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Kramer Pacer FT-202S Electric Guitar

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Featuring a hard maple K-Speed Slim Taper neck, an alder/nato double cut body and rosewood fretboard, the Kramer Pacer FT-202S Electric Guitar is a ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A slick guitar with a thin neck and great action. All at a very affordable price!

Featuring a hard maple K-Speed Slim Taper neck, an alder/nato double cut body and rosewood fretboard, the Kramer Pacer FT-202S Electric Guitar is a faithful reproduction model. The 2 Kramer K-Force Humbuckers pump out the power, a 3-way pickup switch plus tone and volume knobs provide lots of tone options, and a 2 point floating tremolo bridge keeps the divebombs coming.

FEATURES
  • Body Type: Dbl. Cut
  • Body Wood: Alder/Nato
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Neck Joint: Bolt
  • Neck Wood: Hard Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: K-Speed Slim Taper
  • Frets: 22
  • Nut Width: 1.68"
  • Fretboard Radius: 14"
  • Bridge: 2 Point Floating Fulcrum Tremolo
  • Pickup Bridge: Kramer K-Force Humbucker
  • Pickup Neck: Kramer K-Force Humbucker
  • Controls: 3-way switch, 1 Volume, 1 Tone
  • Hardware color: Black
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4.4

(based on 21 reviews)

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One Rockin' Axe

Gigging musicians will appreciate this guitar. It does what its designed to do, and it sounds awesome while doing it. People don't always understand that great guitars can come at a low price....Read complete review

Gigging musicians will appreciate this guitar. It does what its designed to do, and it sounds awesome while doing it. People don't always understand that great guitars can come at a low price. This one is definitely worth looking into!
I heard about the Kramer Pacer through a friend and decided to pick on up. I've been playing with it live a few nights a week for over a month now and it has stood up to the test. One thing I particularly like about it is the humbuckers; the output from these things is just colossal. I play through a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier with just a few effects, and it sounds huge through it. I also have an Orange Dark Terror amp that I play on the distortion channel with no effects, and it sounds excellent on that as well. Distortion is thick and creamy with just the right amount of bite and lots of good articulation and clarity across the strings. Clean sounds are rich and warm, and can be shaped infinitely with the tone control. It handles effects well and sounds great when plugged into a good amp. The tremolo works surprisingly well, which I initially didn't expect. I use skinny top heavy bottom strings, and they seem to work well on this guitar. This guitar is good if you play metal or any type of hard rock (I do a lot of Motley Crue and AC DC). Bottom line: if you're looking for a guitar that will rock hard and doesn't cost three months' salary, this is an excellent buy.
Fit and finish is great. Shredders will like the neck shape. I set the string action razor thin on mine (the way I like it) and it doesn't buzz or rattle anywhere, and it plays in tune across the fret board. Controls are simple and no-fuss. It stays in tune very well. You may have to do a bit of setup work on the bridge saddles right out of the box, but that is to be expected.
For what I paid for it, its a steal of a deal. The only thing that would make it better is a genuine Floyd Rose trem, but the one on it works well.

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It's okay...

First of all, let's start with the good. The Kramer Pacer FT-202S is a very versatile guitar, even with the stock pickups. It (for the most part) delivers a buzz-free...Read complete review

First of all, let's start with the good. The Kramer Pacer FT-202S is a very versatile guitar, even with the stock pickups. It (for the most part) delivers a buzz-free signal, and sounds quite nice for the price. Unfortunately, there are many flaws. Aside from the poor color options (c'mon, everyone wants a red axe!), the neck is very inaccurate (for instance, the twelfth fret is not actually a full octave above the open string, but rather a note that is just flat of it, but not flat enough to be another note). Also, the soldering of the input jack is pretty weak, and it breaks easily. So if you want a cheap axe to play around on, get this, but if you want a guitar that sounds reasonably good, splurge and extra fifty bucks and get something with better everything. (Also, the tremolo makes the strings go out of tune real easy)

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3.0

It's okay...

By Netrike

from Seattle

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First of all, let's start with the good. The Kramer Pacer FT-202S is a very versatile guitar, even with the stock pickups. It (for the most part) delivers a buzz-free signal, and sounds quite nice for the price. Unfortunately, there are many flaws. Aside from the poor color options (c'mon, everyone wants a red axe!), the neck is very inaccurate (for instance, the twelfth fret is not actually a full octave above the open string, but rather a note that is just flat of it, but not flat enough to be another note). Also, the soldering of the input jack is pretty weak, and it breaks easily. So if you want a cheap axe to play around on, get this, but if you want a guitar that sounds reasonably good, splurge and extra fifty bucks and get something with better everything. (Also, the tremolo makes the strings go out of tune real easy)

 
4.0

Good metal guitar with acceptable flaws

By NordicFury

from Toronto

I bought a Kramer Pacer FT-202S from a local music shop last year. For the most part, it has performed well. The action is fast, the neck is very slim, and it's quite easy to play. If you're looking for a metal and/or hard rock guitar, this could be a good bet - with a few modifications. That said, these modifications are probably necessary before you even start to play this guitar. First of all, you need a professional and thorough setup. Because of the low quality of the bridge, your guitar will very easily go out of tune - this will necessitate probably two extra springs in the tremolo system and an exact setup to the guage of strings you want to put on. If you have this set for a light guage, and move to a light-medium gauge, for example, you're going to have to get this thing set up all over again, because even this slight change will make proper tuning impossible. As well, the pickups pump out a lot of power, but are muddy and have poor differentiation. So you'd best get them replaced as well. And be sure not to twist the tone and volume knobs too hard - with even a slight twist the wrong way, my tone knob came loose. As well, any slight scraping will easily crack the finish off this guitar - the finish is now coming off both the headstock and the tail of my guitar (the tail cracking is due to the cloth-strap scraping up against the finish several times). So overall, the quality on this guitar is probably just a bit above average - but, for the price, if you're willing to put a hundred or so extra dollars into it, it could be a very fast and easy playing rocker.

 
3.0

its ok but......

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I played a friend's kramer once and it made me want this guitar. The guitar came with a bad setup. The bridge is a constant problem. The neck joint makes a noise if you start griping a little too hard. The output jack comes off constantly. I don't know maybe I got a monday guitar. The pickups are outstanding. The tone from them is incredible. I am not kramer bashing I am just listing the problems I have run into with this guitar.

 
5.0

Playing A Kramer Again

By Tony-bT-cS

from The Valley,VA

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My first Kramer was the Aerostar model (Late 80's early 90's) back during my high school days. The new Kramer Pacer I have was a birthday present and right away I could tell the production of both guitars was far apart. The old saying "They don't make them like they used to" is true in this case. The guitar itself sounds great and it does sound in every ay like a Kramer. My only complaint is that eventhough the action is nice and low (the way I like it); I will have to have the neck re-set because the post on the floating tremolo was installed wrong. They are to be unde the bridge and not above it. Still for the price; this makes a great practice guitar.

 
5.0

Hot guitar

By Robert-tDNKg

from Indiana

When I opened the package I was pleased This guitar it felt right. The action was set low the weight was balanced. The finish looked great. I went over to my amp an Ibanez Toneblaster 100H running through a digitech RP80 tuned my new Kramer a half step down. The sound was good I have had an American Strat for 8 years and the sound was not as warm and the pickups were not as hot but the sound was good. For the amount of money that I just paid for this Kramer I was pleased It has the look the feel and the sound of a rock machine. It is going to be used as a back up guitar for playing live and for the EVH songs.

 
5.0

awsome but 1 little thing...

By KramDuDe4902

from Las Vegas, Nevada

i have all but good things to say about the guitar but 1 little thing i dont like. the action on the neak needs a little work to get the good feel and so that its easier to work with on stage.

 
5.0

Great guitar

By limescout

from Pennsylvannia

I just got this guitar, and it's great. The action's great, and it's got a fast neck too. My only complaint is that There's no locking nut for the bridge, so the guitar goes out of tune as soon as I'm done tuning it.

 
4.0

bridge issuses

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

when i first got this guitar it was awsome.....the tremolo was really cool and it sounded very good but i decided to put some better strings on it and they were a thicker gauge and lets say the bridge didnt like that and pegs came out along with the bridge.......so i had to sent it back for exchange.....when i get back i will replace the bridge with floyd and make this a project guitar

 
5.0

very nice

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

this is a really nice guitar...the action is nice and low...you can just play faster on this...the tremolo is crazy....really the only thing that could make make this the best guitar is if it had floyd rose... but over all a awesome guitar

 
5.0

Big Rockin' Beast

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I own one o' theez in blue. First off, the headstock is damn cool. It looks like you're using a hockey stick for a neck. The action is nice and low, and the Fulcrum tremelo is frickin' wild. My only complaint is that the overall weight of the guitar is wayyyyyyyyyyyyy too light for me. I like thick and heavy guitars. That's just me, though. Other than that, this is probably the best guitar you can buy for the price. It was used by Tom Morello and EVH.

 
5.0

great guitar

By multititalentedmusician

from deep south

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I just got this guitar in light blue(metalic). It is well worth the money. solid built. Great neck. Contoured body. Old school headstock. 2 Humbuckers(pretty good ones). Just be sure to have a pro set it up before you ever play it or youll be sorry.

 
2.0

There are better options...

By Guitar Player-_8m01

from Philladelphia

Ive owned this guitar for about a year now. It was my first guitar, so I didn't know how to shop around first, so I picked this up. I thought it was a huge plus that it had a 2 way trem for a 200 dollar guitar, but thats where the main problems are. The guitar goes out of tune the instant you touch the trem, and the pegs that the bridge rests on slip in and out of the guitar, creating intonation, action, and tuning problems ALL THE TIME. My finish even chipped due to this. On the plus side, the stock pickups are fairly versatile. Also, there was a horrible factory setup, and that the strap pegs come loose. This isn't your pappa's Kramer kids.

 
4.0

Plays well sounds great

By Paisano Centobie

from santa cruz

It arrived within 3-4 days of ordering. It arrived in a well packaged box. It came with strings already installed! It appeared that they even tuned the strings and tested it before shipping.

Overall I was very pleased and didn't expect that I could play it without any assembly required right out of the box - after a little tuning.
No string locking mechanism - to be expected
Sounds good Plays well
Amazing value. couldn't ask for more for the price

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

My upgraded version sux

By Mitsouku2212

from Florida, USA

I'll put it this way. i have this guitar with the kramer floyd rose and it still sucks, the pickups are the best part and those even suck. the sustain is good though.a lot of fret buzz, gets out of tune wayyyyyy to much. every 5 minutes u will have to tune it and its way uncomfortable, and to heavy.

 
5.0

AWESOME

By kramerplayer202

from huntsville, al

I am a lead guitar player and i think this guitar is amazing. it looks cool it sounds cool and it cheap. my favorite band is metallica, and this guitar gets just the right sound for their songs

 
5.0

A very good starter

By Robin

from Calgary AB

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I bought this guitar fro my 13 yr old, and and Ibanez short scale for my 8 yr old daughter (516491) Both guitars are great, and different. I also bought a Line 6 spider III 75w amp. This guitar and amp are a great combo. The guitar has all the basic properties of a modern electric. Dual humbuckers offering great range of tone, and good output levels. It has a stiff neck that is very straight and easy to play, and a whammy that works well. The finish on this guitar is a gorgeous flecked black. I am very happy with this guitar, only wished they had these when I was 13!

 
5.0

AWESOME!

By Clay-g24cp

from Missouri

I got this guitar for christmas today and I havent stopped playing it! It is the best guitar I have ever played and best of all it is very cheap in price. Im suprised the value this guitar has for the price! The tremolo bar needs work, but it is the only flaw. If your looking for a guiatr to shred on for a cheap price, this is the one!

 
5.0

One Rockin' Axe

By Zachary Mason

from Manhattan, Kansas

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Gigging musicians will appreciate this guitar. It does what its designed to do, and it sounds awesome while doing it. People don't always understand that great guitars can come at a low price. This one is definitely worth looking into!
I heard about the Kramer Pacer through a friend and decided to pick on up. I've been playing with it live a few nights a week for over a month now and it has stood up to the test. One thing I particularly like about it is the humbuckers; the output from these things is just colossal. I play through a Mesa Boogie Triple Rectifier with just a few effects, and it sounds huge through it. I also have an Orange Dark Terror amp that I play on the distortion channel with no effects, and it sounds excellent on that as well. Distortion is thick and creamy with just the right amount of bite and lots of good articulation and clarity across the strings. Clean sounds are rich and warm, and can be shaped infinitely with the tone control. It handles effects well and sounds great when plugged into a good amp. The tremolo works surprisingly well, which I initially didn't expect. I use skinny top heavy bottom strings, and they seem to work well on this guitar. This guitar is good if you play metal or any type of hard rock (I do a lot of Motley Crue and AC DC). Bottom line: if you're looking for a guitar that will rock hard and doesn't cost three months' salary, this is an excellent buy.
Fit and finish is great. Shredders will like the neck shape. I set the string action razor thin on mine (the way I like it) and it doesn't buzz or rattle anywhere, and it plays in tune across the fret board. Controls are simple and no-fuss. It stays in tune very well. You may have to do a bit of setup work on the bridge saddles right out of the box, but that is to be expected.
For what I paid for it, its a steal of a deal. The only thing that would make it better is a genuine Floyd Rose trem, but the one on it works well.

 
5.0

SWEEEEEET

By yardbirdsOWN

from Cedarburg, WI

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Dude, this is awesome because it sounds so EVHish, ya know. The whammy bar is so easy to use and it sounds great! The neck is wonderful plays like CRAZEEEE. This product rules.

 
5.0

I own it original but never tried one of these.

By someweirdkid95

from Catlettsburg, KY

First of all let me get to the point. I play old classics like AC/DC, Van Halen, and Led Zeppelin. I traded off a Ibanez which I really didn't like for this thing. I got the original "Pacer Series Patend Pending" and it can sound like any form of rock you can possibly think of. I use a Kustom amplifier which says KLA 10 under the power switch. The neck on my original is very extremly faster than almost any neck I ever tried. It is extremely lightweight {I think between 4 and 6 pounds}. My Kramer Pacer I think is the best guitar in the world, and the weight is perfectly balanced. I don't know if this is like my original or anywhere near it {which I sort of dought}. It is even better than any Epiphone Les Paul or any Gibson Les Paul you can think of. So if you want a guitar that is easier on your wallet, but can do anything epiphones or Gibsons can't buy this. I promise you will not be disappointed depending on wood species, sound, and weight you like. I even caught my brother playing this more than any of his guitars. This will also play the blues. The strings I had put on it was Martin Darcos which is a nice addition in my oppinion.

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