Scorching Duncan™ Pickup
Power and Sleek Singlecut Styling Assault 220 Plus Seymour Duncan®
Assault 220 Plus Seymour Duncan®
Offering an alternative take on the hard-rocking tones and shred-certified performance that this leading manufacturer is known for, Kramer’s Assault series has taken carved-top singlecut styling boldly into territory normally dominated by the offset-double-cutaway crowd. Now Kramer brings the Assault 220 Plus to the range. Available as a “hardtail” model or with a Floyd Rose™ vibrato tailpiece, both versions carry a set of upgraded Seymour Duncan® humbucking pickups for optimum tonal versatility. The Assault 220 Plus is designed with the classic maple-mahogany tonewood combination and single cutaway styling made famous by Gibson’s Les Paul way back in 1952, but updated with a sharper body horn, a slimmer, more comfortable body and glued-in mahogany neck. The hardtail version is finished in Natural to show off its curly maple veneer top, while the Floyd version is finished in Trans Red Gloss (over a quilted maple top), both with Kramer’s new back-angled, 3-3 “Assault” headstock shape.
The maple top/mahogany body tonewood combination has become legendary for good reasons, and the Assault 220 Plus proves its case yet again. By blending the warmth, depth and creamy low-end response of mahogany with maple’s high-frequency clarity and articulation, the Assault 220 Plus covers all the sonic bases with ease. A solid mahogany neck—glued in, rather than bolted—further contributes to the Assault 220 Plus’s resonance and sustain, while a fast SlimTaper™ profile and 24-fret ebony fingerboard (maple on the natural-finished model) let you rev up all the speed you can muster. In another twist on the format, the Assault 220 Plus is built to the 25-1/2” scale length that many shredders prefer, which offers tight, thumping lows, crystal-clear highs, and shimmering harmonics.
For amped-up muscle, the Assault 220 Plus carries a pair of premium Seymour Duncan® humbuckers, carefully chosen for their outstanding blend of tone, power, and versatility. A ’59 in the neck position (with classic zebra coils on the Natural finished guitar) offers vintage-style output and rich, throaty tones with excellent articulation, while a contemporary styled Alternative 8® in the bridge position takes your solos and crunch rhythm work totally over the top. Made with over-wound coils and a mighty Ceramic 8 magnet, the Alternative 8® presents a huge, punchy sound with fat mids and excellent presence, without ever going muddy or shrill like some high-powered humbuckers. For optimum versatility, the pickups are routed through independent volume controls with push-pull switching for series/parallel tones and master tone control plus three-way selector switch. The volume pot hides a “treble-bleed” mod utilizing a .002 mF capacitor to retain shimmering highs as you wind down the control. The Trans Red Gloss guitar is loaded with a high-performance Floyd Rose™ “double-locking” vibrato bridge and locking nut, while the Natural-finished Assault 220 Plus has through-body stringing with recessed Tune-o-matic bridge, all with black die-cast tuners up top. The Assault 220 Plus is primed for all the scorching rock action you can dish out, and ready to come back perfectly in tune every time.
Check it out now at your authorized Kramer dealer.