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NAMM January 19-22, 2017 Booth 4828, Exhibit Hall C

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Let the celebration begin!!!!

Luthier Steve Klein will be at NAMM ’17 January 19-22, stop by to try his new guitars or simply congratulate him!!!

This years new instruments including:

  • Acoustic 50th Anniversary Edition – Limited to 7 Only in collaboration with Master Luthier Steve Kauffman
  • Acoustics by Steve Kauffman
  • Electric Harp-Guitar & Electric Guitars – Built at his shop in Sonoma, California
  • Acoustic Harp-Guitar in collaboration with Dyer Harp-Guitars – Pasadena, California


We are looking forward to see you there!!!


or contact us:


Steve Klein 707-732-2000

Steven Kauffman 541-952-5120

Klein Community 617-460-9610

2016 L-457 Acoustic

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2016 L-457 Acoustic

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Master Luthier Steve Kauffman has been very busy since moving to the beautiful state of Oregon, there he is producing the most incredible guitars to date at his shop one-by-one.

His recent trip to the East-Coast was quite successful, bringing back home a hand-full of orders and lots of good connections!!!

The Klein by Kauffman (see new label in the soundhole) is not a new partnership as these two men have known each other for close to 40 years, and the excitement is at full speed this time around!!!

Here’s the latest installment.


Brazilian Rosewood back & sides,

Sitka Spruce top,

Indian Rosewood neck

Brazilian Rosewood bridge.


Photo courtesy: Luthier Steve Kauffman

14th Harp Guitar Gathering, Milford, CT, October 14-16, 2016

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14th Harp Guitar Gathering, Milford, Connecticut, October 14-16 2016

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What a great gathering of musicians, luthiers and friends!

Steve Klein and Scott Holloway (Dyer Harp Guitars), showed their collaborative instrument, a Prototype Harp Guitar that got a lot attention from the players and makers alike. Amazing musician Kinloch Nelson did a great job demoing the new instrument and Belgian Luthier Benoit Meulle-Stef can be seen playing the Harp Guitar on the encore!!

This project was in Steve Klein’s drafting table in February, he did the design, the neck, and the harp headstock, Steve Kauffman made the bridge, and Jim Worland put the instrument together at Scott’s shop in Pasadena, CA

The word is that The Harp Guitar (Syer = Klein + Dyer) will be available in early 2017.

For more info contact:

Steve Klein

Steve Kauffman

Email: [email protected] or Phone: (541) 942-5120

2016 Klein/Dyer Harp Guitar Prototype

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2016 Klein/Dyer Harp Guitar Prototype

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First prototype for future production incorporating bass reflex cabinet technology with radical interior baffling system.

This instrument has been a collaborative effort between

Steve Klein, Steve Kauffman and

Scott Holloway/Jim Worland of Dyer Guitars.



Sitka Spruce top,

Mahogany back & sides and neck,

Guatemalan rosewood fretboard and bridge,



#built: Prototype Number 1


Courtesy of Klein & Dyer Guitars

The Art of Guitar Building: An Evening with Steve Klein & Steve Kauffman 10/19/16 Newburyport, MA

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A Special Event at the Custom House Maritime Museum: 7 to 9 PM

IMG_2439Steve Klein fans in New England will not want to miss this rare opportunity to hear firsthand from the legendary luthier who built guitars for Joni Mitchell, Steve Miller, Sting, and Stanley Clarke, among many others. Spanning a career of almost 50 years, Steve Klein pioneered major innovations in the design and craftsmanship of the electric and acoustic steel-string guitar.

In this special evening hosted by Jack Lepiarz of WBUR, Mr. Klein will be joined by his longtime building partner Steve Kauffman to talk about their work to innovate the art and science of guitar building – peppered with fascinating tales of working with legends in folk, rock, and jazz.  Guests will enjoy a reception and the opportunity to view an exhibit of rare Klein instruments. The beauty of these unique instruments will be brought to life through live performances by Brendan Burns and John Tavano.

For guitar aficionados, this is a very unique opportunity to meet a legend and see his work up close. Please joins us for an unforgettable evening with this American Treasure, brought to you by .

Poster October 19 2016 Klein Guitars EventLocation: Custom House Maritime Museum,

25 Water Street, Newburyport, MA 01950

Reception, Exhibit, Lecture, and Live Performances

October 19, 2016 from 7 to 9 PM



Seating at this event is extremely limited.  Tickets are complimentary, but you MUST REGISTER

Many thanks to our Sponsors:

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The Fibonacci Guitar – 7 strings, Multiscale (L-457-VII)

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The Fibonacci Guitar

This edition of “On The Bench” is quite special, as I write this from Florence, Italy; the place where many of the Renaissance artists, worked, lived and died. This city has echoes of their inspiration all over it which show in its magic and beauty.

A few years back, to honor one of the most beloved leaders of this movement, Leonardo Da Vinci [1452-1519], Steve Klein & Steve Kauffman along with renowned artists, Larry Robinson (inlay) and Bob Hergert (scrimshaw) completed a four-year project simply called “Leo” by Mr. Klein, now in the hands of a private collector.

Fast forwarding to this summer’s season, the never quite mind of Maestro Steve Klein goes way back to pay tribute to another brilliant mind, Leonardo de Pisa [1175-1235] also known as Fibonacci. De Pisa was an Italian mathematician who introduced the Hindu-Arabic numeral system to the Western World (please read further by Googling: The Fibonacci Sequence).

The photos below show Fibonacci, the guitar. This is just a sneak preview of what is coming. Word is that it will be a multiscale neck and seven-strings. The instrument will be shown this October at the Woodstock Invitational Luthiers Showcase.  Look for Klein & Kauffman Guitars’ booth at the event. It is important to mention also, that Mr. Klein will be celebrating 50 years of guitar building next year. But his amazing career also includes drawings, cartoons, inventions, and art.  Notably, Mr. Klein’s work brought Kasha’s theories into reality through guitar building (fan-bracing system), applied mathematics and physics in his designs (flying brace & impedance matching bridge) – truly making Steve Klein a Renaissance man of our times.


Woods used to make the Fibonacci:

Sinker Redwood top

Myrtle back & sides

Guatemalan Rosewood center strip & binding

Inlay by Steve Klein

Steve Klein – [email protected]

Steve Kauffman –  [email protected]

For reference on their work see “Leo” at their website:

Larry Robinson – [email protected]

Bob Hergert –

Luthiers Showcase:

Woodstock Invitational –

Photos of the guitar: Steve Kauffman

Another beautiful collaboration between Klein, Kauffman and Robinson

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Klein by Kauffman L-457 (18″) Multi-scale

You might think that your eyes are playing tricks on you…

Well, I can assure you that your eyes are fine!

This is Multiscale (fanned fret) L-457 design done by Klein, built by Kauffman and inlaid by Robinson.

Word is that the musician that ordered it, is quite happy with the results!!!!


To learn more about Larry Robinson’s inlay art, be sure to check his website:


For more information or how to custom order your dream guitar contact Steve Kauffman

Email: [email protected]

Telephone: (541) 942-5120

Photo: Steve Kauffman


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October 21 through 23, 2016 in Woodstock, New York

Guitar maker and designer Steve Klein from Sonoma, California and his longtime associate Steve Kauffman are coming to show their guitars at the Woodstock Show in October. The event however will be the beginning of Mr. Klein’s 50 Year Celebration of building/designing acoustic, electric, harps, odd, one-of-a-kind, ergonomic, and all around incredible instruments.

Don’t miss out the opportunity to meet a living legend, pioneer and forward thinking master of guitar-building!!!


For more info contact:

Steve Klein

Steve Kauffman

Email: [email protected] or Phone: (541) 942-5120