NBD Klira Violin Bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ThuzzleFump, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    Here are some shots of my recently-acquired Klira violin bass. I bought it in sad shape...strung with guitar strings, missing adjustment screws for the bridge pickup, neck unglued and held in by a big ugly woodscrew, about half an inch of neck relief...all minor stuff but had to be fixed.

    IMO she's a real beauty. Plays great, sounds wonderful. Lots of nice detailing in the finish and craftsmanship. One weird thing is that the pickups are wired with tiny coaxial cables...that was a lesson in splicing. Def a nice addition to my collection and a player, too.

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  2. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Nice Save!
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  3. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis

    Dec 11, 1999
    A really nice Twen Star 162. Enjoy.

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  4. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    I do consider this a find. Despite all the little problems, quite clean and I love the sound and playability.
  5. Congratulations. Getting a Klira 356 violin bass was a revelation to me, after owning Hofners for 47 years. I really like your headstock - much nicer than mine. I agree with you about the sound and the playability; I wish I had one decades ago. Best of luck with yours. It's wonderful that you were able to restore it and get it back into action. Aren't the tiny plug going to the controls a hoot?
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  6. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 Life is short, buy the bass.

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    I love Kliras ! My first bass was a Klira my folks bought it for me in 71, I still have it. I have also aquieredo three more over the years. These are great basses and they are every bit as good as Hofner imho maybe even a little bit better. Here is my first one.

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  7. Crusher47

    Crusher47 Tattoo'ed Freak

    Apr 12, 2014
    Fort Worth, TX
    Really cool, great job!
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  8. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    I have never played a Hofner, but I sure like this one. Yeah, those tiny plugs are hysterical. One of those things that's actually really smart, although the tiny cables are tough to splice if you need to. Anyway, the more I learn, the more I feel like I really lucked into this one.
  9. oranje

    oranje Living Deliciously Supporting Member

    Feb 1, 2010
    San Diego
    Looking good and still have the OG hardware. I use mine all the time, one of the thumpiest, acoustic sounding units out there.
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