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[Source: Vintage Guitar Price Guide ] Dating Kramer guitars Vintage Kramer site Kramer catalogs See “literature” dropdown for tons of scans Images e Bay see Tokai, Travis Bean, Vaccaro These images below are purportedly the first Kramer guitar off the production line with text from ebay April 2017 as follows: This 1976 Kramer guitar is the crown jewel and holy grail of all Kramer Guitars.It is the first one produced off of the assembly line, documented by Peter Laplaca and Dennis Beradi, both the original founders of Kramer Guitars.
Finally, if your Kramer came with a Floyd Rose II, Floyd Rose with no fine tuners, or a Floyd Rose unit that does not require the ball ends of the strings to be cut off, it is an overseas model.
He was to sell back his interests and receive royalties, and then represent the company out west, but none of this seems to have happened.
A chrome or black neck plate with nothing on it but a Kramer headstock and a serial number stamped on them.
In 1995 Henry Vaccaro revived the company with new investors. Vaccaro started producing his own line of aluminium neck guitars in 1998.
Kramer was founded by New York music retailer Dennis Berardi, ex Travis Bean sales rep Gary Kramer and ex Norlin exec Peter La Placa. Control moved to Guitar Center of Los Angeles 1979-1982 and wooden necks introduced to cut cost. 1989 financial control changed again but went out of business in 1990.
Usually but not always, the wood neck fills were the same type and color as the body.
The Ebonol fretboard contained large Phil Petillo designed "center-touch" frets, a zero nut and aluminum dot inlays. They were manufactured at the Kaiser Aluminum plant on East Avenue in Erie, Pennsylvania.These necks, designed for sustain, contained slots that ran the length of the neck for holding the wood fills in place.(See diagram) The idea of the wood inlays were to reduce the coldness feel of aluminum.Other involved parties were Henry Vaccaro, a real estate person who invested money in the venture, and Peter La Placa, who had experience with Norlin, the company that owned Gibson Guitar Corporation from 1969 to 1986.The rest of the account is murky: Kramer says he was supposed to increase production but was too inexperienced in that area, and he wanted to move back to the West Coast.Kramer's improvement consisted of two wooden inserts in the back of the neck.