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Kramer Assault 220 Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

The modern rocker's single-cutaway that is light, fast, and versatile.

The Kramer Assault 220 electric guitar features a single-cutaway mahogany body with a set mahogany neck that has a thin-tapered profile that makes playing effortless. A 24-fret rosewood fingerboard sports thorn-shaped position inlays. A recessed Tune-o-matic-style bridge won't get in your way and a string-through body tailpiece design add additional sustain. Electronics include dual Alnico V humbucking pickups with a master volume, master tone with push/pull coil-splitting for additional single-coil sounds, and a 3-way selector. The Volume on the Kramer Assault 220 guitar features what Kramer calls the "treble bleed" mod that lets you keep your tone bright when backing down the volume control.

In the mid-1970s, when Kramer Guitars began, they were exclusively producing aluminum necked guitars. In 1982, Kramer cemented an exclusive distribution deal with Floyd Rose. Kramer guitars were also loaded with additional features like Schaller tuners and Seymour Duncan pickups. With the endorsement of Eddie Van Halen, Kramer became the world's best selling guitar in the mid-80s. The Gibson Guitar Company has bought the revered Kramer brand and has reissued many of the historic Kramer models and introduced modern design innovations as well. Kramer players include a who's who of rock guitarists with the likes of Eddie Van Halen, Ritchie Sambora, Mick Mars, & Vivian Campbell among them!


Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Single-cutaway style solidbody
  • Recessed Tune-o-matic-style bridge
  • String-though-body design
  • Dual Alnico V humbucking pickups
  • Volume "treble bleed" mod
  • 1 vol. 1 tone with push-pull coil-splitting
  • 3-way selection switch
  • Black hardware
  • Mahogany body
  • Set mahogany neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 12" radius
  • Thorn fingerboard inlays
  • 24 frets
  • 1.65" nut width
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Die-cast tuners
  • Case sold separately
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KramerAssault 220 Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good tone (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (5)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

My New Main!

I got this so I had a backup for practices, but it has quickly become my main! A really cool feature is the satin finish on the back on the neck which makes fast...Read complete review

I got this so I had a backup for practices, but it has quickly become my main! A really cool feature is the satin finish on the back on the neck which makes fast playing more comfortable. Now, in the pictures it shows the version with the [Kramer] Floyd, but in the description it says it has a TOM. It doesn't have a huge range of motion, but it's enough that you can get those really high harmonics. Mine also didn't come with the holes routed for the studs fully. Luckily it say where it needes to be with the fretboard. Maybe they did that on purpose so people wouldn't over tighten? But it's really annoying. However, this one DOES have the Floyd. Mine also came with an Ebony fretboard which was nice because it says Rosewood. Another great feature that you don't always see on a LP tyler is a 25.5" scale length, more like a Strat. It's much more comfortable for me personally to play. I haven't gigged with it yet, but I'm sure it could hold up. The one thing I would change before a gig would be the pickups. Don't get me wrong, they're great pickups (made by Epiphone), but I can't live without my EMG's.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Kramer Assault 220

I managed to pick up an ebony fretboard version 2nd hand. Pickups that were in it were absolute poo! I can't say that they were actual Kramer pickups though because WHOEVER installed them was...Read complete review

I managed to pick up an ebony fretboard version 2nd hand. Pickups that were in it were absolute poo! I can't say that they were actual Kramer pickups though because WHOEVER installed them was a complete novice! They were wired out of phase which made this "Les Paul" syle guitar sound funny...very funny. I literally laughed as I was expecting to hear crunchy humbucker goodness and was met with a sickly stratocaster sound. So I replaced all of the electronics but the volume pot. I added a Dimebucker in the bridge and a Dragonfire Power Rails bridge pickup to the neck position ;). All of that aside, these are really nice guitars. The string spacing is AWESOME! Slightly wider than an actual Les Paul so it's very comfortable in my hand.
I do have a couple of complaints; when I got this guitar, it was suffering from a severe case of fret buzz. I adjusted the truss rod several times. Each time the problem improved however, it has never quite remedied it completly. After studying the neck, it appears that the truss rod does not run the entire length of the neck leaving about a three inch section close to the body unaffected. Therefore, there is the slight bow from about the 15th fret back to the nut and everything up from the 15th fret is slightly raised causing fret buzz!! ANNOYING!
Another peeve is the licensed Floyd Rose bridge. It is hard to keep in tune due to the cheap materials its made from. The locking nut pads do not hold like they should and the saddles themselves are hard to keep tightened down under heavy use. I suggest replacing it with an actual Floyd Rose Original. All in all, these are great "starting point" guitars. Upgrade the hardware & electronics and you've got a great little axe!

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Highly recommend this beast!

By Cap

from Toledo Ohio

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • School Bands
  • Small Venues

Comments about Kramer Assault 220 Electric Guitar:

I love the black and red! Looks and sounds great. It came with some string buzz, it's been in shop for a full set up since a day after receiving it. I'll update when I get it back. VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU READ NEXT PART! DO NOT BUY ANY LES PAUL STYLE CASE! Kramer assault guitar has a longer neck and will not fit! Musicians friend can special order the proper hard shell if you make them. This was a pain in the butt because I had to track all info down myself and basically do mf job for them involving the case! I hope this helps.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My New Main!

By Reuben

from Albany NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Ebony Fretboard
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Longer Scale Length, 25.5"
  • Mahogany Body, Mahogany Neck, But Not Too Heavy
  • Satin Finish On The Neck

Cons

  • Tremolo Studs Not Routed Out Fully

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Small Venues

Comments about Kramer Assault 220 Electric Guitar:

I got this so I had a backup for practices, but it has quickly become my main! A really cool feature is the satin finish on the back on the neck which makes fast playing more comfortable. Now, in the pictures it shows the version with the [Kramer] Floyd, but in the description it says it has a TOM. It doesn't have a huge range of motion, but it's enough that you can get those really high harmonics. Mine also didn't come with the holes routed for the studs fully. Luckily it say where it needes to be with the fretboard. Maybe they did that on purpose so people wouldn't over tighten? But it's really annoying. However, this one DOES have the Floyd. Mine also came with an Ebony fretboard which was nice because it says Rosewood. Another great feature that you don't always see on a LP tyler is a 25.5" scale length, more like a Strat. It's much more comfortable for me personally to play. I haven't gigged with it yet, but I'm sure it could hold up. The one thing I would change before a gig would be the pickups. Don't get me wrong, they're great pickups (made by Epiphone), but I can't live without my EMG's.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Kramer Assault 220

By kc9ejn

from Southern Indiana, USA

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording

Comments about Kramer Assault 220 Electric Guitar:

I managed to pick up an ebony fretboard version 2nd hand. Pickups that were in it were absolute poo! I can't say that they were actual Kramer pickups though because WHOEVER installed them was a complete novice! They were wired out of phase which made this "Les Paul" syle guitar sound funny...very funny. I literally laughed as I was expecting to hear crunchy humbucker goodness and was met with a sickly stratocaster sound. So I replaced all of the electronics but the volume pot. I added a Dimebucker in the bridge and a Dragonfire Power Rails bridge pickup to the neck position ;). All of that aside, these are really nice guitars. The string spacing is AWESOME! Slightly wider than an actual Les Paul so it's very comfortable in my hand.
I do have a couple of complaints; when I got this guitar, it was suffering from a severe case of fret buzz. I adjusted the truss rod several times. Each time the problem improved however, it has never quite remedied it completly. After studying the neck, it appears that the truss rod does not run the entire length of the neck leaving about a three inch section close to the body unaffected. Therefore, there is the slight bow from about the 15th fret back to the nut and everything up from the 15th fret is slightly raised causing fret buzz!! ANNOYING!
Another peeve is the licensed Floyd Rose bridge. It is hard to keep in tune due to the cheap materials its made from. The locking nut pads do not hold like they should and the saddles themselves are hard to keep tightened down under heavy use. I suggest replacing it with an actual Floyd Rose Original. All in all, these are great "starting point" guitars. Upgrade the hardware & electronics and you've got a great little axe!

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(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great!

By Geocasta

from México City

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Comfortable
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Nice weight
  • Solid Electronics
  • Versatile

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Kramer Assault 220 Electric Guitar:

    very nice guitar for the price that i paid, i think very soon will be more expensive, so buy it now!!! :P

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    (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    SUPER DANK (With a lil' bit o' mud)

    By Big Bubba

    from East

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Kramer Assault 220 Electric Guitar:

    I bought the black one, and everything was great. Except that the pickups were muddy and there is small palm mark in the finish of mine

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    (2 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Not too bad

    By That Guy

    from Elgin, Canada

    About Me Novice

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • School Bands

    Comments about Kramer Assault 220 Electric Guitar:

    I got this about a month ago and it is quite the guitar. The sound is good, it's fun to practise with and definitely a good guitar to start off on. Here comes the but... BUT like many other Kramer models, it's made in Indonesia and in a sense bad quality. Good thing it has a low price.

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    (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    I love this Guitar and you will too.

    By Tony C.

    from Detroit,MI

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Floyd Rose

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Kramer Assault 220 Electric Guitar:

    It's a great guitar ! Great sound and feel and it's easy on the eyes too. You can't beat Musician's Friend's prices either.

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    (13 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Best Guitar for the money! Get one now !!!

    By Steven Williams

    from heart of Oklahoma- Go OU & OSU

    Comments about Kramer Assault 220 Electric Guitar:

    The only thing I did to the guitar was lower the strings a little. Tha'ts all it needs!!! Trust me, get one if you can !!!
    Let me start offby saying I have played about every guitar out there and this guitar 220FR (The black with the Floyd Rose) is the best guitar I have ever played and owned It sounds great, plays easy, well balanced, looks great. I could not find one flaw in the finish. I hav played $5000 les pauls that did NOT sond as good as this Kramer. Since Gibson bought out Kramer thay definitely upgraded this guitar to above and beyond the call of duty!!! The hot pickups and ebony fretboard makes this guitar sustain for eternity ! I bought this guitar for less than $300 here on MF and have to say GET one NOW!!!
    Top quality - not one imperfection!
    Best guitar for the $$$

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    (9 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent

    By Britplayer

    from Windsor Ontario

    Comments about Kramer Assault 220 Electric Guitar:

    If all the Assault 220's are like the one I have, I would recommend this to anyone, beginner or professional. It is close to perfect for me...great action and sound. I only gave it a 4.5 for features because I wish this model came with an ebony fretboard (most of the other models do, but I prefer this color of body). I gave it a 4.5 for quality because some of the frets higher on the neck were a little sharp on the ends. Other than that I would say you could not go wrong with this guitar.

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    (9 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Professional grade instrument at a novice price

    By Alex-t8v9t

    from North Carolina

    Comments about Kramer Assault 220 Electric Guitar:

    I own the black with red binding model and it is an outstanding guitar especially for metal. With the longer scale it is a bit neck heavy but the quality in every other area make this acceptable for me. The stock tremolo bar was of an odd bend and way up in the air, i was lucky and had an exact replacement only with the correct bend in my shop so now it sits parallel with the face of the guitar and is perfect. If you can deal with these two issues, once it is properly set up you will find the Assault 220 an amazing bargain (I paid $360) on a high quality professional instrument. Get one if you can. Peace

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