Klaus' Instruments


Guitar page.


These instruments have great personal value for me and so they're not for sale. That's why this page is not a catalogue, and the instruments appear as they are - as a logical consequence thereof with dents, scratches and greasy fingers as a part of the impression.

Tenayo Console-Steel

Scale: 21,2"/ 53 cm.
Body: Probably maple
Fingerboard: Plastic fretmarker
Bridge: Strat type (without tremolo)
Tuners: Unknown
Pick-up: Seymour Duncan SSJAG-1 B Single-coil.

Tuning: Open G (Dobro) (d-g-d-g-b-d).
Strings: John Pearse .016-.059

Notes: Funny but very cheap console-steel (which basically means a lap-
steel with legs). I bought this one on the web, and actually this steel has a
very impressive tone and sustain, construction and price taken into account.
The only real tradeoff is the nut, which is made from some undefined
hardwood. Anyway it's up for replacement

MCI RangeXpander
S-10 E9 3+4
Pedal-Steel Guitar

No exact designated vintage - Sometime in the '80s.


Scale: 24,2"/ 60,5 cm.
Body: Ahorn/Aluminium
Neck: Aluminium
Fretboard: Glued lexan fretmarker
Tuners: Schaller/or Grover m6 mini
Bridge/Changer: 10-strings triple raise/triple lower changer
Pick-up: Barcus Berry
Setup: Emmons (modified)
Steel-bar: Jim Dunlop 7/8" stainless

Notes: After many years of wanting to, I finally pulled myself together and bought this beaty in 2004. A simply fantastic instrument though very difficult to master to perfection. The sound is indescripeable, though most of you probably know it without knowing, as pedal-steel is featured on quite a number of popular record-productions.
Below I've shown my copedent (Chord-pedal-arrangement, for those who doesn't know anything about pedal-steel - It took me quite some time initially, to find out what this funny, non-existent word that popped up all the time, actually meant ;-)

Explanation: From the left the strings are numbered high to low, and the sheet can be viewed as if you were sitting at the players position and looking down at the neck. In the next column the tuning of the respective strings is noted. The following column shows the gauges, where "p" means a plain string and "w" means wound.

The next column shows, as an example, that the outer left kneelever raises the pitch of the E-strings
(4 and 8) half a step to F. Two +characters shows that a given string is raised one whole tone (two halfsteps), and precisely the same for the lowering of the tuning (one -character equals lowering a halfstep and so on).

LKL = Outer left kneelever (Left Knee Left)
LKR = Inner left kneelever (Left Knee Right)
RKL = Inner right kneelever (Right Knee Left)
RKR = Outer right kneelever (Right Knee Right)

Note that RKR exclusively lowers the 2' string a halfstep, and then a further halfstep via a "half-stop" or "feel-stop". As LKR's raise of the strings 1 and 7 with two halfsteps isn't standart (Though something I'll like to keep) I'm wondering about performing a slight modification to have a "half-stop" on this kneelever too, in order to get a clearly defined standart change with a halfstep

"Strat" barytone guitar. Build by myself in '83.

Scale: 25,6"/ 64 cm.
Body: Mahogany
Neck: Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Bridge: Rockinger (with modified Höfner tremolo system)
Tuners: Schaller m6 mini (one side)
Pick-up's: Unknown Japanese, own construction and Ibanez

Neck p.u.: (Unknown Japanese- modified)
Lay-out: Single-coil with single under positioned magnet
Magnets: 1
Impedance: 4,25 Kohm

Mid p.u.: (Build by myself)
Lay-out: Single-coil with single magnets
Magnets: 1 each string (6 x)
Impedance: 9,4 Kohm

Bridge p.u.: (Ibanez)
Lay-out: Humbucker with 6 adjustable polepieces in the "rear" coil
Magnets: 1
Impedance: 8,25 Kohm

Tuning: Barytone (b-e-a-d-f#-b).
Strings: John Pearse .013-.062

Notes: Lovely guitar with a sound somewhere between a Stratocaster and a Les Paul. This is probably due to the choice of mahogany for the body and the quite Gibson-like humbucker in the bridge position! All pick-up's can be switched on and off individually, and the humbucker can be split in the positions; coil1/coil2/humbucker.

"Tele" guitar. Build by myself in '78.

Scale: 25,6"/ 64 cm.
Body: Teak
Neck: Flamed Maple
Fingerboard: Rosewood
Bridge: Schaller (Mounted on tremolo system, build by myself)
Tuners: Schaller m6 mini (one side)
Pick-up's: Höfner, Hohner and Dane

Neck p.u.: (Höfner- modified)
Lay-out: Humbucker with 6 adjustable polepieces in the "front" coil
Magnets: 1
Impedance: 7,5 Kohm

Mid p.u.: (Höfner super humbucker- std)
Lay-out: Humbucker with 6 adjustable polepieces in the "front" coil
Magnets: 1
Impedance: 10 Kohm

Bridge p.u. 1: (Hohner- modified)
Lay-out: Single-coil med single under positioned magnet
Magnets: 1
Impedance: 8 Kohm

Bridge p.u. 2: (Dane)
Lay-out: Single-coil with single magnets
Magnets: 6
Impedance: 6 Kohm

Tuning: Std.
Strings: Vinci, GHS Boomers or D'addario .010-.048

Notes: This is the guitar with the largest number of sound posibilities that I know of. (No wonder! - Check out the scematic). This guitar is able to sound anywhere across the range from the smoothest semi-acoustic to the most earpiercing Jaguar/Tele. Because of the bodys material (teak), which is not exactly known for it's outstanding resonance behaviour, this instrument is unfortunately rather short lived in the high notes. As opposition to that it has real punch in the lows and sounds clear as glass, even after neglecting string change for an extended period.

Lap-steel guitar. modified from old Egmont acoustic guitar by myself in '84.

Scale: 25,2"/ 63 cm.
Body: Birch (veneer) with Mahogany top-layer
Neck: Beech
Fingerboard: Teak
Bridge: Original (raised)
Tuners: Original
Pick-up's: 1 x build by myself

Lay-out: Single-coil with single magnets
: 6
Impedance: 6,5 Kohm

Tuning: Mostly open E-major (e-b-e-g#-b-e)
Strings: Flatwounds, different brands .011-.052

Notes: A funny guitar with a special Dobro-like sound without much sustain. This is probably due to the relatively thick and unresonating top.



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