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  1. The last record I bought by John Kay was Heretics and Privateers. It was released in 2001 and he is shown with a Gibson SJ on the cover. Not sure if it is the guitar in the interview though as the one he is playing on LP cover does not have pickguard.
  2. Aha. I started to wonder that myself as it is hard to believe Gibson could have released a guitar which nobody had ever run across.
  3. Like an above poster, while I have played LG2 3/4I have never even heard of an LG0 3/4. So absolutely no clue as to value. On this one you might have to talk to somebody like George Gruhn or Jim Baggett.
  4. Not sure what guitar you are referring to although based on what popped up I assume you mean a KG12 Oriole. If so, I agree these are the best of the Kalamazoo flattops.
  5. I do know one guy who plays in a bluegrass band in CA and he plays a Harmony Sovereign. One of the things that is surprising about the Kalamazoos is the large neck blocks - heavier than any Martin dread. I agree that they are punchy and responsive guitars but also lack bottom and headroom which is pretty typical for the breed.
  6. I have a question for the Gibson gurus out there. I have never seen a Kalamazoo, et al that did not sport a spray burst finish. In 1932, however, Gibson was still applying hand rubbed finishes. Could the Kalamazoos have been the catalyst to go with the spray finishes which were less labor intensive and therefore involved less labor costs.
  7. I am surely sorry to hear of your situation and hope only the best for you. And given the provenance of that guitar I would say $5K is certainly a fair price.
  8. Congrats! You are pretty safe in saying your guitar dates from the 1930s as Kalamzoos were built from 1933 into the early 1940s. Structurally they are the identical to Cromwells, Grinnells, Recording Kings, Capitals and others. Three different headstocks were used on Kalamazoos. The earliest guitars had a squared headstock The very first ones built in 1933 are also identified by a rope binding around the soundhole. My 1933 Recording King has the squared headstock while my 1935 Capital has the peaked headstock so as 62burst noted, the peaked headstock on your guitar is the second style so would date the instrument from 1935 to maybe 1938. Again, though everything is variable as Gibsons did not change specs at the stroke of midnight on the first day of the year. You will always find some overlap.
  9. zombywoof

    1963 J45

    Knight Guitars certainly have a great rep. Even I have heard of them. It was not so much sound that was an issue for me but the feel of 1960s Gibsons with all the fast playing neck stuff. Then there were those design decisions which came out of left field such as plastic bridges and thick pickguards. On the other hand, concern with structure and warranty issues did not start trumping sound until 1968. So there is a pretty good window in that decade.
  10. It is always nice when an instrument takes on a special meaning to the owner because of the memories associated with it. That is true Mojo. Funny but I cannot recall even ever stumbling across a J40. to play. I wonder though what is the difference between a J40 and a J50. The bridge looks like a clunkier version of that on the Harmony Sovereign 1260. I am a bit surprised though that the repair guy did not replace it with a pin bridge.
  11. The first day of a show is all about dealers buying from one another. I once passed on a 1956 J160E which I could have scored at a local shop for a scary low price. It ended up going off to Dallas or one of the big shows where it was sold to another dealer who promptly added a couple of thousand to the price tag. And so it goes, so it goes . . .
  12. I would do nothing regarding the 14 fretter. At least for a while. Selling guitars were some of the worst mistakes I ever made. You were in the enviable position of not having to use a guitar as trade bait or sell it to acquire something else. Your are still in the honeymoon period with the 12 fretter so everything about it is sweet as it gets.
  13. Glad it showed up. After all the posts about the hunt, the guitar arriving is almost anti-climatic. As you say, unfortunately, top deflection is a fact of life with these guitars. Everything about them is just too lightly built. Technically, a top will belly (swell) below the bridge and sink above it. Only becomes a real issue when the action gets too high and the intonation goes awry. My L1 has the typical swollen belly beneath the bridge so a Thompson belly reducer in its future.
  14. Or as we used to say looked it had been rode hard and put away wet.
  15. For me a music room is any space where me and a guitar can be found at the same time.
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