My Xl-5

Discussion about your favorite aluminum necked beast.
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Privateer
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My Xl-5

Post by Privateer » Tue May 12, 2020 8:21 pm

Hello, new member here and pretty much a guitar noob as well. I got this great Xl-5 in trade and cleaned it up, had a re fret done and I’m loving it. Not much information on line about these things so anything you guys can tell would be appreciated. I have found the vintage Kramer site but really not much there on the aluminum necks.


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Re: My Xl-5

Post by sixstring » Wed May 13, 2020 3:27 am

Great looking fiddle!! :headbang
Welcome.
But let's face it, someone buys a Kramer b/c it has a Floyd.

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Re: My Xl-5

Post by darrend » Wed May 13, 2020 8:22 pm

Aluminum neck Kramers (also called "lumies") are highly underrated and make great instruments. They are unique and made of great quality.

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Re: My Xl-5

Post by Privateer » Wed May 13, 2020 11:46 pm

darrend wrote:
Wed May 13, 2020 8:22 pm
Aluminum neck Kramers (also called "lumies") are highly underrated and make great instruments. They are unique and made of great quality.

I agree 100% .. I just wish I could play it to its potential.

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Dirty D
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Re: My Xl-5

Post by Dirty D » Wed May 13, 2020 11:48 pm

Sweet looking axe!!

I agree the lumies are cool - unique look, sound, feel, and sustain for days.
Hard to get yer wank on, but nonetheless, I'm always surprised they don't get more love amongst the Kramer communities. I've got a few, all different, and I like playing all of them. Plus they are good conversation starters. I live in an area where it's hard to impress the old timers because so many huge acts have gotten their start here for many decades. But when I play the lumies, people are interested and stop to talk.

Heavy bitches, though! I've got the lumie Flying V bass, and that thing is like a Viking weapon.
SO many projects, so little time!

Classic II red Tele
a few other sweet ones!!
some lumies & Spectors
buncha projects that'll eventually get done
some that won't
Bastards:
Ed Sheeran Sig Martin, 1st ed.
Billie Joe Armstrong Gibson LP Jr, 1st year

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Re: My Xl-5

Post by Dirty D » Thu May 14, 2020 12:03 am

If you're new to them, here's a fun fact you might not know. The fretboard is a synthetic ebony known as "ebonal" or something like that - same stuff bowling balls are made of.

Also if you go from cold winter outside to hot rehearsal space or club, then the guitar needs frequent retuning until it acclimates to the new room temperature. Trivial annoyances considering such a cool unique guitar - sorta like bitching that the seats aren't supportive enough in your 78 Corvette Pace Car Edition.

The thing that I probably like the least about them is potential for excess flex at the neck joint if you're really leaning into it. It's never bothered me much while playing. A luthier can install extra pins at the neck joint to alleviate this problem if it is bothersome.

Anyway, congrats on the sweet lookin axe. I would love to see a photo of the back of your headstock if you get a chance.
Do you have the case for it?
SO many projects, so little time!

Classic II red Tele
a few other sweet ones!!
some lumies & Spectors
buncha projects that'll eventually get done
some that won't
Bastards:
Ed Sheeran Sig Martin, 1st ed.
Billie Joe Armstrong Gibson LP Jr, 1st year

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Re: My Xl-5

Post by Privateer » Thu May 14, 2020 12:54 pm

Here’s a pic of the back of the headstock as requested

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And the case

Image like I said .. I’m pretty new to guitars in general but I really like it!

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Re: My Xl-5

Post by Dirty D » Thu May 14, 2020 11:15 pm

Cool thanks for the HS pick. I was interested because usually some or all of the heads are broken off the tuner screws, but sometimes they appear to have been shaved off before leaving the factory. Yours appear shaved, which seems to be less common and certainly looks better than having half of them broken off.
SO many projects, so little time!

Classic II red Tele
a few other sweet ones!!
some lumies & Spectors
buncha projects that'll eventually get done
some that won't
Bastards:
Ed Sheeran Sig Martin, 1st ed.
Billie Joe Armstrong Gibson LP Jr, 1st year

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