Gibson readies latest version of its contemporary archtop tribute to the Byrdland
First introduced in 2011, the Gibson Midtown series has been popular with players looking for the best of classic retro style along with contemporary power and playability. The latest incarnation of the popular Midtown series is the Gibson Midtown Kalamazoo.
Named for Kalamazoo, Michigan (where the Gibson Byrdland was originally produced) the Kalamazoo upholds the Midtown tradition of marrying classic style with innovation. The Kalamazoo takes style cues from the Byrdland, another celebrated archtop electric that sported a distinct hybrid design. But while the Midtown Kalamazoo maintains a classic retro look and feel to it, it reaps the benefits of contemporary guitar technology.
The Kalamazoo boasts classic Byrdland-like features that includes acrylic pearloid block fingerboard inlays, a multi-bound headstock, flower pot inlay, multi-ply body binding, gold hardware, and a high-gloss Vintage Sunburst finish.
Under the hood, it’s got a pair of ’57 Classic pickups that generate that distinct PAF warmth and depth in standard setting. Four-conductor wiring allows for split-coil sounds courtesy of push-pull switching on the tone knobs.
The guitar has a thinline acoustic body with a Grade-A maple top and a Grade-A mahogany back. It’s also got a Grade-A mahogany neck carveed to a fast profile and a Grade-A rosewood fingerboard.
The versatile Kalamazoo is ideally suited for guitarists of all styles including rock, jazz, blues, or country.
The Gibson Midtown Kalamazoo will be available globally on November 5. In the meantime, for more information, visit Gibson Guitars online.