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Kimberly was made by a few different Japanese manufacturers in the 1960s including Fujigen Gakki, Teisco and eventually Kawai. By the 70s most of the original Japanese designs had morphed into Fender and Gibson copies, which is when this instrument was most likely made by Kawai.

This is a very solid and well constructed Japanese version of an ES design, but unlike an ES it is fully hollow with a block under the bridge and not the solid core down the center. It delivers a robust and full sound from 15” wide, thinline body, and weighs only 6lbs 2oz.

I got it in surprisingly good condition- it has the regular amount of dings and dents from a guitar of this age, but doesn’t seem to have had that much use. It has no structural issues and appears to have been taken good care of.

The neck is one of those indestructible multi-laminated Japanese designs in great condition with the truss rod fully functional and without much adjustment even necessary- a very stable neck. I pulled the old frets, gave it a fresh 12” radius with new Jescar 47104 frets and a new 1-5/8” bone nut. The scale is 24-3/4” and the neck carve is a very comfortable medium D. New tuners matched with a new modern roller bridge / studs and inserts, and new XGP vintage-style trapeze tem, the action is low and easy, the intonation is spot on and the trem gives you a great shimmer.

The pickups are my handwound p90s with the sound you would expect… a new wiring harness with new Bournes pots for each pickup and a new 3-way toggle make a sweet guitar that plays and sounds like brand new.

This is a quality guitar now better than ever, set-up as perfect as it can be with easy low action and capable of amazing raw P90 tones that can beat any ES around the track.

Set up for .010 - .046 strings

Gig bag included


24-2/4” scale

12” radius

1-5/8” bone nut

Jescar 47104 nickel fret

Medium “D” profile

Malinoski handwound P90 pickups

Modern roller bridge

New tuners

New Bournes / Switchcraft components

Weight- 6lbs 2 oz

Product Specs

Good (Used)
Good condition items function properly but may exhibit some wear and tear.learn more
Brand Kimberly
Model ES
Finish Red Black Burst
Categories Hollow Body, Semi-Hollow
Year 1970s
Made In Japan

Everything as advertised . Fast shipping. Very Beautiful custom made pickups by Mr Malinoski

Tom B. - January 30, 2020

Super fast shipping, expertly packed. This guitar is soooo fun to play and set up exactly as I had hoped. I'm psyched out of my mind right now. Thanks Malinoski!!!!

Grant H. - December 31, 2019

Overall very impressive and unique instrument, some odd resonance however.

Olli P. - December 21, 2019

My second purchase of one of Pete's great rebuilt guitars. These are fantastic instruments. All the character of a cool old guitar, but the work Pete does makes them so much better than the originals.

3waytie 4. - November 08, 2019

Thanks, I appreciate your 5 stars!

Steve P. - November 08, 2019

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Malinoski Guitar

Hyattsville, MD, United States
Joined: Mar 2015

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