Become a member
Become a member

or
Continue with Google
Log in
Log in

or
Log in using a Google account
Add this product to
  • Mon ancien matos
  • My current gear
  • My wishlist
Kramer The Duke Bass
Images
1/10

All user reviews for the Kramer The Duke Bass

Price engine
Classified Ads
Forums
Not satisfied with those reviews?
Filter
Keywords
Average Score:
(4/5 based on 1 review)
1 review
100 %
Write a user review
Value For Money : Excellent
Users reviews
  • Audiofanzine FRAudiofanzine FR

    Kramer The Duke BassPublished on 11/04/08 at 05:11
    (Originally written by Tibo1987/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

    Kramer THE DUKE Bass, made in the USA, short scale, aluminum neck, headless. 1981.

    Inspired by Steinberger headless models.

    It's a real UFO and it sounds a bit strange. Aluminum doesn't produce much resonance in the low frequency range and there's almost no wood on this instrument so it sounds metallic.

    24 frets, short scale (it's a bit confusing).
    Stick-like shape that allows a good access to the upper frets.
    It had originally a humbucker in the bridge position and I added a jazz pickup in the neck position, both active EMG.

    The bass is light, rugged, strange and I bought it only for its look.

    Shaller machine heads and …
    Read more
    (Originally written by Tibo1987/translated from Audiofanzine FR)

    Kramer THE DUKE Bass, made in the USA, short scale, aluminum neck, headless. 1981.

    Inspired by Steinberger headless models.

    It's a real UFO and it sounds a bit strange. Aluminum doesn't produce much resonance in the low frequency range and there's almost no wood on this instrument so it sounds metallic.

    24 frets, short scale (it's a bit confusing).
    Stick-like shape that allows a good access to the upper frets.
    It had originally a humbucker in the bridge position and I added a jazz pickup in the neck position, both active EMG.

    The bass is light, rugged, strange and I bought it only for its look.

    Shaller machine heads and bridge. The bridge is good but not the machine heads so the bass doesn't stay in tune and the machine heads are too responsive and not very sturdy.

    UTILIZATION

    I don't play it that often. I use it mostly for fun on stage when I don't need a big sound.

    I like its compact size and light weight and also the indestructible aluminum neck (it can be a big advantage in some live situations).

    SOUNDS

    I think the instrument was originally conceived for metal musicians playing with a pick but I personally find it sounds funky. The sound has powerful growling mids and it's a real pleasure when you play close to the bridge. The sound isn't round so all those rockers out there looking for a Precision/Ampeg sound should stay away from it.

    OVERALL OPINION

    I bought it in the USA and it wasn't expensive. I find it wonderfully awful and that's the reason why I bought it. Surprisingly the sound is good for funk music. I will rewire the pickups and change the machine heads but I can't complain for the price I paid.

    This bass has killer looks and a good sound. The short scale is a bit disturbing and it might be the reason I sell it, if I do. If you like its looks and you want something radically different at a small price, this bass guitar is made for you.
    See less
cookies
We are using cookies!

Yes, Audiofanzine is using cookies. Since the last thing that we want is disturbing your diet with too much fat or too much sugar, you'll be glad to learn that we made them ourselves with fresh, organic and fair ingredients, and with a perfect nutritional balance. What this means is that the data we store in them is used to enhance your use of our website as well as improve your user experience on our pages (learn more). To configure your cookie preferences, click here.

We did not wait for a law to make us respect our members and visitors' privacy. The cookies that we use are only meant to improve your experience on our website.

Our cookies
Cookies not subject to consent
These are cookies that guarantee the proper functioning of Audiofanzine and allow its optimization. The website cannot function properly without these cookies. Example: cookies that help you stay logged in from page to page or that help customizing your usage of the website (dark mode or filters).
Google Analytics
We are using Google Analytics in order to better understand the use that our visitors make of our website in an attempt to improve it.
Advertising
This information allows us to show you personalized advertisements thanks to which Audiofanzine is financed. By unchecking this box you will still have advertisements but they may be less interesting :) We are using Google Ad Manager to display part of our ads, or tools integrated to our own CMS for the rest.

We did not wait for a law to make us respect our members and visitors' privacy. The cookies that we use are only meant to improve your experience on our website.

Our cookies
Cookies not subject to consent

These are cookies that guarantee the proper functioning of Audiofanzine. The website cannot function properly without these cookies. Examples: cookies that help you stay logged in from page to page or that help customizing your usage of the website (dark mode or filters).

Google Analytics

We are using Google Analytics in order to better understand the use that our visitors make of our website in an attempt to improve it. When this parameter is activated, no personal information is sent to Google and the IP addresses are anonymized.

Advertising

This information allows us to show you personalized advertisements thanks to which Audiofanzine is financed. By unchecking this box you will still have advertisements but they may be less interesting :) We are using Google Ad Manager to display part of our ads, or tools integrated to our own CMS for the rest.


You can find more details on data protection in our privacy policy.
You can also find information about how Google uses personal data by following this link.