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Scott Bresnick

North Carolina, USA
Post Posted 11 May 2017 6:00 am     Reply with quote

This is a first for Dream Guitars: a brand new Klein 396! From the two Steves that matter most (Klein & Kauffman, respectively), we have a gorgeous example of contemporary, freethinking lutherie at its razor's edge. Where to begin? Let's start with the basics: impressively colorful Myrtlewood for the back, sides, neck, and headstock backstrap; Sitka Spruce top; 25 1/2" scale, iconic Klein bridge plus individual string saddles, nut integrated into the headstock with a zero fret; distinctive floating and carbon-fiber-reinforced braces.
To discuss the tone of this instrument, let's first start with one provision: that Klein guitars just don't sound (or look) like other flattop guitars. Klein & Kauffman have managed to find themselves an honest niche in this already niche market, and this medium-sized 396 confirms that. The trebles have at once a breathy quality and a wide range of response. Which is to say, there's a dynamic overtone response that comes out in different places across the fretboard, and the upper register itself has great body and poise. That responsiveness is well-mated to the even-keeled middle register and the defined, crisp basses.
While powerful, this Klein 396 is hardly boomy; rather, the overall voice is balanced like only a Klein can be, with equal space for each string and register. It lends itself to lowered tunings, especially spacious arrangements with floating open strings--but let's be honest, just about anything sounds wonderful on this new Klein. This, friends, is a guitar you need to experience firsthand.

Cash Price: $12495 - For more information, please call the shop at 828-658-9795 or click here:

Cash Price: $12495 - For more information, please call the shop at 828-658-9795 or click here:

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