My first experience was a Focus at my local music shop back in 1987! I'd seen all the bands with their Kramers & there was this F1000 in the shop, I had a play & it played/sounded great but the price tag was too high over here in the UK at £499!
'85 Pacer Carrera '86 Baretta in candy red '87 Baretta in candy red, maple board '87 Baretta "Shattered glass" '87 Baretta I in white with matching headstock '87 Baretta II in candy red '87 Baretta II in purple sparkle, maple board '87 Baretta II in ff white '88 Baretta II in holoflash '88 F1000 in champagne '86 Fernandes Vandenberg sig Prototype '89 Peavey Vandenberg in black '10 Gibson Custom Shop Les Paul Axcess in metallic gunmetal
Jeez where do I start.... middle 80's saw the no bozo pic with eddie, local store had a white baretta. kinda liked it. then in the late 80's was infactuated with the FR. bought a kramer striker 600st. little did I know that floyd was kinda junk. single locking and wouldnt stay in tune, especially G and B. and they would break constantly.the saddle must have had a score in it or something. some how I got a guy at work who was more into the image than to be a real player, to trade a striker for a hundred series w/FRII double locking. for a little extra cash.(I cant remember how much LOL) Then I was hooked. although modified, still my No. 1.
Like you guys, the Floyd, had to have it. Why, well because of Mr. Van Halen. Just like Styxer, I went and got a Striker with the FR-II (non-locking style) and realized later the differences. That's how I got into modifying/upgrading.
Early 80s; kid going into a music store to buy a real guitar with some money made during a summer job. Thought I was getting a strat or the like. Saw a kramer Imp hanging there. Remembered VH playing one from the US festival that was televised back then. Saw the wild trem thing there. Played it and was hooked. Didn't have enough for it so I settled for a focus 2000....
Post by JarrodTheBobo on Jul 2, 2016 21:02:46 GMT -5
Funnily enough Eddie van halen pulled me into the brand as well... Although I never saw him currently playing one or anything, I had always recognized him with his Frankenstein, and I really wanted to make one. Through research I found that he used to play kramers... and from then on I wanted one to make into a Frankenstein! Unfortunatly I did this at age 13 or so and had no access to money or kramers, so I settled on my old starcaster by fender!
Pretty much all of my 80's heroes played Kramers, I loved the looks and that's what sucked me in. I still remember magazines with Cinderella, Crimson Glory, Motley Crue pics and a certain pic of the Jersey Star that just looked killer. It was less the sound and all about the looks.
It was an article in Guitarist (I think) magazine on good used values. A Pacer was one of the guitars in there and it was the one that really grabbed my attention and I started looking for them. This was probably early 2000s, the first one I found was a Focus 6000 at Guitar Center for $225 or so.
The german floyd rose, japanese construction, and cheap used prices gave me the bug (I was late to the party). I like some of the endorsed artists/bands, but it's always been about function to me (super strat!).
In the guitar mags, adds along the Vandies and stuff. When I was just enable to offer me Aria pro II stuff. Now this lack is solved, just need to unload some stuff as I been a little bit greedy lately...
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Aug 30, 2016 14:48:47 GMT -5
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styxer06: kb7010: the son of George C. Parker. LOL
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styxer06: All in the family? ...am I that old? *sigh* yeah....hahaha about that bridge in Brooklyn.....have I got a deal for YOU!
Sept 3, 2016 8:12:33 GMT -5
kb7010: Man oh man. I've always wanted my own bridge..... Led Zeppelin - "The Crunge"... playing in the background ..lol..
Sept 4, 2016 13:05:49 GMT -5
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Sept 6, 2016 10:23:53 GMT -5
kb7010: Think on this one. You could set up a beer and tater tot booth, BEFORE the tollbooth. That way... The people waiting in line, could grab some grub and a bud. Man, we would just cash in on all that monies! .. lol ..
Sept 6, 2016 16:17:23 GMT -5
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