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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 Special

USD 99.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Kramer Baretta 1986 Kline "Month of the Comet" #52 One of a Kind!

USD 1000.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Guitar-Kramer Baretta FR-404S/D

USD 214.50 (2 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 16:14:26

Vintage Original Kramer Baretta 1984? 85 87 Made in USA Mint/Seafoam SUPER RARE!

USD / 239.16 (13 Bids) | Buy It Now
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Kramer American Baretta Floyd Rose Waterslide Neck Decals CHOOSE any 2

USD 17.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Kramer Baretta Style Body.

USD 155.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Kramer Guitar Neck American Baretta Pacer Floyd Rose Nightswan Waterslide Decal

USD 17.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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1987-88 Kramer USA Baretta Guitar Schaller Black Retainer Bar String Tree #2

USD 5.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Kramer Baretta German Made Original Floyd Rose Black Mounting Stud Screws #2

USD 15.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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Kramer Baretta Schaller German Made Original Floyd Rose Black Complete Saddles 2

USD 98.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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PolyTune Guitar Pedal Review

The Polytune guitar pedal is getting rave reviews by all the musicians that I know (that have used it). It’s made by TC Electronics, and I first saw it when my friend picked one up at the local Guitar Center.

My lead singer was just saying the other day “I remember back in the day NONE of us had guitar tuners – we did it all by EAR, and all we had was a tuning fork!”. That’s probably why so much of the classic rock sounds like it does on record – huh?

What most people don’t understand is that most pedal tuners, like the Fender tuner pedal, and the cheap handheld Boss tuners – they’re just not very accurate at all. It’s like a scale that says you weigh 200lbs, when the doctor says you weight 204. It gets you into the ballpark, but it’s not very accurate.

In the past, professionals used what we call a “strobe tuner”, a very expensive thing that looked like an oscilloscope, or something you’d be doing medical tests with (lol). The PolyTune pedal is much more accurate than other tuning devices, more like a strobe tuner. It has this cool feature that I just love, you can strum all 6 strings at once, and it magically tells you which one(s) are out of tune. No more having to hit them one by one! It’s got a cool display, and this pedal has “true bypass”.

You can get for about a hundred bucks by clicking here….or maybe a little less, by using the auctions below the image.

TC Electronic PolyTune Poly-Chromatic Pedal Tuner

TC Electronic Polytune Noir Mini 2 Pedal Tuner

USD 55.48 (2 Bids) | Buy It Now
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TC Electronic Polytune 2 Mini Guitar Pedal Chromatic Tuner Poly Tune True Bypass

USD / 45.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
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TC Electronic Polytune 2 Pedal Tuner Very good condition NO SCRATCHES OR DENTS

USD 45.00 (5 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-12 02:54:32

TC Electronic Polytune 2 Pedal Tuner!

USD / 31.84 (2 Bids) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-12 22:49:13

TC Electronic Polytune Mini Guitar Pedal Tuner!

USD / 29.16 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-18 05:51:07

TC Electronic PolyTune 3 Polyphonic LED Guitar Tuner Pedal w/Buffer + Cables

USD 99.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-13 16:45:46

TC Electronic PolyTune Polyphonic Tuner Pedal

USD / 50.00 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-14 20:18:27

TC Electronic Polytune 2 Mini Guitar Pedal Tuner!!

USD 68.90 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-11 17:05:22

TC Electronic Polytune Noir Mini 2 Pedal Tuner

USD 89.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-13 15:29:45

TC Electronic Polytune 2 Pedal Tuner

USD 99.99 (0 Bid) | Buy It Now
End time: 2017-12-12 06:56:12