(vbg #1714) Throughout the '30s, Gibson offered a line of instruments made in the Kalamazoo factory, but not branded 'Gibson'. Instead, this budget line was branded 'Kalamazoo' to avoid the Gibson mark on a budget line of instruments. The KM11 was the first mandolin offering in the Kalamazoo line, and it's a pretty snazzy little piece. Neck, back and sides are mahogany and the fingerboard is Brazilian rosewood. The flat top is spruce with a deep sunburst and features a nicely shaped faux-tortoise pick guard and a hand carved bridge. The sound hole and top are bound in white celluloid.

Overall length is 25 3/4", and 10 1/4" across at the lower bout. Scale length is 14", and the fingerboard measures 1 3/16" across at the nut.

There are two glued back cracks. Otherwise, this mandolin is in Ex ++ condition, with its original shine and sparkle intact. Action is low (3/64") for smooth playing, and the mandolin produces a ringing tone. Retains its original brown soft case in good condition.

Vintage Blues Guitars

Vintage Blues Guitars

Near Mint
Original Soft
10 Year Member
Vintage Blues Guitars
Tom Wentzel and Bruce Roth
Lancaster, PA
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We ship usually within a day of payment. International customers, we are not CITES certified. Any guitar with CITES-protected materials (Brazilian rosewood, ivory et al) shipped outside the US will be shipped at the risk of the buyer.

Forty eight hour test drive on all instruments..if not to your liking, return for refund minus shipping costs.