KRAMER RICHIE SAMBORA SIGNATURE

  • Kramer Riche Sambora Signature electric guitar

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1987 to 1991

KRAMER made the RICHIE SAMBORA SIGNATURE model as part of their Artist Series between 1987 and 1989. This model was a super-strat based on the old pacer body shape but with a more rounded edge. A distinctive star shaped sticker adorns the top of the body and there are matching star shaped fingerboard inlays. Pickups are three Seymour Duncan Jazz (SH-2) humbuckers (JBs at the bridge and middle with a JN in the neck position). This model was discontinued in 1989 when Sambora agreed a Fender signature deal.

Kramer described the Riche Sambora model as follows in 1987:

"The first thing you notice about the Richie Sambora model is its unique visual design. Play the guitar and you can feel the power and presence of this hard-driving rock & roll instrument.

Richie, lead guitarist of Bon Jovi, designed this guitar with two requirements in mind. The guitar had to deliver a solid, straight ahead rock & roll sound combine with striking stage presence. The 25-inch scale body enhanced with gold hardware uses the "Original" Floyd Rose Tremolo. Unique star-shaped pearl inlays are offered on either a maple or rosewood fingerboard. Three Seymour Duncan humbucking pickups give more full-blown power than other rock guitars in its class"

Some examples of this model were made in Japan.

This model was reissued in 2004 following Gibson's aquisition of Kramer - as the Korean made Musicyo Jersey Star model. This reissue has an actual star inlay in the body (rather than a sticker), white finish and maple fingerboard.

Specifications (16)

Controls

Number of control knobs1 control knob
Pickup selector controls2 coil tap switches, 5-way selector switch
Volume controls1 volume control

Electronics

Pickups brand and modelSeymour Duncan JB pickup(s), Seymour Duncan SH-2 pickup(s)
Pickups configuration3 humbucker pickups

General

Finish colorsblack finish, blue finish, pink finish, purple finish, red finish, white finish
Made inJapan, USA
Number of strings6 strings

Body

Body shape featuresdouble cutaway

Hardware

BridgeFloyd Rose locking tremolo
Hardware colorgold hardware

Fretboard

Fingerboard materialmaple fingerboard, rosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersstar fingerboard position markers

Neck

Number of frets22 fret
Peghead (headstock)pointed headstock
Tuner layoutsix-in-a-row tuners

Prices (5)

DatePriceConditionNameComments
1987$1249newguitar-listRecommended retail price.
2017$900worn
1989$1200newcraig petrasekabsolutely in new condition, only played a couple times, NO finish loss whatsoever on gold hardware. you will not find another in this pristine condition.
2018$900new
1989€1200goodFranciscoI had been trying for a long time to find this original model of the time. There are very few and although it has some bumps and scratches this original in all its components and in perfect state of usability, it´s very complicated to find this guitar.

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