Kramer NightSwan Review & Prices

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Kramer NightSwan Review
  • From Kramer's 2022 Original series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Hard Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: (/)
  • Floyd Rose 1000 Series Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • C-Shaped Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Kramer Deluxe 14:1 Ratio tuners
  • Retainer bar
  • From Kramer's 2022 Original series
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 24.75"'' scale
  • 16" Fretboard Radius
  • Mahogany body
  • Hard Maple neck
  • Ebony fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Middle pickup: Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Neck pickup: (/)
  • Floyd Rose 1000 Series Tremolo bridge
  • 1 volume Dome knobs
  • 3-way Switch
  • C-Shaped Bolt-On neck
  • 24 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Kramer Deluxe 14:1 Ratio tuners
  • Retainer bar

Verdict: is The Kramer NightSwan a Good Guitar?

Made in Indonesia with great craftsmanship while keeping the price as low as possible. It's a guitar with decent playability. It has good pickups but might be lacking in terms of versatility. It favors playing solos more than chords. In general, it offers a good amount of features for the price. Overall, a good guitar for the price, especially if you like Hard Rock or similar genres.

Final Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 77
Sound 77
Build quality 63
Value for money 77
Overall Score 72
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Kramer NightSwan
  • Expensive Wood
  • Locking Nut
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Tremolo
  • Retainer Bar
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

Kramer NightSwan Prices

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Is the Kramer NightSwan a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $810, which means that the Kramer NightSwan costs around 111% more than the competition. It might be due to it having additional features, but know that you can find cheaper similar alternatives. This takes into account all guitars in our database with 6 strings and Double Locking bridge that are made in Indonesia.

The Kramer NightSwan was released in 2022 and is part of the Original series. It is made in Indonesia (but bear in mind that mass production guitars change factory often). We'll be taking a look at its build quality, tone, playability, versatiliy and some extras to determine how 'good' this guitar is. We'll use these aspects to determine a final score for this guitar, which you can see at the top of this page.

But since we know that this isn't always possible, we'll try our best at reviewing this guitar for you.

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How well is the Kramer NightSwan Built?

Where is the Kramer NightSwan Made?

Knowing where the guitar is produced is a good way to know how well it's built. Some manufacturing countries are known for having higher quality standards. For example, most expensive guitars are made in the US or Japan, but there are some exceptionally great countries—like South Korea—that are building a good reputation.

The Kramer NightSwan is made in Indonesia. Many people prefer the quality of an Indonesian guitar over a Chinese. Respectable brands like Epiphone, Ibanez and Schecter are building in this country because of the great quality and lower price. Some people like to compare them to the ones built in Japan during the 80s, when Japanese guitar makers made a name for themselves.

Now, let's take a look at the quality of the materials used to build this guitar.

Quality of Wood Used in the Kramer NightSwan

As an electric guitar, type of wood won't affect the tone and sustain much. Instead, the hardware will be much more important. However, wood is still important for the look and feel of the guitar in general.

These are the types of wood used in the Kramer NightSwan:

Mahogany wood pattern used for guitar building
Mahogany Body
Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Neck
Ebony wood pattern used for guitar building
Ebony Fretboard

The body is made of Mahogany. This is the type of wood found in many top-of-the-line guitars, so that's a positive point for the build quality. This red-looking wood Mahogany is found in Africa and Central America and has great sustain and a warm tone due to its high density. The downside about this type of wood is that it's relatively heavy.

The neck is made of Maple. This is one of the most popular types of wood used in all kinds of guitars. It's heavy, strong and compact, which makes it great for necks. However, it's also used for fretboards, bodies and tops due to its light color, resistance and beautiful patterns. When it comes to tone, it highlights the mid and high frequencies.

Finally, the fretboard material is Ebony. This is one of the most expensive woods there is, which is why it's mostly used for fretboards. It is dense, heavy, highly resistant and comes in a really dark color that gives any guitar a classy touch. Tone wise, it helps the high side of the spectrum and provides good sustain.

Bridge

The bridge is a Floyd Rose 1000 Series Tremolo. With this type of tremolo bridge, you'll be able to perform dive bombs and pinch harmonics without getting out of tune. This type of bridge gives you the best versatility, but it also makes it harder to set up your guitar correctly, especially when changing your strings.

Tuners

The tuners have a ratio of 14:1. This means you need 14 turns of the tuner knob to make the tuner post go around 1 complete revolution. The more turns it takes, the finer and more precise your tuning is going to be. The 14:1 ratio isn't the most precise you could get. However, it makes tuning faster after changing strings since you don't need to turn them around so many times.

Nut Material

Another important thing to analyze is the nut material, as it's one of the most important aspects that can affect the sound and playability of your guitar. A well-cut nut will make sure the guitar stays in tune and will make it more comfortable to play.

In this case, the Kramer NightSwan has a Locking nut. Instead of the typical nut, this nut locks the strings in place and will make them stay in tune even after heavy tremolo use. This type of nut provides the best tune stability, but they also make the guitar more expensive.

It also comes with a retainer bar for the locking nut, which is a helpful addition. Without it, the strings would change pitch once you lock down the nut, so you'd have to make more micro-adjustments at the bridge to tune it correctly.

Neck Joint

The neck joint is the part where the neck of the guitar meets the body. There are three main techniques to attach both parts together: Set-In, Bolt-On and Neck-Through. The latter two provide different advantages, although neck-throughs are the most expensive.

This guitar has a Bolt-On neck joint. Even though this type of neck was looked down upon for a long time, nowadays bolt-on necks are well built and provide just as much sustain as any other join method. First of all, it's cheap to make because it consists of simply 4 bolts that attach the neck to the body. And you can travel with the guitar more easily, swap out the neck if you damage it, or upgrade to a more comfortable neck later on.

Build Quality Score

Quality of materials 54
Features 65
Quality Control 70
Build Quality 63

Does the Kramer NightSwan Sound Good? Tone Analysis

Like we already wrote, wood will have little influence in the final tone of an electric guitar. Instead, we'll take a look at the hardware used—mainly the pickups—to determine what kind of tone you can expect.

Pickups

The first step to choosing an electric guitar should be deciding what type of pickups you want. There are multiple configurations and each offers different advantages.

This guitar comes with pickups from one of the top brands: Seymour Duncan. So you can expect well built pickups with great sound that shouldn't need an upgrade anytime soon.

We found the same or very similar pickups available for purchase online:

These are passive pickups, so you can expect a moderade level of hot output instead of the overwhelming output that distinguises active pickups in metal.

The Kramer NightSwan's configuration is HHX. It's a rare pickup configuration. It gives you high output with a warm tone for hard rock with a bit more versatility than single-pickup guitars. You'll have to be careful not to set the middle pickup too high if you want to avoid hitting it with your pick.

Next, we can take a look at the quality of the pickups. Some brands like to build their own pickups, but it's preferable when they feature a specialized pickup brand like Seymour Duncan, DiMarzio, EMG, etc. Unless we're talking about Fender or Gibson, since they build excellent pickups too.

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Versatility

Let's evaluate how much freedom this model gives you to play with more tones, playstyles and genres. We'll take into account things like coil split, fret number, tremolo and the pickup combinations you can have.

Let's start with the switch options. It comes with the popular 3-way switch that is present in most guitars. For more versatility, guitarists tend to prefer a 5-way switch, although it all depends on what you want to use your guitar for.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with more options for coil split or coil tapping. This makes it less versatile than some competitors.

Here's the diagram showing the different pickup combinations you can get out of this guitar model:

Kramer NightSwan pickups switch and push knobs diagram
Kramer NightSwan's switch options

What music genre is the Kramer NightSwan good for?

As a 6 strings, Solid Body guitar with HHX configuration and Passive pickups, we'd recommend it for genres like Hard Rock or similar. However, you can use almost any guitar for any genre. This is just the typical type of music for this kind of guitar.

Sound Score

Pickups 85
Sustain 70
Versatility 68
Tuning Stability 85
Sound 77

Is The Kramer NightSwan Easy to Play?

The Kramer NightSwan meets 5 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's a good guitar to start with as a complete beginner. This takes into account the type of frets, scale length, nut width, bridge type, fretboard radius, and neck profile to determine the easiest combination for new players to get used to.

Now let's take a look at the most important measurements and features that will determine the playability of a guitar:

Nut Width

Kramer NightSwan Nut Width
Kramer NightSwan Nut Width

The Kramer NightSwan has a nut width of 41.3mm (1.625''). This is narrower than the typical 43mm (1 11/16") found in electric guitars. This means that this guitar will have a narrower string separation at the nut, which will affect your fretting hand.

If you are a player with big hands, you might find it difficult to play chords without muting strings. However, this is good for players who have smaller hands, as it will allow them to reach each string much easier at the nut.

Scale Length

Scale length is the distance the strings will span between the bridge and the nut. It can tell you a lot about the overall playability and tone of the instrument. A longer scale length means longer distance between frets, brighter tone and more string tension—which means lower action, but more difficult bending of the strings.

Here's the Kramer NightSwan's 24.75" scale length compared to other common sizes:

Kramer NightSwan Scale Length Comparison
Kramer NightSwan's scale length (at the top) compared to other popular sizes

This is the scale length used in most Gibson guitars. If you like the playability of a Gibson, this guitar will feel pretty similar. It's a lot shorter than the typical Stratocaster (25.5'')

As you can see from the picture above, a shorter scale length also means shorter separation between frets. If you got really small hands, you probably will feel more comfortable playing this guitar than a Fender Stratocaster.

This scale length also allows for easier bends and vibratos because the strings will have lower tension due to the shorter scale.

Finally, another thing affected by scale length is tone. A shorter scale will give less room for the harmonics, thus resulting in a warmer, more 'bassy' tone.

Still, remember that you string gauge plays an important part in all of this. A lighter gauge will make it easier to perform bends, vibratos and will also give you a brighter tone.

Neck Profile

Kramer NightSwan Neck Profile
Kramer NightSwan's neck profile

The neck profile tells you the thickness (neck depth) and shape in cross section. Every difference will completely change the feeling and comfortability of the neck. This is a highly subjective thing, but most players indeed prefer certain types of necks (like Cs and Ds) because they feel nice in most hands.

It has a C type neck. C-shaped necks like this have been the most popular for the last years. The reason is that they feel good in most hands. It's generally a thin neck that doesn't get in your way when playing fast, but that also has enough mass to give your hands a comfortable grip for chords if they aren't too big.

Thin necks like this make it easier to move your hand across the neck and it helps when playing fast solos, especially if you like to leave your thumb free while playing high on the fretboard. However, thinner necks are also weaker and will need adjustment more often than a thicker neck.

Fretboard Radius

When it comes to fingerboard radius, personal preference will dictate which one is better for you. However, most people seem to agree that a more curved (lower) radius will make it easier to play chords while a less curved (higher) radius is better for soloing and bending.

The Kramer NightSwan has a fingerboard radius of 16". Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

Kramer NightSwan Fretboard Radius Comparison with Fender Stratocaster and Gibson Les Paul
Kramer NightSwan's fretboard radius compared to other guitars

This fretboard radius is really different than Stratocasters, but it's also a lot flatter than Les Paul fingerboards. It'll heavily favor soloing over playing chords. This doesn't mean you can't use it for chords, but it will be more comfortable to play chords without muting strings in a more curved fretboard. Bending and sliding without losing sustain will also be more likely in a flat fretboard like this one.

Compound radius fingerboards give the best of both worlds. Unfortunately, the Kramer NightSwan has the same radius across the board.

Playability compared to main competitors

24.75'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.625'' Nut Width
16'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.625'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
Wizard Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
15.75'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.654'' Nut Width
12'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
Wizard Neck Profile
1.693'' Nut Width
15.75'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
U Neck Profile
1.654'' Nut Width
13.78'' Fretboard Radius
25.5'' Scale Length
U Neck Profile
1.654'' Nut Width
Compound Fretboard Radius

Hand Size Comfortability

After taking into account the neck profile, scale size, fretboard radius, and nut width, we can conclude that the Kramer NightSwan's construction favors people with relatively small hands.

Nevertheless, this comes down in the end to personal preference. Make sure you test this guitar—or another one with similar characteristics—before buying.

Big Hands
Balance
Small hands

Frets

The Kramer NightSwan has 24 frets. A lot of people mistakenly believe that having more frets will always be better because it gives you a higher octave. This is certainly an advantage, but there's also a disadvantage to this.

Since the fretboard will be longer, the neck pickup will need to be placed closer to the bridge. And as you may know, the further away the neck pickup is from the bridge, the warmer it sounds. This means you'll have a brighter-sounding neck pickup when using a 24-fret guitar, even if you use the same pickup on a 22-fret guitar.

Finally, these are nickel silver frets, so they won't last as long as stainless steel frets. If you use your instrument a lot, you'll need to replace the frets after a few years.

Fret Size

Kramer NightSwan Fret Size Comparison
Kramer NightSwan's fret size (in orange) compared to other popular sizes

Finally, let's talk about fret size. Some people prefer tall frets because it's easier to press the strings and perform bends since there's less friction against the fretboard. On the other hand, some people like shorter frets because they like to touch the fretboard when playing, or because they got heavy hands and tend to press too much on the string and alter the of the note pitch accidently.

The Kramer NightSwan's frets are Medium Jumbo size. These sit somewhere between a Jumbo and a Medium fret. They're not quite as tall as a full Jumbo, so you'll still feel the fretboard, but you won't feel it as much as with medium frets. This is a good size if you want to make it easy to press the strings but would also like a little bit of ''feedback'' to know when to stop pressing so the notes don't go out of pitch.

Playability Score

Bending & Vibrato Ease 80
Chord Playability 70
Solo Playability 80
Playability 77

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Kramer NightSwan Specs

General
Brand: Kramer
Year: 2022
Configuration: HHX
Strings: 6
Made in: Indonesia
Series: Original
Colors: Blue
Left-Handed Version: Yes
Body
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Mahogany
Bridge: Floyd Rose 1000 Series Tremolo
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On
Tuners: Kramer Deluxe 14:1 Ratio
Fretboard: Ebony
Neck Material: Hard Maple
Decoration: White Pearloid Dots (size varies) in Ping Pong Configuration
Scale Size: 24.75"
Shape: C-Shaped
Frets: 24 Medium Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 16"
Nut: Locking
Nut Width: 41.3mm (1.625'')
Electronics
Switch: 3 Way
Knobs: Dome
Volume Controls: 1
Tone Controls: 0
Bridge Pickup: Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 (Humbucker / Passive)
Middle Pickup: Seymour Duncan JB SH-4 (Humbucker / Passive)