Archive for the ‘Guitar of the Month’ Category

Congrats to Mike for not only being the clear winner of this contest, but also for scoring a sick rare and oft-sought after vintage American Kramer.  In his own words:

Left Handed Kramer

How many of these do you see in white????

Right now, my NightSwan is with my guitar tech being redone in all gold hardware (I love white/gold combination on a guitar) so I cannot break out the SLR and shoot new pics of her.  However, I do have a few pictures from the past couple of years that you can use (see attached).
This is a left handed 1990 (based on serial number) white Kramer NightSwan with black hardware (soon to be gold), a beautiful ebony board (bolt on), Original Floyd Rose, Mahogany body, and an R1 LOCKING NUT!!!  Yes, this is by far the thinnest neck Kramer has ever made.  I’m talking beyond Ibanez thin….  I do not have large hands, and it still did take some getting used to.  However, over time, I have grown to love a neck this thin.  The guitar is super fast, and sounds great thanks to the surprisingly light-weight mahogany body.
This guitar originally comes stock with a Seymour Duncan “Full Shred” in the bridge.  In my opinion, this guitar sounds too trebly and thin with these pickups.  I swapped these out for a Doug Aldrich bridge and neck pickup and WOW…..now this guitar sounds like a metal beast!  It was such a dramatic change, I was very surprised.  To be honest, the NightSwan is not the most diverse sounding guitar out there…..but it ROCKS.  Southpaw Kramer
In summary, I can see why many consider the Kramer NightSwan to be the overall best model ever made by Kramer.  The mahogany body, the THICK ebony board, the super thin neck, these are all unique features combined into 1 guitar that makes it a serious shred machine.
Lefty Kramer

Lefty Jackson KV2

From Dave Himself:

When I heard that David at Extreme Lefty Guitars had become an authorized Jackson dealer, I knew my wallet was in trouble.  What I didn’t expect to discover was that he had a Jackson KV2 in Silver Swirl on order!

Sick sick swirl

As a lefty, I know that left handed USA Jacksons are hard to come by.  When you do find one, it is usually a Soloist or Rhoads model.  Jackson stopped producing lefty USA Select versions of the Kelly, Warrior, and King V somewhere around 2008.  Jackson has also limited the number of finishes available in recent years unless you place a custom order (and pay Custom Shop prices).

Yet, there it was.  I had an email from XLG saying that a KV2 in Silver Swirl was on order with delivery in a few months.  It took me about 10 seconds to hit reply and say, “Yes, Please!!!!!!!!!!”  I’m not sure how he got Jackson to build a discontinued model with a discontinued finish without the Custom Shop upcharge, but I wasn’t about to complain.

The guitar plays as good as it looks.  The KV2 features a 24 fret compound radius fretboard with sharkfin mother of pearl inlays and Jackson’s “speed” profile neck.  Other specs include neck thru construction, Seymour Duncan JB™ TB4 pickups, and an Original Floyd Rose.

You won’t find this one in the “for sale” section.  It’s definitely a keeper and I’m honored that it won LGT’s Guitar of the Month!

Lefty Jackson V

Showing off her backside