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Kalamazoo KG-11 sunburst 1930s

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Kalamazoo KG-11 sunburst 1930s

During the Great Depression Gibson (like many other companies) weren't doing all that well. People had very little money and stood in line at soup kitchens, not thinking at all about buying a brand new Gibson guitar. The solution for Gibson was to produce some "cheaper " guitars under other names and as the Gibson HQ was in "Kalamazoo" Michigan, they used that name. The guitars built under the Kalamazoo name were nicely made guitars with good materials at a lower price. The Kalamazoo line was discontinued in 1942. The FON number is hardly readable but vaguely determins in the 1200 and the last digit might be a vague letter indicating that it was made around 1935-1937.

This model KG-11 was built somewhere in the mid 1930s. It's in very good condition and has that true "old wood" sound to it with a warm low to mid end and a clear balanced high end. It also looks the part with it's sunburst finish and original firestripe pickguard. It's no secret that these shortened 00-size body guitars are favorites of old-time and blues players (as well as songwriters) because they really stand out for their size and have a wonderful look and vibe as well as a very useful tonality. The guitar is almost entirely original, has had a neck reset and has newer frets, the bridgeplate has also been reinforced with a plate-mate type solution. Includes period correct hardshell case.

Except for a 4cm long repaired crack along the side and the expected playwear the condition is remarkable well, The neck shows a slight bow but the playability is stille excellent, there is still some saddle left to alter the action.

Model Features:

Body shape KG-11
Body Depth at Endblock 105mm (4 1/8")
Lower bout width 375mm (14 3/4")
Upper bout width 250mm (9 13/16")
Back and Sides Mahogany
Top Spruce
Finish Sunburst
Neck Mahogany
Neck shape V
Fretboard Rosewood
Fretboar Radius 16"
Bridge Rosewood
Scale Length 630mm (24 13/16")
Nutwidth 40mm (1 9/16")
String spacing         60mm (2 3/8")
Tuners 3-on-a-plate
Pickup x
Travels in Period correct hardshell case
Remarks Used guitar with 1 year warranty

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