Kramer 5150 & Kramer 1984 Information
Important to note that Kramer never offered the 5150 guitar or one similar (other than the standard Pacer)
for sale (source MusicYo.com).
In 1984 Kramer designed a replica of Ed's famous Frankenstrat specifically for EVH so Ed could
retire the famous home made axe. The one new feature was the design of a assymentrical neck which
basically features a different radius throughout the width of the neck. This is the first use of the
assymetrical neck shape that is seen later on the EBMM EVH/Axis and Peavey Wolfgang guitars.
A close approximation for the pickup is either the Seymour Duncan Custom Custom or Dimarzio Tone Zone.
The SD pickup was designed for the 5150 while the Dimarzio is a close approximation to the pickup designed
for the EBMM EVH/Axis guitars.
The guitar was called the 5150 as Ed wanted the serial number to be 5150 (the same name as his personal
studio). The actual serial number is 5150c with the C=California.
EVH's Kramer 5150
Pacer Special Alder Body
Custom made all maple Kramer neck with skunk stripe
Original Floyd Rose Tremolo
Custom wound pickup
Single volume knob (Jazz Bass knob)
Schwin bicycle paint
Reflective "5150" Space Tape lettering and stars
Today you can buy a replica of this guitar from Gibson/MusicYo.
Production on these guitars started in the late 2002 early 2003 time frame. The Kramer 1984 model does not have the assymetrical neck.
Kramer "1984" Specifications:
Hard Case Included
|Color Options:|| Red, White, Black and Sealer Coat|
|Neck:|| One piece Hard Maple with integrated Hard Maple fingerboard|
|Neck Width:|| 1.65" at Nut 2.06" at 12th Fret|
|Neck Finish:|| Light Oil|
|Fingerboard Radius:|| 12"|
|Frets:|| Silver (18% Nickel/Silver Content)(2.5mm wide x 1.40mm high)|
|Machine Heads:|| Schaller M6L, Chrome|
|Truss Rod:|| Single Action, Adjustable at Body|
|Skunk Stripe:|| Walnut|
|Body:|| Solid Alder|
|Strap Locks:|| Schaller #446 Chrome|
|Tremolo:|| FRT-100 Original Floyd Rose Double-Locking Made in Germany - Schaller|
|Wrench Holder:|| Schaller #233K Chrome|
|Nut: ||Neck-Through, R2 Made in Germany - Schaller|
|Pickup:||84T (Custom-Made to original specifications by Gibson USA)
Wire Gauge: 44 AWB
Resistance @ DC = 16.34Kohms
Resonant Freq. = 5.2Kohms
Inductance @ 1KHz = 8.3H
Mounted directly to body
|Controls:|| 1-Master Volume|
|Potentiometer:|| CGE 500K Log (Audio Taper)|
|Output Jack:|| Switchcraft #151|
|Strings:||Kramer USA .009 - .011 - .016 - .024w - .032w - .042w|
Hand-Built in the USA
Kramer 1984 Serial number identification
|Model||Manufacured Date||Serial Number
|Kramer 1984 Reissue||To mid 2004||200000 - 200500 or less|
|All Kramer reissue models||Mid 2004-2005||040001|
|All Kramer reissue models||2005||050001|
Kramer reissue models include the 1984 and Jersey Star (Sambora), future models include the Nightswan and Baretta.
Where to Buy
Today Kramer is owned by Gibson and sold through the MusicYo.com online
Do you live outside the USA but still want a new Kramer? Well, for International buyers MusicYo.com
only ships to the US. However it turns out that if you order through Amazon, the International restriction is not imposed. And with
the US Dollar a bit down, European buyers especially can get a great deal and shipping isn't too expensive either.
If you're outside of the US and want to buy a Kramer, check out Amazon now.
Kramer Guitars available on eBay