Just bought a vintage 1976 Kramer 350B

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by thezerech, Dec 28, 2014.

  1. I just put a deposit on this Kramer 350B from Empire Guitars RI. I think it's awesome, even though it has a little fret wear, but after 38+ years of playing you'd expect that. It's actually pretty versatile, just by rolling the tone nob from 7 to 3 you go from a classic rock tone to a blues sound. I really like this bass but I don't think it gets the attention it deserves.

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  2. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    She's a beauty!
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  3. Baird6869

    Baird6869 Supporting Member


    They don't get a lot of love due to the headstock looking weird to many and they can also be heavy.

    Underrated basses IMO.
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  4. A classic! My DMZ5000 salutes yr 350B. Cool bass.
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  5. Thanks, this is a big improvement over the affinity J I have. I would seriously recomend people look into these basses becasue they actually are very nice in regards to sound/tone. Once I've picked it up I'll post some more pictures she's in great condition
  6. Doctor Hugocat

    Doctor Hugocat Supporting Member

    Jan 4, 2014
    Los Angeles
    Nice! I think these basses are surprisingly reasonable right now considering how much other vintage basses are going for.
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  7. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    That looks to be in amazing condition in those pics. Nicely done.

    Plus, it has what might just be the best neck for metal. :D

    Play it in good health.
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  8. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    Out there!
    I had one of those a couple years ago....................
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  9. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Innocent as the day is long Supporting Member

    Kramer 2.JPG I have the next model up from yours - a 450B. Yes, they are nice, aren't they? The guy I bought mine from bought it new in '78, and gigged it full time in the Southeastern US for 27 tears; hard to tell by looking at it, though. If the lefties weren't so scarce, I'd probably have several more; so it's probably a good thing...:)
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  10. ChefKen


    Aug 30, 2014
    NW CT
    I learned on a bright orange bass just like it in the mid 80s....Played like butter.
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  11. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    One of the most unique basses in history she sure is sweet looking congrats.
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  12. Funk machine!
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  13. Like most aluminum neck instruments they're very popular in the doom/drone metal scene. Much cheaper than an EGC or TB.
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  14. Basshappi


    Feb 12, 2007
    I remember when those first came out.
    Yours is a beauty, congrats!
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  15. hintz


    Jun 5, 2014
    wahiawa, HI(Oahu)
    that's a beautiful bass, congrats!! I still get gas every time I see one!! didn't Stanley Clarke rock those in the early 80's, I thought I remembered seeing an old advertisements from way back!!(before my time I'll admit)
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  16. spanndrew


    Oct 14, 2013
    Atlanta, Ga
    Saw a band play who's guitarist and bassist used Kramer's. They're called "the world is a beautiful place and I am no longer afraid to die". Really unique.
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  17. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    My first good bass was the Kramer 250...similar with a single pup but also sporting a blackguard (stock). My only complaint was the play between the tuners and the aluminum headstock. There's no compression when tightened and the tuners may move back 'n forth in the slightly oversized holes. Not a big deal: remove the tuners and wrap some tape (metal, vinyl, whatever) to fill the gap. Strangely enough, I remember the Kramer tech in Neptune (?) NJ: Richard Atheras.

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  18. lbbc


    Sep 25, 2007
    Seaford , DE
    Great basses....I had one several years ago. It was a little heavy but sounded great!
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  19. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    OP-- 'grats on your score. Enjoy the bass!

    Wow! I remember Rick, too. (Yeah, the factory was in Neptune. I lived in Long Branch back then.) I was playing with a jazz band at the Red Ranch in Brielle, and Rick saw us there. He invited me to come to the factory and pick out a body and neck for a new bass. Still have it (a f'less with DiMarzio PJ pups), in the memory lane section of my bass closet.
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  20. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Excellent...and a bit of a de-rail. Who remembers Guitar Trader in Red Bank NJ? This retailer pre-dates the internet and they used to mail out a flyer every two weeks or so with used bass & guitar listings.

    ...and to the OP: beautiful bass! Just remember: if you leave it outside in the car on a frigid night, don't lick it.

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