This 1939 Kalamazoo KEH lap steel was manufactured by Gibson under the Kalamazoo name as a more affordable alternative to the companies flagship, Charlie Christian pickup equipped EH-150 lap steel that proved particularly popular in the 1930's. The KEH offers many of the same features at a much lesser cost. The pickup has the same coil structure as the EH-150 models but uses a second generation blade pickup with a smaller magnet below, with tone and volume controls positioned either side of the control plate.
The body features stencilled frets and a straightforward dot pattern on the fingerboard. The nut and bridge are made of nickel-plated metal. Constructed from solid mahogany, the KEH has a fairly stripped back look, and shares its peaked headstock shape with the more well-known Kalamazoo flat tops from the same era. Despite its simplicity, this electric Hawaiian guitar has a fantastic tone!
This instrument has been given a full service and appraisal by our luthiers at the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.