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1930’s Kalamazoo KG-16 Archtop Grand Concert Size All Original Soft Shell Case
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A 1939 Kalamazoo KG-16 Archtop Guitar with the original Soft Shell Case. What a Beauty. I could not believe what great shape this guitar was in.
This Kalamazoo Guitar plays fantastically with great easy playing action. The guitar is a 9.5 out of a 10 scale in playability and looks. The bridge still has a little room to raise or lower the action for Player Preference. I don’t think you will want it lower! The neck has a soft V. Not too pronounced of a V… Really nice feel to this guitar…Two Professionally repaired side body cracks..see pics...this guitar was well cared for over the years!
The Pre 1941 guitars are to have Upland Spruce Tops and Honduran Mahogany Back and sides. This guitar certainly looks to be all solid wood… It has a 25 inch scale neck, 1 ¾ inch original wood nut, Grand Concert Size 14 ½ inch body and has Ivoroid body bindings…
Heres some info from the internet on these cool guitars…
So in 1933 Gibson introduced the Kalamazoo brand of musical instruments which included guitars, Hawaiian guitars, banjos and mandolins. These instruments sold for less than half the price of similar Gibson branded instruments. To accomplish this, Gibson saved costs by eliminating the instruments adjustable truss rod and using less expensive hardware and materials. For instance, some of the Kalamazoo archtop guitars featured real carved tops and backs, but others featured what Gibson called the arco-arch, which was their term for a pressed top similar to the ones found on Kay and Harmony arched top guitars.
From 1933 to 1940 the guitars, both arched and flat top, were made of solid wood for the tops, backs and sides. However Kalamazoo guitars made from 1940 through 1943 featured plywood bodies. All of the flat top guitars featured ladder bracing the instead of X-bracing found on more expensive Gibson models.
The Tuners are original Patent Pending Kluson Open Backs with Black Buttons. Original bridge and even the pickguard. Those are always missing.. Awesome Finish crazing on the original Sunburst finish..A lot of these have very high action making them unplayable. This one is an exception. It didn’t have a neck reset nor does it need one. Easy playing low action up and down the neck. It’s a real pleasure to play! The frets are original and also in excellent shape! Check those pics! Only missing one side dot fret marker. I’ll let the new owner deal with that…
To find a 1930’s Gibson made Guitar that has no issues or cracks is quite a thrill for me. We all know that's what vintage players and collectors look for. This one qualifies...I have a reasonable Buy it Now for this Classic Kalamazoo Archtop Guitar. Grab it before its gone...
You will love the sound of this guitar. Very bright with booming bass that these Vintage Guitars are known for. It is rumored that Robert Johnson used one like this for his last recording… Check the internet! Looking for a Blues romper? You will love this guitar.
The original Soft Shell Case is as nice as the guitar. All latches, original leather handle and hinges are present and working. Even the accessory box is still with this original vintage case. The Plush red lining is awesome! Very nice case for this outstanding guitar.
This guitar is beautiful but vintage and used so its sold as-is no returns. However, I have been handpicking my customers guitars for close to 20 years now and they have all loved the guitars I found for them. This one will not be an exception.
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