This is a double cutaway, solid body, Kramer DMZ 6000G guitar made in Neptune, New Jersey, in 1980. It features a natural finish on a striped, American black burl walnut and birds-eye maple body; two maple stripes down the sides; two active, double coil, DiMarzio pickups; a tension roller nut; a tuning fork style aluminum headstock; a patented aluminum "t-neck" with walnut wood inlays; a metal, two-way adjustable bridge/tailpiece with individually adjustable saddles; four translucent, black knobs, one selector switch, two miniature tone switches; mother of pearl, crown fret markers; and two aluminum strap pins. This Kramer DMZ 6000 looks lovely and sounds superb. The active electronics provide a great amount of volume. With its fast action, it is a joy to play and it looks as if it's almost new. This guitar will be appreciated by players and collectors. It comes with an original hardshell case featuring the Kramer logo. Get this fantastic instrument while you can.
This guitar is very clean and in very good condition. The pots were replace but the original pots come with the guitar in the case. The wood is cracked near the input jack but the jack still provides a solid connection and it does not affect the sound of the instrument. There are about two nearly invisible, tiny blemishes on the finish on the front of the guitar and there are some scratches on the back metal plate concealing the electronics. All the electronics work properly and the instrument sounds great.
The all original, six, closed back, individual Schaller tuners with metal buttons function smoothly and are in good working order.
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It has a straight neck attached to the body by three hex bolts underneath a narrow aluminum plate that features the serial number and place of production. The neck has 22 specially designed "center-touch" frets with a zero fret on an ebanol fingerboard with ten mother of pearl, crown shaped inlays as fret markers and a 25" scale. The ebanol fingerboard has the look and feel of ebony but the Kramer catalogue says it will not crack, warp, chip or shift. This guitar has a patented "tension roller nut" designed to eliminate tension and sticking when the string is bent or stretched so that it returns smoothly to its original pitch. The neck is kept straight by its aluminum, skeletal T design which also gives the guitar great sustain. The aluminum neck has slots for wood inlays to provide a natural warmth for the player's hand that the aluminum cannot. The neck and frets are clean with no wear. The aluminum, tuning fork headstock has no wear. The action is fast and the neck feels good to play.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
There are two very, powerful, active, double coil DiMarzio Dual Sound pickups. The neck pickup has smooth, crisp, clean, rich, full, sound. The bridge is full, clean, crisp and edgy. There are four black, translucent, plastic, numbered knobs: one volume and one tone for each pickup. There is also a three-way toggle to choose between neck, bridge and both pickups. In addition, there are two miniature switches (one per pickup) to turn the pickups into single coils for more tonal variation. Using these controls, the player can acheive a nearly unlimited variety of tones suitable for a myriad of musical styles. The pots are clean and in good condition. All guitar electronics work properly.
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Overall length: 37.5"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Body width: 12 5/8"
Body thickness: 1 5/8 (2" with neck)
Scale: 25"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Width of the nut: 1 5/8" (depth 13/16")
String height at 12th fret: 1/16"
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Here's the original description from the 1979 Kramer catalog:
Kramer's best!Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Limited Production SeriesDescription from VintageSilvertones.com
DMZ 6000G and 6000B
Kramer...keeping pace in a changing world.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
As music changes, musicians need and demand more from the instruments they play. Basses and guitars designed years ago no longer meet the demands made by today's artist. The new DMZ 6000G and 6000B offer the artist the beauty, playability, design and active electronics to meet and surpass his demands.
You can see that our instruments look beautiful...
Now hear why they sound beautiful...Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Great guitars and basses don't just happen. The new DMZ 6000G and 6000B were conceived only after years of research, hundreds of prototypes and a considerable amount of input from top recording artists was evaluated. Painstaking attention was paid to the details such as weight, sustain, tone and action while developing these models.
Instruments of unsurpassed craftmanship and beauty, these two new members of Kramer's line of fine innovative guitars and basses have become the talk of the music industry.
DMZ CUSTOM SERIES Limited Production Series DMZ6000G and 6000B
Featuring DBL(TM) Electronics...not just a treble, bass or power booster, but a true active system designed with the musician in mind.
- Volume and tone controls are totally independent and non-interactive.
- With Volume at max. the guitar's output is double that of a non preamped guitar.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
- The tone control actually provides control of treble gain as well as attenuation.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
- Low impedance output gives ability to drive long lines without worry of hum or radio interference pickup.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
- Guitar output can directly drive high impedance headphones for private practice or tune-up.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
- Effects devices work more efficiently because they receive a larger signal.
- Original "sound" of guitar is not lost. By setting all controls at "5" the preamp has no noticeable affect on the sound.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
- State-of-the-art circuitry provides long battery life (estimated 350-400 playing hours).Description from VintageSilvertones.com
6000GDescription from VintageSilvertones.com
L-37" W-12 5/8 D-1 5/8Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Width at nut - 1 5/8Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Scale length - 25"Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Inlays - 10 mother of pearl Crown design
Frets - 22Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Machines - Schaller M-6Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Pickups - DiMarzio dual sound
Body - American black burl walnut and birds-eye maple
Bridge - 2 way adjustableDescription from VintageSilvertones.com
Electronics - DBL system -active
Controls - 2 volume - 2 toneDescription from VintageSilvertones.com
Selector Switches - 3 way toggle -2 miniature sound switches
All Kramer Guitars and Basses use the following exclusive features:
Ebonal Fingerboards that won't crack, warp, chip or shift.
"Center-Touch" Petillo fret wire (patent applied for) that provides perfect fret-to-fret intonation and fingering positioning.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Power Forged aluminum "T-Neck" (patent pending) that offers absolute rigidity in all models guaranteeing no warping or twisting.
Combines the strength of forged aluminum with the warmth of wood in the Kramer neck.
Fret-Positioning that allows every artist to acheive perfect intonation with single notes or chords.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Sustaining Qualities that surpass most popular, professional guitars or basses.
Customed Tooled aluminum and stainless steel used for all inlays, hardware, nuts, bridges and cover plates.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Select Matching Wood inlays in back of "T-Neck" for playing ease and comfort.
Precision Body Contouring designed to make every artist completely comfortable with his instrument.Description from VintageSilvertones.com
Kramer model DMZ6000G
Item #: kr5005