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Re: Klein questions for klein, and guitar players
In a message dated 07/07/2001 7:01:15 PM Central Daylight Time,
I was thinking about getting a Klein guitar but soon after I
played one (and fell in love with it) I found out that their is
a ten month waiting list. So I thought about having Ed Roman of
www.world class guitars build me a copy. I told him I wanted a
Klien that has a rosewood neck, because the one I played had one
and he told me that rosewood didnt do anything but raise the
price and went on to suggest that I should get one of his
composite necks that have been formulated to sound like wood.
The klien that I played was also made of basswood and Ed said
that kind of wood was inferior to a something like korina which
is his suggestion. Ed also told that the addition of transtrem
would raise the price 1300 Dollars!? Can that be right for a
Thanks in advance reply on or off list which ever you feel to be
Wow, Lorenzo is busy!
I have a chambered swamp ash Klein with Joe Barden pickups. When I ordered
it in the summer of 97, the wait time was four months. But about one month
after I ordered it, Lorenzo called me and said he had a guitar returned to
him - unbelievable, but the guy didn't like it - and it was a natural-colored
chambered swamp ash, like I wanted. He installed the JBs and the custom pots
I wanted, and it was my guitar.
To me, it's worth every penny I paid. It's the guitar that goes to every
gig. I also own some vintage jazz boxes, and i love them, but they don't do
what the Klein does. It usually takes me a year just to get used to a
guitar, and if me and the guitar can't agree with each other, I sell it. The
Klein stays. So if you have to wait 10 months, I say "big deal".
All I know from Ed Roman is from the one phone conversation I've had with
him, and that wasn't pleasant. His words didn't match his "policies" or
anything else his website promises. I don't trust him. But that's me.
Others may be perfectly happy with him. On the other hand, Lorenzo has
always been very helpful and truthful. I bet he doesn't have much time to
talk these days. He doesn't need to hustle to sell guitars.
There are downsides to playing a Klein. Kids will gawk and ask questions.
So will adults, especially if they've been drinking. (Ted Waitt, CEO of
Gateway computers, was the latest gawker, Friday night. He could afford a
Klein, right?) People will ask stupid questions and wait for answers. Oh