Kramer Pacer Vintage - Tiger Stripe
By: V-Man from Imperial, CA
Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable?
Out of the box, the Pacer appeared to be well made. There were no cracks, chips, warped wood or other issues. The only thing I noticed was that the action was high from the factory and the edge of the frets weren't filed down so they were a little sharp mostly on the higher frets.
Your general opinion of this product.
Overall the product is good. The factory setup isn't great. A few buzzing frets on the high frets, sharp fret edges and high action. The sound through my Marshall stack and through my heavier Peavey JSX is great.
Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin?
The JB is bright and responsive. My only complaint is that the sustain sucks on single notes. I own a few Gibson Les Pauls and Fender American Strats and compared to them, the Kramer just doesn't have much sustain whatever. The notes trail off very fast. The pickups tone is very bright and it has a great attack. Through a high gain tube head, it really shines. The coil taps also work great and sound nice although they don't give you a real strat like single coil tone. More of a humbucker/single coil mix.
How did the stain or paint job look?
The paint was perfect. No scratches, cracks, chips or other issues.