|Comments||I’ve never actually seen one of these before – but there were only about 200 produced, between 1948 and 1955. This is a 1950 Gibson Super 300.
The Super 300 is very similar to its much better known older brother, the Super 400. The key difference is the modesty of the 300’s decoration – at least compared to the Super 400. Super 300’s are all non-cutaway guitars, as were Super 400’s; in 1948 Gibson introduced the Super 400C or Premiere, the same guitar with a florentine (rounded)cutaway.
These are giant guitars, with 18 inch wide bodies, and they use that size to move a lot of air. This guitar has been played in, and it not only sounds great with a full resonant tone, it is loud. You can’t miss it, no matter what direction you’re looking.
This example also features a deArmond Model 1000 Rhythm Chief pickup, with a red insert (faded to burgundy) and the shorter, neck-mounted bracket. The controls have been mounted onto a replacement pickguard.
|Serial Number||A6591, built during 1950 at the Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan.|
|Pricing||#3,850.00 CAD with original brown hardshell case. SOLD|
|Neck||Flame maple neck with bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, mother of pearl split parallelogram position markers. 25 1/2 inch scale length, 1 11/16 inch nut width. “Made In USA” stamped in small letters on the back of the headstock. The neck has been reset and during the refret (there may have been more than one over the years) some mother of pearl position marker elements were replaced with abalone.|
|Frets||This instrument has been played a lot – and so it’s been refretted at least once. While there is some minor fretwear, there is a large amount of usable life left in them.|
|Body||Full size, 18 inch wide non-cutaway body. Bound, carved maple back, maple sides, bound and purfled carved spruce top. Unbound F-holes.|
|Finish||Original nitrocellulose lacquer finish in good condition, with the expected lacquer checking. There is some evidence of overspray around the neck joint were a reset was done long ago.|
|Hardware/electronics||Original nickel tailpiece, rosewood bridge, original bridge top is in case. Tuners have possibly been changed to other period Kluson tuners with different buttons, or the buttons were changed on the original tuners. deArmond Model 1000 sliding pickup installed, and its cable is in the case. Non-orginal pickguard with the deArmond controls mounted on it.|
|Playability/Action||Plays quite well, sounds great, and this is LOUD! It cuts right through the room.|
|Case||Original brown hardshell case included.|
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