The Bling Bling Archtop ...

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by winstonteacox, Jun 27, 2014.

  1. winstonteacox

    winstonteacox TDPRI Member

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    Hi!

    So I found this old archtop at an auction. A 196X Klira Patricia.

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    Some people think, those old Kliras (and Lindbergs and Triumphators) should stay in the cellar - others think, they have some worth. As I didn't have such a Jazz-Box, I was ready to invest a few Euros and some Elbow-Grease. The lacquer and the whole finish was very bad, and it seems to have been in a very humid environment for a few years. But the neck was straight and the frets were ok.

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    The headstock inlay was already dissolving - what looks like a kind of pearl inlay was in fact some kind of laquer, also in a very bad shape. The guitar looks much better on the images, as it was in reality.

    So I decided to "restore" her. :D

    Problem: I don't have a workshop, don't have any woodworking tools and I don't have any woodworking experience .... :confused:
     
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  2. winstonteacox

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    So I stripped her and gave her some new abalone-celluloid inlays and also an abalone headstock ..

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    and some new clothes - a RAL 5005 stain ....

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    :eek:
     
  3. winstonteacox

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    Added a little make-up - two sheets of teak oil (I will add some more in the future ...)

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    ... and some Grover like tuners from a Guild F130, a Gretsch bridge and her old tailpiece.

    Now she sounds very loud and clear ... Great tone ... :D
     
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  4. winstonteacox

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    As she is a modern girl now, she gets some electronics - a Schaller Vintage 44 floating single coil and a volume and tone control ...

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    With a Yamaha THR 10c, she sounds absolutely stunning ...


    Ok. This is in no way a perfect restoration. I did a lot of mistakes and everbody who takes a closer (and even a not so close) look will find some. But I like her, wife and daughter like her, people like her and she has great sound ... :D

    Already looking for the next old guitar ... :D

    cheers,
    Bernd
     
  5. sjohnbruton

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    Very nice! I love the new look. The matte blue looks great.

    John
     
  6. winstonteacox

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    Thank you John.

    I will apply some more sheets of teak oil to achieve some satin-like finish. I didn't want something poly-like, so I decided to stain and oil her from the beginning ...

    cheers,
    Bernd
     
  7. Bongocaster

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    Good job. I really like some of the Euro-Archtops. Obviously we don't see many here.
     
  8. Clint Walker

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    Very cool guitar! Great job!
     
  9. PinewoodRo

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    That's looking lovely!
     
  10. dannew02

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    Man I really like that. Is it easy finding Kliras by you? I don't think I've ever seen one here. That is really beautiful looking, great job!
     
  11. Glen Smith

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    Wow, you gave it a totally new life !
     
  12. R. Stratenstein

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    Great job. It seems everyone likes her!
     
  13. winstonteacox

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    Thank you very much!

    @dannew02:

    This is what I found out about the Kliras: They were produced in great numbers from the end of the 50s during the 60s in Bubenreuth near Erlangen in Bavaria (I studied there...). It seems there were about 40,000 guitars like this produced - as Kliras, but also rebranded as Lindberg, Kreibich, Isana and cheaper versions as Triumphators.

    So it is possible to find them on flea markets etc ...

    If you have a guitar like this from this time, it's not easy to find out who produced it actualy. Because the manufacturers (think Höfner, Framus, Klira and also some others) exchanged parts (necks, hardware ...) in great numbers and there was a lot of rebranding.

    Here in Germany some people think, guitars like this Klira are not worth to be restored. But there is also little scene of archtop enthusiasts who do it anyway.

    I think, they are worth to be restored - the construction is very good and not cheap. The only cheap thing was the original plastic-bridge. The ply is real maple-ply, really thick (about 4 mm). Drilling the holes for the pots was harder than with normal ply, first I thougt there is some metal underneath ... And they definitely have a good sound - not boxy, as some say - and mucho mojo. :D

    cheers,
    Bernd
     
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  14. tintag27

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    That looks terrific - that's one glamourous old lady!
     
  15. oramac7891

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    Great looking guitar
     
  16. hemingway

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    Love those new inlays.
     
  17. BBOPIN

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    Very nice work! I love old archtops.
     
  18. 61fury

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    Beautiful guitar , I love what you did with the headstock and inlays. Love that slatey blue also. there's a website, Guitarz, http://guitarz.blogspot.com/ that features a lot of European guitars, quite a few archtops too. I'm sure I've seen "Kliras" on there. Send him your pics, I bet he'd show them
     
  19. axedaddy

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    Great work! It is always awesome to me when something that some consider trash is restored to a functioning member of the collection.
     
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    Great job! Congrats. How about some audio clips with her?
     
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