Kramer Striker FR424S/D

Guitar

Made by Kramer

Description North American Alder,24 Fret Bolt-On Canadian Hard Maple Neck.Indian Rosewood fretboard,Kramer "Floyd Rose" Licensed tremolo with EVH d-Tuna,Gotoh SG Machine Heads, USA Quad-Rail Pickups, Push/Pull Dual-Tap switch.
Posted By Laura Wilson (448)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 9/6/2001, Matt Merryman (152) posted:
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Ok im just gonna give my overall opinion on this beast if you wanna know the exact set up on this guitar check the other reviews alright this is one of the best guitars ive ever had the pleaser of playing the main thing that makes this guitar great is the awesome feel i mean ive never held a guitar that had such a wonderful feeling neck although everyone is different on the type of neck they like but i think this ones a winner nice and thin w/ 24 jumbo frets its i think that in itsself is well worth the price but then you gotta figure in things like the sound quality is great the licenced floyd rose and evh-d tuna which cost on thier own as much as the entire guitar itsself does and for under $200 you can afford to knock the hell out of it see when i first ordered mine i only wanted it for parts but when it got here i started messin around on it and i fell in love with this guitar i exspected a piece of crap for that price but i was way off i never had the heart to tear it apart i have several guitars that i used to play all the time each one atleast a few times a week (i have so many that once aweek is damn good) but now they all get neglected i cant keep this guitar out of my hand this guitar is definately worth getting
Model Year: 2000
Price: $180.00 (new)
Where Obtained: musicyo.com
On 11/8/2000, Tony Boyd (189) posted:
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Being from the Heavy Metal "Hair Band" days, I have previously owned a Kramer, and this guitar plays just as well as the old-school ones. For $179.95, I would probably buy three or four more, for that price you just can't go wrong.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $179.95 (new)
Where Obtained: www.musicyo.com
Features:
Man, I will tell you what. When I was unpacking this guitar, I was expecting a lot less than what I got for my money. Back when I started playing, a Kramer was BIG money. For $179.95 on sale, I thought I was just going to get something to bang on. What I got was a very nice instrument. It came to me in a very cool Psycho Splatter paint finish, which was basically a pearl white job with red and black paint splashed across it. It has a Alder body and hard rock maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard,complete with jumbo frets. It was a really nice fret job, too. There were no untidy fret ends to poke your fingers. It came with the Quad Rail Pickups in the bridge and neck positions, with a Dual Rail pickup in the center. These pickups to day the least a very HOT. Almost too hot for some styles of playing. It also came complete with a push-pull pot to split the coils and a 5 position switch to switch the pickups. Basically it gives you 10 different tones to play with. Here's where it gets interesting. The guitar also comes standard with a Kramer (Floyd Rose liscensed) double locking tremelo with the EVH D-Tuna already installed. The last time I checked, you couldn't even get that particular setup for under 179.95 by itself, much less with a guitar. Another nice feature is the jumbo strap buttons. Nice.
Playability:
When the guitar came to me, the action was high enough to drive a truck under, but a trip to the local repair shop, and $50.00, and the action came out under 1/16 of an inch. The slim-taper neck performs flawlessly and the lack of a neck heel makes it easier to get to the 24th fret. The only gripe I have is that the tremelo doesn't come pre-blocked for the use of the D-Tuna, but 3 nickels and some duct tape cured that problem. I still can't believe this guitar was only $179.95.
Sound Quality:
The sound quality of this guitar is very good. It's probably better suited for the stage though, because sustain is a problem. The body is very contoured and very light. Like the heel plate says, it's built to rock hard.
Durability:
It seems to be a very reliable guitar so far, but seeing how I have only had it a short while, I will have to add to this at a later date.
On 10/22/2000, Laura Wilson (448) posted:
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The Quality and features for this Price can't be beat. You couldn't even find a good used guitar that's this good for this price. I have been playing for three years and currently own a Gibson Les Paul Studio, Cort Flying V, Parker Nitefly, Kramer Striker FR422S/D and this guitar. This guitar as well as my other Kramer can hold their own in my arsenal. I absolutely love this guitar. I would buy 2 more if it were stolen! I am in awe every day at how much guitar I got for $179 brand new. This guitar is so responsive and fast and it sounds great. I looked at Jackson and Ibanez and when I thought about price it was a "no brainer"! In fact I plan on buying a few more... A guitar of this quality at $179? It would be silly not to.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $179.00 (new)
Where Obtained: www.musicyo.com
Features:
1999 Gibsons new Kramer line. Made in Korea. North American Alder,24 Fret Bolt-On Canadian Hard Maple Neck.Indian Rosewood fretboard, Kramer "Floyd Rose" Licensed tremolo with EVH d-Tuna,Gotoh SG Machine Heads, USA Quad-Rail Pickups, Push/Pull Dual-Tap switch. H/S/H configuration. Nice thin comfortable neck and body. The draw back here is there is no warrenty or instruction book. You can find info online. But there is no warrenty just a 30day money back from music yo. But for $179 I'll eat the warrenty.
Playability:
I found this guitar to be very responsive. It has the fast neck that made Kramers popular in the 80's. The guitar is pretty light weight and thin. It comes close to an Ibanez S model. The set up from the factory on my guitar was great. I will still have a tech do it so I know for sure every thing is set correctly.
Sound Quality:
I have played this thru a Line 6 300wt Flextone Head, a Johnson JM150,and a Carvin Valve Master and this guitar sounds great on every amp model. From screaming crunch to sweet clean. There is no noise from these pickups at all. This guitar is pretty mean. In just the bridge position its pretty full but flip up the pickup selector thru the different pickup selections and she's bright. Then throw in the coil tap and she's even brighter. This is a rock guitar! I don't know if it would work too well for Blues and Jazz although with the Line 6 and the Johnson it can come close. Its not as deep as a Les Paul nor as clean as a Fender but it sits in the middle. It the best I know how to describe it, with my set up anyway.
Durability:
I still can't believe how nice the Finish is! This guitar seems pretty solid! It is a bolt on so some care needs to be taken. The hardware on this guitar is better than the hardware thats on alot of the guitars out today. It has pretty solid strap buttons but I still put locking buttons on. (I'm over cautious.) I have chosen this guitar as my main in standard tuning. I have had it for a little over a month, no problems and it hasnt gone out of tune yet.
On 2/9/2000, John Burchfield posted:
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I can't put this thing down. The only negative comment I can make is that the in-between 2 and 4 positions don't really sound like a Strat. This is clearly the best $179.00 guitar investment I have ever made. In my opinion this guitar should become a classic.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $179.00 (new)
Where Obtained: musicyo.com
Features:
The most versatile guitar I've ever owned. You can switch from humbucker to thick single coil sounds very easily. Excellent Floyd Rose and DTuna is great for quick drops in the middle of a set.
Playability:
Very comfortable neck with 14 inch radius. Very low action can be obtained. Neck feels substantial and is fairly wide. Fretwork is top notch.
Sound Quality:
Can go from a screaming Les Paul sound to a scorching SRV strat type sound with the flip of a switch (or the push/pull of the tone pot). With proper setup the Floyd Rose stays in tune very well. I recommend blocking the FR so that it will only drop, but that's a matter of personal preference.
Durability:
The bolt on neck joint is perfect. This guitar has a solid substantial feel. The body is solid alder and the neck is maple with a nice thick rosewood cap. The finish is flawless and is beautiful. (Mine is Metallic Red)