Dating my rickenbacker
The B Cast Plate guitars appear in what would normally be the "F" timeframe for Kramer.
Range - E0001-13XXX Notes: (E11000 to E12000 are when the recessed cavities appeared on bodies) 1986-90 "Pointy Droopy" or "Shark" headstocks(E2000s-G series) - Bodies and Necks by ESP Die cast plates in chrome sporting "Neptune, NJ" on them with the banana Kramer logo.
Range - F0001-13XXX (presumed) Notes: 1986-90 "Pointy Droopy" or "Shark" headstocks(E2000s-G series) - Bodies and Necks by ESP Die cast plates in chrome and black sporting "Neptune, NJ" on them with the banana Kramer logo.
Range - GXXXX-XXXX Notes: 1990-"hockey stick" heads again (these were sold as NOS parts at the close out and mostly never associated with a serial number or neckplate).
These plates showing up on American Series guitars is somewhat of of a mystery, as we don't know if those were used for American Series guitars assembled in Japan, or if it was for another purpose.
Many Kline Graphic Barettas have been seen with the B plates.
While there are several places on Vintage Kramer to learn about serial numbers, here is a rundown of serial numbers, with year models and distiguishing characteristics for I. Notes: 1981-82 Strat copy headstocks (A8000s-B2000) - Necks Made by ESP - Bodies by Sports Flat chrome plates Logo, Made in USA and serial number stamped Some "A" and "B" plates have been spotted on overseas guitars.