Finally, two minor but noticeable differences. First, the knobs
were changed. KAxe6
first had a strikingly original set of knobs that don't appear on other Kramer instruments from the time that I've seen. (This is in contrast to KAxe5
which had plastic Speed knobs which was used on most aluminum neck models.) They are similar to a Bell knob which you'd find on any old Stratocaster, but these have slightly different proportions
and, oddly enough, no knurling. This last detail is probably the main reason why they're changed to more regular, "domed" knobs with knurling once KAxe6
actually gets proper use on stage.
Secondly, the output jack is changed. When KAxe6
first appears it has the same type of output jack as do the production model Axe (and KAxe1
) as not seen below on the left since the cable obscures the output effectively. In contrast, photos from November 1982 and onward reveal a square jack plate as seen below right and in the photo above if you take a closer look.