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This guide can help you determine the If you’re unable to identify the approximate production year of your instrument using the above charts, several excellent books are available that contain invaluable and reliable information on the history of Fender instruments. They are detailed reference resources with a wealth of information on determining the production years of various instruments and on Fender history in general.
Indeed, we use these same books here at Fender when researching historical and date-related issues.
The B Cast Plate guitars appear in what would normally be the "F" timeframe for Kramer.
Range - C0001-9999 Notes: 1983-84 Non-angled, Baretta, "Banana" or "Hockeystick" headstocks (C3000-C5000) - Necks Made by ESP - Bodies by Sports Chrome and black plates both of which are flat stamped.
Range - E0001-13XXX Notes: Late 85 "Banana" or "Hockeystick' headstocks (to the E2000s) - Necks Made by La Si Do, Sports - Bodies by Sports Die cast plates in chrome sporting "Neptune, NJ" on them with the banana Kramer logo.
213=unit number; and that last letter is an internal code. (That first letter is an “oh” not a zero.) The first letter is the year; O=1998. The three numbers are the unit number; this started over each month at 500, so unit number 21. Yamaha Music Craft, Made in Japan, 1999: Letter-letter-###, like so: PM222. The first two letters are the year; Q=0 and I=2, so 2002. Some black plates are stamped without Made in USA and some have the entire "Kramer" word stamped rather than outline cut stamped as earlier models do.Range - D0001-9999 Notes: 1984-late 85 "Banana" or "Hockeystick' headstocks (C5000s-E2000s) - Necks Made by La Si Do, Sports - Bodies by Sports Chrome and black plates both of which are flat stamped.Range - F0001-13XXX (presumed) Notes: 1986-90 "Pointy Droopy" or "Shark" headstocks(E2000s-G series) - Bodies and Necks by ESP Die cast plates in chrome and black sporting "Neptune, NJ" on them with the banana Kramer logo.Range - GXXXX-XXXX Notes: 1990-"hockey stick" heads again (these were sold as NOS parts at the close out and mostly never associated with a serial number or neckplate).