K-Line Guitars – Custom Hand Made Electric Guitars that truly perform

I’ve had the privilege of playing many of the worlds best boutique guitars over the past few years. Guitars that speak to me are at my fingertips. Literally. You know the type of guitar I’m talking about- You put it in your hands, play a few of your favorite riffs, stop, realize you just played those riffs smoother than you ever have, and it felt effortless. Try some more material, and realize this guitar is so effortless and inspiring to play, you just have to keep playing. You might say, “this guitar makes me play better!” While this experience is common with guitars at SoundPure, I feel it’s integral that I share my love for the K-Line Truxton as the best in it’s category of vintage inspired “T” style guitars. The very first K-Line I fell in love with was the Truxton. Lightweight at about 7 to 7.4 lbs on average, slightly oversized neck carve when compared to the common Medium “C” profile, which adds some beef to your tone, vintage tone with modern reliability from the Lollar pickups, and thin skin nitro lacquer for ultimate breathability and genuine vintage aesthetics. For those who know what all that means, you know that’s the right formula! For those who don’t, you’ll soon find out why that’s what makes a great vintage-inspired, hand-crafted electric guitar!

All K-Line Guitars are hand-made by Chris Kroenlein in St. Louis, Missouri. They are priced way better than custom shop offerings from major brands, making these ultimately desirable for the vintage guitar or custom guitar enthusiast without breakin’ the bank!

I’ve had the pleasure of playing both the Springfield (strat-style) and San Bernadino (Jazzmaster-style) guitars in demo videos at SoundPure Studios, with the aid of the amazing Victoria 45410 amp, the Moog MF-104M Analog Delay, and the Flickinger Higher Gain Angry Sparrow pedal. Email me for high res sound files from those studio sessions if you would like a closer listen to K-Line Guitars, how they actually get used. Not just a solo guitar demo. An actual band setting! It’s amazing how many solo guitar demo videos there are out there. While that shows the fine details, the reality is, you’ll most likely use electric guitars in a band, or at least I would hope you would!

In addition to “F”-style guitars, Chris recently introduced a series of set-neck models in single and double cut varieties with rockin’ Lollar P90’s and ridiculously comfy fretwork. I’m really hyped on the single-cut version! There are a variety of configurations available to suit the individual players needs. These are bare-bones rockers, and I’m all about it!

All K-Line needs to fill out the line-up of hand-crafted classics would be an Maple top LP-style guitar and maybe a semi-hollow. For now, we’re enamored with enough variety to last nearly a life time. And with custom neck carves and other custom features available, there’s more than enough to work with to get you exactly what you want from a boutique guitar company you can really connect with. And by connect with, I don’t just mean with the guitar. You can call Chris and chat about his guitars. Don’t bug him too often though! Let him build your dang guitar! 😉

-Ross Gruet
SoundPure Guitar Boutique
ross (at) soundpure (dot) com

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SoundPure’s New Expansion Grand Opening December 7th-8th, 2012 at 732 Washington St., Downtown Durham, NC !

UP TO 50% OFF!

Come celebrate with us December 7-8 at the Grand Opening of our new building! Located directly next door to the current Sound Pure facility at 732 Washington St. in Downtown Durham, NC. This space will house our new climate and humidity-controlled showroom for electric guitars, amps, and drums!  Our acoustic and archtop collection will continue to be displayed next door at 808 Washington St, and will be included in the celebration of our expansion!


Officially, the event is on Friday from 4-8 and Saturday from 1-5, but feel free to stop by anytime during normal shop hours to browse our new spot and check out what we have in stock. Throughout the weekend we will have a variety of performances, clinics, and workshops by some of SoundPure’s own as well as a few household names in the boutique guitar business.

CELEBRATE OUR NEW EXPANSION!                                                  

Schedule of Events:

We will feature some very cool local builders, players, and luthiers!!


6:00-6:30 – 3 Monkeys Amps Amplifier Presentation with Greg Howard, and Ossie Ahsen! Featuring Touring/Session Guitar player Brian Dennis & SoundPure’s Eddie Berman.

6:30-7:00- Flickiner Tone Boxes Presentation with Richard Flickinger!
Featuring SP’s Ross Gruet, Richard will go through the awesome line of Flickinger Tone Boxes.

8:00- For those who want to stick around after we close the showroom for the night, we invite you on a pub walk around our neighborhood. We have some of the coolest local brew houses, and beer gardens all within walking distance!


1:00-1:30 – Little Walter Amps Presentation: With Phil Bradbury of Little Walter Amps!!

2:00-2:30- Guitar Set Clinic (at 808 Washington St.) with Luthier Extraordinaire
Rob Sharer

2:30-3:00- Recording and Microphone Placement Techniques Clinic with resident SoundPure Recording Engineer Jason Richmond.

3:00-3:30 – Carr Amplifiers: Amplifier Presentation with Steve Carr!! See the awesome line of Carr Amps that are now available at SoundPure.

4:00-4:30 – Nolatone Amplifiers: Paul Sanders from Nolatone Amps takes you through his amazing line of custom built amps.

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The Acoustics of Archtops

While often used as electric guitars today, the original intent behind designing the archtop guitar was superior acoustic performance. Around the turn of the 20th century archtops were being built because guitarists needed something that would be loud and punchy enough to cut through large ensembles without any kind of amplification. In this spirit, many of today’s top archtop luthiers are building guitars with astounding acoustic properties–and today I had the good fortune of being able to compare a few of the best.

First, the Concert model from Philadelphia-based Bill Comins. I’ve always loved this guitarfor its uniquely vocal quality and its punchy but sweet midrange. It really REALLY sounds great with single note lines (especially in the middle-upper register!) but I also love the way it plays chords. The note separation is fantastic and the colorful, woody character of this guitar comes through even in dense and dissonant chord voicings. In terms of sheer volume the Concert Model may not the loudest of the three guitars I played today, however its authoritative midrange presence makes you hear it loud and clear just the same.

The next guitar I played is the Natura Deluxe built by Tom Bills out of Saint Louis, MO. The smallest of the three guitars I played today, it is not quite as loud as its companions–but whatever it may lack in volume is more than compensated for by some of the sweetest archtop tone I’ve ever heard. Seriously! This instrument makes playing acoustically such a joy that I find myself leaning my head down toward the body, trying desperately to detect every last morsel of harmonic color that blooms in the decay of every note. As I go from playing melodies and single note lines to chord solos, I am astonished at how everything seems to blend so well on this instrument. This guitar has such perfect balance, from top to bottom, and at any volume. For solo jazz guitar playing this is exactly what you want–perfect homogenous tone between comping, bass lines, and melody.

The last guitar I selected for this comparison was the Buscarino Monarch Custom. This guitar has an enormous sound in just about every way imaginable. It creates an incredible amount of volume due to its large and supremely resonant body, but it also has a dynamic, expansive voice that seems to fill just about any space you occupy. The sound covers a huge frequency range and the bass response is very pleasing. It is not quite as midrange-forward as the other two but instead seems to have a wider range that is fuller on the low end high-ends. I think the term ‘warm’ is often misused in guitar world to signify ‘lack of presence or detail’, but with this Monarch you have an instrument that makes everything you play sound warm in the truest sense. Imagine how a blanket feels–not how it sounds. The harmonic content of this instrument is enough to hurt you inside and the experience of playing is something I wish everyone could have before they died.

Hand-carved archtop guitars offer some of the most rewarding playing experiences of any instrument, and over time it is something that I have learned to appreciate more and more. One of the groups I play in currently is the Mint Julep Jazz Band (www.mintjulepjazzband.com)–a hot jazz and swing band with which I play exclusively rhythm guitar in the style of Freddie Green and similar early jazz guitarists. Through this experience I have found that playing archtops acoustically and micing them, rather than using an amp can produce very pleasing results in a group situation. Don’t believe me? Come to our showroom and let’s play a tune!!

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The Wide World of Moogerfooger

Moogerfooger Analog Delay Demo MF104M

(Click the above link to see a demo of the MF-104 at Sound Pure Studios!)

There’s always something new and exciting to learn about Moogerfooger pedals by the famous Moog Music Company. As the majority of these effects pedals are derived from original Moog circuits found in early analog Moog synthesizers, it’s clear that these are important tools for the guitarist to know about! Or at least, that’s the hope. The amount of demo videos with these pedals connected to keyboards is staggering, while the amount of videos with these pedals used with guitars, or more specifically, with realistic, in-context tones, connected to guitars, is minimal. You’ll see a lot of camcorder footage and audio of alien noises. While crazy noises are fun to produce from time to time, I find that most guitarists are seeking tone-shaping pedals that compliment their style rather then propel them to another planet. In other words, effects that add a nice “flavor” to your tone.


I recently had the pleasure of attending Moog Pro Certification at the Moog facility in downtown Asheville NC. It’s about a 3 hour drive from the SoundPure shop in Durham, NC (If you have a led foot like me! Hehe.. 3 ½ hour distance for most). After an in-depth tour, training sessions on all products, Q&A , marketing overview, company history, and new product sneak-peeks, I found myself truly invested in the growth of Moog Music. It’s a culture unto itself and more  guitarists need to explore the moog pedal line.

I own the MF-101 Low Pass Filter. After the educational session on connectivity of multiple moogerfooger pedals, I am obsessed with saving up for another. The Ring Mod will be my next pedal of choice. I’ve been getting deep into funk and a variety of rock styles lately, and want to employ moogerfoogers for these styles and more. The ability to connect the CV inputs between pedals to use each others functionality is amazing! These pedals alone produce pure analog tone, in combination; they open up a new world of tweakability that is down-right fun to explore! No other analog effects have this type of connectivity.


So you’re saying, “yeah, I know they sound good, but they seem confusing, huge, and expensive.” I’m asking you to re-think those thoughts. Here’s why- once you explore a Moog pedal, you’ll understand that they are not nearly as complicated as you thought. Furthermore, the tone is unique and different from any pedal you’ve played, and discovering new functions and applications is a rewarding experience. The pedals with bucket brigade delay chips are more expensive than others because it’s a rare and expensive part that many say is the very best natural delay sound. All Moog pedals are hand crafted, piece by piece, at the Asheville headquarters, just like the synths they are famous for. Almost all of these pedals are split into two regions, divided by white lines to indicate functions on each side. These pedals do way more than two-pedals-worth, so if size is a concern, just think of this as taking the place of 5 or 6 pedals in a 2 pedal space.

Finally, there’s another side of these pedals that comes alive when you connect expression pedals to each one of the main knob functions. Everything is clearly labeled on the rear panel. BAM! You’ve just expanded your range 10-fold. I’d be happy to provide preferred settings and setup to those interested in exploring an amazing world of Moogerfoorger pedals to really bring your rig to life!

-Ross Gruet


(Interested? You should be! Click below to watch a demo of the Cluster Flux.)

Moog Cluster Flux MF-108M Chorus and Flange Pedal Demo

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