Kramer updates its Custom Graphics Collection with new martial arts-inspired “Strike First” Baretta

Kramer “Strike First” Baretta
(Image credit: Kramer)

Known for its eye-catching, glam-metal-focused electric guitars, Kramer has launched some truly out-there models in its time. And its latest six-string – the “Strike First” Baretta – is no exception.

Arriving as part of Kramer's new-for-2021 Custom Graphics Collection – which already boasts a handful of strikingly finished Barettas and a mind-bending The 84 model – the “Strike First” Baretta sports a “martial arts-inspired” yellow snake graphic designed by artist Eric Caspers.

In terms of specs, the guitar features an alder body with a bolt-on, satin-finished, thin-profile maple neck, 22-fret maple fingerboard with black dot inlays and a reverse six-in-line headstock with Kramer's pyramid logo.

Kramer “Strike First” Baretta

(Image credit: Kramer)

The six-string is powered by a singular offset Seymour Duncan JB Zebra Coil humbucking pickup, controlled via a single master volume switch, which itself boasts push-pull functionality for using the pickup in either series or parallel.

There's also a Floyd Rose 100 Series tremolo with an LRT-L40 Trem Stop for optimum tuning stability, and an EVH D-Tuna – which allows players to tune the guitar from E standard tuning to drop D on the fly.

Other features include Kramer Mini die-cast tuning machines, an adjustable truss rod with a color-matched black-and-gold cover, and 25.5" scale length.

The “Strike First” Baretta is available to order now for $999. For more information, head to Kramer.

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Sam Roche

Sam was Staff Writer at from 2019 to 2023, and also created content for Total Guitar, Guitarist and Guitar Player. He has well over 15 years of guitar playing under his belt, as well as a degree in Music Technology (Mixing and Mastering). He's a metalhead through and through, but has a thorough appreciation for all genres of music. In his spare time, Sam creates point-of-view guitar lesson videos on YouTube under the name Sightline Guitar.