Klira Red River, 1970

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Instrument: Klira Red River in country- and western look, with only in Photoshop readable date... more
Product information Klira Red River, 1970

Instrument:
Klira Red River in country- and western look, with only in Photoshop readable date stamp 1970. We think that the Red River series is the ultimate insider tip among German acoustic guitars! At that time a beginner's instrument, but today one of the best sounding German acoustic guitars of the seventies and outperforming e.g. every Höfner 490.

Material:
Spruce top, maple sides and one-piece maple back, top binding. Maple neck with truss rod, rosewood fingerboard and perloid dot inlays. Rosewood bridge with height-adjustable saddle. All varnished in three tone sunburst. Open Klira tuners.

Instruments history:
Unknown. When we got the guitar, it was quite rocked and not playable, neck and headstock totally scuffed, tuner bushings missing, neck angle and string action bizarre, nut and truss rod cover missing. The frets are also not original.

Restoration work:
Who but us gives a simple Klira a new chance? But we know the sound of such guitars and therefore we like to invest some time in reviving them. We have completely cleaned the guitar, blown out the body and polished all lacquer surfaces with great effort. The back of the neck had to be partially re-varnished, as well as the headstock. However, we were able to keep the original logo. The tuners were cleaned and oiled again. A suitable nut and a truss rod cover from our stock were quickly mounted. The fretboard and frets were stripped and oiled or polished, the neck angle was adjusted and the neck was remounted.

Current condition:
Above all else, the powerful sound of this Red River is once again convincing. Everything is right here: powerful and loud basses, well dosed mids, brilliant trebles and all together in wonderful harmony. More sound for the money is not available anywhere else! All in all, the guitar is perfectly in order and has an outstandingly easy playability due to the very low string action and the pleasantly contoured neck. Above the 12th fret there are a few dead notes on the high E-string, but a complete neck revision due to that is not worthwhile.  Who plays a 12-string up there? Structurally everything is bomb-proof and flawless. Also the varnish shines again very nice and like new. The frets are as good as new and have probably been renewed once before. The beautiful, eye-catching look suits every Country and Western band, and makes the guitar stand out optically from the mass of natural colored Western guitars. If you are primarily looking for sound and not flawless condition, you have come to the right place.

Measures:
Overall length 42.5”/108 cm, body length 19.7”/50 cm, lower bout width 16”/40,8 cm, waist width 11”/28 cm, upper bout width 11.7”/29,7 cm; body depth 3.8”/9,5 cm (neck), 4.7”/12 cm (lower bout); scale length 25,2”/64 cm (nut to saddle), fingerboard width 1.8”/4,6 cm at nut, 2.2”/5,6 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 2.300 g, string action on 12th fret 0.08”/2 mm.

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