Kramer Baretta Special - Vintage White

Solidbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, Humbucking Pickup, and Tremolo Bridge - Vintage White
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The Entry-level Guitar for Aspiring Shredders!

The Kramer Baretta Special solidbody electric guitar is the perfect way to enter the world of rock and metal guitar. You'll have aggressive tone from the Alnico V humbucking pickup as soon as you plug into your amplifier. And the Baretta Special has a shred-friendly 12"-radius fretboard, which makes it easy to play fast and make big bends without fretting out. Factor in the vintage tremolo bridge and the comfortably-curvy body and you've got a big value in a low-priced instrument. Start shredding the right way, with a Kramer Baretta Special from Sweetwater!

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 have been the guitar of choice for some of the hardest rocking guitarists in the world, and you can tap into that experience yourself with the Baretta Special. You're getting more than a great value with the Kramer Baretta Special, you're getting a guitar that's built to rock.

Kramer Baretta Special Solidbody Electric Guitar Features at a Glance:
  • Ideal guitar for aspiring shredders and rock guitarists
  • Resonant mahogany body has smooth curves for comfortable playing
  • Humbucking pickup with Alnico V magnets serves up epic rock tone
  • Rosewood fretboard has a 12" radius, perfect for fast playing
  • Vintage tremolo bridge lets you play with extra expression
Start shredding the right way, with the Kramer Baretta Special!

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Tech Specs

Body Type Solidbody
Body Shape Baretta
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 6
Body Material Mahogany
Color Vintage White
Neck Material Maple, bolt-on
Neck Shape Fast, slim
Fingerboard Material Rosewood, 12" radius
Fingerboard Inlay Dots
Number of Frets 22, medium-jumbo
Scale Length 25.5"
Bridge/Tailpiece Vintage tremolo
Tuners Premium die-cast tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Bridge Pickup Alnico V Zebra Coil humbucker
Controls Volume
Manufacturer Part Number KPBSVWCT1

Customer Reviews

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Baretta Special

First of all, I had pretty low expectations with the price tag of this guitar. I was expecting a total project. I was very mistaken. This thing right out of the box with a basic setup is killer. The neck is worth the money alone. Fast, smooth, flat and rest for shredding. The frets could use a good polish, put were plenty playable for the get-go and there were no sharp end or uneven frets that I could find. Kramer is doing a really good job qc'ing their stuff. The stock humbucker is hot, but not the most articulate. It sounds good for what it is though. The trem and tuners are the weakest part of the package, but they still work pretty well. All in all, for the price, I haven't seen another guitar that can beat this.


Amazing guitar for just $180....this truly is a steal. I own way more expensive Charve's, Les Paul's and custom guitars and this plays almost just as good as any of them at a fraction of the price. No Floyd, so what. It's not an actual 80's Baretta which are going for about $900 on the bay. Same vibe as the original and the neck on this thing is smooth and FAST. Busted out some Jake E. Lee riffs right out of the box and the stock pickup in this thing is pretty darn hot! The Gator hardshell case that is recommended by Sweetwater when you purchase the guitar is perfect and fits it like a glove. And what can you say about Sweetwater staff that hasn't already been said?? I'll tell you. Brian Loney and his team of Hunter and Jessie made the shipping process so smooth and went out of their way to have the guitar shipped in the case (normally would've been two separate boxes). It's been in the single digits here in NJ recently and that extra layer of packing in the case was a life saver for the guitar. It arrived in perfect condition two days ago , plays so sweet I haven't even changed the strings on it yet! Well done Kramer and extra well done Sweetwater. I won't be surprised when they are the only on-line instrument source standing. They are and will remain my go to for all my musical needs.
Music background: Hobbyist

Buy it!

This guitar is totally worth the money! The finish is killer.The pickup is tasty.The neck is nice with great fret work and the head stock is cool as always! This guitar shipped to my house in perfect condition in 2 days after I ordered it. sweet water is a great store and i stand by them.

Don't hesitate

I was skeptical, but figured why not. Boy was I surprised! I ordered on Sunday and had it at practice on Wednesday. I couldn't believe how well this thing plays. Like I've owned it for years, just felt right in my hands with good balance and a smooth, easy fretboard. Pickup is solid and tuners are OK. All it needed was a little lube on the nut and it stayed in tune even after some rough playing. Bought this Kramer as a beater to take back and forth to rehearsal, but it has found its way onto the stage. At this price you should buy 2!!!!!


This is a lot of guitar for the money! Easy to play. Strings are still breaking in but already the guitar is very stable. Pick up is very ballsy and well balanced. Neck is thin with flat fretboard and big frets. feels great! construction and finish quality far exceeded my expectations. I've played $600 guitars that don't feel and sound this good. def a hard rock guitar. I am not a trem user so I will not comment on that. Keeping it more as a hard tail. color is slightly more cream than it appears in photos and intonation was slightly off on 2 strings. Great value. Impressive Follow-up by Sweetwater customer service!!
Music background: 28 years playing guitar
See also: Solidbody Guitars, Kramer, Kramer Solidbody Guitars