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Kalamazoo guitars

Kalamazoo is, of course, a city famous for it's guitars. It was the hometown of Gibson for most of the twentieth century, until 1984; many people would say the best Gibson guitars ever built were the Kalamazoo-built models.

But Gibson also produced a US-built budget line in the 1930s, and again in the mid-late 1960s, and these guitars were branded Kalamazoo - in honour of the town in which they were produced.

1930s-40s Kalamazoo

In the years before and during the second world war, the Kalamazoo line consisted of acoustic guitars, banjos and mandolins; relatively well-built with quality woods, but definitely a cut below Gibsons of the same period.

1960s Kalamazoo KB basses

The 1960s solid body Kalamazoo KG guitars and Kalamazoo KB basses came in two body body styles; Fender Mustang-style, then later SG-style; from top to bottom 1966 Kalamazoo KG2a, 1966 KB bass, 1967 KB bass (SG style).

1960s Kalamazoo

1966 Kalamazoo catalogue

In the mid-1960s, guitar sales increased dramatically; though many of these sales were to new players, inspired by the rock and roll and beat booms of the previous years. A high-end Gibson was out of the question to these players, so Gibson re-introduced the Kalamazoo line, with great sucess.

There was one acoustic guitar, the KG10, four versions of a solid body electric the KG1/KG1A/KG2/KG2A, and the KB bass.

To keep the solid bodies cheap, Gibson used cheap wood and easy non-skilled construction. The bodies were actually some sort of chipboard/fibreboard, outsourced to a toilet seat manufacturer in Wisconsin. Necks were bolt-on, electronics were assembled on the pickguard, remote from the guitar and simply screwed on. They did have the foresight to use all Gibson hardware - admittedly some of it was obsolete, having been replaced on Gibson models, but it was still quality hardware none the less. Another nod to Fender came in the Fender Mustang style body of the early KG guitar and KB bass. This was later updated to an SG style. Kalamazoo KG guitar shipping figures do not show body styles, but the Mustang body shape seems to be more abundant.

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1930s Kalamazoo KG 31 Acoustic Archtop Guitar w/ Repro. Pickguard + Ping Tuners

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*1930-40s*GIBSON MADE KALAMAZOO*PRE-WAR*KG-31*VINTAGE*16"ARCHTOP ACOUSTIC GUITAR

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GIBSON KALAMAZOO KG-32 ARCHTOP 6 STRING ACOUSTIC GUITAR 30S-40S VINTAGE

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1939 Kalamazoo KG-32

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1940 Gibson Kalamazoo KG 12 Vintage Acoustic Sunburst w/case USA

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'30's Kalamazoo KG-11 Flat top guitar and case. PLAYS GREAT

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Vintage 1930's KG-11 Kalamazoo By Gibson Sunburst Acoustic Guitar w/ case

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Vintage 1960s Kalamazoo KB1 Bass Guitar Made in USA with Gibson EB pickup

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Vintage 1968 Gibson Kalamazoo KG Neck Project KG-1 KG-2 KG-1A KG-2A

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1940 Gibson Kalamazoo KG-12 L-00 model Sunburst Finish Guitar

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Vintage 1968 Gibson Kalamazoo KG-2A SG Body Project Original Finish

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Vintage 1966 Kalamazoo KG 1 Cardinal Red USA by Gibson W/ case 66 60s KG 1A EXC

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KALAMAZOO KG 1 PICK GUARD CUSTOM

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1967 KALAMAZOO KG 2 GUITAR PARTS

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KALAMAZOO KG-14 Perfect condition!

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Vintage Kalamazoo KG 14 Acoustic Guitar! Circa 1935! Robert Johnson!

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'30's Kalamazoo KG-11 Flat top guitar and case. PLAYS GREAT

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1940 Gibson Kalamazoo KG 12 Vintage Acoustic Sunburst w/case USA

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1960s Kalamazoo KG-2 electric guitar vintage PELHAM BLUE two pickup

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Gibson Kalamazoo KG2 Solid Guitar.1966

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Vintage 1968 Gibson Kalamazoo KG-2A SG Body Project Original Finish

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Vintage 1966 Kalamazoo KG 1 Cardinal Red USA by Gibson W/ case 66 60s KG 1A EXC

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Vintage 1968 Gibson Kalamazoo KG Neck Project KG-1 KG-2 KG-1A KG-2A

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KALAMAZOO KG 1 PICK GUARD CUSTOM

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Gibson Kalamazoo KG-21 KG-16 archtop guitar pickguard tortoise shell

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VINTAGE 1960'S GIBSON KALAMAZOO BRAND KG-1 KG-2 GUITAR TUNER SET MIJ GOOD USED

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1939 Gibson Made Kalamazoo KES-R With Factory Fitted Pickup KG-14

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KALAMAZOO - KG SERIES - LATE 1930s - GIBSON ACOUSTIC PRE WAR - FIRESTRIPE.

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VINTAGE 1960'S GIBSON / KALAMAZOO BRAND KG-1 KG-2 SG GUITAR NECK GOOD (EZZ)

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Vintage 1960's Gibson Kalamazoo KG Truss Rod Cover KG-2 KG-1 KG-2A KG-1A 0205TC2

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virgil stice Comment left 19th May 2014 18:06:58
My mom has a kalamazo guitar,with the numbers 3803G-16.Need info if gibson made it or martin made it??????

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