1936 Gibson-made Kalamazoo KTG-11 Tenor Guitar

A customer sent this nice old KTG-11 in for repair a bit ago. He's had a number of Kalamazoos come through my shop for fixing-up and this one will mix nicely into his collection. I've always liked this tenor version of the KG-11 model as it's built a little lighter than the 6-strings and they tend to have a lush, rich, and punchy sound to them. Something about fifths tuning one on of these is just delightful.

The instrument arrived in good order save that it needed a neck reset desperately. There's plenty of wear and tear to the finish but structurally it arrived in better shape than usual for an old Kalamazoo. The original saddle was non-modified, too, and so I was even able to reuse it at its full original height after work was done.

Repairs included: a neck reset, fret level/dress, new customer-supplied geared banjo pegs for the headstock, replacement endpin/bridge pins, side dots install, cleaning, and setup.

Setup notes: it plays bang-on at 1/16" overall action at the 12th fret. Strings are 42w, 30w, 18w, 12 for GDAE octave mandolin tuning. The neck is straight.

Scale length: 22 7/8"
Nut width: 1 1/8"
String spacing at nut: 7/8"
String spacing at bridge: 1 3/16"
Body length: 17 1/8"
Lower bout width: 14 5/8"
Waist width: 8 7/8"
Upper bout width: 9 3/4"
Side depth at endpin: 3 15/16"
Top wood: solid spruce
Back/sides wood: solid mahogany
Neck wood: mahogany
Bracing type: ladder
Fretboard: Brazilian rosewood, ebony nut
Bridge: Brazilian rosewood, bone saddle
Neck feel: medium C/V shape, flat board

Condition notes: it has a ton of scratches all over the body but no cracks. How about that? Tuners and pins are replacements but otherwise it's all-original.

I was able to reuse the original saddle at its full height. All I did was modify its back-edge profile to get the strings to mount more cleanly. I scrounged bridge pins from my bins -- these are nice ebony ones with a brass ring in them that fits-in with the gold tuner pegs.

The new tuners, with their yellow transparent amber buttons, are too cool.


Reese said…
I approve of this musical being. Wholly.
Brandon McCoy said…
Wish this was for sale. I'm gonna have to get one of these old tenors at some point. Kicking myself still for not getting that Klear Tone a few months ago.