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Gibson Midtown Kalamazoo Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar  

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This product has been discontinued but may be available as a Open Box item.

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An elegant looking Jazz box with a thin body, '57 Classic humbuckers and an amazing price.

The Midtown Kalamazoo takes its cue from another legendary archtop electric that featured an equally innovative œhybrid design in its time: the Byrdland. In full Midtown tradition, although the style and feel all start with that vintage original, Gibson USA raises the bar to bring you an instrument that' ideal for the needs and musical styles of the 21st century guitarist.

The original Byrdland guitar”unveiled from Gibson' Kalamazoo, Michigan, factory in 1955”was designed in consultation with two first-call Nashville session players, Billy Byrd and Hank Garland, and it incorporated several œadvancements 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.

The Midtown Kalamazoo offers all these 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 œflower 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.

In terms of tone, Gibson USA continues Midtown tradition by 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' jazz, rock, blues, or country guitarist.

Body and Neck
Much like the Byrdland guitar of 1955, the Midtown Kalamazoo has a thinline acoustic body made with a Grade-A maple top and a Grade-A mahogany back. Its Grade-A mahogany neck is carved to a fast profile that measures 0.818 at the 1st fret and 0.862 at the 12th, with a 23-½ scale length for enhanced speed and comfort. It' topped with a Grade-A rosewood fingerboard featuring acrylic pearloid block inlays, and crowned by a traditional multi-ply Byrdland headstock with œflower pot inlay. The guitar looks exquisite in a high-gloss Vintage Sunburst finish in hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer.

Pickups and Electronics
Two ™57 Classic humbuckers load the Midtown Kalamazoo with traditional PAF-style depth, richness, and clarity, while equipping it for the needs of today' more demanding guitarist. The four-knob control complement with three-way Switchcraft selector switch retains a classic look, but push-pull switching hidden within each pickups™ individual tone control taps split-coil tones for a wide range of alternative voices, with a reverse-polarity bridge pickup for superior hum rejection in the middle œsingle coil position.

Grover locking keystone tuners lead off the Midtown Kalamazoo' elegant gold hardware, which also includes Gibson' legendary tune-o-matic bridge for enhanced solidity and sustain, and a traditional zig-zag trapeze tailpiece. A bound fingerboard, multi-ply body and headstock binding, amber top-hat knobs, and a bound Tortoise pickguard complete this deluxe package.

Case and Coverage
The Midtown Kalamazoo comes protected in a black hardshell case and includes a truss-rod wrench and Gibson USA owner' manual.

Bound multi-ply body with maple top and f-holes
Mahogany neck with Byrdland profile
Pair of '57 Classic humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions
Gold-plated tune-o-matic bridge and 165-style tailpiece
Grover locking Keystone tuners with 18:1 tuning ratio

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Midtown Kalamazoo Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar Specifications:

Top: Maple
Back: Mahogany
Body Type: Hollow body
Binding: 3-ply W/B/W
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
Species: Mahogany
Profile: Byrdland
Truss Rod: Traditional Adjustable
Joint Angle: 4 (+/- 15 seconds)
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
Neck Fit
Joint: Mortise & Tenon
Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
Joint Angle: Tolerance +/- .005"
Species: Rosewood
Frets: 22
Radius: 12"
Binding: White
Nut/E.O.B: 1.695/2.234
Scale Length: 23-1/2"
Inlays: Acrylic Perloid Block
Material: Corian
Width: 1.695
Slots: Gibson PLEK System
Type: SP2
Logo: Acrylic Gibson & "Flower Pot"
Truss Rod Cover: Black and White Blank
Binding: Multi-ply W/B/W/B/W
Angle: 17 Degrees
Model: Grover Locking Keystone
Plating: Gold
Tuning Ratio: 18:01
Type: Tune-o-matic
Plating: Gold
Type: 165-style
Plating: Gold
Knobs: Vintage Amber Top Hat
Pickguard: Multi-ply Tortise
Pickup Mounting Rings: Black Plastic
Control Plate Cover: Black Plastic
Strings: .009 - .046, Genuine Gibson strings
Strap Buttons: Aluminum End Pins
Neck Position: '57 Classic (Alnico II)
Bridge Position: '57 Classic (Alnico II)
Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Push/Pull Tone Controls
Type: 300k Linear Volume, 500k Non-linear Tone
Coil Wiring: Machine Wound
Toggle Switch: Three-way Switchcraft with White Plastic Tip
Output Jack: 1/4" Switchcraft
Sealer: Nitrocellulose
Surface Texture: Smooth High Gloss
Process: 1-1.5 mils
Type: Hardshell
Case Exterior: Black
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