Gibson Kalamazoo Guitar - Award Model ( 1978-1984 )
In 1978 gibson introduced the gibson kalamazoo award model , this guitar is not only a fine piece of art but also plays a significant role in gibsons history . In 1974 a new factory opened in nashville tennesse which slowly led to the closing of the production factory in kalamazoo in 1984.
The gibson kalamazoo award guitar was a limited edition , built in memory of the glory days when archtop guitars were at their extreme prime . The kalamazoo award model has the beauty , finesse and craftsmanship of the gibson citation and the characteristics of the johnny smith guitar combined ( floating pickup .....) .
The guitar is a single cutaway archtop, has bound f-holes , multiple bound tops and back , one mini humbucker , gold plated hardware , woodgrain pickguard with bird and branch abalone inlay , Kluson tuners , hand rubbed varnish finish , the kalamazoo award guitar was and remains one of gibsons finest hand carved guitars ever made. Discontinued in 1984 . ( click on pic to enlargen , courtesy of gruhn.com )
Vintage Price Value :
1978 - 1984 > $13 000 to $16000
Avg Upward Trend Of 6% a Year since 2000
I would love to get my hands on this babe , if anyone out there has this guitar for sale please post it in the comments I would be interested in buying it ... Domenic
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