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Kramer DMZ5000 Aluminum Neck Bass 1979-1980 USED - SOLD




This is a great vintage Kramer DMZ5000 bass with the original case, hang tag and warranty card. This bass features Dimarzio pickups and the famous aluminum neck. It has one litttle ding and very little wear over-all. It will need a good cleaning and set up and new strings. This instrument was brought to us by the original owner and has not seen the light of day in decades. It plays great and everything works as it should. 

Serial Number: 15077

Weighing in at: 9.6 LBS

All sales final, as this is a consignment instrument.

From the Vintage Kramer Website:

DMZ Series

In 1979, the DMZ series appeared. The DMZ name, based on it's use of DiMarzio pickups contained several models; 4 guitars and 3 basses. Also at this time, Kramer began using a roller-type nut instead of the older type to reduce friction and tension.

The DMZ 1000 featured a heavy maple body in black or natural with 2 DiMarzio Distortion hum pickups and a Badass bridge. The 1000 also had the slimmer body and horns like DMZ 5000 model bass. Controls were 2 vol, 2 tone and 3 way switch.

The DMZ 2000 was the same guitar as the 1000 but with a walnut/maple construction body option and 2 coil tap switches added. The DMZ 3000 was a natural maple (available in black also) bodied 3 single coil pickups on a black pickguard with Strat-ish styled bridge. Controls were 1 vol, 2 tone and 5 way select.

Also debuting in 1979 as one of the DMZ Customs was the DMZ4000 bass. At first, it sported the fatter bulbous body like the DMZ2000 and 3000 guitars. It also had a mini-pickguard in the middle of the body that held a passive split-coil Dimarzio P-bass pickup. Controls on the early version were 1 volume and 1 tone knob and face-mounted jack. This first mach was availble in black(maple body), natural(maple body) or walnut/maple combination. Later that year, the 4000 lost it's pickguard and gained an active EQ and Dimarzio Dual Coil pickup instead of the passive model used on the earlier version. It gained 2 switches, one for power and one for coil tap. Around this time, the 4000 was planned to be dropped and the DMZ4001 was to take over. The 4001 was basically the same bass as the later 4000 version but had only one coil tap switch. Both the 4000 and the 4001 initially had the fatter body but was streamlined down to the thinner-horned, sleeker body like the DMZ1000 guitar. Color options remained the same throughout the run. Necks were standard aluminum with dot inlays and, like the rest of Kramer's alum. neck basses, had the fretless or half fretless option and some with no dots.

Basically, if it has a pickguard, it's a 4000 no matter what. The deciding factor of the non-pickguarded models come down to the time frame the model came out in. Although the 4000 and 4001 is listed as having active curcuity, there are several examples of non-active, non switching configurations on both models. The 4000 run was ended about the time the 4001 came out with very little overlapping time. Both models at different times sported passive and/or active electronics.

The 5000 was a slight departure from the others as far as body shape which was thinner and more streamlined than as before. It had the walnut/maple combo body, (although natural. and black were available), one Jazz and one Precision pickup, crown inlays and 2 volumes, 2 tones and 2 coil tap switches.

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Kramer Baretta I - Candy Red - Late 1980's



Baretta I

Our Perspective:
This beautiful late 1980’s Kramer Baretta just came in on consignment. Its in pristine condition, there is a slight touch up near the bridge between the pickup and bridge recess on the edge of body in the recess for the bridge - could not get a picture it, you really need to look. Just wanted to point it out. The guitar is a time piece, no fret wear, finish on the neck is perfect, the guitar sounds and plays beautifully. The pickup is a non-reverse Zebra Duncan JB pickup, the solder does not look disturbed, the original owner states its the way he received it - we are going to agree that its original.This guitar never came with case, I will provide a used hardshell electric guitar case to in sure safe shipping!!

If you have been looking for a late 80’s Kramer Baretta - this is the one!!

Consignment Sale, as such, ALL SALES FINAL!

Weight - 7 lbs 13 oz.

Kramer Baretta I and Baretta II - 1987-1991
The 1987 era of Barettas proved to be quite a change in the body shapes (including the entire Kramer line) concerning the Baretta II, and some changes to the overall features of the Baretta I body. More neck design options were offered throughout the Kramer line, including the addition of the Kramer "Shark Headstock Inlay" Necks or sometimes referred to as "claw" necks. Many other neck types were installed, more info can be found on these neck types on the necks page, since these encompass more than just the Baretta line.

The first and biggest change that should be noted is that, the model name of the Baretta changed for both models to be labeled I and II. The Baretta was no longer just simply known as "The Baretta" but it now had numerical identification between the two models offered.

The Baretta I changes were fairly simple to the body. At some point, the lower horn scoop was added. Additionally, a recessed tremolo route was added, however, there are some transitional models that do not feature the recessed route, but have the lower horn scoop. Sometime in 1987/1988, Kramer started changing around volume knobs as well, sometimes you'll find the plastic standard volume knobs, and sometimes the black dome knob was used. You may also see bell knobs from time to time. It should be noted as well, Kramer was migrating itself away from the zebra and reverse zebra pickups around this timeframe, and started using solid black. However, the standard pickup of choice for the bridge humbucker remained the Duncan JB.

SPECS From the Vintage Kramer Website:

  • Neck - Light lacquer finish, angled pointy headstock, R2, nut width standard w option for others, thin back profile, rosewood or maple fb
  • Body - Poplar or Maple, some with lower horn scoop and recessed trem route, some transition models will have variations of these features.
  • Tuners - Black Schaller M6 Tuners
  • Floyd Rose - Black Floyd Rose
  • Pickup - Seymour Duncan JB Humbucker reverse Zebra colored and solid black (non-trem spaced)
  • Neckplate and Serial Range - Range Exxxxx-Gxxxx
  • Hardware - All black hardware, Schaller Strap locks, Black Barrel output jack, plastic volume label type knob, metal dome knob, or speed knob.
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