Retrofret Stock # 6223. Kalamazoo KG-2 Model Solid Body Electric Guitar (1969), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 700612, red lacquer finish, composite body, maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black chipboard case. In the late '60's Gibson revived the budget Kalamazoo" brand-discontinued in 1942-for a line of simple solidbody instruments and inexpensive amps. The KG-2 was the two-pickup guitar, built with a Fender-like bolt-on maple neck on a solid composite body that also remembered a Fender Mustang more than any Gibson. The pickups were the same small single coil units used on the contemporary Melody Maker, and the one-piece bridge and Vibrola unit were shared with many downscale Gibson and Epiphone guitars. This Kalamazoo line was an attempt to recover sales Gibson was losing to the massive influx of Japanese guitars, and was fairly successful for a few years in the late '60's. This is a nice example of the KG-2 model, with a vibrant red lacquer, interestingly enough applied over blue (which was the other available color choice).Overall length is 39 5/8 in. (100.6 cm.), 12 in. (30.5 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). All original, complete except the vibrato arm is missing. Very little wear, a few tiny chips and dings and some corrosion around the base of the knobs. This guitar is an under the bed find from the original owner, bought new in 1969. An excellent player and a cool Gibson-made budget guitar fron the waning days of the '60's. Excellent - Condition.
|1969||Excellent||red lacquer||Original Soft|
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