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Kramer Striker...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Pytanko, Feb 12, 2014.

  1. Pytanko


    Feb 12, 2014
    Hi, i recently bought an Kramer Striker, but it seems to have invalid S/N (5031380) also it have some strange sticker on headstock it says: "83 inspected by "some unreadable signature"". As we know, Striker series began in 84, so maybe it my one its fake?

    Some photos (my camera sucks...):

    Schaller 3D + Grover Titan's + EMG P/J

    Thanks for help ;)
  2. MarkoYYZ

    MarkoYYZ Commercial User

    Jan 31, 2012
    Hammersmith Music
    It's fake - I'll give you $25 for it.

    J/K. It looks legit, though possibly a pre-production model. Parts alone make it worth a few bucks.
  3. Pytanko


    Feb 12, 2014
    K, someone can check that S/N for me?
  4. GIBrat51

    GIBrat51 Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2013
    Lost Wages, Nevada
    You might want to try the Kramer Owners club here on TB. Might be a little hard to find; don't recall anyone posting lately, but it's around here somewhere. You might also try www.vintagekramers.com. There might be useful stuff there. I have 3 of them; all older than yours, though. Kramer serial numbers are, sad to say, not very useful, and Kramer was famous for changing things in the middle of the stream "just because". 2 of mine don't quite fit the printed description of them; but they're Kramers, soo....;) If it sounds good, and feels good, I really wouldn't worry about it. Just enjoy, and play the snot out of it. IMO, Kramer has never made a bad bass; most people don't know what they're missing. :D
  5. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

    Jul 2, 2012
    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can shag off
    I agree, I had an old 80's Kramer and loved it until the Guild Pilot was introduced to me. Then of course the Gamma Alpha P. Which to me is very simier to my old Kramer now that I think about it.
  6. philvanv

    philvanv Gerbil Turds, Kitsap County Turd Core

    Jul 2, 2012
    and at the bottom it says thank you, and now you can shag off
    I had a Kramer ZX170 and my Gamma reminds me of a Pro Series ZX 170 I think it was a different #
  7. Cool and congrats on your new bass. I've got and '88 Hot Pink Striker I picked up in a pawnshop a few yrs ago. I don't see many Strikers for sale, and I don't know if that's good or bad. Here's a pic of mine.

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  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I live a few miles from where the Kramer factory was located and prior to shutting their doors they had "garage sales" (IIRC there were 2 or 3) where they sold off completed instruments, partially completed instruments, and components. I attended those sales and purchased some hardware, mostly screws, tuners and a few bridges.

    Whenever I see a Kramer that looks odd I can't help but think it may be an instrument constructed by someone using components obtained at one of those sales.
  9. DanAdams

    DanAdams Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2013
    WOOWWWEEE! hot pink bass with matching headstock. I love it.
    I just picked up a Striker on eBay for $180. It's got Bartolinis, Grover tuners, a kahler bridge and a new looking gator hard case. I thought I bought it for the parts, but it sounds and plays too good to chop up. Someone before did a wonderful job shielding the electronics and putting in high quality pots and cap too. I got a killer deal.
  10. Eilif

    Eilif Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Late to the party, but I'd suggest one simple possibility regarding the dates. A bass from a line launched in '84 could easily have been produced and inspected in '83.

    I've got a Striker 700ST as well that's about to come back from a long term loan to a friend. Looks just like Dan-Adams except that the pups are stock.

    A good sounding instrument, but a bit heavy due to the plywood body and I've already got two P-basses. It's got some nice parts though...

    -The neck (a very comfortable P IIRC) will finish out my Fenderbird project.
    -The p-pup is going to my dad for his double P telecaser bass project.
    -The Schaller roller bridge will probably go on my MIM P-bass
    -The Grover tuners likely will end up on my LTD Vintage 213 P-bass

    As for the plywood body and J-pickup, they'll probably end up on craigslist, but that's still alot of upgrading and project finishing taken out of a bass that was only $150 at Sam Ash!

  11. DOMIT


    Feb 16, 2016
    OUCH my eyes! That is one BRIGHT finish!