neck gives access to two octaves of fast playing power. Constructed of the finest Honduran mahogany with an ebony fret board, it resonates with a warm solid sound.

The NightSwan is the only production model to have an ultra-slim #1 locking nut giving easier "bend" to strings. It is the first production model to feature the Seymour Duncan "Full Shred" pickup, a smooth distortion pickup with extreme clarity."

Specifications (22)


3.5 kg
Finish colorsblack finish, blue finish, purple finish, red finish, white finish
Finish effectssparkle finish
Graphicspolka dot graphics, symbol graphics
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length


Number of control knobs1 control knob
Pickup selector controls3-way selector switch
Volume controls1 volume control


Pickups brand and modelSeymour Duncan Full Shred pickup(s), Seymour Duncan JB pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups


Body shape featuresdouble cutaway
Body stylesuper strat style body


BridgeFloyd Rose locking tremolo
Hardware colorblack hardware
TunersSchaller tuners


Fingerboard materialebony fingerboard


Neck jointbolt on neck
Number of frets24 fret
Peghead (headstock)pointed headstock, reverse headstock
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners

Prices (8)

1988$1199.95newguitar-listRecommended retail price
1989€1300newRudolfThe best in my Life ther Play Guitar.
2000$650goodkentbest metal guitar

Reviews (1)

KRAMER NIGHTSWAN reviewed by Karl Taylor

Average: 4 (1 vote)
I had this guitar for several years while playing in a couple of bands in New Zealand it plays metal/blues rock style music very well, great combinations of sounds using the the pickup configuration I found it to be one of the best guitar around, mine was also having a lightning bolt paint job. I thoroughly recommend this guitar for those styles it looks great and sound great, I brought mine brand new for over $3500 NZD but sadly I let it go and regretted it ever since. Over all good value for money and made from top quality materials.

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