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

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Vintage Circa 1939 Gibson Kalamazoo KG-14 Acoustic Guitar Cool Sound and Vibe!

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Vintage Circa 1940 Gibson Kalamazoo Grinnell KG-14 Acoustic Guitar Sounds Great

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LATE 1930s GIBSON KALAMAZOO MASTERTONE SPECIAL KG-11 ACOUSTIC - RARE & VINTAGE!!

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1934 Gibson built Kalamazoo KG-11 acoustic blues guitar Original Geib case

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

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1930s Kalamazoo KG-11 Guitar. Nice

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vintage Gibson Kalamazoo KG-14 Guitar KG14

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

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1960'S GIBSON KALAMAZOO KB-1 BASS MADE IN USA VINTAGE WHITE AGED RELIC (RARE)

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1940 Kalamazoo KG-16 ? KG-21

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

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Vintage 1965 Kalamazoo KG-2 KG2 Electric Guitar White Finish

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

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

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Kalamazoo KG 11 Gibson Vintage Had Neck Reset With Case 1930s

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1967 Gibson Kalamazoo KG-2A Maestro Vibrola Vintage USA Guitar Blue

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

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KALAMAZOO KG 2 CUSTOM PICK GUARD

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1934 Gibson built Kalamazoo KG-11 acoustic blues guitar Original Geib case

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Gibson L-50 L-7 or Kalamazoo KG-31 archtop guitar pickguard tortoise shell

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

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Vintage 1965 Kalamazoo KG-2 KG2 Electric Guitar White Finish

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

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Vintage Original 1960's Gibson Melody Maker Pickup Single Coil Kalamazoo KG-2

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Vintage 1966 Kalamazoo KG-1 KG1 Electric Guitar Blue Finish

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LATE 1930s GIBSON KALAMAZOO MASTERTONE SPECIAL KG-11 ACOUSTIC - RARE & VINTAGE!!

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

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

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KALAMAZOO KG 1 PICK GUARD CUSTOM

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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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