Before Gibson made Epiphone its budget brand, it had Kalamazoo. Named after Gibson’s home town in Michigan, Kalamazoo was the brainchild of Gibson president Guy Hart, who needed something to keep Gibson in the musical instrument business through the Great Depression. Although it’s not officially a Gibson, the KG-11 is undeniably Gibson-like. Sharply-carved headstock corners that are parallel to the nut, a pronounced headstock thickness taper, the fire stripe pickguard and the darkly shaded top are all company characteristics, and the three-on-a-plate tuners look the same as those found on Gibsons of the era.
This Kalamazoo is in good shape. It has been set up here in the shop and plays great. A new bone saddle has been made for it and it had a sizeable side crack that has been repaired in its past. Surface wear normal for an instrument of this era. Some evidence of past front cracks that have been cleated. Big bright tone! Comes with a non-original hard shell case.
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