The Gibson Midtown Kalamazoo Electric Guitar is a remarkable instrument that takes its cue from the legendary Byrdland archtop while meeting the needs of today’s guitarists! The Midtown Kalamazoo gets its name from the Gibson factory that made the original Byrdland guitar back in 1955 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. With a thinline hollow body crafted with a Maple top and Mahogany back, f-holes, and a 23.5-inch scale length for a fast, slim feel, the Midtown Kalamazoo provides incredible looks and tonal response.
Gibson tops off the guitar with the elegant looks of the real deal from the mid ’50s. Byrdland-style acrylic pearloid block fingerboard inlays, a multi-bound headstock with ‘flower pot’ inlay, multi-ply body binding, gold hardware, and a high-gloss finish in hand-sprayed nitrocellulose lacquer all help to make the Midtown Kalamazoo an exceptionally classy guitar.
Gibson Midtown Kalamazoo Electric Guitar Features
- Bound multi-ply body with Maple top and f-holes
- Mahogany neck with Byrdland profile
- Pair of '57 Classic humbucking pickups in the neck and bridge positions
- Gold plated Tune-o-matic bridge and 165-style tailpiece
- Grover Locking Keystone tuners with 18:1 tuning ratio
Gibson loads this guitar with a pair of ’57 Classic pickups that present that hallowed PAF warmth and depth in standard mode, while four-conductor wiring allows split-coil sounds via push-pull switching on the tone knobs. Add it up, and the Midtown Kalamazoo is both an elegant celebration of the past achievements of Kalamazoo, and a superbly adaptable performer for today’s jazz, rock, blues, or country guitarist.
Body and Neck
The Midtown Kalamazoo has a thinline acoustic body made with a Grade-A maple top and a Grade-A mahogany back. Its Grade-A mahogany neck is carved to a fast profile, with a 23.5-inch scale length for enhanced speed and comfort. It’s topped with a Grade-A rosewood fingerboard featuring acrylic pearloid block inlays, and crowned by a traditional multi-ply Byrdland headstock with ‘flower pot’ inlay.
Pickups and Electronics
Two ’57 Classic humbuckers load the Midtown Kalamazoo with traditional PAF-style depth, richness, and clarity, while equipping it for the needs of today’s more demanding guitarist. The four-knob control complement with three-way Switchcraft selector switch retains a classic look, but push-pull switching hidden within each pickups’ individual tone control taps split-coil tones for a wide range of alternative voices, with a reverse-polarity bridge pickup for superior hum rejection in the middle single coil position.
Grover locking keystone tuners lead off the Midtown Kalamazoo’s elegant gold hardware, which also includes Gibson’s legendary Tune-o-matic bridge for enhanced solidity and sustain, and a traditional zig-zag trapeze tailpiece. A bound fingerboard, multi-ply body and headstock binding, amber top-hat knobs, and a bound Tortoise pickguard complete this deluxe package.
Case and Coverage
The Midtown Kalamazoo comes protected in a black hardshell case and includes a truss-rod wrench and Gibson USA owner’s manual, and is covered by Gibson’s industry-leading Limited Lifetime Warranty and 24/7/365 Customer Service.