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K-Line at NAMM - Nice, and new pickups too!

Dana Olsen

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Hi my fellow Gear Heads -

I stopped by the K-Line guitar booth at NAMM. Chris is a good cat and a very under rated builder, and he had some new 'stuff' - house wound Tele and Strat pickups. He may also be doing a P-90 set.

Both Tele and Strat pickup sets are available in Alnico 5 and Alnico 3. They all sound excellent, and there's a substantial difference in the tone and response of the 5's and 3's, 3's a bit brighter or less mids, and 5's a little stronger w/ more mids.

I like the combo of an A3 Tele bridge and an A5 Tele neck - Mmmm!

The Strat were all set up well - trem arms worked great! The Teles also all played great. Excellent job at K-Line!

Chris is a cool cat too. Very under rated builder, in my opinion.

And that's my short review.

Thanks, Dana O.
 

bdm

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I have nothing but positive things to say about my own personal exchanges with Chris and I have a 2014 K-line Truxton that I adore.

My only beef is a personal preference thing: I’ve never really been a fan of Lollars and ended up with something totally different in my guitar.
 

Trebor Renkluaf

I was hit by a parked car, what's your excuse?
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2015 Truxton owner here. Love it. Light, punchy, snappy, articulate, plays and sounds like a dream. Chris is a great guy to boot.
 

splatt

david torn / splattercell
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yeah, i like those guitars..... but couldn't make it over there at NAMM, for some reason! ach.
 

K-Line

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Thanks Dana. Just to clarify, the strat sets currently are a late 50's formvar set with alnico 5 mags. Then there is a flat pole alnico 2 set with plain enamel, very touch sensitive, play soft, nice and polite. Hard hitting makes the high end punch out. Also a mid 60's transition era set. Higher output plain enamel with alnico 5 mags. Yes, P90s. Teles are as you describe and have two alnico 5 version bridge pickups as well. More info on the website.
 

Shreve

Katzenjammer Kid
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Have a very early K-Line Blackguard that I love. Bought here at the Emporium. Been played a bunch, and I never have had to touch a thing, save for string changes.
 

CRAIG4FSU

Whatever...
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Chris is currently building me a San Bernardino and has been very patient with my pestering emails.

Seriously interested in a pre-wired type set up of his P90's for it as a mood option.
 

Yam the BOMB

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Chris are you going to be at the Nashville show in March again? If so, please don’t bring any double Humbucker tele’s. My wife would not be happy about that.
 

K-Line

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Chris are you going to be at the Nashville show in March again? If so, please don’t bring any double Humbucker tele’s. My wife would not be happy about that.
I do not think I will make it this year. It is right around the corner and I have no stock to bring.
 




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