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Kramer 1985 USA Baretta Electric Guitar   

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The original slant-pickup, Kramer Baretta electric guitar is BACK! Featuring a hard maple K-Speed Slim Taper „¢ neck, a solid maple double cut body a...Read More

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Recalls an era when shred was king.

The original slant-pickup, Kramer Baretta electric guitar is BACK! Featuring a hard maple K-Speed Slim Taper „¢ neck, a solid maple double cut body and maple fretboard, the Kramer 1985 USA Baretta reproduction is 100% made in the USA. The slanted USA 91TZ„¢ humbucker pumps out the power, a single volume knob keeps things simple and authentic, and an original Floyd Rose tremolo bridge keeps the divebombs coming. You can almost feel the spandex.

FEATURES
  • Body Type: Dbl. Cut
  • Body Wood: USA solid maple
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Neck Joint: Bolt
  • Neck Wood: Hard Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: K-Speed Slim Taper „¢
  • Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1.650"
  • Fretboard Radius: 14"
  • Bridge: Original Floyd Rose
  • Pickup Bridge: USA 91TZ „¢
  • Controls: 1 Volume
  • Tuners: Schaller In Line (6)
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4.6

(based on 16 reviews)

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Can you say,,, EVH?

Yes, it's really true. Kramer once ruled the hard rock electric guitarist's list of coveted guitars because a once special player named Eddie Van Halen. And, this was his instrument of choice,...Read complete review

Yes, it's really true. Kramer once ruled the hard rock electric guitarist's list of coveted guitars because a once special player named Eddie Van Halen. And, this was his instrument of choice, only his had a different shade of red paint and stripes made of black and white tape, applied to his liking. Many exist, but while Gibson has acquired the rights to all things Kramer (because Kramer himself self-destructed and brought the company down with him), Gibson was not successful, or didn't bother trying, to acquire the Eddie Van Halen visuals as trademarks. Either way, this is THE guitar that Kramer produced several of for Mr. Van Halen himself to "tinker with", as he words it. Somebody had to keep the Kramer legacy alive and who better than Gibson? No one!

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5150!!!!

The Kramer USA Baretta 1985 Reissue is amazing!!!!! When I tried it out, I fell in love with it soo much, I drove home roughly a thousand dollars less and a...Read complete review

The Kramer USA Baretta 1985 Reissue is amazing!!!!! When I tried it out, I fell in love with it soo much, I drove home roughly a thousand dollars less and a shredder's dream guitar! The Floyd Rose really picks up all the screams and squeals of the custom humbucker. The neck feels like a dream and the rosewood fretboard really helps enhance the overall tone. This guitar is an amazing unofficial EVH guitar. It recalls the time when Van Halen was king and the Kramer was his weapon.

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4.0

BEAUTIFUL....BUT LEAVES SOMETHING TO BE DESIRED

I love this guitar, but due to my playing habits I break strings too often. I often find there aren't enough frets...and when I'm tapping, it doesn't respond unless I really hit the fretboard hard. It's really like a pretty girl that requires high maintenance. The stock pickup is overly bright. But, it's so pretty....I'm gonna fix it.

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4.0

One-trick pony

By Peter S Hickey

from Tempe, AZ

I used to own one of the originals of this model back in the '80s. I absolutely loved it the first year but after that, its limitations became both apparent and obnoxious. Basically, the Beretta is good for one thing and one thing only: hair band/metal shredding. You might be able to sound like Eddie -- if you've got the chops -- but forget about playing practically anything else on it. You can't even vary the tone. After this guitar, I swore I'd never get anything else with a Floyd Rose tremelo and I've kept that vow for over 20 years now. Floyd Roses are notorious for being difficult to string and intonate properly and, while better than a non-locking system, DO NOT keep a guitar in tune if you do any heavy dive-bombing. What's more, after about a year, the blasted thing started to RUST (and I took good care of it and kept it in its case when not being played)! Furthermore, the neck started to freak out and I was never able to get it back in order entirely. Bottom line is that it sat in its case for about 10 years until I finally sold it -- for about 1/3 what I paid for it -- to a younger friend who thought he was going to be the next EVH. Of course, now that Gibson is making it, the production values may well be higher. One important note: the original had a Seymour Duncan Invader for the pickup. If you want the authentic sound, you might wish to swap out the second-line Gibson pickup for the Duncan. I long ago outgrew the style of music this guitar was designed for but if I were still into it, I'd opt for a more quality and versatile instrument such as a Jackson or even one of the higher end Ibanezes or Schecters.

 
5.0

AWESOME

By Guitarguts

from MD

Someone mention Mick Mars here using this. Yes, he did. But it was a fluke, because all the song from Theater of Pain back to the first album where done with his Black Les Paul. The only reason he used this was because he couldn't get the LP to stay in tune for the lead on Home Sweet Home. So he told someone in the studio, go buy me a guitar. They got him this and it have a Floyd, then he was hooked. Now he's a Stratman.

 
5.0

Amazing guitar!!!!

By guitaraddict211

from Reno, NV

I got mine in Candy Apple Red about a month ago, and it is a beautiful guitar. So I plugged it into my Marshall stack, turned up the distortion, and played some Van Halen riffs, and they all sounded amazing. You can really nail that Van Halen sound without even trying. The guitar has great sustain, and also has an ORIGINAL Floyd Rose, vs. a Floyd Rose look-alike. Though it may only have 1 pickup, it is a great pickup. Harmonics and pinch harmonics come out very nicely, which is essential for Van Halen. And all of this for a $1000!! If you really want that Van Halen sound and you have been searching for the right guitar, search no more, this is the one you have been looking for.

 
5.0

This Guitar SCREAMS 5150!!!!

By ItalianStallion421

from New Haven CT

I have to be honest; this is the best guitar I have ever played! From its gorgeous looks to its amazing sound, this guitar is a must have. Its tone and feel is amazing, and sustain is unbelievable. The harmonics scream. The second I played this guitar I couldn't put it down. It is my favorite guitar and is my prized posession. From Van Halen Motley Crue, this thing can do it all. After all, Eddie Van Halen Wouldn't play it and say its one of his favorites if it wasn't an exeptional guitar.

 
5.0

If Mick Mars played it, I'll trust is....

By abnikguitarist

from Texas

This is the one brand of Guitar you cannot go wrong with. Sure guitar kings like Eddie Van Halen have used it, but let's not forget the most successful Guitarist of the 80's, Mick Mars! This was his choice of guitars that he has made countless Hit Songs with! the Sleek neck is fast and flawless, the body is perefectly shaped to fit anyone. Once you try this axe. I guarantee you wont want to put it down. Long live Mick Mars & Kramer!

 
5.0

Can you say,,, EVH?

By Brian Kann

from Chicago, IL

Yes, it's really true. Kramer once ruled the hard rock electric guitarist's list of coveted guitars because a once special player named Eddie Van Halen. And, this was his instrument of choice, only his had a different shade of red paint and stripes made of black and white tape, applied to his liking. Many exist, but while Gibson has acquired the rights to all things Kramer (because Kramer himself self-destructed and brought the company down with him), Gibson was not successful, or didn't bother trying, to acquire the Eddie Van Halen visuals as trademarks. Either way, this is THE guitar that Kramer produced several of for Mr. Van Halen himself to "tinker with", as he words it. Somebody had to keep the Kramer legacy alive and who better than Gibson? No one!

 
5.0

Love this Guitar !!!!

By Schon2008

from Laurel, MD

I ordered this guitar thinking, I was taking a chance, "Re-Issue", made by Gibson/Epiphone? How well could they get the original right? But, knowing it was a USA made axe, made me pull the trigger on the purchase. Anyway, received this about two weeks ago, and let me tell you - IT ROCKS !!! Set-up was perfect out of the box, the guitar was made well...The gibson made pick-up screams through my B-52 tube amp. I play alot of 80's Hair Metal and this guitar is perfect !!! Plays better than alot of higher priced USA made axes... Get one - You'll love it !!!

 
5.0

Amazing

By pRVNoRDMG

from Texas

I was looking for an Ibanez Prestige and ended up test driving this bad boy.I was amazed by the fast neck and overall feel of the guitar.It has top notch components and great construction.I love this guitar and how simple it looks makes it so sexy.

 
5.0

80's Rock Lover's, this is It !

By Kramers Rule !

from San Diego

I just got my 85 Baretta and all I can say is WOW!!! I own 2 NJ Stars both reissues and they are Both Guitars, but this is my first Baretta and God does that thing Rock! The neck is perfect, the intonation was perfect right out of the case and you talk about a chunk of wood, it is far heavier than I thought it would be (about the same as my LP Custom) but that only inproves it's sustain. Kids the rumor is out that these will soon be discontinued I waited nearly 17 years to get one, If your a rock player Do Not let this one get away. Just try it and you will understand why these guitars ruled the 80's

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