Kramer Paul Dean Signature Model

New in 1986 to Kramer's Signature or later named Artist series were the Paul Dean model designed for Paul Dean, the lead guitarist in the Canadian band Loverboy. Dean had left Hondo the previous year and took to Kramer for a new axe.

The PD signature was one of Kramer's early neck-through models with a dual-cutaway Honduras mahogany body. The horns were slightly more jagged or "squareish" shaped than conventional with the bass bouts being more rounded than the typical Strat shape. Pickup configuration was hum/single/single all by Seymour Duncan, the bridge being a JB model, the singles Vintage Staggered Single Coils. Controls included 1 volume, 1 tone and 3 on/off switches for the pickups.

Sources say the headstock began as a banana shape but the majority found will have the pointy droopy variety with either the small block logo or the large diminishing logo. Paul actually used a banana head shaped early version with a single humbucker, in the spirit of sort of a Kramer Baretta style (see pictures below). Additionally, there are three variations of the Paul Dean headstock (shown below) with the block logo and a signature after the logo, a block logo with American Script, and a pyramid logo with no script (all with Paul Dean truss rod covers). The signature after the logo were seen on earlier models. Included on the 22 fret neck was black hardware including Floyd Rose trem, Schaller tuners, a Paul Dean engraved truss rod cover, and the fretboard was rosewood with pearl dots.


Color choices for the Paul Dean were flip-flop red, flip flop white, black, flip flop blue, harvest yellow and fluorescent pink. The Paul Dean signature survived until sometime in 1988 when it was dropped.

Block Logo with Signature
Block Logo with American Script
Pyramid Logo


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