Gary Kramer left Travis Bean Guitars in 1975, a year after they started. He then went to work designing and manufacturing his own brand of guitars called Kramer.
The neck scale on Kramers was 25”. The head stock was topped with Schaller tuners.
Before Travis Bean or Kramer, a small company called Musicraft was building six string, twelve string and bass guitars under the brand name Messenger. These instruments featured aluminum-magnesium necks running through a medium depth hollow body.
The bodies on Messenger instruments sported distinctive cat’s-eye sound holes and came in three finishes; Morning Sunburst, Midnight Sunburst and Rojo Red. Some models came with built-in fuzztones. All were equipped with single coil DeArmond pickups.
|1967 Messenger Guitar|
But it wasn’t long until the company stopped production and folded.
|Check out the pickups|
The Messenger Guitar’s single claim to fame was Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad. Farner played a Messenger for much of his early career.
But alas, the guitar was reportedly not up to snuff with some of the other instruments of the day. The Grover tuners were not properly sized for the instrument. The nut was unreliable and the DeArmond single coil pickups were extremely noisy and produced a nasal sound. The Messenger Guitars that were equipped with the built-in fuzztone gave off a noise similar to that made by a Jordan fuzztone. It sounded much like an electric razor.