Paul Dean Signature Model
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.
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.
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.
Logo with Signature
Logo with American Script
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