Kalamazoo Sport Model KG 3/4 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1941)
Kalamazoo Sport Model KG 3/4 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1941), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back, sides and neck; spruce top, black hard shell case. Item # 7204
The "Sport Model' was a very cool little 3/4 guitar, a relatively late addition to Gibson's budget Kalamazoo line available from 1937-41. Built on the body pattern of 1920's TG-1 tenor guitar, the just over 12" wide "Sport" is a dainty tight-waisted design compared to the more familiar and rather stumpy body of the far more common Kalamazoo KG-11. The neck on this example is very slim with a comfortable round profile and an ebony nut-earlier versions had a chunkier "V" neck. The Gibson-style peghead is fitted with early Kluson strip tuners and adorned with the standard Kalamazoo silkscreen logo, with "Sport Model" beneath.
The top "sports" a typically nice late-30's style wide sunburst, with single binding on the edge and soundhole and a small firestripe celluloid pickguard. The sound is bright and tight…this is a cool little blues picker and would make a great high-strung "Nashville" tuned guitar. While likely intended primarily for young students this is still a nicely made instrument fully the equal of other Kalamazoo instruments, and represents an unusual value in a pre-WWII "travel guitar" with full Gibson appointments. A fairly rare small-body Gibson design and dare we say an awfully cute little guitar.
Overall length is 36 3/8 in. (92.4 cm.), 12 5/8 in. (32.1 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 3 7/8 in. (9.8 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 23 in. (584 mm.). Width of nut is 1 9/16 in. (40 mm.). This instrument is all original and fairly clean overall for a pre-WWII guitar; the only major finish trauma is some noticeable strumwear to the top on both sides of the soundhole. The rest of the finish shows only small dings and scrapes and maintains excellent color. A nice example, a very good player, one of the better sounding of these we have ever had. Very Good + Condition.
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