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Mid-of-the-range model from Klira, Bubenreuth. A classic German thinline in typical Seventies paintwork in three-tone sunburst. The Queen was one of the many models built by Klira only for a short time, it is rather rare to find nowadays - in the condition like our model almost not at all. Klira must have been looking for the successful and perfectly designed Television models from Framus, the Queen reminds very much of them. It was built in 1970.
The classic, hollow thinline body has no center block and is made entirely of laminated maple. The neck is also made of maple, it is glued in three pieces lengthwise, has a strip of mahogany in the middle and a truss rod. The fingerboard is rosewood with five beautiful pearloid rectangular inlays. The headstock face in typical Klira design is made of cream white marbled perloid with a black celluloid inlay. Open tuners. Around body, soundholes and neck partly multilayer bindings were installed. Solid tailpiece with tuning stable tremolo unit. Height adjustable bridge.
The orientation to the US models is obvious: Klira has given the Queen two fat humbuckers from Schaller. The pickup is selected with a classic three-way toggle switch, and each pickup has its own volume and tone control. Learned standard for decades, easy and intuitive to use. This is how electric guitars are equipped until today.
The Queen has certainly spent a royal existence in the living room of its owners. The virtually immaculate condition proves that it was never worn out in rehearsal rooms or on tour. She spent the last 30 years with a collector who never touches her at all to maintain the excellent condition. We took it over in early 2021 as part of a bundle.
Complete cleaning and blowing out of the body. Polishing of all lacquer surfaces and hardware. Tuners cleaned and re-oiled. Fingerboard cleaned and oiled, frets polished. Electrics checked and found to be in good working order. Finally, new strings were installed and a setup performed. There was nothing more to do.
Above all else, the Klira is a sunburst beauty in perfect manufacturing quality, combining classic and modern elements. It is in original condition right down to the last screw. Only the neck strap button was probably moved to the back of the body by a previous owner. Except for a few and tiny quirks and scratches, as well as some small lacquer cracks on the back of the headstock, it is otherwise flawless. The two humbuckers deliver the expected fat sound, the bridge pickup a bit weaker and crystal-clear-brilliant, the neck pickup blows everything away with a powerful appearance. We like them best when connected together. Condition is perfect, neck as new overall, string action very low with easiest playability. Switches and controls work silently. The guitar is of course clean and odor free. A great and original Seventies player with wonderful sound in top condition to play and look at.
Overall length 104 cm/40.9”; body length 50 cm/19.7”; lower bout width 40 cm/15.7”; waist width 25 cm/9.8”; upper bout width 31 cm/12.2”; body depth 5 cm/2”; scale length 64 cm/25.2” (zero fret to saddle); fingerboard width 4,2 cm/1.7” at zero fret, 5,2 cm/2” at 12th fret; overall weight 2.810 g, string action on 12th fret 2 mm/0,08” (adjustable).