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Gibson Midtown Kalamazoo Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst

Gibson Midtown Kalamazoo Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst


The original Gibson Byrdland guitar was first unveiled from Gibson’s Kalamazoo, Michigan factory in 1955. Designed in consultation with two first-call Nashville session players, Billy Byrd and Hank Garland, it incorporated several “advancements” that the two saw as beneficial to the player of the day. Its fast, slim neck profile and shorter 23 ½” scale length were intended to boost soloing speed and ease complex jazz chording, while its thinline hollow body helped to minimize feedback yet retained traditional archtop tone.

Now Gibson USA delves deeper into its roots to bring you the Midtown Kalamazoo (for “Kalamazoo Michigan”), an exciting marriage of tradition and innovation. This new Midtown Kalamazoo takes its cue from the legendary archtop electric that featured an equally innovative “hybrid” design in its time: the Byrdland.The style and feel all start with that vintage Gibson design. The Midtown Kalamazoo offers all the classic Byrdland-inspired features, and tops them off with the elegant looks of the real deal from the mid ’50s. Byrdland-style acrylic pearloid block fingerboard inlays, a multi-bound headstock with “flower pot” inlay, multi-ply body binding, gold hardware, and a high-gloss Vintage Sunburst finish in hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer all help to make this an exceptionally classy guitar that represents the zenith of the Midtown line.

The tone comes from loading the guitar with an augmented dose of power and versatility. A pair of ’57 Classic pickups present that hallowed PAF warmth and depth in standard mode, while four-conductor wiring allows split-coil sounds via push-pull switching on the tone knobs. Add it up, and the Midtown Kalamazoo is both an elegant celebration of the past achievements of Kalamazoo, and a superbly adaptable performer for today’s jazz, rock, blues, or country guitarist.

Serial# 130730451    

Weight 8lbs. 1.5oz.


Gibson Midtown Kalamazoo Electric Guitar Vintage Sunburst Features:

  • Nitro Vintage Sunburst Finish
  • Grade-A Maple Top
  • Grade-A Mahogany Back
  • Mahogany Neck
  • Byrdland Neck Profile
  • Bound Rosewood Fingerboard
  • 22 Frets
  • 12" Fretboard Radius
  • 1.695" Nut Width
  • 23 1/2" Scale Length
  • Acrylic Perloid Block Inlays
  • '57 Classic Humbuckers
  • Grover™ Locking Keystone Tuners
  • Tune-o-Matic Bridge
  • Period-Correct "Zig-Zag" Tailpiece
  • Vintage Amber Top Hat Knobs
  • Gold Hardware


  • Gibson Hard Shell Case

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