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Sep 24, 2021 - 1:49:47 PM
197 posts since 7/6/2009

I have a couple Kalamazoo 4 string banjos & some other Kalamazoo parts. All I can find about the manufacture dates is a range of years (1933-1942). And I have found that they have no serial numbers and no label other than Kalamazoo on the headstock.

Is there any way to identify a specific year of manufacture?

Among the 4 necks I have I've noticed differences in the thickness of fretwire - 2 thicker & 2 thinner. Is there any way of using that to figure on earlier/later manufacture?

Sep 25, 2021 - 11:52:51 AM

2358 posts since 9/25/2006

Great question. I’ve long been a Kalamazoo fan amd have owned probably near 20 tenors, five strings, and guitars.

I have no clue how to tell when they were made. In 1939 they had the number on the back of the peg head amd in the first year of production made an open back banjo. That’s all I know…

they are a mystery. I've owned several with full thickness rim amd one that was even painted black, I assume it was destined for a style 1...

Edited by - revellfa on 09/25/2021 11:54:12

Sep 25, 2021 - 7:14:56 PM

11763 posts since 10/27/2006

These were commodity instruments sold under a few different names. If Gibson kept detailed records, they may have been lost a long time ago.

Sep 27, 2021 - 3:58:29 AM

2211 posts since 1/4/2009

Post some pictures

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