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Vintage Kalamazoo
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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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Kalamazoo guitars for sale


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Kalamazoo KG-1 guitar

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Late 1960's Kalamazoo KG-1, Iceberg Blue, Tremolo, No RSV & Free Shipping!!!

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1967 Gibson Kalamazoo USA KG-2 Pelham Blue Satin Finish Electric Guitar KG2

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Vintage 1968 Kalamazoo KG-1 KG1 Electric Guitar in Light Blue Finish

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KALAMAZOO KG 1 PICK GUARD CUSTOM

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Vintage 1965 Kalamazoo KG-2 KG2 Electric Guitar White Finish

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Gibson Kalamazoo KG2

Current price: $380.00

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1930s Kalamazoo KG-11 Guitar. Nice

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

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Vintage Kalamazoo by Gibson KG-2 Red SG Electric Guitar Made in USA 1960's

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Vintage 1967 Kalamazoo KB-1 KB1 Electric Bass Guitar Metallic Blue

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vintage Gibson Kalamazoo KG-14 Guitar KG14

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1965 Gibson Kalamazoo KG-2a / KG1a USA guitar Neck Luthier parts

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1966 Red Kalamazoo KG-2A electric solid 6-string guitar, made by Gibson

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Vintage 1940's Kalamazoo Cromwell KG-14 Acoustic Guitar Sunburst w/Case Rare!

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UK ebay listings

1937 Kalamazoo KG-14 Sunburst Guitar in stunning condition!

Current price: £1249.00
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KALAMAZOO KG 1 PICK GUARD CUSTOM

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Gibson Kalamazoo Orange Firestripe Guitar Pickguard KG-11 KG-14 KG-12 KGN-12

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Vintage 1968 Kalamazoo KG-1 KG1 Electric Guitar in Light Blue Finish

Current price: £447.03
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Vintage 1965 Kalamazoo KG-2 KG2 Electric Guitar White Finish

Current price: £463.66
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Vintage 1967 Kalamazoo KB-1 KB1 Electric Bass Guitar Metallic Blue

Current price: £447.03
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Gibson Kalamazoo KG-31 KG-32 KG-22 archtop guitar pickguard tortoise shell

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1967 Gibson Kalamazoo USA KG-2 Pelham Blue Satin Finish Electric Guitar KG2

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VINTAGE 1966 USA KALAMAZOO GUITAR KNOB KG KB BASS ORIGINAL

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Vintage 1966 Kalamazoo KG-1 KG1 Electric Guitar Blue Finish

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VINTAGE 1960'S GIBSON KALAMAZOO KG-2 SG MELODY PICKUP SELECTOR SWITCH GOOD (#1)

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1930s Kalamazoo KG-11 Guitar. Nice

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Vintage 1968 Gibson Kalamazoo KG-1 Electric Guitar Plays Great w/ gig bag

Current price: £510.98
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1940 Gibson Kalamazoo KG 12 Vintage Acoustic Sunburst w/case USA

Current price: £1115.98
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Vintage 1930's KG-11 Kalamazoo By Gibson Sunburst Acoustic Guitar w/ case

Current price: £927.32
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German ebay listings

1965 Kalamazoo (Gibson) KG 1 - Sonic Blue

Current price: €510.00
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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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