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Kramer debuts the Striker Collection, shreddable electrics in hot colors with high-performance and affordability as standard

Kramer Striker Collection
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Kramer has unveiled the Striker Collection, a series of high-performance S-style electric guitars designed in the hotrodded tradition of the brand, offering HSS pickup configurations, a choice of Floyd Rose or Tune-O-Matic bridges, and sweet finish options that range from the muted Transparent Ebony to a pleasingly verdant Wild Ivy.

The Striker Collection offers models with a AAA figured maple veneer or plain mahogany body, with each model featuring a satin-smooth bolt-on maple neck, carved into a Kramer K-Speed SlimTaper C. 

For anyone unfamiliar with the K-Speed profile, rest assured, it does its best to stay out of your way and sure does add some zip to your playing.

Players have a choice of maple or Indian laurel fingerboards, and whichever you choose you’ll find them with a 24 medium-jumbo frets, dot inlays, and a 12.6” radius.

The Kramer hockey stick headstocks are emblazoned with the Kramer logo in bold gold, equipped with black die-cast tuners, and sell the ‘80s vibe so convincingly that some players might find themselves trying to force a VHS recording of Hill Street Blues into their Blu-ray player’s loading tray.

But what really sells the Striker Collection is the HSS pickup configuration. Without a control circuit that accesses coil-split features, or with switches for alternate pickup voicings, there are few more versatile electric guitar pickup combinations.

A Kramer zebra-coil Alnico humbucker occupies the bridge position, with Alnico single-coils at the middle and neck positions. These are selected via a five-way pickup selector and controlled by volume and tone pots. 

Now, with the Striker Collection, players have a bit call to make on the hardware choices. The fixed-bridge options comprises a high-quality and zero fuss Epiphone LockTone Tune-O-Matic bridge and tailpiece. 

Alternatively, and for all your harmonic divebombing needs, a licensed Floyd Rose double-locking vibrato is on the menu. 

The Floyd might speak to the traditional Kramer demographic – i.e. the players who got on board with the brand during Eddie Van Halen’s patronage of it – but then there is always something attractive about having a guitar you can throw into alternate tunings without giving it a second thought.

Other specs to note: the Striker Collection models all share a 25.5” scale length, dual-action truss rods and knurled metal control knobs, and hard-shell cases are available as an optional extra.

Your finish options include Wild Ivy and Transparent Red for the Striker Figured HSS, and these are right-handed only. The solid color Striker with plain mahogany body is available in Jumper Red, Majestic Purple and Ebony, and it comes as a right or left-handed model.

The Strikers with the tune-o-matic fixed bridges, meanwhile, are right-handed only, and are available in Transparent Ebony and Transparent Purple. All models in the series are priced $349 and are available now. See Kramer (opens in new tab) for more details.

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Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to publications including Guitar World, MusicRadar and Total Guitar. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.