During the period from 1975-1977 Gibson used a transfer that had eight digit numbers, the first two indicate the year, 99=1975, 00=1976 and 06=1977, the following six digits are in the 100000 to 200000.MADE IN USA were also included on the transfer and some models had LIMITED EDITION also applied.Finally, ifyour Kramer came with a Floyd Rose II, Floyd Rose with no fine tuners, or a Floyd Rose unit that does not require the ball ends of the strings to be cut off, it is an overseas model.
These guitars were made either in Korea, Indonesia,or Japan. 410, 610), Thousand Series, XL Series, ZX Series, Aerostar Series, Showster Series, and Ferrington Series.
Furthermore, the Gorky Park special editionmodel is also an overseas made guitar.
If the serial number of your Kramer starts with the following serial numbers, it is NOT a USA Made or "American" series Kramer: 1) Two letters followed by a serial number (e.g.
AA1234, AC1234, FA1234, FC1234, SA1234) 2) One letter followed by five letters (e.g. 12345) 4) Model numbers preceding serial number (e.g.
The Nashville facility begins eachday at number 501, and the Montana workshop begins at number 101.
However, in 1994, the Nashville-produced Epiphones were configured as YYNNNNNN: YY = 94 (the year) and NNNNNN is the ranking for the entire year.The numbers 001-499 show Kalamazoo production, 500-999show Nashville production. During the early 1980s production moved to Korea, and again the serial numbers are not an exact science as a dating mechanism.In 1993, a structure was developed where the number (or pair of numbers) following the initialletter indicates the year of production (i.e.Kramer was very careful to not stamp "Made In USA" anywhere on its neckplates starting in about 1985/1986.Starting in late 1985, virtually all Kramer guitars were being made by ESP Guitars in Japan.These instruments are the only ones that correspond to the standard post-1977 Gibson serialization.