It seems the rumors are true – guitar maker Steve Klein, creator of the Klein electric guitar, intends to resume production!
Word came in the form of comments by guitar builder Rick Canton following a question by Mats Erikson – the man behind this Klein guitar replica. Mats wondered why someone had not taken up the mantle of at least producing after market Klein guitar bodies. We had recently covered Rick’s Canton Klein Guitar Body Upgrade so this was fresh on our minds. Rather than paraphrase, I’ll let Rick’s reply speak for itself:
I have recently been talking with Steve Klein. Steve and I were talking about working together, I was going to be making the Klein bodies with my CNC machine but the distance between us was too much of a hassle factor with the cost of shipping wood back and forth etc., and he has found a more local approach.
What does this mean? All I should really say, because I do not want to talk for Steve, is that Steve is 100% definitely actively planning on starting up again, most likely within 6-9 months from now. His new shop is being organized right now. I should not say much more than that but he is alive and well, a great guy, and is set on jumping in again.
Clearly, exciting times lie ahead for ergonomic guitar true believers, Klein electric guitar connoisseurs and just plain admirers of Steve Klein’s guitar building art. As many of you know, the gold standard of ergonomic guitars hasn’t been in production for years with used Klein guitars selling for $5K-6K regularly.
A Bit of History
Following the sale of the company to Lorenzo German, the brand fell on hard times. Production became non-existent and reports started to appear of orders that were never fulfilled. Then in October 2006, a small update went up on the site – Note: Klein Electric Guitars is no longer taking new orders at this time. Things only got worse in May 2007 when the Klein electric guitars site went down. The domain is still registered but a visit to the site only takes you to a configuration screen. Meanwhile, Lorenzo German remains listed as its administrative contact.
Will the domain kleinelectricguitars.com just whither and die or will it be transferred to Steve Klein and be brought back to life?
Overall its exciting news and I’m anxious to see what Steve Klein will come up with. Will it be refinements to the standard design? Will he continue to evolve the design – possibly come out with a Klein Electric Guitar II or a “super Klein”? Time will tell…
However, one burning question still remains – “What ever happened to Lorenzo German?”