If the serial number of your Kramer starts with the following serial numbers, it is NOT a USA Made or "American" series Kramer: 1) Two letters followed by a serial number (e.g.
Although the "American" Series guitars were made by ESPin Japan, they were assembled in the US.
In general, the following is a goodway to determine if your Kramer is USA made or an "American" series: The following wood neck guitar models were NOT Made in USA or "American" Series guitars.
The numbers 001-499 show Kalamazoo production, 500-999show Nashville production. During the early 1980s production moved to Korea, and again the serial numbers are not an exact science as a dating mechanism.
In 1993, a structure was developed where the number (or pair of numbers) following the initialletter indicates the year of production (i.e.
Another good way to tell if your Kramer is an overseas made model isif it is made out of plywood or composite wood.
Also, if your Kramer has "non-name"pickups or "Designed by Seymour Duncan" pickups, it is an overseas model.
“California Coast Series Ukuleles have a little bit of something for everyone,” said Martinez.
Most notably, production dates have been penciled or stamped on the butt end of the heel of the neck of most guitars and basses.
The first Numberis the year the next 5 numbers are the production number of the piece forthe year.
EXAMPLE F700001 - This guitar was made in 1987 and is the first one made that year. 1976 to 1981 #0001 to #0680 - A Total of 680 guitars all Custom Shop guitars or custom made for someone special etc etc.
Kramer was very careful to not stamp "Made In USA" anywhere on its neckplates starting in about 1985/1986.