Kramer Vanguard FR440S/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 10/22/2000, Laura Wilson (448) posted:
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The Quality and features for this Price can't be beat. Thats why its straight 5's across the board for me. I absolutely love this guitar. I would buy another if it were stolen! I am in awe every day at how much guitar you get 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"!
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/H configuration. Nice thin comfortable neck Rhoads style 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.
Playability:
It has the fast neck that made Kramers popular in the 80's. The guitar is pretty light weight, about 12lbs. It's a very responsive guitar. Comes close to a Jackson PS3T model. I changed string gauge from factory so I had to set the guitar up. They put the strap buttons in a good place to hold the guitar in comfort while you play. (Those who have played Flying V's or Models close to that know that the position of the strap buttons are important for comfort.)
Sound Quality:
I have played this thru a Line 6 300wt Flextone Head, a Johnson JM150, and a Carvin Valve Master. I had to tone the distortion down a bit because this guitar is a monster. I play Hard Rock on the Mesa Boogie or Soldano setting with the gain normally on 8. So I really had to draw back on the gain control. This guitar would be great for Heavy Metal or Thrash. Keep in mind the amp you use will also effect your gain. I was able to calm the guitar down thru the amp settings and by lowering the pickups some. I didn't expect this guitar to be so mean. This is a Metal or Rock guitar. It has a real dirty sound to it. I don't see it in a Blues or Jazz setting. Although stranger things have been known to happen. ;-)
Durability:
I own three Kramers now and have had them for a little over a month. I've tryed every thing I can think of to get em out of tune and it just hasn't happened yet. To me they are just as durable as the Fender American I used to own. If not better.