|Comments||Once, giant archtops roamed the earth’s stages and the Gibson Super 400 was at the top. Introduced in 1934, the Super 400 was priced at $400 — hence the name. Still in production, the price has increased somewhat.
The cutaway became an available option in 1939, with the model name of ‘Super 400 Premiere’, but eventually became the C model for ‘Cutaway’. In the 1950′s, the Super 400 started getting pickups, with a thicker top to reduce feedback. That model is the Super 400 CES (Cutaway Electric Spanish). These guitars were built mostly in the Kalamazoo, Michigan, plant; in 1974 Gibson began moving production to their new Memphis plant, but the Kalamzaoo facility kept producing custom models until it finally closed in 1984,
This rare fully acoustic example of the Super 400 C is in great shape and looks back to the way the top-range guitars were just before WW2.
|Serial Number||06 103750, built during 1977 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.|
|Pricing||$5,500 CAD with case.|
|Neck||3-piece maple neck with walnut separators; ebony fingerboard with multiple-layer binding and split-block mother of pearl position markers. Black headplates on front and back of head, with mother of pearl inlays. 25.5″ scale length, 1 5/8 inch nut width.|
|Frets||Original frets with very little wear.|
|Body||Full ‘Super’ size body, carved spruce top, carved maple back, maple sides.|
|Finish||Original natural nitrocellulose lacquer finish in good condition.|
|Hardware/electronics||Gold Grover machines, gold ‘Super 400′ engraved tailpiece. No electronics. Ebony bridge with mother-of-pearl inlay on the base.|
|Playability/Action||This is just a joy to play.|
|Case||Original Gibson archtop hardshell case included.|
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