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Gibson HP415 CEX Cutaway Walnut Body Steel String, 2017

One of the recently new models, now discontinued, from the Gibson Acoustic plant in Bozeman, Montana was the Gibson HP415 CEX with a new cutaway body and Black Walnut for the sides, back, fingerboard and bridge. An interesting instrument, this was one of the models dropped when Gibson restructured recently.

Part of the High Performance series introduced for the 2017 model year and currently out of production, the Gibson HP 415 CEX pairs a Sitka Spruce top and Black Walnut for the sides, back, rectangular bridge and fingerboard. The neck is Maple, and the body blocks are Mahogany. As stock, this model carried an L R Baggs Element pickup system, with the controls tucked under the bass edge of the sound hole. Tuners are Grover Mini RotoMatics, and their use reduces headstock weight by several ounces.

This Gibson HP415 CEX is in good clean condition with only light wear and a warm, full sound and good action. The use of Walnut – a traditional instrument wood commonly found on instruments from the 19th century up to the late 1920s – provides a detailed tone warmer than Maple but not as rich as Rosewood. The back of the head is stamped with the serial number, Made In USA and 2017 Model. However, the serial number itself dates the construction of the guitar to July 22, 2016. This is not entirely unusual.

The original brown Gibson hard shell, arched top case is included.

The entire HP line seems to have been discontinued, but at writing there’s a description of the Gibson HP415 W on a Gibson Legacy page,  and these are essentially the same guitar. 

More From The Builder On The Gibson HP415 CEX:

“The Gibson HP415 CEX, new for 2017, offers an innovative, slimmer, round shoulder cutaway guitar with all the traditional build techniques that go into each Gibson Acoustic. A solid Sitka spruce top, traditionally braced with hand scalloped braces, is joined with beautiful, walnut back and sides providing a strong and balanced tonal range with superior clarity between each string. “


 

Price: $1,450.00 CAD
  • Model: HP415 CEX
  • Year: 2017
  • Finish Gloss
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 12046061
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 07/07/2020

  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 4.356lbs 1.98kg
  • Scale Length: 628.6mm 24.75in
  • Nut Width: 43.815mm 1.725in
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