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Kramer Striker FR-422SM Electric Guitar  

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Featuring a hard maple K-Speed Elliptical Slim Taper neck, a solid alder double cut body and maple fretboard, the Kramer Striker FR-422SM Guitar is ...Click To Read More About This Product

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A fast guitar with impressive electronics that defies its price!

Featuring a hard maple K-Speed Elliptical Slim Taper neck, a solid alder double cut body and maple fretboard, the Kramer Striker FR-422SM Guitar is ready to rock. Two Dual Rail pickups and one Quad Rail pickup pump out the power, a 5-way pickup switch plus tone and volume knobs provide lots of tone options, and a Floyd Rose-licensed tremolo bridge keeps the dive bombs coming.

FEATURES
  • Body Type: Dbl. Cut
  • Body Wood: Solid North American Alder
  • Scale Length: 25.5"
  • Neck Joint: Bolt
  • Neck Wood: Hard Maple
  • Fretboard: Maple
  • Neck Shape: K-Speed Slim Taper
  • Frets: 24
  • Nut Width: 1.625"
  • Fretboard Radius: 16"
  • Bridge: Floyd Rose-licensed trem
  • Pickup Bridge: Quad Rail
  • Pickup Middle: Dual Rail
  • Pickup Neck: Dual Rail
  • Controls: 5-way switch, 1 Volume, 1 Tone
  • Hardware color: Black
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4.8

(based on 41 reviews)

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Great Axe

This is a great guitar. The only problem is that the pickups have to much bass. If you like to play on a high gain setting like me you should have no problem and...Read complete review

This is a great guitar. The only problem is that the pickups have to much bass. If you like to play on a high gain setting like me you should have no problem and you wont have to swap pickups. Even though the trem is a Kramer Licensed Floyd Rose it keeps the guitar in tune very well. This guitar also has the thinnest neck I've ever played on, great for shredding. If you like to shred hard rock/heavy metal this is the guitar for the right price. BUY IT!

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Blast from the past... Sorta.

I bought this guitar from now-defunct online music store about 4 years ago because I wanted to have something affordable. The QuadRail pickups are very hot. The neck has the same feel as a...Read complete review

I bought this guitar from now-defunct online music store about 4 years ago because I wanted to have something affordable. The QuadRail pickups are very hot. The neck has the same feel as a Jackson Dinky. My main gripe is the quality of the parts they used. The tone knob on my guitar broke and the saddles on the licenced floyd are of uneven size (wierd!), so the string height of each individual saddle are not leveled... Yes, I did measure the string height. So I replaced it with a Floyd Rose II bridge, same with the tone knob. Overall, it is still a very good and affordable guitar.

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Axe

By VRam3

from La Mesa, CA

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This is a great guitar. The only problem is that the pickups have to much bass. If you like to play on a high gain setting like me you should have no problem and you wont have to swap pickups. Even though the trem is a Kramer Licensed Floyd Rose it keeps the guitar in tune very well. This guitar also has the thinnest neck I've ever played on, great for shredding. If you like to shred hard rock/heavy metal this is the guitar for the right price. BUY IT!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This guitar sounds too good to be true.

By Vollbrecht00

from Manteca, California

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My friend owns this guitar and he won't let me play it because it's his "baby" and he's afraid that I will hurt it. I have seen this guitar and it looks just stunning. The red finish is a similar shade that EVH's guitar is or maybe it is the same shade. My friend only plays it with the bridge humbucker and it sounds just like a beefed up Seymour Duncan JB (I know, I have a JB). I'm not sure where this guitar was made but it looks like it was made in the U.S.A but the price doesn't say that. I am definetly going to save my money and buying one for myself.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is impressive

By Zakkfan1994

from New Orleans, LA

I own a jackson rhoads, epi custom LP, and the kramer striker im not an amazing guitarist but im pretty good i have a zakk wylde style and i know whats good and whats bad and this guitar for the price is good. The pickups have nice sound, gain, and if your gear is setup correctly then itll get good sustain. My only complaint is the floyd is a cheaper version so i got an original floyd put on it NOW ITS A BEAST. I recommend people to buy this, it was my first guitar and i still love it. Its at a reasonable price for people with a low budget...(like me) :/ but it is worth saving up for all in all GREAT GUITAR.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great

By Matt-k._Tu

from Indiana

I have owned this guitar for over a year and a half. It is awesome I have played many guitars and this can hold its ground against other more expensive ones. I switched the pickup with the EVH Frankenstein pup. It sounds amazing. I really recommend this guitar!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

sweet feel

By Just J.

from RI

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I plugged it into my Marshall 2X12 Bi-Chorus and imediately noticed the pick-ups are weak for my taste. The 5 way toggle switch didn't give me the high gain sound I expected when I toggled through each selection.I will definetly be replacing the bridge pick-up with something hotter in sound than these dull sounding pick ups.This guitar once set up properly with new Earie Ball super slinkys and a better bridge pick up will seal the deal for this unit being a great Axe.I know once it's all been done I will favor this over my Gibson Les Paul or my Godin Red line...The neck feel makes this guitar worth spending a little more cash and time on it to get it right!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good Choice For A Beginner, Better As A Project

By TheProdigy7

from Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

This is a quality guitar. The pick-ups are pretty fat and bassy sounding, but if you expect to get get sound from a pick-ups in a $300 guitar you are crazy. The neck is very thin and perfect for sweep picking and fast arpeggios. The Floyd Rose- Kramer licsened trem is pretty good and is of good quality for the price. The frets are high enough that tapping and hammer ons and pull offs are a breeze on this guitar. If you have played a long time like me and are also a guitar technican as I am, I suggest dropping new pick-ups in this guitar and believe me it will sound like a $1500 guitar with the right set of PUP's. (I suggest Seymour Duncan, they seem to be able to play any kind of music)

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Bad Trem Really Brings This Down...

By Blaster J

from Phoenix, AZ

I was really looking forward to getting this guitar. I ordered it when it was on back-order, and it ended taking like 3 weeks longer to get here than it should have.Now, the good. It SOUNDS excellent. It can give you the nice jangly sound of a strat, or the heavier sound of an SG. IT sounds great with some nice distortion.The bad, now. One of the reasons I got this was because I thought I would never have to tune it again, due to the Floyd Rose trem, but oh boy, was I wrong. I have to tune this thing even more than my other guitars. Messing with the whammy bar at all detunes the low E string to a ridiculous low pitch. Yeah, it's all bolted in there and everything, but the precision tuners don't really help that much. IT all goes out of tune way too much.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best Guitar For This $$$

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I just got the 422 in blue, and after a few days of playin' I believe this is the best guitar you can get for under $3 hundo. The neck feels great, the finish is excellent, and I really dig the old-school headstock. I've heard some knocks on the quad- and dual-rails, but I think they sound nice and chunky, and the quad sounds great coil-tapped. The only problem w/ mine was a loose collar on the trem arm, but I ordered a new arm from StewMac and all is good now. If you're looking for an inexpensive everyday player, you're gonna have a hard time beating this Striker.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT GUITAR!!!

By pskibobby

from Buchanan, MI

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I bought this guitar as a back-up for my Kramer 1984 pacer, and I have EMGs on that one, and after a little messing with the guitar it doesnt have the exact same sound as the 84 but it is pretty darn close! and for that price it was worth every penny.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This is great!!

By King Cole

from Boone, NC

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This guitar was purchased by a friend who brought it over to my house. This is the first floyd I have ever played and I have to say my next guitar will have a floyd, no doubt. Their were some issues with the floyd when he first got it, but I took the back plate off and it was pretty much common sence on how to fix it and then it was back to normal. My only complaint about this guitar that I noticed almost immediatley was the pickups. The pickups are super basey and look like they came from a candy store, but just swap them out and you have a good guitar. I once heard from a friend a floyd rose trem was a waste of money, because of how long it takes to tune; that is what made me buy the guitar I have now which has no floyd. This my friends is deceiving. If you have no brain, but can still breathe you can tune a guitar with a floyd. Get a floyd. Get a Kramer. Well worth the money for the setup.This is a good buy!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

kramer for budget

By pickingrinin71

from chicago, il

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i had to have it, it is a good guitar, but the neck on mine dosent really fit on the body like it should, im not saying it is there fault, it may have been damaged in shipping. i cant get it to stay in tune as well as my other floyd rose guitars.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Blast from the past... Sorta.

By Workingman2000

from California

I bought this guitar from now-defunct online music store about 4 years ago because I wanted to have something affordable. The QuadRail pickups are very hot. The neck has the same feel as a Jackson Dinky. My main gripe is the quality of the parts they used. The tone knob on my guitar broke and the saddles on the licenced floyd are of uneven size (wierd!), so the string height of each individual saddle are not leveled... Yes, I did measure the string height. So I replaced it with a Floyd Rose II bridge, same with the tone knob. Overall, it is still a very good and affordable guitar.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

wow!!!

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

2 years has gone by now and I still have this Kramer. This guitar sounds like a beast compared to my carvin pickups fender strat. The overall build is strong and durable. The paint is fantastic. The Floyd tremolo is holding up well. pick ups never sounded better. If you're thinking about buying this buy it now!! you wont regret it.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Awesome Guitar for the $$$

By Chase-DEoD_

from New York

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Love this guitar. If you want/need a Floyd Rose and budgets are tight, I couldn't recommend this guitar more. For the money, it is an incredible instrument. It feels great, has pretty good tone, and I would definitely trust it in a live situation.At this price point, some flaws are to be expected. It took me a good two hours to set it up properly. It had to be intonated, the truss rod was way too tight, the action had to be lowered, the springs adjusted, etc. Also, the pickups are a little lacking at high freqs. And on my guitar, it was a pain to adjust the neck and middle pickups... the workmanship is a little shoddy there.But, those few flaws shouldn't discourage someone from buying this. With a few adjustments, this guitar can scream, and it simply can't be beat at this price point. With my tweaks, it plays just as well as a mid-level Ibanez or Jackson.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The $249 guitar that could

By Just Jeffrey

from Chicago

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This guitar is an absolute gem,i have been playing for years and own many guitars.I would say this is a $800 guitar with a much lower price tag.The only con on mine is that the trem arm is very tight and will take time to break in but no biggy.If you like super strats in the vein of the 80's metal monster shredders then this is for you.It also sounds great for crunching,devistating riffs.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Kramer Striker

By Hugo-iLPNr

from Miami, FL

The Kramer Striker is an excellent beginner guitar and it was my first guitar. It is great for beginners because, unlike Fender Stratocasters or other guitars with tremolo, it has floyd rose, so you can experiment with different sounds and not tune the guitar every five minutes. It is great for any kind of style that you play.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This Guitar SHREDS!!!

By EJG5150

from Sacramento CA

I bought this Kramer just so I could have a guitar with a Floyd Rose and Kramer was a name I could trust. Well this guitar took a few months to get used to but it really was built solidly. I eventually made it so the trem could only be lowered and now it sound INCREDIBLE. I recommend it to ANYONE beginner or pro.

 
5.0

Diamond in the rough

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I've had one for about 6 months. The stock pickups are atrocious. Pop the covers to replace 'em and the machining in the body cavities is really rough, like someone did it by hand on a bad day. Some cuts go all the way through the p/u cavity to the trem cavity. BUT - the guitar plays better than any other guitar I own. Dunno if it was a fluke or what, but it's one of those rare setups that makes 10 gauge strings feel like 9's. I put a duncan JB pickup in the bridge, and this guitar is an absolute blast to play. The reason I'm on this page is I'm thinking of getting a 2nd, as this one has become my favorite by far. Wish the neck had a 12 inch radius, and was a bit thicker, but hey... For a cheap-o, if they all play like mine, dang it's a screaming deal.

 
5.0

Sick guitar

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

I got this guitar because I wanted a guitar with some great metal sounds and a fast neck. I'm happy to say I got both. The neck is slick and fast but the fret egdes were a little sharp, but a quick file and it fixed that. With the amp on overdrive and the gain on about half I get more distortion from this guitar than from my epiphone sg on full gain. After I got the Floyd set up it works great, I only have to tune it maybe once a week. Even after dive bombs it stays in tune. My only problems with this guitar are the whammy bar is a little loose, the fret edges before I filed them (only about the first 5 needed to be filed) and the wire guard on the back sticks out but the tremelo spring guard is set in the body.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Surprising for the price

By Traumamike

from St.Petersburg,Fl.

Guitar needs professional set-up to realize potential as a really good axe. Quality/appearance,action,tuning keys,fretboard,action,even electronics-all remarkable for what this guitar cost. I have a collection of many very pricey guitars-I play this as much as any of them. It feels like a good fitting pair of blue jeans.

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