'64 Gibson Kalamazoo...
This guitar of mine has been setup in the early 80's which now is similar to
many expensive popular strat style guitars today. It has the bite of a Fender,
but the balls of a Gibson. The neck is a short scale neck giving the guitar a
The bridge pickup is an old Seymour Duncan JB Custom from 1982 that is also tapped.
The pickup selector is now in one of the old tone knobs and the remaining tone
knob is a master tone. The coil tap switch is where the old pickup selector is
on the right horn. The neck pickup is an old Ibanez Super 6. It also has an old
Washburn Wonderbar system that has a great hard tail feel but still allowing a
decent amount of whammy bar action. The tuners are old Ibanez mini-tuners.
'65-66 Gibson Kalamazoo...
I recently purchased this one and I'm in the process of making it into vintage
firebreather. The key on these old Kalamazoos are the incredibly straight and
fast necks. They definitely have that smaller early 60's Gibson vibe. This one
has currently has stock frets which are incredibly small and useless, a very
cool sounding dogeared P-90 (I think an old Epi Casino) and a Badass bridge with worn out tuners.
Now for the changes...
The modifications were done by Tina Wood at Splash Sound/The Amp Shop in Sherman
Oaks, CA. I had the neck refretted with Dunlop 6150 large frets, had a few rough
spots on the neck planed and a new bone nut installed. The neck has ultra low
action and is fast even with the 9 degree radius (?). The new tuners are Sperzel
chrome locking tuners. The pickguard is covered with copper tape to make it quieter.
It is cracking now, so that will get replaced soon too.