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Kramer SM1 Electric Guitar

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Product Description

The Kramer SM1 Electric Guitar has a sleek Mahogany neck through body for unsurpassed sustain and resonance. The comfortable 25.5 inch scale and 24 fret playground topped with an Ebony fingerboard will help cut through the mix when needed. The SM1’s recessed Floyd Rose provides solid reliability for the most aggressive dives and pulls.

The pickups are controlled by 1 volume, 1 tone and a 5-way position selector, but that's not all. The Kramer SM1 guitar features a unique push/pull switch on the volume control that will engage the bridge pickup in any of the 5-way's positions. Combine this and the mini-toggle coil tap switch and a world of tones are at your fingertips with the SM1!

Product Specifications
Kramer SM1 Electric Guitar Specifications
  • Bridge: Recessed Floyd Rose tremolo
  • Controls:
    • 1 Volume with push-pull feature that engages the bridge pick up in any of the 5-way selector switch's positions
    • 1 Tone
    • Mini toggle for coil tapping
  • Inlays: Historic Kramer
  • Body: Mahogany (Neck-Thru)
  • Neck: Mahogany with Ebony fingerboard
  • Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan JB (Vintage White), EMG 81TW (Black)
  • Middle Pickup: Seymour Duncan Hot Rails (Vintage White), EMG SA (Black)
  • Neck Pickup: Seymour Duncan Hot Rails (Vintage White), EMG SA (Black)
  • Radius: 14 in.
  • Frets: 24
  • Scale: 25.5 in.
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Ryche from Chicago IL, US
Overall Rating
Welcome back Kramer - I love this Guitar
What is your overall opinion of this product?
Had a Kramer Voyager years ago in the 80's, and regretfully sold it in the 90's. One of the best guitars I ever owned. So, found out "by accident" that Kramer (Gibson) was making guitars again, so I HAD to try one. This guitar (SM-1 EMG's) is one of the best guitars I have owned. Build quality is excellent on the SM-1. Similar to my older Kramer Voyager, this guitar just is always in tune. Only occasionally need to make minute adjustments with the Floyd Fine tuners. I do use the Floyd regularly too. I am always amazed when I fire up the tuner just to check it before a show, and it's in tune. I have owned MANY guitars over the years, and the SM-1 I can tell you is a RARE find. The EMG Pickup's are very versatile. It has become my main guitar now. Gibson would be wise to concentrate more on Higher End Kramers for the future. The SM-1 is at the top of the line up in terms of price/features, so I cannot speak for the quality of the rest of the lineup, but this guitar is Awesome!
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
Build Quality is Excellent. I play a variety of styles, but mostly Rock, POP, and some Metal. the 81TW pickups, as well as the single coil pickups, give me a lot of ways to taylor the sound to what I need.
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
This guitar has the same traditional Kramer Feel. Fast Neck, similar to a Jackson, but all Kramer.
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
EMG pickups can go from Blistering leads and heavy "chunking" to smooth blues. The mahogany body, provides excellent sustain.
How did the stain or paint job look?
Finish is excellent. I put on a nice coat of wax, and the paint finish is spectacular.
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
This is an awesome guitar, and worth every penny.
How was the action out of the box?
Action is excellent. Regardless of where I buy my guitars, I ALWAYS bring in my guitars to have them setup and adjusted. This is just something you do with a new guitar. A previous reviewer posted this as a negative, but the reality is, you should always take a new guitar to a person you trust to make sure it's set up properly, and intonated correctly. Just part of the cost of getting a new instrument. It is well worth it.
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