Also, visit our Guitar Pedal Dating page to date your vintage guitar effects pedals or our Guitar Amp Dating page.

Original and mint condition will catch the highest values for your instruments.

If the guitar has been altered, it can depreciate the value of the guitar tremendously.

These things don't matter too much if the guitar sounds good. Really like the tone of the thing: very mellow, and the mids ring prettily. In case: Closer shot of the top (note crack at the top joint around the bridge): How bout this playing wear...somebody used this thing often! Its actually in very nice condition...good hardworking playwear. There likely is a way to get that cleaned off without damaging he finish.

Try medium strings on it...at least on the top two...fattens up the tone sometimes....gives it a little punch. It appears to be solid wood after careful inspection, but with the mahogany stained so dark, it's hard to find obvious grain to check for inside. My Gruhn Guide to Vintage guitars says that Kalamazoo archtops have arched tops...carved, meaning that the top is arched over braces..I take to mean sort of like some of the smaller old Martin archtops and Selmer/Maccaferri style guitars.... And finally, a closer shot of the mahogany on the back. Center seams pulling apart is a rather common problem on old Gibson archtops with dried out shrinking woods. I'm sure that this guitar went through some long spells of not being "properly humidified"! z Check out Fox Guitars wrote a book on Gibson's other Brands and he has answer a question for me in the past on differences between different Kalamazoo models he might be able to help you.

Many vintage guitar owners value guitar dating and guitar serial number data to date their electric and acoustic guitars.

Guitar dating services provide serial numbers to date your guitar.

There are many factors that can affect the value of your vintage guitar.

Some of those include variables such as refinished bodies or necks, replaced parts, refrets, and overall condition of the guitar.

But an incomplete registrations and illogical serial numbers is its history often unclear.