Handbuilt in Kalamazoo in the old Gibson plant, the Heritage Super KB is a tribute to one of the most influential guitarists of the 20th century. In a career spanning some seven decades, jazz legend Kenny Burrell has recorded with superstars from Dizzy Gillespie and Billie Holiday to John Coltrane and Oscar Peterson. Designed to the artists' own specifications, the Super KB echoes Burrell's famed '60s Super 400CES, with its generous 18" body, twin built-in humbuckers, and signature sharp Florentine cutaway.
Sharing the same materials and specifications as its Gibson cousin, the Super KB has the solid carved quartersawn spruce top, inlaid ebony fingerboard and parallel bracing, and was built in Gibson's renowned former Kalamazoo workshop. And in an upgrade to the Gibson original, the Heritage has solid carved flame maple back and sides, in contrast to the laminated backs used on the Florentine S-400s of the '60s.
An elegant traditional jazz box, this big guitar has the warm, buttery voice of finely carved graduated spruce, in a super jumbo body. The extended Florentine cutaway aloows unimpeded access to the highest frets, and the twin HRW humbucking pickups are sweet and rich. Maintained in superb 100% original condition, this gleaming guitar is crafted with a highly figured bookmatched tiger maple body and neck, with smooth, low action over a gentle D profile neck with a solid ebony fingerboard, and a fresh high-precision setup.
Produced in very limited numbers for only a short time, the Super KB has been out of production for some years now, making it an instant collector's item. An exceptional instrument in a distinguished lineage of super jumbo handbuilt American jazz guitars. Rare, handsome, and a true best buy: one only, call now.
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