Steve Klein: Breaking the Mold

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50 Years of Innovation in the Art of Guitar Building
September 21 – October 22, 2017

Opening Reception:
September 28, 2017, 6:00-8:00pm

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Luthier Steve Klein broke through the guitar building scene in 1967 with the first major leap forward in the design of the steel string guitar in more than a generation. Considered a pioneer, a genius, and sometimes a radical by his peers, Klein fundamentally shifted the way that players, builders, and collectors view the guitar.

Klein’s major accomplishments, on display in this highly unusual exhibit, focus on three major areas: design innovation of the steel string guitar, including his famous “flying brace”; ergonomically balancing the instrument with the human body to create harmony while playing; and insistence on creating the instrument as art – leveraging industrial design, world-renowned inlay and marquetry, and even jewelry making arts in the creation of his masterpieces.

As Klein celebrates his 50th anniversary as a guitar maker, the Concord-based Klein Community has assembled an incredible exhibit of pivotal instruments from collectors across the country. Together with original tools, molds, bracings, prototypes, and photographs, this special exhibit shares a glimpse of the inner workings of the genius mind of Steve Klein.

Join us for:

BREAKING THE MOLD: A symposium on contemporary and traditional craftsmanship
Sunday, October 22, 2017.
Tickets going on sale soon!

  • Artisan presentations from 1:00-6:00 pm
  • Concert with Bill Frisell at 7:30pm