Kramer The '84 Baretta - Red

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Maple Body, Maple Neck, Maple Fingerboard, 1 Humbucking Pickup, and Floyd Rose Tremolo Bridge - Red
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Weight: 9lbs 3oz
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Weight: 9lbs 3oz
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The Definitive '80s Rock Guitar Reborn

Kramer's The 84 is based on the '84 Baretta solidbody electric that helped define the sound of shredtastic '80s rock. Eddie Van Halen played and endorsed them early on, and just one look will tell you why. The 84 is equipped for no-nonsense, fast-paced performance. The single Seymour Duncan JB humbucker at the bridge boasts aggressive output that's enhanced by the lack of a tone circuit. From the 12" fretboard radius to the Floyd Rose trem, The 84 is made to shred. With Kramer's The 84 solidbody electric guitar, any amplifier will be at your mercy.

Kramer The 84 Solidbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:
  • Get both humbucking and single-coil tones from one Seymour Duncan JB pickup
  • Floyd Rose tremolo gives you expressiveness and tuning stability
  • Kramer: rocking hard since the '80s
Get both humbucking and single-coil tones from one Seymour Duncan JB pickup

Most guitarists at Sweetwater would agree that on such a shred-ready guitar such as Kramer's The 84, it would almost be insulting to put a neck pickup on it. But Kramer also wants to give you sonically-versatile, wide-ranging tone. So they equipped The 84 with a Seymour Duncan JB humbucker, known for its exceptionally strong output and clear, articulate highs. And you've got a push/pull coil tap in the volume control of The 84, so you've also got single-coil tones ready to rock too.

Floyd Rose tremolo gives you expressiveness and tuning stability

As shredding and wild whammy bar antics go hand in hand, Kramer gave The 84 a smooth Floyd Rose tremolo bridge so you can squeal and divebomb all night long. And because it's got a locking nut, you'll maintain your tuning stability even when you're rocking The 84 as hard as you can.

Kramer: rocking hard since the '80s

Kramer guitars were at the forefront of the '80s metal scene, with endorsements from pros like Eddie Van Halen, Neil Schon, Richie Sambora and others. Kramer guitars like The 84 have been the guitar of choice for some of the hardest rocking guitarists in the world. You're getting more than a great value with Kramer's The 84, you're getting a guitar that's built to rock.

Kramer The 84 Solidbody Electric Guitar Features:
  • Metal-focused guitar based on Kramer's 1984 Baretta
  • All-maple design enhances snap and attack in your tone
  • Seymour Duncan JB humbucker has a hot signal output with exceptional clarity and definition
  • Push/pull coil tap lets you switch between humbucking and single-coil tones
  • Floyd Rose tremolo with locking nut lets you perform big bends and divebombs while maintaining tuning
Kramer's The 84 is a shredder's dream come true!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Baretta
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Maple
Body Finish Polyurethane
Color Red
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Fingerboard Material Maple, 12" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 22, medium jumbo
Scale Length 25.5"
Nut Width 1.62"
Bridge/Tailpiece Floyd Rose vibrato bridge with locking nut
Tuners Premium die-cast tuners, 14:1 ratio
Number of Pickups 1
Bridge Pickup Seymour Duncan JB humbucker
Controls Volume
Manufacturer Part Number K84VRREBF1

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Red Delight

First and obvious- this thing is RED! Not some foo-foo red, no, this is full-speed-Ferrari-red! Yummy! Overall quality is very good- the neck pocket is tighter than a funk drummer's, the frets are smooth and glide under the fingers, the fret ends are well-manicured (no jagged edges); that glorious RED is clean and well-finished on both body and headstock; hardware is tight and solid.Now, this is the first guitar with a Floyd for me- based on the info on the Floyd Rose site, I assume this a 1000 series, ie an original-Floyd-spec unit made in Korea (as is the guitar, so it figures). I'd had Sweetwater put D'Addario EXL-120's (9-42 set) on it, since (oddly) no-one knows what gauge strings these are built with (Kramer's site doesn't tell us), and I like 9's on Strat-ish guitars. So my guitar arrived with new strings, which of course need a few days to settle, OK. I noticed the Floyd wasn't quite parallel to the body, which the Floyd site's info and Sweetwater's Tech support (thanks!) both say it should be, so I tightened the springs/re-tuned/repeat until it was- I measured this, as the optics w/the glossy finish are a bit deceptive to my aging eyeballs. Then I played the dickens out of it for hours till I had to re-tune, etc. As I write this, it's the second day for these strings, and everything's settling in well. I tried some divebombs and yanks, and the tuning is almost holding steady, and I assume it'll be properly Floyd-y in short order. For the sort of Bibgsby-esque warbles I usually play, it's already steady.Let's talk tone: this sucker is loud! And T-terrific treble-tastic! The SD pickup is well-placed so I've felt no need to adjust it, which may be a first. Pulling up the volume pot gives a single-coil, also groovy though there is a noticeable drop in volume using single-coil mode. Speaking of the volume pot, it's smooth and solid, and turning down does not, to my ears, lose any high end. This thing sounds fantastic on any amp settings from squeaky-clean to the full Ron Asheton! With the all-maple build you get singin' stringin' sustain as well.Playability? Awesome! (Since my other guitar is an RG8 with a big wide neck, I'm having to get acclimated.) But the action as delivered is very low and very good, no fret buzzes anywhere, intonation is also good all over the neck. I'm not a tapper, but I play a lot with my pick or fingers on the top third of the neck, and that's very easy to do with this guitar. The weight is within ounces of my RG8- maple is heavy. But it's very comfortable to play sitting or standing- which is good, because playing it is pretty much impossible to stop doing!So all in all I'd say it's one hell of a guitar, especially in this price bracket. (One minor quibble I'll note, having just removed all the little protective films from the backs of the tuners and the cover plates- the film on the G-string tuner took a good bit of the black finish with it. So that tuner now looks a bit relic'd...)And one more thing- I'd like to give a BIG SHOUT-OUT right here to Sweetwater's Packing people- everything I've purchased has always arrived well-and-carefully packaged, in perfect shape. This is not always the case at some other outlets, believe me.And now I'm going back to playing my 84...
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