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1966 Goya Electric Guitars catalogue
1966 Goya Electric Guitars catalogue, Goya was well-known for it's acoustic guitars, produced by Levin in Sweden; but in the mid 1960s they added a number of Italian-built electric guitars and basses. Semi-acoustic models such as the 105, 107 and 109 Rangemaster guitars and Panther II bass were made by Polverini, whilst solid body models 116 and 118 were made by Galanti. These were well-built good quality instruments, but perhaps too expensive to sell in large numbers.
1965 Vox Ace electric guitar
1965 Vox Ace electric guitar The Vox Ace was one of the early UK-designed Vox guitars produced by JMI in Dartford, Kent. It had been in production since at least 1962, but was redesigned for late 1963 with a more current look and a higher quality feel. The pickups were upgraded, as was the body; it was now thicker and made of solid wood. Despite this the guitar was now actually lighter in weight, due to a shorter overall length. Have a closer look at a sunburst-finished Vox Ace from 1965.
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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 KB bass
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Kalamazoo Restoration KB bass
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Kalamazoo one off? Prototype? very early model?
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Kalamazoo KG1 and KG2 guitars
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VINTAGE KALAMAZOO KG-2 MADE IN USA BY GIBSON! FOR PARTS OR PROJECT! LOOK!

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1941 Kalamazoo by Gibson KG-14 NICE! Plays & Sounds Great! L-00

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Kalamazoo 1966 KG-1Solidbody Guitar - Refurbished with an NOS Hardcase

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VINTAGE 1960'S GIBSON MELODY MAKER SG KALAMAZOO KG-2 SWITCH READY TO INSTALL (O)

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VINTAGE GIBSON / KALAMAZOO BRAND KG-1 KG-2 GUITAR TUNER GOOD USED (FFF)

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

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KALAMAZOO KG 2 CUSTOM PICK GUARD

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1933 Kalamazoo Senior Rope Sound Hole KG-11 Gibson

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Vintage 1969 Kalamazoo KG-1 Electric Guitar Made By Gibson Plays & Sounds Great

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Vintage Original 1939 Kalamazoo KG-14 Sunburst Acoustic Guitar w/ Original Case

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

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1960's Gibson Kalamazoo KG-2 Vintage Red Guitar

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