So my friend has this extremely pointy eighties made guitar, but what brand is it?

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  1. Donny Osmond fan

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    Hondo Death Dagger.

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    Klira. German guitar manufacturer up until 1982.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Klira
    https://reverb.com/brand/klira

    And looky there, a sunburst Klira with the exact same tremolo:
    https://reverb.com/item/25939374-klira-sm-1970-s-sunburst

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    We need a thumbs up/ thumbs down button. Some these pointy things are really ugly. :twisted:
     
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    It has nothing to do with the original Klira made guitars, it has nothing in common with them. the fact that it has Cort in its name makes me suspect that it was made by Cort for a brand name for a German shop or something or another.
     
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    Klira were a well known German maker. Based in Bubenreuth, near the Hofner factory - many Klira designs are very similar to Hofner's. Known to be good quality (for the time) they produced 40,000 guitars a year, and about 20,000 violins.

    That bridge does look like a Klira bridge, but from an earlier model...

    [edit:just read the previous post, I'll shut up now]
     
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    A Google search throws up a few other Kliracort instruments, headless basses that do closely resemble Cort models, and the Cort part of the logo is in the same font as Cort used. They're all in Europe too.
    So possibly a Cort built instrument with some distribution/dealer link to Klira after they stopped building in `82?
     
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    Hondo
    Washburn/Samick
    Westone/Matsumoku

    I'd say most likely the Westone/Matsumoku pairing unless we have confirmation of the Hondo Death Dagger.

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    You're probably right, but I thought it mighty suspicious that the vibrato bridge is the exact same one as on the sunburst Strat-shaped Klira.

    I just did a search and I can find speculation, but no hard evidence, that Cort either bought or merged with Klira around the time they ceased operations, and Cort put the Klira name on some of their models to sell in areas where Klira was a known brand. Either way, I could see Cort doing a pointy guitar clone before Klira would have
     
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    DSC02195.JPG
    DSC02196.JPG The neck has seen better days
    DSC02197.JPG It DOES feel like a quality instrument which just went through a bad day.

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    The Bridge after removal revealing that it indeed had a Kahler in its previous life.

    So how did I obtain such detailed pictures?

    I traded it for an amp that I wasn't using, so it's mine now.
     
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    Early Mako? They were made by Samick in the same factory as the Cort brand guitars and used some of the Hondo designs.

    I like it, it's kinda quirky-cool. Definitely better looking than some of the designs of those days.
     
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    So what is my plan with this one?

    Well first and foremost, glue the neck and make it look and play nicely.

    As for the Bridge, I'm going to use a plate of brass, cut in into the shape of the original bridge and put a top loader strat bridge on there, that way it won't require any mods to the body and a future owner can put on a Khaler if he chooses to do so.
     
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    Well, I took my Death dagger to the workshop of a friend of mine who helped me build my "Reverso" and "Boardcaster" strats, to repair the neck.
    Pointy 3.jpg
    He told me over and over what an awesome model it is and how he's completely on my side when it comes to restoring it. Look closely at the headstock, I removed the over spray revealing the KliraCort logo.
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    All clamped up and nowhere to go, it'll stay there at his workshop until the glue has properly cured.
     
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