Klira SM9 Stratocaster, 1971

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Instrument: This is certainly one of the best Stratocasters built in the world! In the early... more
Klira SM9 Stratocaster, 1971

This is certainly one of the best Stratocasters built in the world! In the early seventies, all brands copied the great US models, so did Klira with this SM 9. Contour body, single coil pickups, best workmanship and materials, but still it was not enough to prevent the demise of the German guitar industry. At that time, they were unloved shelf warmers with a bad image, but today they are sought-after rarities, clearly superior in quality and sound to the US models from that time.

The body consists of a multi-piece pine core, each with a very fine grained pine top and back. The neck is elaborately crafted from three longitudinally glued pieces of maple, continuous including the headstock. It has a truss rod and a fingerboard of very dark rosewood with thick pearloid dot inlays on eight frets. The guitar has a high gloss clear finish, the beautiful wood is fully visible. The three-ply white pickguard is model standard. All hardware parts are high quality nickel or chrome plated. Tuning stable, solid vibrato unit. Open tuners.

At the base are the two, now legendary Klira Crown pickups, like the Stratocaster, they are single coils, but with double magnets. These pickups are among the best that was produced at the time - many connoisseurs buy these guitars only because of the pickups, which were also mounted on other Klira models. Controlled with a three-way toggle switch and a master tone and volume knob, connected to a standard jack socket. That's all it takes for versatile sounds and simple, intuitive operation.

Instruments history:
Unknown, but the guitar can not have been played often. We took it over as parts of a small convolute of German guitars. The top shows an obviously older wood crack, but it was probably already stably closed and retouched at the factory.

Restoration work:
All lacquer surfaces have been extensively cleaned and polished, some dents and scratches carefully retouched. We slightly sanded the fingerboard and frets, oiled the fingerboard and polished the frets. The tuners were also disassembled, cleaned and re-oiled. Hardware and pickguard we cleaned and polished, the electrics were checked. Finally, a set of new 10 gauge strings and a setup, that's it.

Current condition:
This beautiful Klira is a fantastic Stratocaster, superior in quality to the famous original of the time and a bargain in comparison. We have probably not played a better one in 25 years! Best materials, top equipment and perfect workmanship characterize the guitar. Where the old crack comes from is unclear to us, but it is also not a limitation or weak point, everything is stable and bombproof. The sounds are very typical, but the two great Klira pickups make much more steam than the famous Fender single coils. Playing marks are practically non-existent on the guitar, some tiny scratches and dents are only superficial, completely harmless and do not disturb either visually or functionally. Considering the age of 51 years, none of this is worth mentioning. Everything else is almost perfect, the varnish shines with great depth. The guitar plays as easy as child's play. So if you're looking for a great player with huge sound, this SM 9 is it. We would leave any Fender from the seventies unchecked for it!

Overall length 97 cm/38.2”, body length 46 cm/18.1”, lower bout width 32 cm/12.6”, waist width 23 cm/9”, upper bout width 29 cm/11.4”; body depth 4 cm/1.6”, scale length 62 cm/24.4” (nut to saddle), fingerboard width 4,3 cm/1.7” at nut, 5,3 cm/2.1” at 12th fret; overall weight 3.720 g, string action on 12th fret 2 mm/0.08” (adjustable).

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