Gibson Kalamazoo Arch-top Guitar

Description (Brief)
This guitar was made by Gibson, Inc. in Kalamazoo, Michigan around 1940. The “Kalamazoo” brand of musical instruments including guitars, banjos, mandolins and violins were made from 1934 to 1942. Gibson made a small number of “Kalamazoo” instruments in the 1950s and a decade later, reintroduced the brand with a series of electric guitars and basses, and amplifiers. This six course (6x1) guitar is stamped “FW-566” and has an arched spruce top, maple back and sides, elevated celluloid pickguard, metal tailpiece, and a domed peg head with a pointed top.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Date made
Gibson Co.
overall: 42 1/8 in x 16 in x 4 1/4 in; 106.9975 cm x 40.64 cm x 10.795 cm
place made
United States: Michigan, Kalamazoo
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Music & Musical Instruments
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Culture and the Arts: Musical Instruments
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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