Kalamazoo / KG14 / 1938 / Sunburst / Guitar For Sale
There are few acoustic guitars more wrapped up in music history than the Kalamazoo KG14. It's the model that Robert Johnson played in his first studio session in November 1936 before getting arrested for a bar room brawl and losing his guitar. When he returned to the studio without a guitar he was given the studio's Gibson L-1, a guitar Johnson could never have afforded. There is a quality to the Kalamazoo that equivalent Gibsons don't have - a rawness which produces a real bark, like a honky tonk tone - and it makes them a real playing experience. This example has all the hallmark sounds that hark back to those history making 30's recordings, and it feels like you're stepping back in time - a real treat for any blues player. It’s in very good condition, with the kind of wear and tear, and lacquer checking you'd expect from an 83 year old guitar, but no cracks or repairs. The chunky neck feels quite substantial in the left hand, allowing the tone to really resonate, and single notes to ring beautifully. This is a seriously cool guitar, and far more affordable than an equivalent Gibson L-1. It comes in a non original hard case.
Glenns Guitars, UK
Welcome to Glenn's Guitars here on Vintage & Rare. After many years in the industry, and having been fortunate enough to have worked in Hanks and The Acoustic Centre - probably London's two foremost acoustic guitar shops - I decided to do my own thing.
I have a passion for used and vintage acoustic guitars; nearly new second hand guitars because they can represent a bargain compared to the price of a new guitar, older and vintage guitars because they tend to have more character and can often become an investment.
You will notice when viewing my stock list my taste in guitars, as I only sell guitars that I genuinely like - and there are certain brands noticeable by their absence. I am a huge fan of older Gibson, Martin and Guild acoustics, but also more boutique brands such as Lowden and Collings.
I will consider part exchange if it makes your desired guitar a little easier to afford. I also offer a guitar finding service, if there's something specific you're looking for.
If you are happy to buy over the internet, I will send you as many high resolution photos and as much information about the guitar you're interested in as I can. If you can get to me - I'm based in Enfield, only 30 minutes from London Liverpool Street Station - you can always make an appointment with me and come and try some of the guitars out first.
I accept payment by Paypal, bank transfer, cheque and of course cash.