(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.
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