Summer NAMM 2021: Kramer revisits 80s pop culture with Custom Graphics Collection guitars

Featuring eye-catching designs by visual artists Bo Pittman, Chris Stemmer and Eric Caspers.

Kramer Graphics Collection

Photo: Kramer Guitars

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Summer NAMM 2021: Kramer has announced the Custom Graphics Collection, an assortment of eclectic electrics decorated in visuals inspired by 80s pop culture. And yes, that includes a Baretta decked out with the flaming style of a Hot Wheels car.

The limited-edition guitars include refreshed takes on the Baretta and The 84 and were crafted in a collaboration between Kramer’s luthiers and several visual artists.

Kramer “The Illusionist” The 84

Visual artist Bo Pittman drew inspiration from hot rod motorcycle graphics to design this 3D black and white swirl finish. The original hand-painted guitar was displayed at 2020’s winter NAMM Show and was apparently so popular that Kramer decided to release it to mass markets.

The 84 features an alder body, maple neck and fretboard as well as a single Seymour Duncan JB humbucker. There’s also a push-pull volume knob for parallel or serial switching, a Floyd Rose vibrato with EVH D-Tuna, locking nuts and more.

Kramer Graphics Collection Swirl
Photo: Kramer Guitars

Kramer “Feral Cat” Baretta

The “Feral Cat” Baretta features a finish design from Chris Stemmer that pays homage to the iconic Kramer Leopard. This bright design features shades of purple, green and blue to decorate its alder body. It also features a satin-finished maple neck, a Seymour Duncan JB zebra-coil humbucker, and hardware from Floyd Rose and EVH.

Kramer Graphics Collection Feral Cat
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Kramer “Hot Rod” Baretta

Every kid knows it’s the flame decal on a Hot Wheel that makes it go faster – it’s a sound argument that should translate to the realm of shredding. The original hand-painted version of the “Hot Rod” Baretta was first displayed at 2020 Winter NAMM and is now available to buyers. In terms of specs, it and the rest of the Barettas share the same hardware features and electronics as the “Feral Cat”.

Kramer Graphics Collection Hot Rod
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Kramer “Viper” Baretta

The perfect pair-up to your faux snakeskin boots, belts and jackets, this striking “Viper” Beretta with graphics designed by artist Chris Stemmer. This electric salutes some of the custom Snakeskin finishes Kramer has released in the past for the Pacer and Baretta II models, albeit with a more colourful look.

Kramer Graphics Collection Viper
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Kramer “White Lotus” Baretta

Artist Eric Caspers took inspiration from an 80s movie called Underdogs to create this design that prominently features a lotus flower, said to represent “purity, enlightenment, regeneration, and rebirth.”

Kramer Graphics Collection Lotus
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Kramer “Danger Zone” Baretta

Warning tape sure seems a lot less fun these days than when you were a kid, but maybe this guitar will flip things around, The “Danger Zone” Baretta’s graphics were designed by Eric Caspers and is said to “put everyone on notice that dangerous levels of shredding [about] to be unleashed!”

Kramer Graphics Collection Danger Zone
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Each of the Kramer Custom Graphics Collection guitars comes with its own gig bag and lists at £929.

Learn more at kramer.com


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