Kilin Reece was raised in the mountains of coastal California, just north of Santa Cruz.
At the age of 12, he apprenticed with a guitar restoration specialist. Eventually he worked in the finish department for the legendary Richard Hoover at the Santa Cruz Guitar Company.
After studying Jazz and music theory with Ray Brown at Cabrillo College in Aptos California, Kilin embarked on several years of touring and singing, playing guitar and mandolin through the Midwest and South before settling in the beautiful beach town of Kailua, Hawaii.
While working at the esteemed Ko'olau Guitar and Ukulele Company, he built and repaired some of the finest acoustic instruments in the world. Additionally, he became immersed in the musical culture of the islands.
Eventually he purchased the restoration side of the business from Ko'olau and founded KR Strings—which has evolved into Hawaii's premier restoration house for fine vintage stringed instruments.
Currently Kilin is working on a historic collaboration with the Martin Guitar Company which delves into the history of Hawaiian string band traditions.
When not at the writing desk, Kilin is building custom flat top acoustic guitars, ukuleles, archtop guitars, and mandolins.
KR Strings serves the local and international acoustic community as a leading authority on vintage stringed instruments as well as museum-quality, period specific restoration techniques.
KR Strings also offers consignment services to discerning collectors, players and connoisseurs of acoustic stringed instruments.