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1972 Gibson showcase brochures
1972 Gibson showcase brochuresIn 1972 Gibson produced a series of 'Guitar of the Month' brochures, each dedicated to one of their high end models, the Les Paul Recording guitar, L5-CES, ES-175D, Super 400-CES, ES-355TD-SV and Byrdland. Each brochure was a single sheet folded into four panels, with details of the instruments themselves, their features, musical purpose, and a little history behind the development of each guitar. Only the Les Paul Recording was a new model; the others were all well established in the Gibson line. Follow the link to see scans and further information on these leaflets and other Gibson guitar catalogues from the CMI and Norlin periods.
1966 Kalamazoo KB-1 bass
Kalamazoo KB-1 bass Gibson assembled these 30 1/2" scale Kalamazoo KB-1 basses in their electronics plant in Kalamazoo, MI - separate from the main Gibson plant. They used the same components and hardware as on the Gibson EB bass series; but with a pre-painted masonite body and a bolt-on maple neck; a very different construction to Gibson's usual output. Initially the KB bass had a Mustang-shaped body (see the 1966 Kalamazoo KB-1, left), which was soon redesigned with the classic SG shape (see the 1967 Kalamazoo KB-1, right). Have a listen to sound clips of this bass here.
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1968 Kalamazoo KB bass
solid bodied electric bass

Kalamazoo KB main page | Kalamazoo KB sound clips

The Kalamazoo KB is another CMI-owned Gibson product to feature the famous Gibson EB bass humbucker - along with the Gibson EB0, EB1, EB2, EB3, Melody Maker bass, Epiphone Rivoli, and Newport. Have a listen to some of the clips below.

Tonally it is quite similar to many of these basses - the strength of the pickup has a tendancy to overwhelm the subtleties of body/neck wood and construction, but to a keen ear, it does lack some of the richness that set-neck all mahogany bass offer. Compare this bass to a 1966 Gibson EB0, played through the same amp with identical settings here

Vintage Guitar Soundclip:
1967 Kalamazoo KB bass
through a
1964 Ampeg B-15N

1967 Kalamazoo KB bass1964 Ampeg B-15N
Shure SM57 microphone, into an M-audio mobile pre USB interface.

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Neutral amp settings

Guitar: volume 10, tone 10. Amp: volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Played fingerstyle at the neck.
Guitar: volume 10, tone 10. Amp: volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Played fingerstyle at the bridge.
Guitar: volume 10, tone 0. Amp: volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Played fingerstyle - the EB humbucker is so fat sounding anyway, that turning down the tone control doesn't change the tone as significantly as some other basses.
Guitar: volume 10, tone 10. Amp: volume 3, treble 5, bass 5. Even at low volume, you can get a nice crunch to the tone when you dig in with a pick.

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VINTAGE 1966 USA GIBSON KALAMAZOO BASS GUITAR TUNER PEG

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VINTAGE 1960'S GIBSON / KALAMAZOO KB-1 BASS GUITAR CASE USED, EB-0 BODY SHAPE

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STRING COVER HAND REST FOR 1960's GIBSON EB BASS EPIPHONE KALAMAZOO

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VINTAGE 1973 USA GIBSON EB BASS GUITAR BRIDGE EB-O EB-2 EB-3 MELODY MAKER

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1979 Gibson Kalamazoo Bass 34" Long Scale Neck Ebony Board Frets Inlaid Project

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

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VINTAGE 1965 GIBSON MELODY MAKER CENTRALAB 250K GUITAR BASS POT GOOD (#003)

Current price: $50.00
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VINTAGE 1966 GIBSON MELODY MAKER CENTRALAB 250K GUITAR BASS POT GOOD (#004)

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VINTAGE 1960'S KALAMAZOO ELECTRIC BASS GUITAR

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KALAMAZOO Bass 30 Primo Tube Set 6EU7 7591

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VINTAGE 1966 USA KALAMAZOO GUITAR KNOB KG KB BASS ORIGINAL

Current price: $39.00
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Vintage Kalamazoo Set Of Four In Line Bass Tuners With Grommetts MIJ Ref#468

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VINTAGE 1970's USA GIBSON EB BASS GUITAR BRIDGE EB-O EB-2 EB-3 MELODY MAKER

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VINTAGE 1966 USA GIBSON KALAMAZOO BASS GUITAR TUNER PEG SET

Current price: $89.00
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Vintage 1965 Kalamazoo KB-1 NOS Truss Rod Cover Bass 1966 1967 PROJECT PARTS 60s

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UK ebay listings

VINTAGE 1966 USA GIBSON KALAMAZOO BASS GUITAR TUNER PEG

Current price: £14.83
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Time left: 1d 2h 25m
VINTAGE 1960'S GIBSON / KALAMAZOO KB-1 BASS GUITAR CASE USED, EB-0 BODY SHAPE

Current price: £44.58
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Time left: 2d 5h 22m
VINTAGE 1973 USA GIBSON EB BASS GUITAR BRIDGE EB-O EB-2 EB-3 MELODY MAKER

Current price: £148.01
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Time left: 4d 6h 28m
VINTAGE 1965 GIBSON MELODY MAKER CENTRALAB 250K GUITAR BASS POT GOOD (#003)

Current price: £29.72
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VINTAGE 1966 GIBSON MELODY MAKER CENTRALAB 250K GUITAR BASS POT GOOD (#004)

Current price: £29.72
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Time left: 5d 8h 33m
KALAMAZOO Bass 30 Primo Tube Set 6EU7 7591

Current price: £45.76
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VINTAGE 1966 USA KALAMAZOO GUITAR KNOB KG KB BASS ORIGINAL

Current price: £23.18
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Vintage Kalamazoo Set Of Four In Line Bass Tuners With Grommetts MIJ Ref#468

Current price: £44.58
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VINTAGE 1970's USA GIBSON EB BASS GUITAR BRIDGE EB-O EB-2 EB-3 MELODY MAKER

Current price: £159.90
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VINTAGE 1966 USA GIBSON KALAMAZOO BASS GUITAR TUNER PEG SET

Current price: £52.90
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Vintage 1965 Kalamazoo KB-1 NOS Truss Rod Cover Bass 1966 1967 PROJECT PARTS 60s

Current price: £5.91
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Time left: 14d 7h 39m
VINTAGE 1964 EPIPHONE RIVOLI BASS. ALL ORIGINAL (MADE BY GIBSON KALAMAZOO USA)

Current price: £3000.00
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GIBSON MELODY MAKER BASS - CANDY APPLE RED - 1968 - VINTAGE GIBSON BASS

Current price: £1495.00
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VINTAGE 1960'S KALAMAZOO GIBSON GUITAR BASS TRUSS ROD COVER GOOD USED (#4)

Current price: £2.97
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VINTAGE 1960's USA GIBSON MELODY MAKER BASS GUITAR TUNER BUSHING FERRULE SET

Current price: £74.30
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