Kramer 84 Baretta Guitar (EVH) now on sale

Vintage 84 Kramer Guitar

It’s hard for me to say this (because I’m 43), but remember the (now) “vintage” 84 Kramer Baretta guitar? The Kramer Baretta was the famed hockey stick neck one pickup, one volume pot Floyd Rose masterpiece played by Eddie Van Halen.

Remember the guitar magazine ads with EVH holding the Baretta like this?

EVH Baretta

There were actually a whole series of Kramer ads like that, there’s another one with him holding a Kramer Pacer like this:

Eddie Van Halen Kramerr Pacer

So you’re probably wondering already why I’m lamenting about Kramer guitars of years gone by? Recently my wife picked me up a Kramer Focus 3000 from 1983-4 at a yard sale for a rediculous price with OHSC and stock pickups and floyd rose (and working coil tap). I’ll blog about that in another post.

What surprised me in a few google searches was the fact that Gibson now owns the Kramer name and has been reissuing various guitars, like the Kramer 84 Baretta, and the Kramer Pacer (among others). I can’t believe they did the reissue with the hockey stick necks (also AWESOME!). Note in the EVH pics above that one with Ed has the hockey stick neck, but the Pacer has the pointy headstock.

Check out this fabulous Kramer 84 Baretta reissue:

84 Kramer Baretta reissue

Either this thing must be so very new that not everyone has it (yet), because you can’t even get it at Musician’s Friend or Guitar Center. You can find it however at American Musical right now in stock. In fact they even have this new 8 payment plan (that I just used to get mine) so you can get this axe for just $84/mo if you do that deal (and have it to play in just a few days).

*UPDATE*: you can also now get the 84 Kramer Baretta at ZZounds for the same prices with 8 payments as well!!

84 Kramer Baretta

They also have the Vintage Kramer Pacer dual humbucker model for sale too (in Tiger stripe!):

vintage Kramer Pacer

They also have the Kramer Pacer there too, which comes in a both a cool burst or “Tiger Stripe” version (AWESOME!). I like this Baretta because it has the maple fingerboard, and I prefer that to the rosewood. What version would you get?

You can also still find quite a few Kramer Baretta guitars on ebay now as well:

Kramer Baretta Guitar & Case

USD / 419.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-25 08:29:29

1987 Kramer Baretta Custom Artist Electric Guitar Classic Headstock w/OHSC

USD 1499.95 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-26 00:59:59

1984 kramer baretta reissue

USD 700.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-24 21:27:17

1987 Kramer Baretta electric guitar GLOSS BLACK American EMG Floyd Rose E serial

USD 899.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-22 21:45:11

Kramer The '84 reissue model Baretta Banana yellow

USD / 376.28 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-24 10:56:59

Kramer Baretta Vintage One Humbucker Floyd Rose FR Stratocaster Strat Electric

USD 920.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-28 06:10:09

Kramer Guitar Neck American Baretta Pacer Floyd Rose Nightswan Waterslide Decal

USD 17.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-29 16:00:45

Kramer American Baretta Floyd Rose Waterslide Neck Decals CHOOSE any 2

USD 17.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-28 18:00:03

Kramer Baretta Custom Artist Electric Guitar Classic Headstock!!

USD / 55.49 (2 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-28 20:55:05

Kramer Baretta Special Black Stratocaster Strat One Humbucker Electric Guitar

USD 330.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-28 05:53:43

ZT Lunchbox Combo Guitar Amp Review

ZT Combo amp review
In the last few years boutique amps have fallen into favor quite a bit, but as a sub-segment of that “lunchbox” style amps have become even more popular with guitar players. When you think of a lunchbox style guitar amp the Vox Nightrain comes to mind, or the Mesa Transatlantic. But more than likely you’ve seen one of the little ZT amps, because they look just like a lunchbox with a speaker in it (basically the same size). These have been very popular little amps for a long time, and we’ve seen all kinds of manufacturers come out in the last year or two with little 5 watt amps now two. Kustom has a 5 watt stack, the Ephiphone valve junior has been around 5+ years, even Fender came out this year with a “pawn shop” series of amps.

The amp I’m reviewing today is one that just came on my radar – the ZT Lunchbox Combo. It’s basically the lunchbox amp concept taken to the next level. It’s a larger size, with a 12″ speaker, and the housing (the entire amp really) is just barely bigger than the speaker itself. This is a solid state amp boasting 200 watts, with just barebones features, treble, mid, bass, volume, and gain. It even has effects loop on the rear and 8 ohm supported speaker out.

If you read the reviews of this amp online you’ll find nearly everyone says that it’s very beefy sounding (which we found to be the case). This is despite the fact that it’s in very tiny metal housing and the entire unit is only 22 lbs. And yet at that size and weight it’s perfect (at 200 watts) for nearly any type of gig you might want to take it too.

Being a solid state amp, another thing you’ll find is that it’s VERY pedal friendly. I’ve heard some people say that this would make a good jazz amp, but I found it equally as useful for a country or rock guy in a working blues or wedding cover band. With the right pedals you can easily go from SRV to Judas Priest, and back to dance rock or Skynyrd. Some say that the covering on the metal starts to peel over time, but then again this thing is metal – and I haven’t owned a traditional amp that didn’t have some type of damage or tolex coming off in places.

Here’s a video with some blues rock through the ZT Lunchbox combo amp:

Here’s another video review that shows the combo along with the extension cab and some pedals:

You can find all kind of versions of this amp (small and combo, new and used) on ebay right now:

ZT ACOUSTIC LUNCHBOX Guitar/Vocal Combo Amp

USD 399.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-24 19:09:37

Zero Tolerance ZT350TSST Authorized Dealer S30V steel Tiger Stripe Combo Edge

USD 156.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-29 04:43:22

ZT Lunchbox 200W 1x6.5 Guitar Combo Amp w/ Carry Bag

USD / 189.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-28 23:55:37

ZT Amplifiers Lunchbox Acoustic Combo Amp

USD 499.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-22 21:43:36

ZT Lunchbox 200W 1x6.5 Guitar Combo Amp Silver

USD 449.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-26 06:55:54

ZT Lunchbox Combo 200-Watt 1x6.5 Guitar Amp With Carrying Case

USD 239.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-29 15:54:19

NISSAN OEM 26555-ZT50A Rear Combo Lamp Assmbly Lft 26555ZT50A

USD 70.36 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-26 09:32:01

Bad Boy Mowers ZT, CZT, MZ - Oil & Fuel Filter Combo for Kawasaki Engine

USD 16.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-26 19:22:51

ZT Lunchbox 200W 1x6.5 Guitar Combo Amp Silver

USD 449.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-26 06:48:12

Genuine Nissan Sentra Combo Lamp Assembly 26550-ZT50A

USD 97.02 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-06-26 20:37:01