Kramer Pacer Classic (HH) Solidbody Electric Guitar (Discontinued)
Kramer is known for being one of pioneers of the modern tremolo bridge design, and while they were not as successful as other big brands, they did have quite the endorsers, with Eddie Van Halen being the most popular.
Interestingly, vintage Kramer guitars have become sought after and highly collectible, and this led to modern reproductions of their classic designs. This led to the re-release of guitars like the Pacer Classic, which is based on the original Pacer models from 1983. Its '80s metal friendly features include a Floyd Rose tremolo, two humbuckers, and a fast action long 25.5" scale neck.
- Body: Mahogany
- Finish: Candy Red (pictured), Pearl White, Black
- Bridge: Floyd Rose-licensed Tremolo bridge
- Pickups: 2 x Alnico V Humbuckers
- Neck: Maple (Bolt-on Slim Wide Shape)
- Scale Length: 25.5”
- Fingerboard: Hard Rock Maple
- Fingerboard Radius: 14”
- Frets: 22 Jumbo
- Nut Width: 1.6875”
- Controls: 2-volume, 1-tone
- Pickup Selector: 3-way Toggle Switch
The general consensus is that the Kramer Pacer Classic is a good quality instrument, good enough for many to take their time to write up detailed reviews. Speaking of details, the guitar's Floyd Rose bridge and the locking nut system got quite a lot of positive mentions, impressing a good number of reviewers with its reliability. Its playability and tone were also prominently mentioned in many of the reviews as part of the reasons why they like, if not recommend the Pacer Classic.
There were a few who were concerned about the action being too low out-of-the-box, forcing some to make adjustments to fix fret buzz issues. Other noteworthy concerns point to the quality of the finish, which you can't reasonably expect to be of boutique like quality.
Here's another reasonably priced Floyd Rose equipped shred machine for those who are looking to rock the stage '80s style.
Due to a lack of availability these days, you might not be able to find one new, but we have other options in our guide to The Best Electric Guitars Under $500.
See the video below to appreciate the Kramer Pacer Classic and the sounds that it can produce: