1979 Kramer American DMZ 4000 Aluminum Neck Bass Guitar



1979 Kramer American DMZ 4000 Aluminum Neck Bass Guitar with original case.


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1979 Kramer American DMZ 4000 Aluminum Neck Bass Guitar.

Another awesome, vintage, Aluminum neck Kramer!

This one is a DMZ 4000 and as you can see, it has EMG’s installed. It also comes with the original pickups as well. This is active circuitry. Even has original receipts for the pickup installation etc!

Bass is in VERY good overall vintage condition. It shows some wear here and there like you would expect from a bass over 40 years old, but it has not been abused and is quite clean.

Great neck, these were such cool guitars.

Comes as pictured with original pickups, various schematics and paperwork, as well as the original Kramer case which is in superb condition for its age.


Some info from Vintage Kramer:

Also debuting in 1979 as one of the DMZ Customs was the DMZ4000 bass. At first, it sported the fatter bulbous body like the DMZ2000 and 3000 guitars. It also had a mini-pickguard in the middle of the body that held a passive split-coil Dimarzio P-bass pickup. Controls on the early version were 1 volume and 1 tone knob and face-mounted jack. This first mach was availble in black(maple body), natural(maple body) or walnut/maple combination. Later that year, the 4000 lost it’s pickguard and gained an active EQ and Dimarzio Dual Coil pickup instead of the passive model used on the earlier version. It gained 2 switches, one for power and one for coil tap. Around this time, the 4000 was planned to be dropped and the DMZ4001 was to take over. The 4001 was basically the same bass as the later 4000 version but had only one coil tap switch. Both the 4000 and the 4001 initially had the fatter body but was streamlined down to the thinner-horned, sleeker body like the DMZ1000 guitar. Color options remained the same throughout the run. Necks were standard aluminum with dot inlays and, like the rest of Kramer’s alum. neck basses, had the fretless or half fretless option and some with no dots.

Basically, if it has a pickguard, it’s a 4000 no matter what. The deciding factor of the non-pickguarded models come down to the time frame the model came out in. Although the 4000 and 4001 is listed as having active curcuity, there are several examples of non-active, non switching configurations on both models. The 4000 run was ended about the time the 4001 came out with very little overlapping time. Both models at different times sported passive and/or active electronics.