Klira RW85/12 „Rancho“, 1979

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Product information Klira RW85/12 „Rancho“, 1979

A late Klira from the last months before the company had to declare bankruptcy. The soundhole label bears the date stamp 79 3 22, i.e. March 22, 1979. On the truss rod cover there is the serial number 3.534, its meaning is unfortunately unknown today. Dreadnought shape with modern bowed back.

The entire guitar is built from solid woods: The top is made of fine-grained alpine spruce, bookmatched finish, the sides and back of beautifully flamed maple. The back has a rosewood center part. The neck is also made of two pieces of solid maple with a middle rosewood strip. The headstock is made in one continuous piece with the neck. The beautiful rosewood fingerboard has nine rectangular inlays of genuine mother-of-pearl. Elaborate maple real wood bindings, edged with multi-ply decorative strips, the fingerboard has a white celluloid binding. The bridge is also made of East Indian rosewood with two genuine mother-of-pearl inlays. Three-ply pickguard made of pearloid. Encapsulated single tuners.

Instruments history:
An uncompromising high-end guitar, unfortunately this quality offensive came too late for Klira as well. In 1979, no one wanted the old German brands anymore and such excellent instruments remained in the stores. It is also questionable whether Klira marketing found the right language with the rebranding as "Rancho" as well as the decoration of the soundhole sticker with a rather childish-naive cowboy rider. We don't think either fits this premium guitar, but we understand the idea, because Klira really didn't stand for high-end instruments back then. It is also strange that the labeler obviously did not look at the headstock and labeled the model as "Rancher", not "Rancho". The guitar has all modern equipment details and is despite its 42 years up to date. It has not experienced much, the condition suggests a quiet life in the living room. For some reason the bridge inlay was missing. We were offered it by a collector who had to reduce his stock and immediately grabbed it.

Restoration work:
Thorough cleaning and polishing, body blown out, fingerboard lightly stripped and oiled, frets polished, tuners disassembled, cleaned and oiled. The headstock still had the original music store sticker on it, unfortunately quite tattered and ugly, so we removed it (see picture). A bridge inlay was fitted and inserted, we retouched the open spots at the ends with small rosewood inlays. Finally, new strings were mounted and a setup was performed.

Current condition:
Above all else, this guitar impresses with its truly unique sound! Powerful, loud, warm and woody with voluminous basses, all wonderfully harmonious - everything is just right here! The high-quality solid woods are of course the reason for this. This is without question one of the best sounding twelve-string guitars ever to leave the Klira factory. Plus the really very easy and comfortable playability for a twelve string guitar. The slim neck and the low string action - 2 mm at the 12th fret - make it possible. The construction is top modern, e.g. Lakewood builds comparable body shapes today. Of course, there are no significant damages, just a few small dents on the top, the bright spot on the headstock and a narrow bright stripe next to the pickguard. The pale spots will lose and darken over the months anyway. The Rancho is of course 100% odor free and clean! The original tuners are extremely smooth and tuning stable. Fingerboard and frets are flawless and show virtually no wear. The neck is straight as a die and has an adjustment rod. The 42 year old guitar is immediately playable and resilient without any restrictions. For a comparable modern instrument, you currently have to spend at least €1,000. So if you are looking for an easy-to-play 12-string vintage guitar with a killer sound and excellent value for money, you can't go past this late Klira!

Overall length 42.9”/109 cm; body length 19.9”/50,5 cm; lower bout width 15.9”/40,5 cm; waist width 11.2”/28,5 cm; upper bout width 11.8”/30 cm; body depth 3,9”/10 cm at neck, 4.7”/12 cm at lower bout; scale length 25.2”/64 cm (nut to saddle); fingerboard width 1.9”/4,7 cm at nut, 2.2”/5,7 cm at body; overall weight 2.350 g; string action on 12th fret 0.08”/2 mm.

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