Different types of tuning keys were used on Kramers during the years.
This page concentrates on American series models, and the tuners used,
however some overseas tuners are listed. Overseas models generally used
Gotoh's (or other less expensive brands) with "Kramer" branding
on the tuner, along with a few other styles as well. Additionally, a
few tuning keys that are common in the "tuning key" world
are listed here as well, that were NOT used on Kramers.
Official American Series - Kramer Tuners
This style was seen on some of
the Strat head Pacers in addition to others in the Kramer line around
1981. The picture (left) displays the tuners on an old Strat head
Pacer from around 1981.
- Old Style or "San Dimas" tuners
The Gotoh style tuners were used
on the Kramer line between 1982 and 1984 on the Pacer series guitars,
on the 1983/84 Baretta, and some "C" serial banana head
Vanguards, Voyagers, Condors, etc. These tuners sport the straight-mount
screw hole. The older style tuners were also seen on some of the
early San Dimas Charvels. These tuners sell for big bucks on ebay,
as many Charvel guys need these for Charvel restorations, as well
as the Kramer guys.
Schallers were "reintroduced"
in 1984 and were standard issue on all Kramer's through the remainder
of the 80's. The older style Schallers have a different mount screw
hole to that of the newer M6 Schallers that are available for sale.
They will not match up if you're trying to make the newer style
match up with the old holes. However, the newer style Gotohs (seen
below) will fit the older style Schaller screw holes on your Kramer
neck (if you're having trouble finding older Schaller tuners).
Overseas Model Tuners
- Kramer imprint
These tuners were featured on some
of the later model (presumed post 1985) Foci's, Strikers, and number
series. They do not feature a set screw, but do feature the Kramer
imprint on the tuner itself. These are not American Series Tuners.
- Kramer imprint
Same as the chrome set above, only
black with the Kramer stamp on the tuner.
- New Style
These newer Gotoh's fit the old
Schaller M6 holes on old Kramers. If you have trouble finding those
old Schallers, these make good replacements until you find that
"mint" Schaller set you're looking for.
M6 - New Style
Although they won't fit the older
Kramer/Schaller mounting holes, these are still nice tuners for
a replica project. These are used on the Ernie Ball EVH and Axis
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