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*This example has no letter at the beginning, which was the way Fuji Gen made their models.
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There were even a few Kalamazoo amplifiers produced from 1938 to ’40.
The Kalamazoo solidbody electric line was conceived at a time when guitar companies could sell just about anything they could make or lay their hands on.
The basic "A" and "F" model shapes were developed around the turn of the century, and have become the basis for most serious imitators since.
Regular production began in the early years of the 1900's, and continued unbroken until the WWII years, and again afterwards up to the modern times. If it doesn't sing, forget it- there are enough of them out there that you will eventually find one that you like.
Gibson was one of the premium brands in the world and its guitars were expensive.
The Kalamazoo line also included a few electric archtops and some Hawaiian lap steels.
Collectible value in guitars can be defined any number of ways, and not just by having a popular brand name such as Fender or Gibson. Ask virtually any guitar collector for his or her favorite brand, and Kalamazoo is probably not going to be the first name to come to mind. Nevertheless, there’s an awful lot more to this humble circa-1968 Kalamazoo U. Gibson previously used the Kalamazoo name on its budget acoustic archtop and flat-top guitars, mandolins, and banjos between 1933 and World War II.
Gibson was, of course, located in Kalamazoo, Michigan, from the 1890s until the final transition of its headquarters to Nashville in 1984.
I have noticed, that in the last year prices have gone up a lot.
A year ago on E-bay you could easily buy a plaintop 1983-85 RLG 50 for 350-400 $, today they sell for 700-800 $ and if you want to by one from a dealer in Europe, You will have to pay 800-900 $.
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