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NBD! Vintage Klira

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by oerk, Nov 26, 2012.

  1. oerk


    Oct 16, 2009
    So, my awesome sister-in-law gave me this for my birthday - the bass version of the then-popular Klira Triumphator (I don't know if the bass had a different name, couldn't find anything on the web).

    Objectively, this is low end, even for german instruments from the 60's.

    Action is pretty high for today's standards, but it makes up for it with medium scale, a tiny neck and very narrow string spacing. I have cleaned the electronics so far, adjusted the neck, and moved the bridge for (almost) correct intonation. I think I will try a neck shim, it looks like it can go lower than my Hofner 185.

    It even sounds better than my Hofner. Just solid 60ies beat thumpiness, but surprisingly bright. Strings are medium scale flats, and I'm almost certain they're more than 40 years old. No need to change, they're perfectly fine.

    I will definitely gig this one.

    fretter likes this.
  2. Marial

    Marial weapons-grade plum

    Apr 8, 2011
    Funky goodness!
  3. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    That looks like a real man cave.
  4. ExaltBass

    ExaltBass Just a BassGuy! Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Twin Cities, MN
    My first (of sooo many :) ) basses - paid $77.50 (no case - all I had less bus fare :))

  5. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    This model of Klira was their 562(I) Arkansas. They're were 2 versions of of the 562. Yours was the first made in 1965. The second version was introduced in 1966. It had a tulip styled body.


  6. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    That looks really cool
  7. wilfred


    Jun 17, 2012
  8. Nice! sick bass![​IMG]
  9. keith christian

    keith christian

    Jun 27, 2012
    Very cool bass! When you shim the neck and lower the action, that should fix the intonation too. I have a Framus with the same pick-up.I think it's a Schaller.
  10. Marko 1

    Marko 1 Supporting Member

    Mar 9, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    Cool... :)
  11. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Hoyer, Klira, Framus and Hofner all used Schaller pickups back in the 60's on their electric instruments.

  12. oerk


    Oct 16, 2009
    It is! :D

    Wow, nice!

    Thanks for the info, that means a lot to me! So it's almost certainly a '65? I've been able to date my Hofner to late '63 - turns 50 next year, and this one isn't far away...

    Is there a place on the web with info on these basses?

    Oh, the intonation is fixed - as in, the bridge was fixed before, and I've fixed it now :D I've drilled out the rivets (?) holding the bridge, and made it a floating one. I've moved it a bit to the back, E side slightly further away than the G side, and got pretty good intonation on all four strings on the first try.
  13. oerk


    Oct 16, 2009
    Here's a pic of the Hofner I'm comparing the Klira to: