Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta Review & Prices

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Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta Review
  • From Kramer's 2020 Artist series
  • Snake Sabo Signature
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12.6" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • 3 piece Maple, natural Satin finish neck
  • Indian Laurel fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Kramer 85-T Double Black Open Coil Humbucker (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Floyd Rose 1000 series Tremolo with EVH D-Tuna Drop D Tuning System bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • K-Speed SlimTaper Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Black Chrome Mini Die Cast tuners
  • From Kramer's 2020 Artist series
  • Snake Sabo Signature
  • Made in Indonesia
  • 6 strings
  • 25.5"'' scale
  • 12.6" Fretboard Radius
  • Alder body
  • 3 piece Maple, natural Satin finish neck
  • Indian Laurel fretboard
  • Bridge pickup: Kramer 85-T Double Black Open Coil Humbucker (Humbucker/Passive)
  • Floyd Rose 1000 series Tremolo with EVH D-Tuna Drop D Tuning System bridge
  • 1 volume and 1 tone Dome knobs
  • K-Speed SlimTaper Bolt-On neck
  • 22 Jumbo frets
  • Black Chrome Mini Die Cast tuners

Verdict: is The Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta 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 doesn't come with the best pickups, so you might want to upgrade them eventually. It favors playing solos more than chords. In general, it offers a good amount of features for the price. But you might want to check other guitars with a better score if you have the budget for it.

Final Scores and Tone Evaluation

Playability 77
Sound 70
Build quality 60
Value for money 74
Overall Score 69
Tone Evaluation
  • Heavy Metal
  • Hard Rock
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Funk
  • Country
Strengths & Weaknesses
Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta
  • Locking Nut
  • Tremolo
  • Stainless Steel Frets
  • Locking Tuners
  • High-Quality-Standards Country
  • Expensive Woods
  • Top Brand Pickups
  • Neck-Through Build
  • Compound Radius Fretboard
  • Push Knob or Extra Switch Option
  • Weight Relief
  • 21:1 Tuner Ratio
  • Retainer Bar
  • Strap Lock
  • Luminescent Inlay

Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta Prices

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Is the Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta a Good Deal?

Its average competitor's price is $810, which means that the Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta costs around 117% 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 Snake Sabo Baretta was released in 2020 and is part of the Artist 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 Snake Sabo Baretta Built?

Where is the Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta 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 Snake Sabo Baretta 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 Snake Sabo Baretta

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 Snake Sabo Baretta:

Alder wood pattern used for guitar building
Alder Body
Maple wood pattern used for guitar building
Maple Neck
Laurel wood pattern used for guitar building
Laurel Fretboard

The body is made of Alder. This is a lightweight type of wood that was popularized by Fender. According to them, it's a wood that offers a balanced tone but that favors the upper midrange slightly.

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 Laurel. There are many types of Laurel, but East Indian is the most common for guitar building. Its color can vary from dark to light brown with black lines. Many people find its tonality similar to Rosewood, which favors the warmer frequencies.

Bridge

The bridge is a Floyd Rose 1000 series Tremolo with EVH D-Tuna Drop D Tuning System. 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.

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 Snake Sabo Baretta 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.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a retainer bar for the nut, which would be a helpful addition. Without it, the strings will change pitch once you lock down the nut, so you'll 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 50
Features 60
Quality Control 70
Build Quality 60

Does the Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta 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.

Unfortunately, it doesn't come with pickups from one of the top brands. This doesn't mean you will get bad pickups, but you might want to consider a pickup upgrade after some time. The good thing is that pickups are easy to change, so you can do it at home.

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 Snake Sabo Baretta's configuration is H. A single humbucking pickup will give you all the space you need for picking, and it might give you a bit more sustain since less magnetic fields are messing with the strings' vibrations. However, you won't have the same versatility as with other guitars with more pickups. It's recommended if you want to use it mainly for high-output riffs.

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.

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.

Naturally, the Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta doesn't come with a pickup selector because it's a single-pickup guitar. These guitars have less versatility, but they're good for practicing. Besides being cheaper, limiting yourself to a single-pickup guitar can help you improve by learning to control the tone with your technique and playing style. Things like playing further away from the bridge for a warmer tone, or plucking the strings fast for a snappy sound can help you become a better player.

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

What music genre is the Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta good for?

As a 6 strings, Solid Body guitar with H 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 60
Sustain 80
Versatility 55
Tuning Stability 85
Sound 70

Is The Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta Easy to Play?

The Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta meets 4 out of our 8 criteria items for beginner friendliness, which means that it's not bad for beginners, but it could be better. 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 Snake Sabo Baretta Nut Width
Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta Nut Width

The Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta has a nut width of 42.7mm (1.68''). 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 Snake Sabo Baretta's 25.5" scale length compared to other common sizes:

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

This is the same scale length used in Stratocaster guitars, and it's one of the main reasons they have such a bright sound. It's considered a long scale when compared to most non-baritone guitars.

Since the distance between bridge and nut is relatively long, you'll need to give the strings more tension to get them in tune. This higher tension will allow for a couple of things. First, you can get a lower action (get the strings closer to the fretboard) because the strings won't 'wiggle' too much when pluck and won't cause fret buzz. This can allow you to use lower tunings without increasing your string gauge, and it will make it easier to press down the strings fast.

However, the frets will also have a wider separation between each other, which can make it harder to play, especially if you got small hands. The higher tension will also make the strings feel stiffer, so bending will require more strength.

Neck Profile

Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta Neck Profile
Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta'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 Snake Sabo Baretta has a fingerboard radius of 12.6". Here's an image comparing this guitar's fretboard radius to other popular choices:

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

It's very similar to most Gibson guitars but slightly flatter, which makes soloing more comfortable. But it's not bad for playing chords as it still has a slight curve to it.

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

Playability compared to main competitors

25.5'' Scale Length
C Neck Profile
1.68'' Nut Width
12.6'' 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
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
25.5'' Scale Length
D Neck Profile
1.688'' 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 Snake Sabo Baretta'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 Snake Sabo Baretta has 22 frets. Even though 24 frets has become really popular, there's still a good reason to get fewer frets; the pickup at the neck position will be further away from the bridge. This makes the neck pickup achieve a warmer tone. You might want this if you're playing Jazz or similar genres.

However, if you don't care about the warmer neck pickup, more frets will always be better. It's always nice to have the option to play higher notes if you want to.

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 Snake Sabo Baretta Fret Size Comparison
Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta'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 Snake Sabo Baretta's frets are Jumbo size. This is a tall fret size that is becoming increasingly popular because it makes it easier to press down the strings cleanly. With this fret size, you won't feel the fretboard when playing, so if you press down too hard, you will get the notes out of pitch. However, this is something you can overcome by getting used to the taller size.

Playability Score

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

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Kramer Snake Sabo Baretta Specs

General
Brand: Kramer
Year: 2020
Configuration: H
Strings: 6
Made in: Indonesia
Series: Artist
Colors: Green
Left-Handed Version: No
Body
Type: Solid Body
Body Material: Alder
Bridge: Floyd Rose 1000 series Tremolo with EVH D-Tuna Drop D Tuning System
Neck
Neck Joint: Bolt-On
Tuners: Black Chrome Mini Die Cast
Fretboard: Indian Laurel
Neck Material: 3 piece Maple, natural Satin finish
Decoration: Dot
Scale Size: 25.5"
Shape: K-Speed SlimTaper
Frets: 22 Jumbo
Fretboard Radius: 12.6"
Nut: Locking
Nut Width: 42.7mm (1.68'')
Electronics
Switch: 0 Way
Knobs: Dome
Volume Controls: 1
Tone Controls: 1
Bridge Pickup: Kramer 85-T Double Black Open Coil Humbucker (Humbucker / Passive)