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Help me identify a bass!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Pills Are Yummy, Feb 24, 2013.


  1. Pills Are Yummy

    Pills Are Yummy

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    I played the most breathtaking bass today
    The tag on it says "Kramer Spector"
    But it looks nothing like a Spector. It looks like a vintage Jackson/Charvel look to it (P bass body with bolt on pointy headstock neck on it)
    And I gotta say, this neck was STUNNING! White body with maple neck and maple fretboard, matching white headstock. 80's EMG P/J's.
    plays and sounded like a dream through a Mesa 400+ and 6x10
    Best part was that it only cost 350!!!

    Can anyone help me please?
     
  2. two fingers

    two fingers You tahkin 'uh me? Yeah, you. You tahkin 'uh me? Supporting Member

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    What did it say on the head stock? If it's a Kramer, then they just made a mistake. Back then, Kramer owned Spector for a while. But they were not the same instruments. There were still Kramers and Spectors, with very few similarities. Some Kramer basses came with Spector pickups, you you already killed that theory by stating the one you played had EMGs.

    For what it's worth, my Kramer from back then had a really nice neck.
     
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  4. Pills Are Yummy

    Pills Are Yummy

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    Yes, it does say "Kramer" on the headstock. And in all honesty I cannot remember if it had EMG's or Jackson P/J's
     
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    Pills Are Yummy

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    It's in a store
     
  7. Thundar

    Thundar Supporting Member

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    Probably a Kramer Forum...they just had it tagged wrong
     
  8. bassteban

    bassteban

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    And?
     
  9. Pills Are Yummy

    Pills Are Yummy

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    That's it! Googled "Kramer forum" and found the answer.
    Thank you!
     
  10. two fingers

    two fingers You tahkin 'uh me? Yeah, you. You tahkin 'uh me? Supporting Member

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    Jackson pickups would be unlikely (unless done as a mod later). But, like I said, I had a Kramer bass with Spector pickups. It sounded great and the neck was fantastic. I am almost willing to bet that when you go back you will find Spector pickups.

    Here's a link to a page about the Kramer Forum bass. Mine was a Forum III. And it had Spectors in it.

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

    The little yellow word on those pickups in that pic (of the Forum III) is "Spector".

    By the way, what were the controls on the bass? Active? Passive? Volume, tone, switch?
     
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    Pills Are Yummy

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    Something doesn't add up on the website. None of these basses were made with maple fretboards :eyebrow: the mystery deepens...
     
  12. two fingers

    two fingers You tahkin 'uh me? Yeah, you. You tahkin 'uh me? Supporting Member

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    Good point. I'm really not sure. How about the controls though?
     
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    two fingers You tahkin 'uh me? Yeah, you. You tahkin 'uh me? Supporting Member

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  14. Pills Are Yummy

    Pills Are Yummy

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    3 knobs and a selector switch. If I remember correctly, Jackson/Charvel/Kramer used master volume/bridge volume/neck volume/ 3 way selector
    I do believe it had the same or similar knobs to my 87 Charvel 3B
     
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    Pills Are Yummy

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    ...and it's 9:30 on a Sunday night and Im at home
     
  16. two fingers

    two fingers You tahkin 'uh me? Yeah, you. You tahkin 'uh me? Supporting Member

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  17. Thundar

    Thundar Supporting Member

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    Im sure they made them with maple fretboards as well...LOL...although, I have not seen one that I can remember so it might be a bit rare and could be a USA model
     
  18. two fingers

    two fingers You tahkin 'uh me? Yeah, you. You tahkin 'uh me? Supporting Member

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    Is there some connection between Jackson/Charvel and Kramer that I'm not aware of? They aren't/weren't the same company of I recall.
     
  19. Thundar

    Thundar Supporting Member

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    Mystery solved... you owe me and Two Fingers a beer
     
  20. Pills Are Yummy

    Pills Are Yummy

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    I'm 16...

    Coca-Cola ok?:D
     
  21. Thundar

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    LOL!
     

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