Review: Kramer Striker Custom S-424CR Electric Guitar

The Kramer Striker Series Flame Top is a shred worthy axe at a great price!


Kramer is an American manufacturer of electric guitars and basses. Kramer produced aluminum-necked electric guitars and basses in the 1970s and wooden-necked guitars catering to hard rock and heavy metal musicians in the 1980s; Kramer is currently a division of Gibson Guitar Corporation. Kramer was one of the most popular guitar brands of the 1980s and the best-selling brand of 1985 and 1986.


Right off the bat the flame top caught my eye. This guitar looked like a classic 80’s style rock guitar so I had to give it a go. The neck is very fast and comfortable to the touch. The body is made of alder, so it is lighter than most other guitars in its class. The most exciting thing about the Striker guitar is the coil tapping on both neck and bridge pickups. The 25.5 scale neck is always a plus as well as 24 frets. The tone was warm in the neck position and can also get that classic single coil tone with just a pull of the knob. The neck pickup is bright and aggressive, and when coil tapped, gets a nice twang tone…. very cool!


  • Body – Alder Flame Top
  • Neck – 25.5 scale Bolt on Maple
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Die cast tuners
  • Frets – 24 jumbo frets
  • Pickups – Kramer H-S-S (Coil tap)
  • Finish – Vintage Sunburst


For the price, this is a monster intermediate guitar. I’d go as far as saying that this could even be an advanced player’s guitar. It’s a simple but effective guitar setup, having all the necessary features needed to rock. This baby has everything you would need to light the stage on fire with stock features like: 24 frets, coil tapping, a fast neck and good tone. I would probably swap out the bridge pickup to a DiMarzio and you’re all set. This Kramer stays in tune beautifully, even with my brutal playing style. I give it a hardy thumbs up! A great, inexpensive, intermediate guitar.

Pros: Very inexpensive, 24 frets, Coil tapping, Light weight, Nice finish, and Decent tone.

Cons: N/A

MSRP – $199.99

Till next week thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email:

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