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Super 400

Gibson Super 400 Acoustic Archtop Sunburst, 1937

Gibson Super 400 Acoustic Archtop Sunburst, 1937

The Gibson Super 400 strode above most others when giant archtops roamed the earth, and is still one of the largest production guitars made.   Making its introduction in 1934 as the ‘Super L-5 Deluxe’, the non-cutaway model was quickly joined by a cutaway model, initially named the  Super 400 P for ‘Premiere’.   The ‘400’ designation was originally a reference to the price.  These were top of the line for acoustic archtop guitars, and were played by many top artists – Merle Travis being one.

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Price: $12,999.99 CAD
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❌SOLD❌ Gibson Super 400 Archtop Guitar Natural, 1948

❌SOLD❌  Gibson Super 400 Archtop Guitar Natural, 1948

The Gibson Super 400 features a large body – 18 inches wide – with a solid, carved Spruce top, Figured Maple sides, solid, carved Figured Maple back and a Maple neck with, at this point, an multi-bound Ebony fingerboard. In 1949, Rosewood was used for Super 400 fingerboards. The bridge is also Ebony.   Here, the top is braced with parallel tone bars, but some years had an X brace system.  

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Price: $5,999.99 CAD

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❌SOLD❌ 1947 Gibson Super 400 Archtop Guitar Sunburst

❌SOLD❌  1947 Gibson Super 400 Archtop Guitar Sunburst

e Gibson Super 400 first appeared during 1935 as a variant of the vaunted L-5, the Super L-5 Deluxe. By the end of the year it had become the Super 400.

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Price: $7,999.99 CAD

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