1938 Kalamazoo KG11 – £1749

Jan 19, 2021 | Gibson

1938 Kalamazoo KG11 – £1749

SOLD  Gibson’s Depression era Kalamazoo line of guitars are gaining respect in the vintage guitar world, and provide great intrinsic value considering the relative cost. While built as a less expensive alternative to the “Only A Gibson Is Good Enough” flat-tops during the Great Depression, Kalamazoos were constructed by the same factory workers that built the standard Gibson line of guitars. Built very light, the Kalamazoo flat tops are punchy and resonant, and this one is a great example. The KG-11 body shape is the only Gibson-made instrument to sport this particular form, with a lower bout echoing L-00’s of the period, and a unique, truncated upper bout dimension. This example is from 1938, and is one of the cleanest Kalamazoo’s I’ve had – the sunburst is vivid – with no cracks or repairs, and the pickguard is stunning. The Adirondack top gives the guitar surprising volume, and the Brazilian fingerboard feels very responsive. Acknowledged by both players and collectors (and Tommy Emmanuel) as one of the best depression era finger picking guitars ever made.

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