Which model and year on this Aluminum?

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icemann427
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Which model and year on this Aluminum?

Post by icemann427 » Thu Aug 31, 2023 2:19 pm

Hi all,

Unfortunately my brother passed away and I inherited his classic Kramer Aluminum bass. I'm trying to figure out its model # and year built. While the body looks like a DMZ 6000, the pick ups, bridge, and controls look like a DMZ 4000. I've researched serial numbers and the only ones I can find online begin with two letters and end in five numbers. This one only has one letter (an "A") and has only four numbers. Can anyone help me figure out exactly what it is and when it was produced?

Thanks so much!

(I've tried to upload a picture of it, but haven't figure out how, yet)

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Re: Which model and year on this Aluminum?

Post by sixstring » Thu Aug 31, 2023 5:34 pm

Welcome sorry for your loss.

Follow link to post some pics.

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

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Re: Which model and year on this Aluminum?

Post by RatDog8o8 » Thu Aug 31, 2023 7:15 pm

Just venturing a guess, but....my Gene Simmons Axe guitar has serial number A5416, and it was built in 1980. Perhaps the basses with the Axxxx numbers are from that relative time? shrug
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Re: Which model and year on this Aluminum?

Post by Dirty D » Fri Sep 01, 2023 1:45 am

Sounds to me like a Stagemaster Standard maybe. Pics and we could tell you. It's got a rectangular neck plate?
I can't find any photos of mine, and it's down in the dungeon somewhere, otherwise I'd put it up for comparison. But that would be my guess.
And yea, sometime around 1980 or 81 would be right for that serial number.
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Re: Which model and year on this Aluminum?

Post by icemann427 » Fri Sep 01, 2023 12:04 pm

Thanks so much, Sixstring, Ratdog, and Dirty D. After looking for a while after posting my question, it might be a XKB-20 as it looks similar, but I really don't know. Here are three pictures for you experts to tell me what you think (I'm still not exactly sure I am uploading the pictures, correctly, but will find out if this first attempt fails. Thanks again!

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Re: Which model and year on this Aluminum?

Post by icemann427 » Fri Sep 01, 2023 12:09 pm

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Re: Which model and year on this Aluminum?

Post by sixstring » Fri Sep 01, 2023 5:11 pm

I think you are correct. XKB-20

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

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Re: Which model and year on this Aluminum?

Post by RatDog8o8 » Fri Sep 01, 2023 5:34 pm

icemann427 wrote: Fri Sep 01, 2023 12:04 pm Thanks so much, Sixstring, Ratdog, and Dirty D. After looking for a while after posting my question, it might be a XKB-20 as it looks similar, but I really don't know. Here are three pictures for you experts to tell me what you think (I'm still not exactly sure I am uploading the pictures, correctly, but will find out if this first attempt fails. Thanks again!

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Re: Which model and year on this Aluminum?

Post by icemann427 » Sat Sep 02, 2023 11:10 pm

Thanks, Six, I’m thinking it has a good chance of being that. Thank you, Rat, possibly I’ll try a couple of different things to improve the look a bit. Thanks again everyone!

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Re: Which model and year on this Aluminum?

Post by PacerMedic » Sun Sep 03, 2023 12:41 pm

Looks exactly like my old bass. It even was missing the pin for the low E tuner.

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