Strange Striker 100st, mutt?

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jasper_ryder
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Strange Striker 100st, mutt?

Post by jasper_ryder » Wed Jan 23, 2019 7:49 pm

Hello,

First time poster. Discovered the forum today after researching Kramer Guitars.

I recently picked up a Striker 100st in a nice hardcase at the local goodwill. Both were filthy and needed some love. After setting up the Striker I have been researching them more. this one is strange.

It has an ESP flicker tremolo, the pickup is not on an angle, and the plate on the back is black with a serial number scratched onto it. I'm thinking it is just a strange mutt.

The guitar plays great. The low E string runs at a slight angle from the nut to the bridge and thus kind of runs off of the fret board higher up, but that is my only complaint, otherwise I love it.

The case is awesome and I fitted it with new Cheney locking hardware identical to what was on it. The old hardware was trashed. Now I can lock the case which is nice.

Any thoughts?

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sixstring
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Strange Striker 100st, mutt?

Post by sixstring » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:24 pm

First off, welcome.
You can fix the string problem by loosening the neck plate a little, pulling the neck towards the high E until both E strings are even from the edges.
Early Strikers were equiped with flickers.

http://vintagekramer.com/company42.htm
But let's face it, someone buys a Kramer b/c it has a Floyd.

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Strange Striker 100st, mutt?

Post by jasper_ryder » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:42 pm

sixstring wrote:First off, welcome.
You can fix the string problem by loosening the neck plate a little, pulling the neck towards the high E until both E strings are even from the edges.
Early Strikers were equiped with flickers.

http://vintagekramer.com/company42.htm
Thanks sixstring,

I will give the neck a little adjustment.

What do you think of the pickup being placed the way it is? I have not found a single picture of a Striker 100st with the ESP flicker and pickup like this. Perhaps just only a few like this were produced so no pictures are out there?

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Strange Striker 100st, mutt?

Post by sixstring » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:48 pm

This ad on that VK page is a straight HB & flicker like yours.
Likely very early off the assembly line.

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But let's face it, someone buys a Kramer b/c it has a Floyd.

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Strange Striker 100st, mutt?

Post by jasper_ryder » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:38 pm

Ahhh so it is. Nice!

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Strange Striker 100st, mutt?

Post by Heinz » Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:32 am

Yep; that's all factory right there. Nobody's gotten their mitts on it and f***ed it up yet, LOL. That is THE Striker headstock shape to have, IMO.

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Strange Striker 100st, mutt?

Post by jasper_ryder » Thu Jan 24, 2019 10:11 am

Heinz wrote:Yep; that's all factory right there. Nobody's gotten their mitts on it and f***ed it up yet, LOL. That is THE Striker headstock shape to have, IMO.
It's interesting what ends up at the goodwill in Flagstaff, AZ!

I tried moving the the neck a bit to get a better line on that low E string but it sure doesn't seem to have any wiggle room. I'm leaving it be for now as it plays just fine the way it is.

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