(SOLD) Kramer Pariah Candy Apple Red Black Flame 2010
Kramer Pariah, red with flames, made in Korea 2010. When I first saw this, I was immediately reminded of Chester Bennington's flame wrist tattoos... probably speaks more about my misspent youth than anything else, but hey. Kramer were a massive deal in the 80s, they dominated the Superstrat shred market and boasted an artist roster that included Van Halen and Motley Crue. This is a later example, and while details are a bit foggy it seems to have been made in Korea around 2010. The neck shape borrows from the shred-style slim D shape, so it's moderate in width at the nut with a flat back and a decent taper, perfect for million-notes-per-minute mania. The two passive humbuckers are hot enough to thoroughly enjoy a healthy dose of gain, but they clean up nicely and can be split via the push/pull tone knob for a crisp clean tone. The alder body offers a more even frequency response than mahogany, so there's plenty of rounded understated bass and snappy treble on tap. The finish is surely going to divide opinions, but hey, it's hard to ignore, so that's good for the stage, right? #makechesterproud
Model: Kramer Pariah
Made: Korea, 2010 (best guess, serial 1002292399)
Finish: candy apple red, black flame
Neck: maple, rosewood board, 25.5" scale, 12" radius, slim D shape, 43mm nut
Pickups: alnico-V humbucker x2
Mods: string ferulles replaced
Cosmetic condition notes: minor finish wear. Headstock has some marks on the end and a dimple near the high E post on the front. The neck has a few minor marks on the back, it's clean and smooth in the hands. The back has some light scuffs near the neck joint and on the horns, plus a couple of little chips where the ferrules were replaced. The sides have no major marks. The front has a blacked-out dent behind the bridge, as well as some standard scuffs from play on the horns. Overall: very good condition (8/10).
Playing condition notes: Action is low, neck is straight, intonation is good, truss rod works. All electronics tested and working properly. Frets have minor wear only, 9/10 for fret life left. Wearing fresh 10-52 strings.