Oh we all love the sixties! The Kalamazoo EB Bass is the inexpensive version of the Gibson EB Bass we hear on so many songs from that period.
This one has been played and modified through the years. It has a new pick guard, new tuners and a new nitro finish.
It’s still got it where it counts though with the original pots and Gibson sidewinder pick up. It’s a very light instrument with a smallish guitar-like neck (super easy to play) but the action is a little high and there is buzz on the on “G” string…BUT…when you plug it in… Wow…this Kalamazoo Bass sounds huge, like some monster bass, hard to believe when you’re holding it. There is one more thing to say about the construction for folks looking at these old Kalamazoo guitars and basses. They aren’t wood, well they’re composite bits of wood all glued and compressed together, so don’t think that you can sand one down and come up with beautiful wood grain.
It’s a very light instrument with a smallish guitar-like neck, but when you plug it in… Wow…in sounds huge, like some monster bass, hard to believe when you’re holding it
Heritage builds some of the prettiest guitars around and this H-170 is no exception. The cherry sunburst has a nice aged center with plenty of MoJo. This guitar has a thin mahogany body, making it light and easy to wear. The double cutaways give you access to all the frets. Nice. The neck is mahogany with a shallow “C” shape. If you’ve played Gibson guitars, then the neck of this Heritage H-170 will be immediately familiar. There are two volumes and one tone control with a three way pickup selector. The unbound finger board is rosewood, again with very nice figuring. I found that the edges were somewhat sharp though. The pickups are Schallers. You can spot the Schaller humbucking pickups by their two adjusting screws. The combination of those pickups and the lightness of the body give this guitar a real cutting sound. Very bright. This is not a bad thing in a band where you are trying to be heard over the bass and drums, it just is what it is. Not really a blues guitar in my opinion. If you want to do the Rock-a-Billy thing with a 24 and ¾ inch scaled USA made guitar this would be a good choice.
If you want to do the Rock-a-Billy thing with a 24 and ¾ inch scaled USA made guitar this would be a good choice.