Throughout the 1930's, Gibson took some of its most popular designs and manufactured them as off-brand instruments to be sold through catalogs like Montgomery Ward. The popularity of these more affordable, ladder braced instruments, such as the original Recording King guitars, lead to Gibson introducing Kalamazoo guitars as their in house 'budget' brand at the time.
This 1933 Kalamazoo KG-11 is a fantastic example of a rare pre war Kalamazoo flat top from the first full production year, and is one of the more popular and common models in the range. This Kalamazoo features a Spruce ladder braced top with Mahogany back and sides. The ladder braced design projects well with a tight, punchy sound that is perfect for finger style playing, with this KG-11 being one of the more resonant and deep sounding examples we have had in store. The Mahogany neck features a Rosewood fretboard and a typically chunky baseball bat style profile, commonly found on pre-war Gibson flat tops.
This guitar is in very good condition, with only minor signs of play wear and patina considering its age. It has previously had a neck reset, ensuring it is set up and playing perfectly for the new owner, and the pick guard is non original although appears to have been on the guitar for some time. This guitar has had a full service and appraisal by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty for any set up or repair work with our luthiers.