Gibson's late-30s Kalamazoo line offered budget versions of its entry-level guitars. The sole exception -- the one "Kalamazoo Exclusive" -- was the KG-11. It's a mini-dreadnaught, 14 3/4" at the bottom bout which means it's about the same total size as a Martin 00. As with all 'zoos there is no truss rod in the neck. Unlike Gibson (and Martin) flat-tops the Kalamazoos are ladder-braced. What's that mean? It means they look great. 'fess up, don't you like that look? It means they're about as light as guitars get. This guy was 3.4 pounds on the bathroom scale. And it means it's easy to handle -- I'm just not built for regular dreadnaughts. It means the necks go past "chunky" to "really big." Close to one full inch deep at the nut with a vintage V (of course). It means they deliver the sound. A/Bed against a modern solid wood dreadnaught, the KZoo stays in the same ballpark volume-wise until you get down to the low E string. In short, some of the boom but ALL of the chang! It's a bold sound, too: Full and balanced (except the lowest notes) with a speedy voice. It's good for plenty more than 'just blues.' Jobim comes right out the soundhole if you operate it that way. This particular guitar bears the stenciled autograph of Carson J. Robison, old-time Western balladeer. Gibson built these for sale by Montgomery Ward. It originally cost about eight bucks out the door. It is a joy to have a guitar that's as old as my dad again. It's been a long time. Back to it!