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Story of the Women Who Built Gibson Guitars During WWII

Kalamazoo Gals"Kalamazoo Gals” by John Thomas is the forgotten story of the women who built Gibson’s “Banner” guitars during WWII. Please join us for an informal gathering and book signing in a unique setting: Retrofret Vintage Guitars. Located in the industrial Gowanus Canal section of Brooklyn, NY, Retrofret will honor Women’s History Month and the release of Mr. Thomas’ book on Sat. March 2, 2013 from 5PM to 8PM.

"Retrofret is uniquely connected to the subject of Mr. Thomas’ new book, ”Kalamazoo Gals”, for many reasons: First of all we have quite a thing for old Gibson guitars! Retrofret is one of the few major guitar shops dealing exclusively in vintage instruments. Secondly, our repair shop happens to be run by a woman and our staff includes three female technicians handling most of the repair and restoration work. Finally, I just love the true stories behind the guitars - especially the little known ones." - Steve Uhrik

On Saturday March 2, 2013 Retrofret Vintage Guitars will host an informal gathering and book signing to celebrate author John Thomas’ new release, “Kalamazoo Gals: A Story of the Extraordinary Women & the “Banner” Gibson Guitars They Built During WWII”.

Writer, researcher, and Fretboard Journal field editor John Thomas will lead with a talk and general discussion on the history of these unique guitars. Books will be available for sale and light refreshments on hand. At a time when “Only A Gibson Is Good Enough” these women made them even better.

Retrofret’s Steve Uhrik (owner & master luthier) and Mamie Minch (head of repair) invite you to our shop from 5 to 8pm that evening. We are delighted to open our shop and showroom for this event.

Kalamazoo Gals
The Kalamazoo Gals in front of Gibson Building

“We are uniquely connected to the subject of Mr. Thomas’ new book, ‘Kalamazoo Gals’, for many reasons: First of all we have quite a thing for old Gibson guitars! Retrofret is one of the few major guitar shops dealing exclusively in vintage instruments. Secondly, our repair shop happens to be run by a woman and our staff includes three female technicians handling most of the repair and restoration work. Finally, I just love the true stories behind the guitars - especially the little known ones.”
  — Steve Uhrik

Space is very limited so reservations are a must. Saturday March 2, 2013, 5 to 8pm. Please RSVP by emailing to mamie@retrofret.com and visit Retrofret.com for instrument information.

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