There are only 2 known pictures of blues pioneer Robert Johnson. One of them was taken in a photobooth early 1930s. [300x250]


Your guitar in this picture is considered to be a type of electric guitar he might have owned, toured with, and recorded on - a Kalamazoo KG-14 - though it is almost impractical to understand without a doubt given the angle. In ...



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  • The guitar in this photo is thought to be a model of guitar he may have owned, toured with, and recorded on - a Kalamazoo KG-14 - although it is nearly impossible to know for sure given the angle. In the other known photo, the spidery nature of his fingers is exaggerated by the relative size of the guitar, which is a Gibson L-1 and has a smaller body. Given that he is known for playing Stella and Kalamazoo guitars, it is thought that this guitar did not belong to him, although, again, that's well-informed speculation. EDIT: It is perhaps relevant to mention that Stella and Kalamazoo guitars were so widely used by southern blues musicians at the time because of their affordability - they were cheaper than Gibson or Martin guitars, and easier to replace if they became damaged as a result of delta weather/humidity.
  • Being that Gibson started in Kalamazoo, is there any relation to Kalamazoo guitars?
  • Yes - Kalamazoo was a line produced by Gibson and marketed towards those who could not afford a Gibson guitar. I have heard the argument that their purpose as a more affordable Gibson (think about the Epiphone line today) is only true of their "second series" instruments (which were produced starting near the beginning of the electric guitar age), but the truth is, Kalamazoo was always a discount brand.
  • Kalamazoo label was started up during the Depression, using cut offs and ladder bracing. Good guitars but cheap woods. Stella's, Sovereigns and others were made in Jersey City and sold through mail order. While some were cheap, Stella was the entry level, La Scala, Sovereign and Galiano were high end and better than anything made by Gibson in the 1920's. http://www.stellaguitars.com/
  • They really missed a chance by not selling kazoos as well.
  • The Kalamazoo looks like it's in better shape than the Gibson!
  • ...yeah I thought it was a Gibson.
  • If the legends are true, hanging on the devils office wall.
  • Really? hsit that's awesome. Maybe St Louis could trade Berglund for it...
  • Why would anyone take a 3rd line center for that?
  • Okay. How about Berglund, a bag of pucks, and a $50 gift card to Dave & Busters?
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