1985 Baretta Reissue Review

manufacturer: Kramer date: 10/28/2008 category: Electric Guitars
Kramer: 1985 Baretta Reissue
Early in 2004, the Gibson/Epiphone owned version of Kramer prototyped a new Baretta reissue that would model itself out of one of the more popular Baretta designs from the 80's - the 1985 Baretta banana headstock model. Engineers with Epiphone (Richard Akers) did heavy research into every detail possible about the old model to come up with designs to make every vintage collector happy.
 Sound: 10
 Overall Impression: 10
 Reliability & Durability: 10
 Action, Fit & Finish: 9
 Features: 10
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overall: 9.8
1985 Baretta Reissue Reviewed by: gibsonguy1, on october 28, 2008
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Price paid: $ 1200

Purchased from: bluenoteguitars

Features: 2008 U.S.A. Kramer Baretta 1985 reissue. 22 frets. Solid maple body, rosewood fret board, hard maple neck. Origional Floyd Rose locking nut, single volume knob, single slanted humbucker (Gibson u.s.a. 91TZ humbucker) Alnico V mag. Black schaller tuners. Hard shell case included. // 10

Sound: This bad boy will do anything: classic rock, hard rock, blues, slide... maybe not classical, but anything else! I'm using a Peavey valeking 112 and I can get anything from Zeppelin, AC/DC, Van Halen, Guns N Roses, BB King, Metallica. It getts a good variety of sounds for just one humbucker. It sounds very good on clean, but it just begs ro rock out loud! pionched harmonics come out SO easy on this guitar, you don't even have to try. // 10

Action, Fit & Finish: The guitar came set up perfact from the factory. action was good, pickup hight was good, strings were in tune (just a tad flat, but no biggy) this guitar had no flaws at all, everyhting was 100%. Plain black top, but this guitar is not about being pretty it's about rockin out! // 9

Reliability & Durability: Due to the solid maple body, this guitar is very heavy! right around a Les Paul Custom. Everything on this guitar is A+ quality! the thing i love the most is the ORIGIONAL floyd (made in germany), not some crappy coppy. this thing will divebomb all day long and will never go out of tune. its been at least a couple of weeks since i have tuned it, its never out of tune. Man this thing is built like a tank! it will withstand the most brutal of live playing all the way to jaming in your bedroom. I can depend on this guitar for anything. // 10

Overall Impression: I play anything from BB King to GNR to Van Halen to Metallica and it does all of these very well (Van Halen the best) it suits my playing style very well. I love everything about this guitar. I have been playing for about 5 years now and this baby is a VERY close 2nd to my Gibson Les Paul Classic (my #1). If it were stolen/ lost I would buy another one right away! thank you Kramer for the '85 Baretta reissue. // 10

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