Kalamazoo KG11 1936
Kalamazoo KG11 1936 (vbg #1307) | $1975 | Gibson's Kalamazoo line was created to help the company weather the depression. The Kalamazoo flat tops lacked a truss rod, and were ladder braced, allowing for a less expensive guitar. The Gibson name was left off to avoid cheapening the Gibson brand. That said, the Kalamazoo line of guitars was produced with the same fine materials and craftsmanship as the regular Gibson line.
In the vintage guitar market, the KG is somewhat unique because of its truncated upper bout. With less air in the box, the KG11 produces a voice of its own and is popular with many players today for that reason.
Back and sides are mahogany, and the 3-piece top is spruce, set off with the typically beautiful Gibson sunburst. The neck is mahogany, with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. The bridge is also Brazilian with the expected lacquer finish intact. The body measures an L-00-like 14 3/4" across the lower bout. Scale length is 25", and the fingerboard measures 1 3/4" across at the nut.
The B-stamp FON dates this guitar to 1936, and it remains in pristine, original condition. But for a recent neck reset and refret, no part is changed, lost or altered .. 100% original including the soft case. Only a few nicks and dings keep this from 'mint'.
The guitar is set up to play comfortably and produces the KG11 tone, woody and round, and a cut above most of the KG11s we've had.