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1985 Kramer JK-1000 Vintage Electric Guitar Black w/ Floyd Rose, ESP Japan, Baretta


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Up for sale, a 1985 Kramer JK-1000 electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Crafted by ESP in Japan, this Kramer model is based on the Baretta design made popular by Eddie Van Halen. The JK-1000 features a poplar body, one-piece maple neck, rosewood fretboard, and stock ESP-made KP-100 humbucker. The guitar has an authoritative cut and lively natural acoustic quality that translates well through the single slanted humbucker. The KP-100 is an alnico magnet pickup with healthy output, metering at 9.5k ohms and delivering a powerful punch and midrange cut. Weighing 7lbs 14oz, this Kramer has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 9-42 strings, accurate intonation, and fast action.

The one-piece maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile with good shoulder and lightly rolled fretboard edges. The rosewood fretboard features pearl dot inlay and stock jumbo fretwire. The frets have good height and meat, with faint wear under the plain strings on the crowns of frets 1-9, and virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The scale length is 25 1/2“ and the locking nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. The “banana” headstock features a universal string tree and black tuning machines that turn smoothly and hold pitch reliably in conjunction with the locking nut.

On the body, the simple stock electronics work as they should, with a single Volume knob wired to the original KP-100 humbucker in the bridge position. The stock full-size Japanese pot dates to September of 1985. The gold-plated Floyd Rose vibrato functions effortlessly for the deepest dive bombs, and the stock arm is present too. Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish includes some requisite pick scuffing on the treble side of the pick path, with scattered finish scratches and nicks mostly relegated to the lower bout of the body. In contrast, the neck profile sports a pristine smooth gloss finish.

A gigbag is included.