Dating a gibson acoustic
Dear Trash or Treasure, Please find attached pictures of my Kalamazoo guitar.The guitar is a flat top and the stamp on the back of the headstock is FK-220.Your guitar appears to be a KG-14 that is very similar to the Gibson L-0 in size.Features include a spruce top, mahogany back and sides, a round soundhole with white binding, tortoise top body binding, a mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, a rosewood bridge, and a firestripe pickguard.Although Kalamazoo instruments were built by Gibson, there are several factors that make them different from one another.
Guy Hart was Gibson’s president between 19, and he is probably best-known for keeping Gibson alive during the Great Depression.
Gibson used and reused numbers, changed numbering systems, and generally did not give much consideration to sequential numbering prior to its 1975 serial number system. This comprehensive guide will show all possible derivations of the old Gibson numbering system with information arranged by year.
Be aware that the Gibson J-45 was not first produced until 1942.
Unfortunately, Kalamazoo instruments often do not have the model name or number stamped anywhere on the guitar, making identification difficult.
Kalamazoo only produced two variations of flat top acoustics, so it is a fairly easy process of elimination.