Duane Allman’s 1940s Kalamazoo KG-12

Duane was photographed playing this guitar in his hotel room in Spartanburg, South Carolina on October 17, 1970. Unfortunately, aside from those photos, the guitar is practically a mystery.

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From the looks of it, it appears to be a vintage Kalamazoo, model KG-12, but there doesn’t seem to be any background story behind it. It could’ve been just something Duane picked up while on to the road.

One interesting thing to note – the guitar looks pretty dark-colored on the image above, similar in color to something like a Martin 00-15 which is of course a mahogany-body guitar. Based on sources online, every single Kalamazoo KG-12 is either clear finish on spruce (which is very light in color), or dark sunburst. Duane’s guitar pretty much looks like flat dark color, which is a bit of mysterious.


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