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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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1967 Kalamazoo KB-1
Solid-body electric bass

Kalamazoo KB bass main page | 1966 Kalamazoo KB1 (Mustang) | 1967 Kalamazoo KB1 (SG) | sound clips

1966 Kalamazoo KB-1
1967 Kalamazoo KB-1 (SG style)

Model 1967 Kalamazoo KB
Pickup Gibson EB bass humbucker.
Scale 30 1/2"
Body Masonite body. 16" long, 13" wide, 1 1/8" thick. Overall length 43"
Neck Maple bolt-on neck with adjustable truss rod, rosewood fingerboard, 20 frets. Width at nut 1 3/4"
Hardware 1 volume and 1 tone control. Gibson bar bridge Gibson hand rest, Japanese closed-gear tuners
Weight 3.76 kg

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Gibson redesigned the Kalamazoo KB bass and KG guitars in late 1966 to the increasingly popular SG body style. The headstock shape was also slightly rounded off, but all hardware/components are unchanged. Functionally they are exactly the same, and the SG shape seems to have been more popular. Compare this to the earlier Mustang-style KB bass.

1966 Gibson EB-O

Have a listen to the KB bass soundclips on this site, and compare with a soundclips of a 1966 EB-O.

These are great basses, often overlooked, except by vintage guitar collectors. True they don't have a highly polished hardwood body of a 'real' Gibson but they do have much of the tone, and a lot of the looks. The power of the Gibson EB humbucker is still there, and the neck is very comfortable. You feel like you are playing a Gibson EB-O of the same era. Gibson quality construction, and components make for a very playable bass.

Kalamazoo KB bass pickup detail Kalamazoo KB bass wrap-around bar bridge Kalamazoo KB bass hand rest
The Kalamazoo KB bass has just one pickup - a very powerful Gibson bass humbucker at the neck position. This has the characteristic fat tone of the 1960s Gibson EB bass series. Another Gibson part used on this bass is the wrap-around bar bridge, again, as used on the Gibson EB basses The chrome plated hand rest is yet another feature of vintage Gibson bass guitars
Kalamazoo KB bass controls Kalamazoo KB bass headstock - front view Kalamazoo KB bass headstock - back view
Kalamazoo KB-1 bass controls; one volume and one tone control KB bass headstock detail, with Kalamazoo logo Kalamazoo KB-1 back of headstock. With Japanese closed gear tuners
Kalamazoo KB bass headstock logo Kalamazoo KB bass machine head detail Kalamazoo KB bass neck plate
The logo itself is etched into the wood These machineheads were used on Gibson EB-O, Melody Maker and occasionally EB-3 basses in the mid-late 1960s The neckplate is plain, 3" x 1 3/4"

The neck/fretboard were of Gibsons usual quality on these basses. The truss rod is the same as any Gibson, adjustable at the headstock end of the neck, requiring a 5/16" hex spanner to adjust.

It is interesting to note the internal body cavity contain impressions for four pots and a switch (aswell as the humbucker).

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