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Gibson Mustang Copy

Post by Naturality » Sat Nov 04, 2006 6:36 am

I''ve been reading up on these Gibson Kalamazoo's, they are almost exactly like Mustangs, but are Gibson made, here's an ebay auction for one http://cgi.ebay.com/1957-GIBSON-KALAMAZ ... dZViewItem

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Post by Orang Goreng » Sat Nov 04, 2006 6:40 am

Aren't the bodies on those Kalamazoos supposed to be made out of something horrible, like chipboard or something?
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Post by Naturality » Sat Nov 04, 2006 6:41 am

Ugh, I didn't know that

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Re: Gibson Mustang Copy

Post by Naturality » Sat Nov 04, 2006 6:43 am

Aha, here's some better pics, these belong to visco from the squier '51 modders forum
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Post by mynameisjonas » Sat Nov 04, 2006 7:51 am

one of my friends had one of those a few years back. although the body was very thin it was insanely heavy, which was why he eventually sold it. he got very nice sounds out of it though.

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Post by fullerplast » Sat Nov 04, 2006 7:57 am

Orang Goreng wrote: Aren't the bodies on those Kalamazoos supposed to be made out of something horrible, like chipboard or something?
Yes... presswood, particle board... whatever you want to call it. It's worse than plywood.

I had the bass version of one of these once. The pickup was the same as the Gibby EB-O...

The guitars (in stock form) had Melody Maker electronics.
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Post by Naturality » Sat Nov 04, 2006 2:45 pm

Oh my god! I've just realised that because of the dates made, the Kalamazoo is the original mustang please correct me, Fender is the future

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Post by fullerplast » Sat Nov 04, 2006 2:55 pm

Naturality wrote: Oh my god! I've just realised that because of the dates made, the Kalamazoo is the original mustang please correct me, Fender is the future
I didn't know wtf you were talking about, then I looked at that auction. No way that thing was made in '57. It would be much closer to '67. The pots are the only way to tell.
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Re: Gibson Mustang Copy

Post by StevenO » Sat Nov 04, 2006 2:56 pm

fullerplast wrote:
Naturality wrote: Oh my god! I've just realised that because of the dates made, the Kalamazoo is the original mustang please correct me, Fender is the future
I didn't know wtf you were talking about, then I looked at that auction. No way that thing was made in '57. It would be much closer to '67. The pots are the only way to tell.
I was thinking pretty much the same thing, but then I saw the auction and I was confused...

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Re: Gibson Mustang Copy

Post by rabidhamster » Sat Nov 04, 2006 11:18 pm

yep. definitely late 60s.  Gibson didnt even have that type pf pickup  yet in the 50s. 

The necks are great on those, as good as a mustang for sure, but the bodies are masonite:(

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Re: Gibson Mustang Copy

Post by Naturality » Sun Nov 05, 2006 7:01 am

Gibson can't do anything right

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Re: Gibson Mustang Copy

Post by rabidhamster » Sun Nov 05, 2006 9:34 pm

oh, theyre pretty good at assing things up;)

I forgot to mention in my previous post, the things actually sound pretty nice, if you can abide playing a hunk of glue-wood.

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Re: Gibson Mustang Copy

Post by Mad-Mike » Mon Nov 06, 2006 4:48 am

I'm still amazed nobody has complained about the Washburn Wonderbar on the white one yet, lol.

THose guitars were not availible till the late 60's according to all the books I've read on guitars.  They are a blatant rip-off of the Fender Mustang, how Fender never sued them for them is anybody's guess, heck, the body shape is pretty darned close.  And yes, they are made of "chipboard".  I've played some cheap woods before (Masonite Danelectros, and Pressure Treated Pine, Southern Yellow Pine, Construction Grade Plywood homebrews), but I've NEVER played a chipboard guitar before.
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Re: Gibson Mustang Copy

Post by Superfuzz » Mon Nov 06, 2006 7:15 am

on ebay I've found one with an SG styke shaped body..I don' care about the wood this are cool cheap guitars..maybe with interesting sound too...and of course they're not strat copy..
However..the neck is 3/4 like on mustangs? and the freatboard radius?
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