Kramer Explorer Guitars

The Kramer Explorer is actually just an Explorer shaped guitar. It is actually called the Kramer Imperial. It has been reviewed over at Harmony Central as well as a few other guitar forums around the internet. Kramer guitars used to be manufactured in the USA. Unfortunately this is no longer the case as with some many other American companies. The global trade concept was too much for yet another American manufacturer.

They were bought out by a larger guitar manufacturer and production was moved overseas to cut manufacturing expenses. Quality control may have been one of the departments where they save on their manufacturing costs.

I have heard and read many complaints regarding their decline in quality and craftsmanship but have never personally owned one. I definitely could use some more info on these guitars.

Kramer Explorer Shaped GuitarTheir website,, does not show any sign of an Explorer shaped Imperial, and no mention of any upcoming resurrection of the Imperial either.

According to their website, they are the meanest shred division of the Gibson company so one could assume that if the Imperial is not depicted in the shred division, it could be a lost cause.

This is all the specific info I have right now but if you'd like to add to this description I'd appreciate any information sent to me right here. I'm looking for descriptions, pictures, production years, availablilty, and that sort of info. If you can help out, please do.

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