Kramer Aluminum Neck DMZ Series Reviews
They run $300 - $600 depending on model
and condition. I've had a few, and my
favorite is the PJ setup I have now.
The sound is off the wall. The heavy body and cast aluminum neck, plus the PU set and
switches can loosen your fillings and maybe
fuse your vertebrae.
They also look very cool with the two prong
fork of a headstock and ivory PUs.
Did I mention it weighs 14 lb ?
Cast Aluminum neck, no tension rod needed.
Headstock integral with main casting, 2+2
Sperzle tuners. Dimarzio PJs, passive with
switches for coil tap or series parallel,
not sure which purpose but very effective.
Ebanol [composite] fretboard with zero fret.
Don't know how to measure radius, but the
fretboard is noticably arched like an old
These things are very solid. Even the rear
cover is thick aluminum. Bridge is heavy stamping with keyhole anchors in the base.
The PUs have adjustable pole slugs.
As with most Kramers of the period, the
tone knob does little or nothing.
As a studio bass, it has a unique but very
useful range of tones but as a gig bass you
have to weigh over 250lb and frequent a gym
to wear it all night. Tone can be anywhere
from piano to thud-farts, and very sensitive
to string choice. Also very sensitive to
touch, and easily played by tapping. You
want endless sustain ? You got it. If you
want less sustain, you need decent muting
The only reason I'm not rating it a 5 is
weight. Did I mention the weight ? 14 lb.golem
rated this unit