Kramer 5150

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General
Manufacturer: 
Made in: 
United States
Series: 
5150
Signature Guitar: 
Yes
Strings: 
6
Construction: 
Bolt-On
Orientation: 
Right handed
Years: 
1983 to 1991
Body
Body Style: 
Strat
Body Material: 
Poplar
Body color: 
Red Black White Stripes
Body finish: 
Gloss
Top: 
No
Carved top: 
Not carved
Body binding: 
No binding
Pickguard: 
No Pickguard
Electronics
Bridge Pickup Brand: 
Seymour Duncan
Piezo: 
No
Pickup Configuration: 
H
Volume knob: 
1
Control color: 
Black
Miscellaneous
Description: 

The Kramer 5150 was the result of an endorsement deal between Eddie Van Halen and Kramer. Ed assembled the guitar himself at the Kramer factory. The neck was designed with an assymetrical back shape and was later modeled on the Ernie Ball MusicMan Edward Van Halen and the Peavey EVH Wolfgang. The guitar is very recognizable with its Red, White and Black striped paint job (Schwin or Krylon paint), painted by Eddie himself. The guitar was made from all custom parts in the old Kramer Guitar Factory in Neptune NJ. Contrary to popular belief, the body isn't a Kramer Baretta but a Kramer Pacer Special. The headstock was also transformed by Paul Unkert from the standard Kramer Pacer Special headstock to what it is. Eddie van Halen liked the headstock on his Ibanez Destroyer which was the inspiration for the headstock on the Kramer 5150. The Floyd Rose on the guitar was an early version of the Floyd Rose with fine tuners. The saddles of the Floyd Rose actually are a bit shorter than the Original Floyd Rose that came later and it also has a heavy steel block which is heavier than your typical Floyd Rose. The Humbucker pickup on the guitar was either a Seymour Duncan 59 or Seymour Duncan JB that most probably was rewound. Other features are:

  • Poplar
  • Custom all male Kramer neck with skunk stripe
  • Custom wound pickup
  • Single volume knob (MXR)
  • Gotoh 90 Degree tuners

Neck
Nut Width: 
41 mm (1-5/8 inch)
Locking nut: 
Locking Nut
Neck Material: 
Maple
Neck pieces: 
1 Piece
Neck color: 
Natural
Neck binding: 
No binding
Fretboard: 
Maple
Fretboard radius: 
305 mm (12 inch)
Scale Length: 
25.5 inch (648 mm)
Frets: 
22
Inlays: 
Dot
Inlay color: 
black
Scalloped Fretboard: 
Not Scalloped
Headstock
Tuning Key Arrangement: 
6-in-line
Locking tuners: 
No Locking Tuners
Headstock color: 
Red Black White Stripes
Matching headstock: 
Matching headstock
Tuning Machines: 
Gotoh
Reversed: 
Not reversed
Hardware
Bridge brand: 
Floyd Rose
Bridge type: 
Floyd Rose type
Hardware color: 
Chrome