1940 Gibson-made Kalamazoo KG-12 Guitar

1940 Gibson-made Kalamazoo KG-12 Guitar

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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.