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In the early 80s, Kramer began to shift from aluminum based neck construction to more economical wooden necks. Some models from this transition era were available with both neck styles, including the V-shaped Vanguard bass. Those with an aluminum neck were called the Vanguard Special while those with a wooden neck were called Vanguard Standard. 

Years of Production: 1980 - 1983

Body Style: Solidbody

Wood Composition: Tropical wood body, Aluminum neck with wooden inserts, Ebonal fingerboard

Design Elements: Humbucker pickup, dot inlays, aluminum hardware, two control knobs, slotted headstock

Product Specs

  • Vanguard
  • Natural
  • 1980

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