Klira Caramba, 1978

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Product information Klira Caramba, 1978

Instrument:
After the 2nd world war, German manufacturers had largely slept through the triumphant advance of acoustic flat top guitars. At a time when US brands were already selling more acoustic guitars than other models, German manufacturers continued to rely on archtop guitars, which were inferior and harder to play as a solo instrument, or built expensive hybrids like the Hoyer Solo. Our Klira Caramba dates from the brand's last months, before it too had to file for bankruptcy. It is built in excellent quality, but even this initiative didn't help anymore, the brand disappeared like many others. These specimens stood almost unsaleable at the dealers, no one wanted a Klira in 1978. Accordingly, they are rare today. The Caramba model is mostly seen in the full rosewood version, with spruce top it is a very rare bird and sounds much more open than its rosewood sisters. The body has Grand Concert dimensions with cutaway and is thus very handy and also very suitable for petite guitarists.

Material:
The classic flat top equipment: Solid spruce top with rosewood body and mahogany neck. The headstock is decorated with a rosewood veneer, the fingerboard is also made of very dark rosewood. It has luxuriant nine trapeze inlays made of genuine mother-of-pearl, plus modern side dots. Of course, the neck has a truss rod. Glued rosewood bridge. Thick cream-colored bindings are installed around the body, soundhole and neck, some of them up to eight-ply. Beautiful red-brown marbled pickguard made of pearloid. Open, nickel-plated tuners.

Instruments history:
The first owners wanted their daughter to learn how to play the guitar. However, a smart music dealer didn't sell them a classical guitar that was better suited for beginners, but rather a steel-stringed model. Happy to get rid of another shelf warmer. No wonder - the daughter never learned to play it and gave up after a few unsuccessful attempts. The guitar just stood around unused for decades. Presumably at some point the original pickguard just fell off, as the adhesive backing used at the time likes to come off. Unfortunately, it disappeared and also left a light-colored area because the top darkened a bit all around over the years. Then the guitar was taken over by a well-known German collector, who gave the Klira a few more quiet years in the living room. Accordingly, it is almost completely free of wear and traces of playing. When we were finally offered the guitar, we immediately said yes.

Restoration work:
Complete cleaning inside and out, bale polishing of the nitro lacquer. Fretsticks and fingerboard slightly sanded and polished, fingerboard oiled. Tuners disassembled, cleaned and oiled. We rebuilt the missing pickguard from old pearloid material. New strings mounted and setup done.

Current condition:
To get one of the few Carambas is already difficult, but with the specification spruce top and especially in this immaculate condition actually impossible. Here everything is like new, stable, robust and 100% functional. Playing marks are almost non-existent and of course the body and neck are free of wood or varnish cracks, breaks or other damage. Even the small Klira neck tag is still present. The construction is very high quality, made of excellent materials. Beautiful looking with the unusual oval soundhole and deep high gloss finish. It sounds like a flat top should sound. Nice bass harmoniously combined with rich mids and clear, fresh trebles. Overall loud, but balanced. The perfect folk guitar, super for fingerpickers and equally suitable for quiet fingers or loud steel picks. This Caramba is both a rare collector's item and a gorgeous sounding player guitar with a thousand times more flair than any cheap far east acoustic guitar.

Measures:
Overall length 40.6”/103 cm, body length 19.7”/50 cm, lower bout width 15.6”/39,5 cm, waist width 9.3”/23,5 cm, upper bout width 11.4”/29 cm; body depth 3.7”/9,5 cm at neck, 4.3”/11 cm at lower bout; scale length 25.2”/64 cm (zero fret to saddle), fingerboard width 1.7”/4,2 cm at nut, 2”/5,2 cm at 12th fret; overall weight 2.030 g, string action on 12th fret 0.08”/2 mm.

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