Some history on the company before I begin my KLOS Review: Back in May of 2015 brothers Ian & Adam Klosowiak launched their first kickstarter for the carbon fiber guitar that they designed and built themselves. Fast Forward to February 2017 and they are launching their newest version of KLOS Guitars! The idea for the carbon fiber travel guitar came shortly after Alan left his dorm window open when he went away on break. While he was gone the cold dry air did what it tends to do to wooden guitars and cracked it from the bridge all the way to the end of the soundboard. They wanted to make a guitar that could handle all elements as well as the dangers of traveling with a guitar. Thanks to Ian’s mechanical background and his knowledge of guitars the first KLOS carbon fiber travel guitar became a reality.
Not really into traveling? Even if you don’t necessarily consider yourself to be a traveler you might find it hard to set this carbon fiber mini dreadnought down once you pick it up. While it may never fully replace the acoustic guitar you keep locked away at home, the unique sound of the KLOS makes it a fun guitar to play and would be great for the everyday player as well.
Aside from making it so much more convenient to travel with, the small size of the guitar makes it a great option for many beginners out there in the market for their first guitar. It can be challenging to learn your way around the fretboard with the big body of a standard acoustic guitar blocking your eyesight from what your fingers are doing. The carbon fiber body of the KLOS is just 15 inches long and 11.5 wide making it easy to see around and check for mistakes as you play without straining your neck. Thanks to handy features like the removable mahogany neck and its minimalistic zero degree head along with the strength of the carbon fiber design make it tough enough not only to travel with but to withstand any destructive thrashing that a new player or a campfire jam session might impose on a guitar.
You might not be able to hit all of the same deep bass tones that you can get from your acoustic guitar at home due to the smaller size, that is why they designed it to project sound the way that it does. Every single aspect of this guitar was specifically planned out and put together in order to produce the best sound that they possibly could while maintaining the guitars extreme durability at the same time.
I have to take my hat off to the KLOS team for the way they laid everything out in their newest edition of their travel guitar. From the handcrafted bone saddle & nuts to the cleanly laid out carbon fiber body, it really is a work of art. With carbon fiber, perfection is something that is not always a guarantee but you can tell that they took their time to make it look right. They went with large rounded frets that give allow you nice smooth playing. One of my favorite things to this guitar is how clean the slap sounds. The fretboard doesn’t go all the way to the hole and the bridge is located relatively low on the body, letting the strings slap nicely with its energized acoustic sound.
I haven’t taken my guitar out of the house, but with KLOS I won’t worry when I do, just grab it and go. It is the perfect guitar to play anywhere at anytime and is worth every penny!