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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 descriptionArtists 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
"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