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|1981 was the first year of the wood neck era for
Kramer. Among these new guitars was the Pacer(Strat copy), Vanguard (V
copy) and the Voyager which was similar to a Dean ML or "star" shaped
guitar. The first two types were the Voyager Special which had one Ultra
Spec hum, brass vintage trem, 1 vol, 1 tone and a 3 way coil tap switch.
The Voyager Imperial was the same guitar with better tuners and a
Flicker trem. Both these guitars had one piece maple necks with the
Strat copy headstock. In 1982, The Voyager Special's trem was changed to
the vintage trem and the Voyager Headless guitar and bass were
introduced. These had a headless aluminum neck(similar to the Dukes)
with the tuners at the crotch of the guitar. Both the headless models
had a Schaller bridge, 1 hum, 1 vol and 1 tone.
1982, the Imperial's trem changed from the Flicker to the Rockinger and
then in 1983, to a Floyd Rose. Sometime in 1983, the 2 hum Imperial
arose as an option.
| Around 1985, the Voyager body shape changed. The
rear wing and front lower wing was extended and more pointed at the
tips. These had the Banana headstock, THREE hums, three on-off switches,
a single volume and a Floyd Rose. Like the Pacer and Vanguard, some of
the banana heads said "Voyager" after the logo but most were inscribed
on the truss rod cover. The later 3 hum Voyager was the role model for
the Focus 5000 and Striker ST500.
The Voyager, like the Vanguard, made it into 1987 at which time it