What is the body amde out of

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What is the body amde out of

Post by AAEA » Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:40 am

Trying to figure out what this baretta body is made of. The vintage kramer site says that the large "soloist" body came in maple and alder at this time. It is an E 10xxx serial and is an early diminishing headstock logo neck. Its on its way to me now so not arrived yet but what is an easy way to tell?

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Post by _xxx_ » Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:59 am

No alder used in Rettas that I know of, only maple. Foci were alder.

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Post by KickstartMyHeart » Tue Aug 21, 2018 2:22 am

My avatar Kline Retta is to lightweight to be maple. I suspect it to be alder to.
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Post by _xxx_ » Tue Aug 21, 2018 4:22 am

Pic of the neck pocket would help. Alder is darker yellow/orange to reddish with stronger grain lines than maple.

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What is the body amde out of

Post by AAEA » Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:56 am

guitar shows up tomorrow so i'll upload a pic

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What is the body amde out of

Post by Baretta84 » Sat Aug 25, 2018 7:33 pm

I've always trusted Vintage Kramer. Barettas can be Maple or Poplar. People mention Alder fairly often, but as far as I know it wasn't used.

http://www.vintagekramer.com/baretta1.htm

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Post by Harry Biped » Sun Aug 26, 2018 12:15 am

If it was late 87 on, it was probably poplar. Pacer models, Baretta I & II and Sustainers made 88 on were all poplar.

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Post by AAEA » Sun Aug 26, 2018 2:40 pm

Pics coming soon, just waiting for some odds and ends to show up for doing the setup and slight resto. feels light to be maple though. if it is maple it would be a shock as I though maple was quite heavy.

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Post by _xxx_ » Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:39 pm

Later models with sharp body edges were poplar. So it depends on the year - if your body is the modern type, it's probably poplar. Older ones are soft maple (not as heavy as hard maple).

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Post by AAEA » Sun Aug 26, 2018 6:00 pm

Pretty sure this is the early baretta II body, its a E 10xxx serial, non-recessed tremolo back plate. It has a top mounted Floyd and was a model with the trem-stop equipped however, someone removed the stopper but the backing plate is on the trem block.

however, all we be revealed once I take apart, just waiting on some stuff in the mail.

even without the resto it feels and plays pretty solid and It came with its paperwork which is always nice.

this is it, yea got a damn good deal.

hope to have nice pics when cleaned up.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1987-Kramer-BA ... Sw7vxbdu7n

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