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    Default 5150 Kramer Mk2!!

    Backstory: About a year ago I took my 1987 Kramer Focus 1000 that I've had since I was 17 years old and gave it the TMP refit treatment (star trek reference, for you non-geeks), to turn it into an EVH 5150 guitar replica. It wasn't an exact copy, had many inaccuracies (some on purpose because I just didn't like some stuff Eddie did with his), but it played and sounded great. And tons of people have asked me if I'd sell it.
    (no... sentimental value)

    A couple of people have even asked me to build one for them. And I've
    been kinda keeping an eye on the replicas out there to see what kind of
    5150's you could come across... and most of them really just aren't that
    great. SO... rather than let my first attempt at it be my only attempt, I
    spent a few months researching and collecting vintage parts in order to
    bring to fruition my Kramer EVH 5150 mk2, which I completed this week.


    There is one inaccuracy, and that's the fact that I used a Kramer Baretta
    body for the guitar - Yes, I know it should be a Kramer Pacer Special, in order to have the correct straight pickup orientation. However, the Barettas used lighter alder wood with better tone qualities, versus the basswood in the Pacer series, and there's still a lot of discussion on different forums about whether Eddie actually used a blank Baretta body and had it routed with the Pacer Special shape at the Kramer factory... or if it's something not even Kramer to begin with but a custom variant based on Kramer's offerings at the time...

    that and many of his 5150 tour series backup guitars have slanty
    pickup Baretta bodies, and frankly I like the tone that the slanted pickup
    gets by grabbing a bassier response section of the low strings and a
    midrangier section of the high strings... well there you go. Bottom line: I used a Baretta body on this one.

    What I've got going here is the idealized version of the 5150: no
    weathering, and perfectly preserved shiny bits with no corrosion!! All the
    stripes on the paintjob have been meticulously & accurately reproduced, &
    the paint sealed with professional auto clearcoat. It's SHINY!!

    Parts used:
    vintage Kramer Baretta body
    vintage ESP/Kramer neck with 1 5/8" nut & original Floyd R2 locking nut, bare wood with hand rubbed oil finish
    vintage Floyd Rose tremelo
    MXR knob
    500k Ohm potentiometer
    vintage Kramer tuners
    official EVH Frankenstein pickup


    Here she is!













    Brendan

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    And here are some pix with my mk1 version. You can see the differences
    in the shape of the bodies (Focus mk1 body on bottom, Baretta mk2 body on
    top) as well as differences in the paint scheme, the shape of the head
    stocks, as well as the lack of skunk stripe on the mk1's neck.

    The Baretta body has a much more rounded profile to its bottom and hips,
    and has a more deeply sculpted relief for the strumming hand. It's also
    a bit smaller. The Focus body has a flat profile along the bottom and wider
    hips.

    The neck on the mk2 is an original ESP/Kramer vintage, and has a smaller profile than the mk1 neck (which is a customwoods neck made last year).











    Truth be told the new one plays, feels, and looks so good I'm very tempted to keep that one instead of my old one!! But she was made to be adopted, so she'll be up for adoption soon... and she'll come with a custom EVH drill just perfect for playing "Poundcake" with, as seen in my little youtube demo video:




    I do need to record some better audio quality demo material with her and post that, but the EVH Frankenstein pickup is really top notch. It's the exact same specs as the Kramer 84T pickup that I have in my mk1 (I did a detailed comparison between the two), and that's a pretty rare pickup to come across to begin with (less than 500 made before production halted at Gibson). Nice warm sound, good clean tone, excellent gain for artificial harmonics, good punch.


    Anyways, thought you all here would appreciate it!
    Brendan

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    cool man, looks great!

    i love the kramer 5150, it's my favorite evh guitar.
    my first real guitar was a focus 1000 - got it new in 1989, still have it and want to "5150" it at some point.
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    Hey! Looks great man! I just have one question for you.....Weren't the Barettas' usually maple bodies? I just seem to recall that being the case, mind you Kramer were not always the most forthright with their building practices.....at least the Berardi era. also...I had two Kramers, a Pacer, and a Focus and both those bodies were poplar, and alder respectively. Just wondering. Both of those guitars look great.
    She looks so $#@!'n good ,so sexy and so frail....Somethin's got the bite on me, I'm goin' straight to Hell.

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    Very nice man...REALY nice. Now, strat it behing your car, and relic the crap outa of it..hehe...But seriously, you did an excellent job.

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    Thanks! I figured there are enough relic'd guitars out there, I want mine to be pristine looking... hence the clearcoat over the paint.

    I'm not an expert on wood, but it's a light body compared to my Focus 1000 and my older Striker 100. Doesn't seem like maple, but it's lighter than basswood, and I know the Focus I've got is basswood. Was told that this generation of Baretta was made with alder. But regardless, it sounds nice and plays nice... am very happy with how it turned out.
    Brendan

 

 

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