30s Kalamazoo KHG-11 – 12 fret Hawaiian Style guitar. I’m getting mixed information about whether or not it’s been converted from Hawaiian style. It still has a pretty decently thick bridge, but the neck is V shaped and not square.
This old wood sounds Great!
I’ve gotten lots of comments about the action in the upper frets with questions about necessary neck reset. I don’t think the neck really needs to be reset. The bridge was extra thick to accommodate a playing style that uses a slide. I think a regular sized bridge would correct the action. I’m not going to replace that bridge in hopes that somebody will pick this one up and use it the way it was meant to be used.
Amazing resonant tone wood. Great sustain. Feather weight.
Upper bout. 10”
Lower bout. 14 7/8”
Depth. 4 3/8”
Nut width. 1 15/16”
Very light numbers stamped on the neck block. I’m unable to make them all out. Looks like a 5 and a 4 and maybe a couple others that are illegible. No other numbers / markings to be found.
Big beefy V pattern neck is fairly straight. Saddle is shaved pretty low but could be taken down another mm or so if desired.
Rosewood fretboard with minimal wear Frets are in very good shape. Action is medium height – a bit high on upper frets. (Mostly due to the thick bridge. -Again, I wouldn’t say a neck reset is imminent) See pics for action height.
Lots of light finish scratches on front back side and bottom. Stable Hairline cracks on the back side coming down from the neck heel and around lower bout. No repairs that I can detect.
Classy single bound body. Kalamazoo silkscreened on face of head. I’m guessing spruce top and mahogany neck, sides and back. Original bridge and pickguard. Very Light warping of the plastic sound hole liner/insert.
I’m guessing tuners were replaced but I’m not certain. They still hold tune well.
Includes moderately worn Chipboard case which shows wear. All clasps, hinges and handle are intact. Non smoking homes