Kalamazoo KG-14 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1939)

Kalamazoo  KG-14 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1939)

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Kalamazoo KG-14 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1939), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # EK-5511, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back, sides and neck; spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, original brown chipboard case.

This is a quite clean and fine-playing late-issue Kalamazoo, made not too long before the restrictions of WWII ended Gibson's sub-brand lines. The KG-14 flat-top was Gibson's best "budget" guitar for the Depression era; a good-sounding and playing solid wood flat-top at an affordable price. These Kalamazoos tend to have a bright but well-balanced sound with a bit of a "twang", adding a slightly bluesy edge.

The KG-14 was the larger of the Kalamazoo flat-top models; the 14 3/4" wide body is the same as used on Gibson's L-00, but the spruce top is ladder-braced and the neck has no adjustable truss rod. The neck on this guitar is a sharp "V" profile typical of 1930s Gibsons. The top is finished in a light, almost cherry sunburst with a three-ply W/B/W outer sound hole ring and single layer white celluloid outer binding, with a "Firestripe" celluloid pickguard.

Less expensive guitars like the KG-14 were a major factor in Gibson's survival during the worst years of the Great Depression but were phased out shortly after the US entered WWII, never to return. This one is a good player with a bright but sweeter sound than many; a nice gigging pre-war guitar with a cool vibe.
 
Overall length is 40 1/2 in. (102.9 cm.), 14 3/4 in. (37.5 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 3/8 in. (11.1 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).

This Kalamazoo shows less wear and repair work than many; a solidly original guitar in excellent-playing shape. The finish has light wear overall with some dings, scuffs, and scratches but no major loss. The neck has been reset and refretted and the bridge has been reglued with a new saddle but all else remains original. One of the nicer of these we have had, good sounding and extremely playable. Excellent - Condition.