Kramer Disciple D-1 Bass review

The unashamedly extrovert K-Bass continues its purple reign

Kramer D-1 Disciple bass
(Image: © Kramer)

Guitar World Verdict

Designed with player-friendliness in mind, the Kramer Disciple D-1 may look like a hair-metal instrument, but there’s much more to it than that.


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    Neck is super-playable.

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    Amazing high-register access.

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    Ebony board is a tapper’s dream.


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    Single humbucker offers limited tone options.

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Joel McIver

Joel McIver was the Editor of Bass Player magazine from 2018 to 2022, having spent six years before that editing Bass Guitar magazine. A journalist with 25 years' experience in the music field, he's also the author of 35 books, a couple of bestsellers among them. He regularly appears on podcasts, radio and TV.