Kalamazoo KM-22 Arch Top Mandolin (1939)
Kalamazoo KM-22 Model Arch Top Mandolin (1939), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # EK-5150, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back, sides and neck, brown chipboard case. Item # 7863
Overall length is 25 3/4 in. (65.4 cm.), 10 1/4 in. (26 cm.) wide, and 2 3/16 in. (5.6 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 14 in. (356 mm.). Width of nut is 1 1/4 in. (32 mm.).
This mandolin is in very nice original condition, complete and unaltered with some light pickwear to the top and scuffing overall. The top shows a bit of sinkage on the bass side; we checked it over and secured all the bracing, and the instrument is completely solid and actually a very good little player. All the hardware is intact including the Kluson strip tuners with attractive pearloid-like buttons, bridge, pickguard, and even the tailpiece cover, so often lost along the way. A pre-war f-hole mandolin at a relative bargain price (then and now) with a bright barky tone well-suited to string band use. Excellent - Condition.
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