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Kramer Vanguard Electric Guitar   

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The Kramer Vanguard electric guitar features a modified offset V-shaped alder body with a unique partial cutaway that gives you access to the 24-fret...Click To Read More About This Product

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A radical axe with a "treble bleed" mod and a Floyd Rose tremolo.

The Kramer Vanguard electric guitar features a modified offset V-shaped alder body with a unique partial cutaway that gives you access to the 24-fret rosewood fingerboard. The bolt-on maple neck has a thin-taper profile that makes shredding effortless. A recessed double-locking Floyd Rose tremolo system keeps a low profile that won't get in your way and will keep you in tune no matter how aggressively you play. The Kramer Vanguard's electronics include dual humbucking pickups with a master volume, master tone with push/pull coil splitting, and a 3-way selector. Volume features what Kramer calls the "treble bleed" mod, which lets you keep your tone bright when backing down the volume control. Dress up features of this Kramer Vanguard guitar include deep beveled body edges, thorn-shaped fretboard inlays and black hardware.

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 guitars and introduced modern design innovations as well. Kramer players include a who's who of rock guitarists, including Eddie Van Halen, Ritchie Sambora, Mick Mars, Vivian Campbell, and many, many more!

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  • Recessed Floyd Rose tremolo bridge
  • 2 Alnico V humbuckers
  • Volume bleed mod
  • 1 vol. 1 tone with push-pull coil splitting
  • 3-way selection switch
  • Black nickel hardware
  • Die cast-tuners
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck
  • Rosewood fingerboard
  • 14" radius
  • Thorn fingerboard inlays
  • 24 frets
  • 1.65" nut width
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Case sold separately

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KramerVanguard Electric Guitar

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By rc

from ca

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  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone


    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Kramer Vanguard Electric Guitar:

    Easy set up,easy to play,stays in tune with the Floyd rose.The rail pick ups are pretty good for being stock,they have good sustain and distortion,this guitar makes you stand up and play being that the design of it is odd but great. I think this is just as good as the Jackson guitar. Highly recommended for quality,design and playability.


    On guard Vanguard!

    By The Stain

    from Canada

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    Comments about Kramer Vanguard Electric Guitar:

    This guitar packs a punch for the $$$. Being my first V I'm really liking the body. I'm a shred head and it meets the standards with its easy accessible 24 frets and floyd. The body felt a bit awkward at first because it was different than what I was used to, but in no time I've found a few different positions where i can wedge myself right into the guitar and go off on one. It's also the lightest guitar I've ever held, good for my back. If you want to hoist it up on your knee you'll need a 90 degree angle input jack, because the input is right inside the V. Has a good tone and decent pickups. I like the fat sound and attack of the neck pickup and you can get some nice harmonic sqeals out of the bridge pickup. If you know how to tune a floyd I'de recomend this axe, whether your playing rhythm or shreddin' your face off. For the $$ I paid, I have nothing bad to say.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


    Kramer is back with a Vengeance!

    By Sabhead67

    from Massachusetts

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    Comments about Kramer Vanguard Electric Guitar:

    Overall the Vanguard plays, looks and sounds awesome, and for this price it can not be beat. I will be using this on stage as well as in the studio. Being in a metal band I am confident it can handle what I dish out and more. Thank you Gibson for bringing Kramer back from the grave and making a quality instrument. I'm sure in time it will once again be considered a leading contender in the world of rock / metal music.
    First off, this model comes with a locking Kramer branded tremolo that is licensed by Floyd Rose (just to set the record straight). With that being laid on the table I can honestly say I am very impressed with features of this instrument. Tuning the guitar was relatively quick and painless even with this being a floating tremolo. My past experiences on other guitars has never been a pleasant one when trying to balance spring and string tension. This axe being right out of the box was surprisingly effortless to tune. The tremolo bar is angled a bit higher than I'm use to but in actuality I like it as it gives me room to grab it for some mean, crazy whammy action without smashing my fingers on the body. I especially like the slotted back panel for easy access to the spring tension adjustment screws. I'm sure I will be finding my way back there when I change to the "regular" string gauge I'm accustomed to.
    A single volume knob controls output from dual Alnico V double humbuckers as well as a single tone knob with push/pull capabilities to enhance treble tone. A very sturdy three-way toggle, similar in style to a Les Paul treble/rhythm switch, sits between both knobs and controls the selection of humbucker(s). This is much better than those flimsy, paper thin, Strat style toggles you find on a lot of lower end guitars. The neck is perfection.
    Super action right out of the box and after a slight adjustment of the bridge it is near perfect. As for the "thorn" style pearl inlays, they give just the right amount of bling to this already sharp looking instrument. It is also worth noting that this is 24 frets of screaming lead goodness. The headstock is a classic Kramer "Standard Angled Pointy" which is my favorite style. The logo has changed but it looks more professional in my opinion. The machine heads seem to be Schaller copies as there are no brand marks on them. They still feel durable and tight regardless.
    I gave the quality a 9 rating only because the bolts on the neck were slightly loose and the screws that hold the locking nut in place needed to be tightened as well. Maybe they were left this way on purpose during warehousing so no warping would occur. Just tightened them down with a few turns and everything was good to go. Aside from that, everything about this guitar screams quality from the all black hardware right down to the solid Alder wood body and sleek black lacquer finish. The tone is great for playing rock, metal and alternative. The one thing I was concerned about before I recieved my axe is that I may have to change out the pickups for EMGs. I am happy to say that this is not the case, These Gibson Alnico V's sound great as is.
    As far as value is concerned the Vanguard ranks right up there with the nearly twice the price Jackson V models. You get all the same features for a considerable lower price.

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