Kramer D-1 Bass review

A budget-conscious high-performance bass guitar from the resurgent '80s brand

Kramer D1
(Image: © Kramer)

Guitar World Verdict

The D-1’s understated aerodynamics and powerful bark punch well above its price tag.


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    Plays like a dream.

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    Feels compact.

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    Solid build.


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    Not overly versatile tone-wise.

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    Tuning heads are a bit clunky.

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Kramer have been giving us high-quality guitars since the '70s, and have seemingly gone from strength to strength since being acquired by Gibson in the late-'90s. 

The D-1 is part of their new Kramer Modern Collection, the ‘D’ standing for Disciple, and the design riffing on their most popular bass guitars of the '80s – always a hit with heavy metal players. But is this latest Disciple something we can all believe in?

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