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1985 Kramer Beretta
« on: June 07, 2019, 10:31:42 am »
So five years ago my nephew asks me if I want to buy a basic shell of a guitar for $75. I ask him what it is and he just brings it over. Itís a Kramer Beretta that someone tried to mod into a two pickup guitar, add switches, and put a Gibson style jack and plate in.

I buy it, and it sits for about a year. I finally go to the wood shop at work and make a basswood plug for the neck pickup, switch holes, and jack. I paint it flat black, put in a cheap Kent Armstrong branded pickup, and a used Floyd given to me with another purchase. But now I think itís time for a full resto. I still have the factory metal flake red on the headstock, so I think a quart of urethane enamel would be just fine. My dilemma is the pickup.

From the small bit of research I have seen, these came with the Duncan JB. I am not a fan. Especially not in a guitar with no tone control. So any suggestions?

Oh yeah, sheís getting a brand new 1984 style Floyd that wood screws into the body, just like they left the factory with.

I will try and post status updates and pics along the way.

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Re: 1985 Kramer Beretta
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2019, 12:23:04 pm »
Try to find a Schaller Golden 50.
I believe that is what was used in Kramerís early on and later the JB.

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Re: 1985 Kramer Beretta
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2019, 04:00:21 pm »
Will do. I just hate the high end and upper mid spike of the jb.

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Re: 1985 Kramer Beretta
« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2019, 06:34:33 am »
I read on the Duncan forum that the Perpetual Burn is supposedly a slightly lower output JB without that upper mid spike....
I have no direct experience myself however.

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Re: 1985 Kramer Beretta
« Reply #4 on: June 09, 2019, 03:04:28 pm »
I might give that one a try. Especially if Jason is getting some of the proceeds.