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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 11:10 pm 
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Hello, this is my first post and it's about something I've been curious of for years. I my Kramer in 1998 as a birthday present and I've probably seen 100 like it since then but there's always one difference. They always say the model (ex. ZX30H) on the head after the KRAMER logo but mine is blank and says the model on the truss rod cover. Could mine be a late/earlier version? Weren't all Aerostars made in Korea or did they have Japan models?


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 8:39 am 
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First of all welcome to the forum. :toast
Mostly speculation on my part, but this pic was found with a google search and I did not see many examples like it.
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The absolute last models of Korean Kramers before production ceased seem to have the pyramid (big 'K' to little 'R') with the truss rod cover providing the model #. The strikers no longer used smaller font near the 'Kramer' just as you've described with most older Aerostars. My guess is aerostars like the strikers just dropped the name and used numbers (w/ a letter or 2) only. Similarly, the Japanese built Focus line dropped Focus and used 'F-1000' on the truss cover towards the end. Again, the Asian lines got rid of the names and just used letter and number to differentiate models. In short, your model is likely one of the last Aerostars produced and there are likely a few out there, just one of the last to be produced and sold. My .02.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 9:54 am 
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Yes those would have been one of the last versions built @ "89. They were built in Korea using plywood bodies & cheaper electronics & hardware.
Built as entry level guitars.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:09 pm 
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So what are the models that used wooden bodies?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 12:56 pm 
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HowlinWolf wrote:
So what are the models that used wooden bodies?


It would be quicker to name the ones that didn't have wooden bodies.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:06 pm 
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Craig Johnson wrote:
HowlinWolf wrote:
So what are the models that used wooden bodies?


It would be quicker to name the ones that didn't have wooden bodies.

Correct.
Aerostar, XL & strikers (most if not all 600s had solid bodies)

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 1:18 pm 
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sixstring wrote:
Craig Johnson wrote:
HowlinWolf wrote:
So what are the models that used wooden bodies?


It would be quicker to name the ones that didn't have wooden bodies.

Correct.
Aerostar, XL & strikers (most if not all 600s had solid bodies)


Lol what he said^^^^^
But there are always exceptions kramer was all over the place it seems for example a few Strikers have been found to have a solid body. But they're like unicorns.

The most cost effective models to look for with a solid body are the Focus line or the Japanese released Kramer's. Both are awesome guitars for the money.

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 4:04 pm 
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Is your guitar actually plywood? I believe there was generally a move to solid wood towards the end, worth checking.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:37 pm 
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It looks like a plywood body to me. I figured if it was a later model the first two letters of the serial number would be on down the alphabet but mine Is AC 2866. It looks like all the rest with the same "Select designed by EMG" pickups, just the oddity of the head.


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PostPosted: Sat Jul 22, 2017 5:37 pm 
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https://image.ibb.co/n1LdX5/kramer15_zps4dd54e40.jpg

This one is a Striker 600ST maybe a 1987?? Serial SB1777.
Maybe not so much of a unicorn, but I have it still as it was my 2nd guitar I ever owned.

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