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Kalamazoo KB Bass Guitar

Short scale SG style bass, made by Gibson

Kalamazoo KB Bass | Pricing and Shipping totals | 1966 Kalamazoo Catalogue


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Kalamazoo KB bass shipping figures

As Gibson bass production figures go, the Kalamazoo KB bass sold well, but still only a quarter as many as the Kalamazoo KG guitars (see the KG guitar shipping totals). Unusually for the 1960s, the available shipping figures for the Kalamazoo bass are split by colour. The shipping totals are also listed for 3 Gibson/Epiphone comparible models: EB0, Newport (EBS) and Melody Maker bass. As can be seen, the Kalmazoo bass greatly outsold the other models in 1966 and '67, though it slips behind in 1968, and production almost stops in '69 - the EB0s peak year. The Melody Maker bass is another cheaper model, rarer than the others, even though the shipping figures for this bass are most likely incomplete.

  1966 1967 1968 1969 Total
Flame Red 739 1312 523 193 2767
Glacier White 1347 501 290   2138
Las Vegas Blue 897 342 143   1382
Total Kalamazoo KB bass 2983 2155 956 193 6287
Gibson EB0 1660 1676 1350 3018 7704
Gibson Melody Maker bass 27       27
Epiphone Newport 664 136 65 72 937

Kalamazoo KB bass pricing

The Kalamazoo bass was cheap; approximately half the price of the EB0, and still a good deal cheaper than Gibsons cheapest bass, the Melody Maker, whilst having the same pickup (and therefore a good deal of the sound) of both models. No wonder it sold well initially.

  1966 1967 1968 1969
Kalamazoo KB bass $119.50 $119.50 $119.50  
Gibson EB0 $240 $240 $259.50 $275
Gibson Melody Maker bass   $209.50 $227.50 $240
Epiphone Newport $240 $250 $270  

Three views of the KB bass. Left: components like knobs and scratchplates were far less fancy than on Gibson and Epiphone branded basses. Middle: The neck plate is unmarked, though has an unused hole for the strap button. On most basses this was actually situated on the rear of the upper horn. Right: The machineheads used were closed-cover Japanese-made tuners, as used on a lot of 1960s basses by numerous manufacturers. Other Gibson and Epiphone basses to use these include the EB0 and EBS Newport

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