Kramer Focus VT111S

Guitar

Made by Kramer

Description 21 Fret Rosewood Fingerboard, Slim-Taper Hard Maple Neck,Laminated Nato/Alder Body, 3 Single Coil Pickups with 5-way Selector, Vintage-Style Tremolo
Posted By Laura Wilson (448)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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Overall Rating: 4.9 (of 5)
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On 12/1/2001, Matt Zambelli (79) posted:
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I am normally an acoustic guy, but i bought ths guitar so I can play the occasional loud and annoying songs. If stolen, i woud definately buy another one. I mean, its 80 dollars; what have i got to lose? The only major problem that i have with this gutar is that the switch next to the knobs is close to the playing area and sometimes it gets switched down accidentally, whih alters the way the guitar sounds. I would recommend this guitar to any beginner or pro who feels like buying a real cheap (inexpensive) elecreic guitar.
Model Year: 2001
Price: $80.00 (new)
Where Obtained: www.musicyo.com
Features:
Has 21 frets, 1 volume and 2 tone knobs, 3 single-coil pickups, a string-through body and a double cutaway. I got mine with a sunburst finish, buti coulda paid 5 bucks more to get metallic green or something. It also came with an audio wire, tremolo bar, and a free t-shirt!
Playability:
This guitar has great action. It almost compares to a Strat. Almost.
Sound Quality:
I play this guitar with a Fender Champion 30 amp, and it sounds pretty gosh darn good. It has warm, full sound and you can use it for blues and metal and lots of kinds of music. unbelievable for an 80 dollar guitar
Durability:
I've banged it around a bit since i got it, and theres not a scratch on it. Built like a fender, but for 1/10 the cost.
On 4/7/2001, Daniel Mckee (3210) posted:
Overall Rating:
There is something about this guitar that makes it worth buying, some how kramer has made a guitar with acceptable quality at a small price, this should be a first guitar for everyone. In my opinion it worth $300 ,but only costs $69. If you want to stat playing electric guitar this is the one for you, it wont give you that sweet guitar feel like fender but it gives you a taste of what playing guitar is all about without hurting your wallit. The focus vt1116 isn't as good as the big brands, but in my book, it is still worthy enough to be called one of the best.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $69.00 (new)
Where Obtained: musicyo.com
Features:
3 pickups, 2 tone 1 vloume control, red blue or sunburst finish. Made in the us. Maple neck, 21 fret, cutaway body.
Playability:
Plays very well, I was suprized at how well easy the neck and frets are on your hand.
Sound Quality:
You get what you pay for, it sounds good for practicing but I would never take it a gig or studio.
Durability:
It isnt best on durability because it dosn't adjust to climate changes well, other than that it is perfect
On 8/8/2000, Michael Sleeter (7) posted:
Overall Rating:
Unbelievable value for the price. Course you have to pay shipping, but still under $100 total. I'm convinced its one of the best music purchases I have ever made. I wanted a guitar that would generate edgy rock sounds compared to the warmth of my gibson, and it does that perfectly. I would buy again in a heartbeat. Shipped quickly, and in beautiful shape. I pretty much played it right out of the box. Highly recommended
Model Year: 1999
Price: $69.00 (new)
Where Obtained: musicyo
Features:
Maple Neck 3 - Single Coil Pickups with one Volume and two Tone Controls, 5-way pickup selector Vintage 6-Screw Tremolo System 21 Fret, Rosewood Fingerboard Lake Placid Blue finish (gorgeous deep blue, metallic) fender-style
Playability:
Changed shipped strings to d'addario xl x-super lights, then I was perfectly happy with the action. Neck is comfortable, fretboard felt a little resistive at first, but has smoothed with playing time. No obvious flaws. Plays like a hard-rockin' guitar should, definitely not for Santana tunes, more like SRV stuff.
Sound Quality:
I use a Boss GT-3 through a plain old 200w amp. I like the sharpness of the sound, it has clear edges and is just what I was looking for in a fender-syle guitar. Well suited for most rock, but can also get some very nice clean 'crunch' tones. Only noisy in certain selector positions but that goes away when I turn off the computer monitor. Very light to carry, nice change from my 6 ton les paul custom.
Durability:
Tremolo does not cause strings to de-tune, even after pretty extensive yankin'. Can't address long-term durablility, as I've only had it a few weeks. I am very impressed by how solid its put together, and other than having to tighten the screw for the line-out chord, havent' had to make any adjustments.
On 7/28/2000, Steven Ramsey (25) posted:
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Wow what a great guitar. I don't see how they build this so cheap. Great tone, neck, and paint job. I got the Lake Placid Blue and the color is awesome. I had to do the everyday adjustments....intonation, truss rod, blah blah (you know) the usual stuff. And Presto it turned into a great guitar not just a good one. For the money I'm going to eventually get the other two colors. Go get one for anyone starting out definately a great starter guitar.
Model Year: 2000
Price: $69.99 (new)
Where Obtained: MusicYo.com
Features:
Made in Korea by Gibson. (these are just like the epiphone strats) body is 5 ply alder and something else. 21 frets medium i think 6 string 1 vol and 2 tone 5way switch 3 single coil pickups finish i have is called lake placid blue (metallic lite blue) Strat style body string thru the body tremelo (stays in tune very well) single ply pickguard
Playability:
I had to do minor adjustments to get the action set. I also set the intonation and gave the truss rod a little tweak. After a 1/2 hour of great fun I was jammin'.
Sound Quality:
I use an old 1976 Univox u60rd which has reverb. I run my guitar through 2 pedals: 1 is DOD american distortion and the other is DOD stereo Flanger. Guitar has great tone and can play any style music. Blues, Rock, Funk, Country etc.... Has a slight hum just like the old strats do.
Durability:
I haven't played it live but I think it would hold up as good as any. This acts like any other guitar I've ever played or owned.
On 6/18/2000, Dave Putziger (14) posted:
Overall Rating:
This guitar is awesome. Don't be fooled by the price; http://www.musicyo.com sells tons of QUALITY, inexpensive gear. If you are looking for a begining or spare guitar, look for the Kramer Focus
Model Year: 1999
Price: $69.00 (new)
Where Obtained: www.musicyo.com
Features:
I play bass in my band, and i wanted a cheap guitar so i could play the guitar parts and then the bass. I looked around for the cheapest guitar I could find, and when I found the Focus, I figured i would get some piece of crap that would break in a few months. It's been almost a year since I bought it, and it has converted me to be as much of a guitar player as I am a bass player. A really slim, fast neck, skull-and-crossbone tuners and vintage tremolo just make it cooler, and the paint (candy-apple red) is awesome. If you want a guitar but you are on a budget, check out musicyo.com!
Playability:
Very smooth, all the fretts are filed down perfectly, and after taking it apart all the flaws I could see were a few stripped screws.
Sound Quality:
It sounds kind of dull to me, but i just turn up the treble and it is fine. This is a good rock guitar, saomething good when hooked up to a distortion pedal because the pickups make a lot of noise
Durability:
I have beat that thing up, tossed it around, walked on it, and it is still standing. AND I thought it would fall apart after a month!
On 4/8/2000, Laura Wilson (448) posted:
Overall Rating:
The Focus is an unbelievable value. The neck alone is worth at least $50 bucks. The playability is great, the sound is good. If you are considering a Fender Squire or even a Fender Standard I would definitely give this guitar a look. Even if you wanted to add your own stuff to it it's still worth way more than the price tag suggests! If you still don't believe it check out the reviews at Musicyo.
Model Year: 1999
Price: $69.00 (new)
Where Obtained: www.musicyo.com
Features:
21 Fret Rosewood Fingerboard,Slim-Taper Hard Maple Neck, Laminated Nato/Alder Body, Vintage-Style Tremolo, 3 Single Coil Pickups with 5-way Selector, One Master Volume Two Tones, Vintage Style Tremolo,
Playability:
The Playability is great! The neck is a little fatter than the Striker models but still completely playable and fast. Very responsive as well.
Sound Quality:
I used to own a Fender and the Focus comes pretty close. The biggest difference in sound is that the Bridge bridge pickup is unusually bright. But if you kick in the Middle pickup she warms right up. Sounds beautiful clean and can get pretty mean with my Flextone Head.
Durability:
Awsome Hardware. The Bridge is like a Fender Squire. Yet it has a 6-Screw Tremolo System. Something I haven't seen before. Weather this makes the tremolo more stable I don't know since I haven't seen it before. The Knobs are alot nicer and I had a heck of a tome getting em off. The tuning keys stay put. The finnish is beautiful.