1986 Kramer Pacer imperial

Candy Red


  • Assembled in Neptune NJ, 1986 (body/neck made in Japan by ESP)

  • Original MSRP: $899 (around $2000 adjusted for inflation)

  • Floyd Rose original, made by Schaller, R2 nut

  • H-H pickup configuration

  • Seymour Duncan SH-5 Custom bridge, SH-2 Jazz neck

  • 3-way mini-selector, master volume, neck tone, bridge tone

  • 3-piece Maple Neck

  • Rosewood Fretboard

  • Matching color headstock

  • Serial number on neck plate

  • 25 1/2” scale length

Defining features

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I wish it weren’t white, but the SH-5 Custom is a nice change of pace from the JB’s I usually use.

Matching headstocks for pointy’s only lasted for the 1986 model year.

Some earlier Kramers came with 90° Gotoh tuners like this. There are no other screw holes in the headstock, so most likely this set of Gotoh’s was laying around the factory and they just threw them on this guitar. Unofficial changes from the catalog like this are common on USA Kramers, with more variability than other makers.

The case isn’t original, but it’s the same white piped TKL style that would’ve come with this originally - the blue plush interior is the giveaway though.