1986 Kramer Pacer Imperial

Defining features

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  • Headstock shape: “Pointy”

  • Headstock binding: None

  • Volute: none

  • Tuners: Gotoh 90°, Black

  • String Tree: Floyd Rose, Black

  • Nut: Floyd Rose locking, R2 made in West Germany, Black

  • Allen Key Holder: Yes, offset screw, Black

  • Fretwire: Jumbo, Nickel

  • Scale length: 25.5 in

  • Neck Construction: 3-piece maple

  • Neck figuring: None

  • Neck finish: Satin lacquer

  • Fretboard: Rosewood

  • Radius: ???

  • Top Inlays: Pearloid dots

  • Side Inlays: White dots

  • Truss cover: “Pacer”

  • Truss location: Headstock

  • Neck shape: “D”

  • Neckplate: Kramer banana logo plate, with serial number, textured Chrome


  • Body color: Metallic red

  • Body shape: Rounded “strat” shape

  • Body wood: Maple

  • Body top: None

  • Body binding: None

  • Cavity covers: Matte black, recessed

  • Pickguard: None

  • Bridge: Floyd Rose, made in West Germany, Black

  • Tremolo arm: Screw in, Black

  • Bridge mounting: Wood screws, Black

  • Strap buttons: Schaller straplocks, Chrome

  • Active electronics: none

  • Jack: Barrel jack, chrome

  • Knobs: Black metal dome

  • Neck pickup: Seymour Duncan SH-2 “Jazz” Juarez

  • Middle pickup: none

  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan SH-5 “Custom” Juarez

  • Controls: Master volume, neck tone, bridge tone, 3-way mini toggle pickup selector


  • Construction: Bolt-on

  • Year made: 1986

  • Location of manufacture: Neptune, New Jersey, USA

  • Serial number: E5213

  • Case: Black tolex with white piping, blue interior

  • Weight: 8.6 lbs

  • Original MSRP: $899 (about $2100 in 2019)


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

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

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.