Tuesday, November 14, 2017

The Old Gibson Guitar Factory – Kalamazoo, Michigan

Atlas Obscura: Although the classic Gibson guitar, used by such greats as Prince, Keith Richards, Johnny Cash, and B.B. King, might bring to mind its current Nashville home, the guitar’s roots are actually in the Michigan city of Kalamazoo. Built in 1917, the Gibson Factory there created some of the most iconic guitars ever made. But beyond the instruments, the factory was also home to the “Kalamazoo Gals,” a group of over 200 women who kept the guitar manufacturer going during World War II.

1 comment:

Mimi Wolske said...

great article; thanks for finding/sharing.
I lived in Kalamazoo for one semester as an honors student at Western MI U but I never knew about the Gibson Guitar Factory :( I worked part time at a place called The Kalamazoo Spice Extraction Co. (they made the mint for Wrigley's gum and spices extracted from the raw plants were sold to other major food companies).
Kalamazoo was a cool place to be for one semester and one summer. Close to Ann Arbor and Battle Creek (where the cold cereal factories used to be...are they still?).
I love your blog because I always find interesting information and reminders of a life's experience.