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1966 Kalamazoo KG2A

Solid-body two pickup electric guitar

The Kalamazoo KG-2 was a low priced solid body electric guitar built by Gibson in Kalamazoo, Michigan, between 1965 and 1969. Simple, but well-built, the Kalamazoo KG guitar, came with one or two pickups, with and without a Maestro tremolo tailpiece, and in a choice of three colours: Flame Red, Glacier White, and in this case Las Vegas Blue. This guitar, from 1966, is model KG-2A - signifying dual pickup and vibrola / tremolo.

The example pictured is one of 2687 blue Kalamazoo 2A guitars built between 1966 and 1968 (see the Kalamazoo KG shipping totals). This is an early Kalamazoo KG - later instruments had a more typically Gibson 'SG' body shape, but were otherwise more-or-less identical.

1966 Kalamazoo KG2A

1966 Kalamazoo KG2A (2 pickup) in Las Vegas blue finish

Model: 1966 Kalamazoo KG2A
Pickups: Two single-coil Gibson Melody Maker pickups.
Scale: 24 3/4"
Weight: 3.57kg
Body: Pressed board body. 16 1/2" long, 11 3/4" wide, 1 5/16" thick.
Neck: Maple bolt-on neck, rosewood fingerboard. Adjustable truss rod. 22 frets. Width at nut 1.57"
Hardware: 2 volume and 2 tone controls. Three-way pickup selector switch. Gibson TPBR bridge and Gibson GV19 Vibrola.

The mid 1960s was a magical time for American guitar manufacturers. The beat boom was in full force and kids up and down America were desperate to learn to play the guitar. But at this time, even Gibson's entry level instruments were of sufficient quality and build to be out of many student guitarist's price range. So Gibson resurrected the old Kalamazoo brand it had used in the 1930s and 1940s to market a range of American built guitars and amplifiers.

To do this, Gibson took a leaf out of Fenders book, and made a guitar that could be easily assembled, by semi-skilled staff, out of components easily and cheaply available. They even stole the body shape from the Fender Mustang. Production was away from the main Gibson plant; still in Kalamazoo, but in a newer building that had previously housed pickup and amplifier construction. The lack of complicated woodworking massively reduced construction time and labour costs, allowing significant output right at a time when they were needed.


Have a listen to this guitar - more soundclips here.

And although construction was simple, many above average Gibson components were fitted: Melody Maker pickups with associated wiring looms and CTS/Centralab pots, TPBR bridge and GV19 Vibrola. For this reason a lot of Kalamazoo guitars have been harvested for spare parts for Gibson SG and Melody Maker guitars. But they are really not bad guitars in their own right. The body material is dense and tonally quite resonant; far better than one might expect from a manufactured product. The maple neck and rosewood fingerboard are well made and the general quality of other components make for a highly playable instrument. And they sound great - have a listen to some Kalamazoo KG2 soundclips.

1966 Kalamazoo catalogue

From the 1966 Kalamazoo catalogue

Distinctively styled, superb quality solid-body guitars of rugged, lightweight design. Available in brilliant Flame Red, Glacier White or Las Vegas Blue, one or two pickups, with or without Vibrola. Slim neck, streamline styling in an economically priced guitar for years of rugged use

The Kalamazoo KG2 was equipped with two Melody Maker pickups
The 1960s Kalamazoo KG solid body guitars were fitted with Gibson Melody Maker pickups; single coil units used throughout the 1960s on Epiphone, Gibson and Kalamazoo instruments
Kalamazoo KG2 - close up of the pickups
These pickups are mounted onto the scratchplate with two screws, which are also responsible for height adjustment. In place of the spring in a higher-end Gibson guitar, there is a simple rubber washer between the scratchplate and mounting tabs.
Kalamazoo KG2 plastic control knobs
The Kalamazoo guitars used these white plastic control knobs; completely different to the knobs being used on Gibson instruments at the time. But the circuit was typical Gibson; a volume and tone control for each pickup.
TPBR8513 bridge and GV19 Vibrola on a Kalamazoo KG2 guitar
The Gibson TPBR 8513 bridge and GV19 Vibrola used on this Kalamazoo KG2 were also used on Epiphone Olympic, Gibson Melody Maker and some Gibson SG models.
Kalamazoo KG2 pickup selector switch
Pickup selector switch - the Kalamazoo KG2 switch is wired for: neck pickup only (up), both pickups (middle), bridge pickup only (down).
Kalamazoo KG2 guitar - reverse body detail
Reverse body detail including neckplate
Kalamazoo KG2A guitar headstock
Kalamazoo KG headstock detail; the Kalamazoo logo is engraved into the wood.
Kalamazoo KG2A headstock - reverse view
Kalamazoo KG reverse headstock detail - six on a side strip tuning keys.
Kalamazoo KG2A serial number
The open gear strip tuners used on the Kalamazoo KG solid-bodies.
Kalamazoo KG2A truss rod cover
The Kalamazoo solid bodies had very thin, one-ply, curved truss rod covers, held down by two small screws.
Kalamazoo KG2A truss rod detail
The truss rod adjustment cavity is at the headstock end of the neck, and just like any other guitar made by Gibson, has a 5/16" nut.
Kalamazoo KG2A serial number
The 1960s Gibson serial numbering system is famous for it's peculiarities; this guitar has two quite different numbers, one over the top of the other.

The wiring loom used for the Kalamazoo KG1 and KG2 guitars were identical to single and double pickup Melody Maker guitars; a volume and tone control for each pickup, and a three way pickup selector switch for the KG2. Both CTS and Centralab pots were used (Centralab in this case) with shorter shafts for scratchplate mounting. Volume pots are 500k, part BA811-3707 (part BA811-3707), whilst tone pots are 250k (part BA811-3701).

Under the scratchplate: the wiring loom of a Kalamazoo KG2 guitar

Kalamazoo KG2A with original case (910); this is a simple lightweight card case with a brown or blue interior. This is not a particularly durable case, but it was the only one offered with the Kalamazoo KG solid bodies.

Kalamazoo KG2A with original case
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1930s 40 Gibson Kalamazoo KG 14 Acoustic Guitar Open Book Headstock

1930's 40 Gibson Kalamazoo KG 14 Acoustic Guitar Open Book Headstock

Franklin, Indiana, 461**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


You are bidding on a late 1930's 40 Kalamazoo KG-14 acoustic guitar in as found condition , inside neck block is marked 3803G , guitar measures 39 1 / 2'' 19 1 / 4'' body 14 3 / 4'' lower 10 1 / 8'' upper 24 7 / 8'' scale 1 5 / 8'' nut , crack by sound hole, scuffs and lacquer loss, holding low E on 1st and 12th fret got about 1 / 32'' gap in the middle, missing strap button, tuning peg buttons need replaced, comes with case in poor condition, please look at all 24 pictures and use as part ... more
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1949 Gibson Made Kalamazoo KG-1

1949 Gibson Made Kalamazoo KG-1

Montgomery, Texas, 773**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Manufactured by Gibson in 1949, this guitar remains in remarkable condition and delivers an outstanding playing experience. It's unlikely that you'll come across a more pristine example. This instrument is a true rarity, and i'm told only 70 produced in 1949
The guitar has been well-maintained over its 74-year existence, with no signs of cracks or major repairs, except for necessary replacements of tuning buttons and end pins which of course fell apart after 74 years
Featuring an ... more
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Kalamazoo KG-11 Acoustic Guitar from the 1930s - Vintage

Kalamazoo KG-11 Acoustic Guitar from the 1930s - Vintage

Clovis, California, 936**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Nice Great sounding Small bodied Kalamazoo KG-11, Just had Luthier Reset neck , had a crack on the side repaired with cleat Bridge was reinforced inside the guitar
This is the repairs my luthier made, he??s the best . Thanks text any message
Neck Reset
Side crack repair
Top nut repair
Pick guard remove and re-glued
Top crack repair, Bridge touch up
Work on Base E string
Repaired crack to brace
Reinforced bridge plate pin holes

This guitar sounds and plays ... more
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1950 Gibson Archtop Vintage 16?? Carved Top Blonde w /  Case, Kalamazoo KG-32

1950 Gibson Archtop Vintage 16?? Carved Top Blonde w / Case, Kalamazoo KG-32

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a circa 1950 Gibson archtop in excellent condition, finished in Blonde gloss nitro lacquer and complete with a vintage Gibson hardshell case. An unusual Gibson model, this archtop can trace its lineage to Gibson's 1930s Depression Era archtops produced under the Kalamazoo brand, among others. Most closely aligning with the top-tier KG-32 model (and also Gibson's "Francis, Day & Hunter" model made for British export), this archtop features premium appointments including zipper ... more
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Kalamazoo gibson Kg-14 1939 acoustic vintage guitar rare

Kalamazoo gibson Kg-14 1939 acoustic vintage guitar rare

Altadena, California, 910**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Incredible sounding and playing kalamazoo kg-14 that has been completely gone through by my luthier!
The neck and fretboard were in bad shape after being played to death since 1939. A neck reset was done with a neck fretboard being made (the original was like a pothole road and left it unplayable) with fresh frets, a new nut and saddle. The guitar plays like a brand new
The back does has some cracks that are shown in photos that were reglued years ago that are stable. If you want a ... more
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Kalamazoo KG1 electric guitar vintage 1966

Kalamazoo KG1 electric guitar vintage 1966

West Chester, Pennsylvania, 193**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


vintage 1966 Kalamazoo KG1 electric guitar. In goof fully functional playing condition
Does not include a case
Setup for optimal playability
?? Restring (Godin E9 9 to 42)
- 1966 Kalamazoo KG1 s / n 504552
- Brazilian rosewood fingerboard
- Melody Maker pickup
- Original pickguard is slightly warped
along the edges
- Original plastic strap buttons are intact
- Original white plastic knobs gone - have
been replaced with jaguar / mustang-style
white ... more
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1942 Kalamazoo KG-31 Vintage Gibson-Made Archtop Acoustic Guitar w /  Case

1942 Kalamazoo KG-31 Vintage Gibson-Made Archtop Acoustic Guitar w / Case

Seattle, Washington, 981**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Up for sale, a 1942 Kalamazoo KG-31 in excellent, crack-free condition, complete with the original chipboard case. Crafted at Gibson's Kalamazoo, Michigan factory and a product of the economic realities of the Great Depression, the Kalamazoo brand (and a host of others) were utilized by Gibson to produce finely crafted instruments that were able to be sold at lower price points to keep the company afloat during the lean Pre-War years
This KG-31 has that powerful presence and detailed tone ... more
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guitar Continental Music Co Cromwell Gibson Kalamazoo KG-14 acoustic case 40S3

guitar Continental Music Co Cromwell Gibson Kalamazoo KG-14 acoustic case 40S3

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This is a vintage item and has been used Please see the pictures for condition, completeness, and what is included We did not perform any cleaning or restorations and left the item just as found The unit is completely untested, we do not know how to play guitar, selling as found for parts or restoration We have been told a few different histories on where the guitar was made and who may have made it. Selling as pictured
This instrument is vintage, we are making no guarantees on any of the ... more
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1933 Kalamazoo KG-11 Senior Flat Top an excellent solid example & plays great !

1933 Kalamazoo KG-11 Senior Flat Top an excellent solid example & plays great !

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What a cool guitar made as a lower priced line by Gibson during the 30's & 40's as an option from its more expensive L-0. Its unusual bell shape was ahead of its time giving it lots of bass & treble tones on a budget. Its 2-tone Dark Sunburst finish is in pretty fine yet slightly weathered shape w / lots of cool patina. Its got a very pretty flamey tortoise'gard that we all luv on older Gibson guitars. Its got a mahog flat back & sides also showing some age appropriate wear. Its neck... more
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Late 30s Kalamazoo Archtop KG-31 Vintage Guitar 25" scale 16" Body Width Gibson

Late 30's Kalamazoo Archtop KG-31 Vintage Guitar 25" scale 16" Body Width Gibson

San Francisco, California, 941**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here's a late 30's Gibson made Kalamazoo Archtop. Probably a KG-31. 25" Scale, 16" body width, Maple back and sides, Spruce top. Bound top and back. Fire Stripe pickguard. Decorative dice added to the headstock and a piezo pickup was installed under the bridge. The 1 / 4" jack is mounted to the bottom of the tailpiece. The guitar is nicely set up with low action and no buzzing. Lots of wear and tear from 80 plus years of gigging but solid as a rock. Gibson quality at a budget price! Comes with ... more
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KALAMAZOO KG-14 guitar c 1937 pre-war GIBSON-made great playing Robert Johnson

KALAMAZOO KG-14 guitar c 1937 pre-war GIBSON-made great playing Robert Johnson



1937 Kalamazoo KG-14This awesome Gibson-made flattop guitar dates back to the late 30s, no visible FON but the features point to circa 1937. Spruce top with that really beautiful sunburst as only Gibson could do, mahogany neck and body, chocolate-brown Brazilian rosewood fretboard and bridge, and gorgeous fire stripe pick guard. Wonderful-feeling fat V-neck and ladder-braced punchiness make for an amazing finger-picking instrument. Robert Johnson is said to have loved Kalamazoos and he is ... more
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1967-68 Kalamazoo Bass KB-1 Pickguard with Wiring Harness

1967-68 Kalamazoo Bass KB-1 Pickguard with Wiring Harness

Hillsborough, New Jersey, 088**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Here is a 1967-68 Kalamazoo Bass KB-1 pickguard with wiring harness (volume, tone and jack). See pics for condition, and please ask any questions. See other listings for body and neck.... more
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Vintage Gibson Kalamazoo KG1 KG-1 Electric Guitar 1960s with hardshell case

Vintage Gibson Kalamazoo KG1 KG-1 Electric Guitar 1960's with hardshell case

Olympia, Washington, 985**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


Mid-Sixties Kalamazoo KG1. A cool little guitar that has it's own sound and is very fun to play. It has a tunable aftermarket bridge to enable proper intonation; the original bridge is included. Very nice straight neck; the tuners work well. Minimal fretwear. The body is in great shape with no dents or serious dings. The pickguard has typical condition issues with warpage and cracks. Electronics all original and working fine. Copper foil was added in the cavity for shielding. The item this ... more
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1940 Kalamazoo KGN-12 Oriole the cleanest coolest Museum Quality example extent.

1940 Kalamazoo KGN-12 Oriole the cleanest coolest Museum Quality example extent.

Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 333**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


The Kalamazoo Guitar brand was a subsidiary of the Gibson Guitar Co. from Kalamazoo Michigan. At that time, it was a budget model offered price wise but these have come into their own over the last 30 years, some being fabulous original guitars from the late 30's thru the early 40's. This KGN-12 Oriole model was like Gibson's L-oo & is probably the most beautiful 100% original example extent. Its all Blonde finish is stunning from its Spruce top to its very figured Maple back & sides. ... more
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CLEAN 1937 Gibson-Made Kalamazoo KG-14 Acoustic Flat Top Guitar - L-00, Fresh Ne

CLEAN 1937 Gibson-Made Kalamazoo KG-14 Acoustic Flat Top Guitar - L-00, Fresh Ne

Lee's Summit, Missouri, 640**, UNITED STATES OF AMERICA


1937 Kalamazoo KG-14 Gibson-Made Flattop!
Beautiful 1937 Kalamazoo KG-14 that plays and sounds great! Recent neck reset so it's ready to go for years to come! The guitar is in excellent condition with no cracks or repairs besides one small hit on the bottom of the guitar. It's quite a nice example that looks to have been played sparingly in its nearly 90 years It's hard to find these as nice as this. Classic old woody tone with great action, straight neck, tons of ... more
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1966 KALAMAZOO KG 1 - Made in USA by GIBSON

1966 KALAMAZOO KG 1 - Made in USA by GIBSON



1966 KALAMAZOO KG 11 by GIBSON - made in USA: * NO other parts included=what you see is what you get
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1966 KALAMAZOO KG 1 - Made in USA by GIBSON

1966 KALAMAZOO KG 1 - Made in USA by GIBSON



1966 KALAMAZOO KG 11 by GIBSON - made in USA: * NO other parts included=what you see is what you get
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Kalamazoo USA KG2 Gibson SG 1960s Electric Guitar Modified

Kalamazoo USA KG2 Gibson SG 1960s Electric Guitar Modified



Vintage Kalamazoo KG2 SG style electric guitar , made by Gibson in the late 60s circ 1968
This guitar has had a life, its been played and used, its been modified by a past owner
It has marks, scuffs and scrapes, wear to the back of the neck and signs of age and pre ownership
The following mods have been carried out -Replcement pickups - Vintage Dimarzio in the bridge worth around £50 alone, unsure what the neck single coil is ( possibly also Dimarzio), the body will have been ... more
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2 knobs ONLY
* painted over in BLUE
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Carla Janssen Comment left 9th November 2012 11:11:59 reply
I had one exactly like the Las Vagas blue one featured in this article that my parents bought for me in 1966. I would love to find one to purchase. If anyone knows of one for sale, or parts to put one together, I would appreciate the info. Thanks.
J Gilbert Comment left 20th December 2017 19:07:07 reply
I have a blue one in very good condition. I would sell for $400 plus shipping. I could text photos or email.
Jason Burns Comment left 22nd September 2012 12:12:33 reply
hey, can you tell me, did these kalamazoos come with a black scratchplate? or only white? What about tortoiseshell? thank you JB
moncalimari Comment left 30th July 2012 01:01:23 reply
I have a 1966 Kalamazoo KG2 that is in 100% original condition. The serial number is quite hard to read, but it is clearly not a refin. What would such a guitar be worth?
kingkungfu Comment left 13th June 2012 12:12:12 reply
What size is the truss rod nut please. gibson standard size 5/16 inch?
travelling man Comment left 14th March 2012 23:11:56 reply
Ahhh, my first guitar. A graduation gift from mom. Same model, same color, same body style, same year - and same terrible case. My one had a lot more battle scars too. I believe the body material is Masonite - same stuff they made Danelectros out of.


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1968 Shaftesbury catalogThe 1968 Shaftesbury 'Electric Guitars' catalog was just four pages long, and contained four guitar models: the six string Barney Kessel-style 3264; and three Rickenbacker-styled semi-acoustic models: the six-string 3261, the twelve string 3262 and the 3263 bass. Shaftesbury was the house-brand of major UK distributor Rose-Morris, and seems to have been launched as a response to the company's loss of it's distribution deal with Rickenbacker. The guitars were mid-priced, and built in (initially) Japan, and later Italy, by Eko

1970 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns Celebrated Classics' catalog

1970 Rose_Morris catalog1970 Rose-Morris catalog, dated April 1970. It featured 6 electric guitars, 32 acoustic guitars, 3 basses and 1 steel guitar. It contains the following instruments, over 20 pages: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3262, 3264, 3265, 3400; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Colorado, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12; Aria 1674, 1675, 1676, 1679, 1680, 1695, 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk; Rose-Morris 15-11, Kansas, Georgian, Florida; Suzuki 1663, 1664, 1665, 3054, 3055, 3060; Tatay 1713, 1714, 1715; Peerless 3052; Steel guitar: Aria 3425

1971 Rose-Morris 'Exciting Electrics Wonderful Westerns' catalog

1971 Rose_Morris catalogThe sixteen-page 1971 Rose-Morris catalog featured electric guitars by Rose-Morris' own brand, Shaftesbury, and budget brand Top Twenty; aswell as acoustics by Eko, Aria, and for the first time Ovation. The catalog contains the following instruments: Electric guitars: Shaftesbury 3261, 3264, 3265, 3400, 3402; Top Twenty 1970; Bass: Shaftesbury 3263, 3266; Top Twenty 1971; Acoustic guitars: Ovation: Balladeer, 12 String, Glen Campbell, Glen Campbell 12 string; Eko Rio Bravo, Rio Bravo 12, Ranger, Ranger Folk, Ranger 12, Colorado, Ranchero, Ranchero 12, Studio 'L'; Rose-Morris Florida; Aria 'John Pearse' Jumbo, 'John Pearse' Folk

1972 Fender Precision bass

1972 Fender PrecisionA detailed look at an early 1970s Fender Precision bass guitar in custom black finish, with rosewood fretboard. 1972 list price, $307.50. The Fender Precision had been shipping since at least very early 1952 - with just one re-design circa 1957. This example, then, shows a model already two decades old, but barely changed since the '57 revamp. Fender got it right first time around, and although there are numerous minor cosmetic differences, the essence of this bass is effectively the same as it was in '52: a simple, single pickup instrument with a GREAT sound. Check out the demo video through an old Ampeg B15. It's no wonder this is the bass that everybody wants!

1967 Vox Stroller

1967 Vox StrollerThe Vox Stroller was the brand's entry level electric solid body guitar, fitted with just one pickup and a fixed tailpiece. Although aimed at student guitarists, it wasn't a terrible instrument, but did lack somewhat in adjustability, having no accessible truss rod and only a floating rosewood bridge. But this example is actually quite an improvement on earlier versions, with a standard 1/4" jack and a solid mahogany body. 1967 price £18 2s. JMI ceased UK guitar production in late '67, and combined with decreasing demand for the Stroller, this surely must be one of the last examples shipped.

1963 Vox Clubman Bass (left handed)

1963 Vox Clubman Bass left handedA nice example of the Vox Clubman II bass, built by JMI in Dartford, Kent in 1963. This is a lightweight bass, short (30") scale and very easy to play. It is an early example, and as such has a thin black scratchplate and side mounted, coaxial output jack. JMI offered left handed examples of their solid body Vox guitars and basses at 10% premium. Production numbers are unclear, but left-handed examples rarely come up for sale

1977 Gibson ES Artist 'prototype'

1977 Gibson ES Artist prototypeNot to be confused with the Gibson ES Artist launched by Gibson in 1979; this ES Artist was an early model designed by the Gibson research and development team in Kalamazoo in 1977, the instruments themselves constructed by Gibson artist Chuck Burge. It was planned for launch as a high end semi acoustic with 335-style construction (central maple block) and innovative circuitry - but was pulled at the last minute, being deemed too expensive. Apparently, several examples were produced with varying specifications, though exactly how many actually left the Kalamazoo plant is unclear. Certainly two guitars were sold to LaVonne Music by Gibson in around 1980. Read more about the development of this guitar, with details from Chuck Burge and the story of it's sale to LaVonne music

1959 Hofner Committee

1959 Hofner CommitteeThe Hofner Committee was a truly beautiful guitar produced in Germany, primarily for the UK market. It was a large bodied (initially 17 1/2") guitar with a carved spruce top, available as an acoustic or electric guitar. By the early sixties the carved top was replaced with a laminate, and although still a very fine guitar, the earlier carved top examples, with frondose headstock (like the example shown here) are far more highly prized amongst musicians and vintage guitar collectors.

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean

1965 Gretsch Chet Atkins TennesseanThe Gretsch Chet Atkins Tennessean, or model 6119 was Gretsch's best selling hollow body of the 1960s. This wonderfully faded example from 1965 was originally Dark Cherry Red, but has turned a mid-orange brown. The original color, however, can be seen underneath the pickup surrounds. 1965 specs: maple body, two-piece neck, Brazilian rosewood fretboard and Hi-Lo 'Tron single coil pickups. Nickel plated Gretsch Bigsby tailpiece.

1965 Gretsch 'For the Spectacular Sound of the Times' guitar and amp catalog

1965 Gretsch catalogThe 1965 Gretsch catalog, or catalog #32, featured 10 hollow body electric guitars, including the newly launched Gretsch Viking; four solid body electrics, including the Astro Jet - making it's only catalog appearance; just one bass, the single pickup PX6070; nine acoustics and 12 tube amplifiers. Pride of place went to the Chet Atkins Country Gentleman that adorned both the front and back covers. 24 pages, six of which are in full color.

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret ends

Guitar Repair: fixing fret buzz and sharp fret endsLoose frets are especially problematic in certain old guitars, but are generally very easy to fix. You'll be amazed at the difference you can make with just a few tools, a bit of knowledge, and a little time. Fixing loose frets can eliminate fret buzz, remove sharp fret ends, and greatly improve the tone of any guitar. If your luthier bill will be greater than the value of your guitar, definitely time to have a go yourself!

1966 Hagstrom 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog (Merson USA)

1966 Hagstrom guitar catalog Hagstrom guitars were distributed in the mid-1960s United States by Merson of USA. This eight page 'worlds fastest playing neck' catalog, printed in two-colors contained six solid body electrics, three solid body basses, two electric acoustic guitars, two electric acoustic basses and five acoustics.

1965 Hofner President

1965 Hofner President The President was produced by Hofner in Bubenreuth, Germany, specifically for Selmer, who distributed the brand in the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and other commonwealth nations. The President was a hollow body electric acoustic, available as a full body or thinline, and with blonde or brunette finish. It was a great playing guitar that sold fairly well in the second half of the 1950s, throughout the 1960s, and into the very early 1970s. The example shown here is a full-body depth guitar in blonde - and as a 1965 guitar, one of the last to feature the rounded Venetian cutaway. From late 1965 until 1972, the President sported a sharp Florentine cut. Naturally, such an electric acoustic suggests jazz and blues, but many of the original British Hofner President players were part of the rock 'n roll, skiffle and beat scenes of the late 50s and early 60s.

1963 1964 Fender catalog

Fender 1963 catalogue"The Choice of Professional and Student Musicians Everywhere" This eight page catalogue was included as an insert in the 1963 annual "school music" issue of Downbeat magazine (September 1963). As well as keyboards and pedal steels, this catalog contains seven guitars, three basses and ten amplifiers - from student guitars such as the Musicmaster and Duotone to professional models like the new Jaguar.

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual

1971 Gibson Les Paul Recording guitar owners manual The newly designed Les Paul Recording guitar was released in 1971, in many ways as an updated version of the Les Paul Professional that had debuted two years earlier in 1969. The new guitar came with a new owners manual explaining the (somewhat complicated) controls, their operation, and giving other specifications, including recommended strings, action and control settings. Compare with the broadly similar owners manual for the Les Paul Personal / Professional