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1940 Gibson-made Kalamazoo KG-12 Guitar
1940 Gibson made Kalamazoo KG-12 guitar. This is the rare model in the Kalamazoo line-up, much more rare than the Kalamazoo KG-14 or other Kalamazoos. And this one has the even more rare “iced-tea” sunburst finish with tortoise top binding and a fire-striped pickguard. It has the nice more rounded neck shape (but not baseball size) with a 1 11/16″ nut width.
- FON 1458F, with the number 16 in red pencil below that
- 100% crack-free
- 100% original finish (and it does not have a typical Gibson crazing to the finish– it’s a thinner finish more Martin-like in thickness than the thicker Gibson-like finish)
- The neck has just been set, so action is perfect
- Original frets in good condition
- Original bridge
- Original bridge plate
- Set of Gibson reproduction bridge pins imported from Antique Acoustics in Germany
- 14 inch at the lower bout (same as the Gibson L-00)
- 1 11/16″ nut width
- Spruce top
- Mahogany neck
- Brazilian rosewood bridge
- Original three on a strip open back Kluson tuners
- Transverse ladder bracing, as on all Kalamazoo KG’s
- No truss rod in neck, gives a more resonant response
Light and resonant, the guitar has great, bright tone as you would expect from a well-preserved L-00 sized Kalamazoo– all that you’d hope for: close to a Gibson L-00 tone but with more shimmer in the trebles. A joy to play.
In a modern case.