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New Klein Guitars 396 - Acoustic Guitar

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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.

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 ...read full description

    Woods & Trim
  • Back/Sides: Myrtlewood
  • Top Wood: Sitka Spruce
  • Fingerboard: Ebony
  • Neck Wood: Myrtlewood
  • Bridge: Ebony
  • Rosette: MOP and Ebony
  • Binding: Holly
  • Fingerboard Bindings: None
  • Headplate: Ebony
  • Headstock Bindings: None
  • Headstock Inlay: None
  • Top Trim: Wood Lines
  • Back Strip: None
  • Fret Markers: Side Dots Only
  • Tuners: Gotoh 510
  • Tuner Finish: Gold With Black Buttons
    Measurements
  • Body Size: Medium
  • Scale: 25 1/2 in. (647.7 mm)
  • Nut Width: 1 3/4 in. (44.5 mm)
  • String Spacing: 2 1/8 in. (54.1 mm)
  • Body Length: 18 1/2 in.
  • Upper Bout: 11 3/8 in.
  • Lower Bout: 15 1/2 in.
  • Serial #: 120
  • Body Depth @Neck Heel: 4 in.
  • Body Depth @Tail Block: 4 3/8 in.
  • Frets to body: 14
    Extras
  • Cutaway: None
  • Pickguard: Clear
  • Case: Original Hard - Hoffee
  • Pickup: None
  • Condition: Brand New
Artists who play instruments by this builder: Steve Miller, Joni Mitchell, Andy Summers, Joe Walsh, Bill Frisell, Lou Reed, David Torn, Stanley Clark, Billy Sheehan, Sting
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New Klein Guitars 396 -  Acoustic Guitar Player Reviews

Player Reviews:

"I love the neck profile. Myrtlewood is a unique wood that offers some gorgeous grain patterns and silky smooth tones; this one has both. The 396 body is super comfy, and the whole thing weighs only a little more than 4lbs! It's exciting to see a brand new instrument from the fabled Klein & Kauffman workshop." - Paul Heumiller

"This smaller Klein design creates a very balanced guitar both tonally and physically. It's easy to hold and it sounds even and clear all the way across all six strings." - Al Petteway