The search is over...my new/old Klein

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  1. clemduolian

    clemduolian Silver Supporting Member

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    Eureka! I've found THE guitar for me, an early Klein (#070) with a Novax maple neck/fanned fret ebony board. Simply the best electric guitar I've ever played...and I've played and owned a lot of them. Resonant, comfortable, magical, musical. And the black marbleized finish is bad ass to boot.

    Clem

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    First time I've ever seen a Klein in a hard case.
    Nice.
     
  3. Sam Evans

    Sam Evans Compliance Officer Gold Supporting Member

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    Lovley fiddle, and I love the fanned frets.

    SE
     
  4. clemduolian

    clemduolian Silver Supporting Member

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    Splatt:

    It came from an island in the Great Northwest. It is a Steve Klein built, with one of the first 3 Novax necks (I haven't pulled it to see the #...right now its got its mojo working..and that's good enought for me).

    BTW, I greatly admire your work. I also recently acquired an Echoplex Digital Pro and did the Loop IV upgrade. Now, I've got A LOT of exploring and learning to do!!

    If this Klein was once yours, that would be the harbinger of good things to come. But even if not, there certainly is a lot of precedent for incredible music to come out of these instruments. I'm so glad to have finally found one.

    Clem
     
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    RickC Gold Supporting Member

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    looking at that pic makes me queasy, in a good way! :)

    Very, very cool

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  6. Unburst

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    That looks great!

    Love to try a Novax neck one day.
     
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    rgsss14 Gold Supporting Member

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    Beautiful. What pickups are those? Mine has a Novax board as well but the stock Bardens are too hot...

    Congrats!:AOK
     
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    kingsleyd Frikkin genyus Gold Supporting Member

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    I recall a certain green 12-string... :rolleyes:

    Clem, nice instrument! Fellow Klein owner here. Had #011 for years, still have KG166 and S194.
     
  9. clemduolian

    clemduolian Silver Supporting Member

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    Nice to be in such good company among Klein owners.

    The pickups are Duncan Classic Stacks in the neck and middle and an "unidentified humbucker" in the bridge (maybe DiMarzio, but the prior owner didn't know. Sounds really good, though.).

    I've only had the guitar for a short while, but my first impressions are that it is unusually responsive when unplugged and amazingly comfortable to play. The fanned frets are a great surprise--intonation and playability are improved. Having read some of Ralph Noval's stuff on his web site, I get it.

    Its great to be excited and inspired by a guitar...ain't it?!?!?!

    Clem
     
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    i'm insanely jealous!

    :crazy

    looks like a keeper...enjoy!

    sim
     
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    clemduolian Silver Supporting Member

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    Thanks Sim. Checked out your site. Nice stuff. This Klein certainly has collateral benefits!

    Clem
     
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    Congratulations man that is one fine guitar right there.

    Loving the staggered inlays!

    Is the trem a trans trem?

    Nice nice nice!
     
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    clemduolian Silver Supporting Member

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    The trem is an S-trem. Plenty o' trem for my style(s) and purposes.

    Clem
     
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    That's a beautiful guitar. Rad finish too, and the case looks like a work of art. Boy would I like a Klien acoustic though! Any owners around with pictures to share (with people like me who could never afford one)?
     
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    Lorenzo made me a chambered swamp ash Klein with Bardens that I sold a while back. I've always regretted having to let that one go! Mine was very acoustically alive and had a really nice tone. It had the standard frets.

    re: fanned frets, I played one of Charlie Hunters old guitars at Ralph's shop back in the late 90's which was the first guitar I played with fanned frets. I wasn't sure what to expect when Ralph handed it to me, but felt comfortable with it in a matter of minutes (even with the 8 strings :).
     
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    clemduolian Silver Supporting Member

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    Gigged with the Klein and played slide for the first time. No problems with the fanned frets (or hammer-ons and pull offs). Its a TONE MACHINE. :RoCkIn Clem
     

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