Hi Everybody! First off, I'm new here and recently got my first Kramer. Made a trade. For those of you that don’t care about the details, here is the finished product, a Kramer Focus 6000.
After agreeing on a trade, some slight delays and good communication later, the body and neck arrived on Friday (super-well packed may I add). He did offer to take off the stickers but I insisted as it was part of the restoration process.
Body has some wear and tear, but in good shape, and the neck was damn near mint. The back of it has no dings, and the frets were in extremely good shape. It was like the neck had been sitting in a case, and the body was at the mercy of a child’s toy room haha. Some Windex and elbow grease later I decided to shield the cavity, and give it an admittedly rushed wiring job. The pickup in there is an Alternative 8 that I’ve had kicking around for awhile. I have no intention of adding SC’s or wiring up the switches at this point.
I was originally planning on this process taking a good week or so, but after talking to my bassist he convinced me to at least throw it together to show him at rehearsal on Sunday. So I through the neck on (great fit in the pocket), the trem on (Gotoh Floyd) and strung ‘er up…and that was it. Thing was playable right away.
I was expecting to have to adjust the neck after a day or so but the damn thing hasn’t moved. Straight as an arrow. It obviously needs a few tweaks (and some screws!) including intonation, but it wasn’t that off. They were ALL slightly sharp byt the same amount (so +1 on Gotoh’s initial settings).
I brought it to rehersal to show the guys and to have a quick run through my rig…ended up using it for the entire 3 hours.
The alternative 8 was certainly interesting, very articulate and clear, harmonics were great. Still not sure what I think though as it may be a little too clinical and stiff, but we’ll have to give ‘er a few more goes. If I had to keep it in, it certainly wouldn’t stop me from picking it up.
So Onto the questions. Below are pictures of the neck and neck pocket. I have read up on Vintage Kramer etc. but was wondering if someone could help date this as well as who made it / which factory? I believe it would be an 86-87?
Thanks So Much!!