Gibson Super 400 Price

gibson super 400 price

Gibson Super 400 Price 1963 that was an acoustic and sometime way back was converted to a CES and done perfectly[I have no history on who did it but it looks like Gibsons work].This is a super-fine players grade guitar-refretted by Master Luthier Seth Mayer with Burstbucker Gibson custom shop pickups[Matched set neck Burstbucker Pro alnico V, Bridge is Burstbucker #3]. Bridge brace 75% still there[just enough taken off to accommodate pickup ‘foot’ and neck brace cut only at thickest point and up there the top is so thick it’s Never a problem[I have done many of these at the neck over the years and Never a problem-I am disclosing Everything so you will know. please study pics carefully.

Only a few little s cratches and playing Gibson Super 400 Price dings and please Note: NO Cracks Anywhere_Structurally sound. The sound?-Monster Vintage Super 400 tone so full, rich and well-balanced Lo to Hi you could play Any style on this beauty. Hate to have to sell this one it’s my Favorite[ever been married ?]. Comes with the vintage case pictured and original vintage pickguard in pic also. Original finish with some checking here and there Please note unique inlays on top- don’t know when or who did them but they are shallow and tastefully done not interfering with tone At All. This guitar is so superior to Any reissue and selling for Way less. No International Bidding Or Shipping- USA lower 48 only.

Much of America was still recovering from the Depression in 1934 when Gibson introduced a guitar at a price that was almost $100 higher than its current top-of-the-line model, the L-5. At $400 (with case and zippered case cover, compared to $302 for the L-5 with case), the Super 400 seemed a more appropriate model for the opulent 1920s, when Gibson sold fancy banjos for that much and more, than for the shell-shocked economic atmosphere in the first half of the 1930s.

It was a risky move for Gibson, which had only recently been producing wooden toys to survive the hard times, but it was a move Gibson had to make to protect its reputation and its future. The risk paid off as the Super 400 became not only the standard archtop for players, but the industry leader for a new era of super-sized “jazz” or “orchestral” guitars.

Gibson created the Super 400 to quash an attack by Epiphone on Gibson’s status as not only the inventor of the archtop guitar – the company had been founded in 1902 on Orville Gibson’s concept of carved-top guitars and mandolins – but also as the only maker of carved-top f-hole guitars. Until 1931, that is, when Epiphone launched its nine-model Masterbilt archtop line. Suddenly there were more Epiphone archtop models than Gibsons, and to add insult to injury, Epi’s top models were 3/8″ wider than Gibson’s L-5.

Gibson Super400 Shop

gibson super 400

In 1939 the gibson super 400 guitar ( premier ) originated , it had a single rounded cutaway , kluson tuners with amber tulip-shaped buttons , were made in sunburst finishes , natural finishes were also available and named ( Super 400 PN ) .

In 1940 Gibson Super400 Shop introduced the super 400 N which was a natural finish version of the original super 400 .In 1941 production halted and was resumed after world war 2 in 1948 , the original super 400 and 400N stayed the same , but the 400p was renamed the gibson super 400 C ( C for cutaway ) .

In 1951 gibson introduced an electric version of the 400c and named it the super 400 CES , it was equipped with 2 p90 pickups and were the first gibson electric guitars to feature the classic 2 pickup circuitry ( 2 volumes , 2 tones , and a 3 way switch for pickup combination ) , this was another turning point for gibson as electric guitar amplification evolved after world war 2 .In 1952 a natural finish version of the 400 CES was available and named the 400 CESN ( N for natural )

In 1955 all super 400 non cutaway guitars were discontinued ( super 400 and 400N ) , the super 400 c and the super 400 CESN was discontinued in 1982 and the super 400 CES was discontinued in 1987 .Some reissues and different versions were made later on through out the 90s as historic collection guitars or custom shop super 400 guitars .

This particular Super 400 has had quite a full life, that is, up until it found its home in my collection. According to Joe Spann, this piece was, ‘constructed in 1935 and shipped on 21 January 1936 to one N. DeThomas as part of a Super 400 outfit. Also included in the shipment was a New-Old-Stock F-5 mandolin. This guitar was sent back to the Gibson factory twice for repairs, being returned to William Place Jr. on 27 May 1947 in a #400 case and then to Place Music Company of Providence, Rhode Island on 28 August 1947 in a #400 case.’

After it got to Providence, there is no more written information about its history. Apparently this guitar must have stayed around the region, because I got it a few years ago from a gentleman in Providence, Rhode Island.

I was told by the last owner that sometime in the 1960’s it was refinished and slightly modified. It was given larger ’60’s Kluson Sealfast Tuners (actually a bonus) and a floating pickup, perhaps to emulate the ‘Johnny Smith’ model of the time.



Super 400 Gguitar

super 400 guitar

Please take a moment to appreciate the beauty and craftsmanship of this Super 400 Guitar spectacular, voluptuous guitar. It features a carved Spruce top, flamed maple neck, back & sides, and the more desirable 1 11/16 inch nut. Were it not for the replaced pickguard, some very light fretwear and finish checking I would easily describe this guitar as being in mint condition – there is not a mark or blemish to be found. It is a wonderful example of the flagship Super 400 archtop that Gibson is famous for.

One of the finest and most prestigious guitar gibson ever made was introduced in 1923 and was called the gibson L-5 ,

it was the earliest archtop guitar with f-holes and therefore considered the backbone of not only for their own line of archtop guitars but pretty much all archtop guitars you see on the market today .

It is fair to say that the l-5 is probably the worlds’ most important guitar historically . It was a favorite amongst many professional musicians then , and a favorite ever since .

In 1934 gibson famoused the music world over with another extraordinary guitar which was thelargest and most expensive archtop guitar ever produced by any manufacturer or company.

This guitar was called the gibson super 400,its grand auditorium body shape shares the same characteristics like the Orville Gibson Style-O model of 1902 .

In 1934 the gibson super 400 had an 18″ wide body , an adjustable bridge with triangular designs , it was assembled with figured maple wood back and sides , fitted with a Y shaped tailpiece , had triple bound f-holes , brown pearloid pickguards , ebony fingerboard with pointed ends ,

had double split-block fingerboard inlays , diamond peghead inlays , open back grover tuners , gold plated hardware, most of them had the model name engraved on the heel cap , and were made in brown sunburst finishes .

Super 400 Ces

super 400

Peter Saldana, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, has hit a dead end in his search for the history of the old Gibson guitar. His father, Amado P. Saldana, purchased the guitar from Henri’s Music in Green Bay in the late 1960s. He paid between $2,000 and $2,500 for it, Peter Saldana said. An hour later, the music store called Amado Saldana back and offered him $5,000 for its return.

“It was more of  gibson super 400 pickguard a show piece. It was not for sale,” Peter Saldana said..Amado Saldana died in 2002 and his son now hopes to learn more about his father’s favorite instrument. Peter Saldana said using the serial number (A26594), he was able to determine through Gibson Guitar, which was founded in Kalamazoo in 1902 and moved to Nashville, Tenn., in 1984, the instrument was shipped out of the Parsons Street facility on Nov. 15, 1957.

At some point in the mid or late ’60s, the original neck was replaced with a custom neck believed to be from 1964. The neck features some “beautiful” inlay work depicting a rose in a vase. The vase has a “G” on it, which Peter Saldana assumes stands for Gibson. The head stock contains a golden bee flying around golden roses.

“Everyone who sees it in person, their jaw just drops,” he said.Peter Saldana wants to know:

Did Gibson do the inlay work or did a third party do it?Who had the neck replaced and when was it done?Peter Saldana has contacted several experts on guitars and Gibson guitars. He also spoke briefly with Maudie Moore, of Kalamazoo. Moore worked for several years at Gibson facility in Kalamazoo where she did a lot of inlay work. Moore said she is looking into it.

Peter Saldana had the instrument appraised in 2000. It was worth about $15,000 then he said. His father gave it to him on the condition he’d never sell it.

“I don’t need the money. It has sentimental value,” he said.
Peter Saldana, 43, said his parents were migrant workers who “followed the crops” to Texas, Ohio, Wyoming, Nebraska, Colorado and Wisconsin. No matter where he went, his father took the Gibson guitar with him. He also frequently played it in church, Peter Saldana said.

“I’ve come to the realization that I may never solve the mystery of the guitar and it’s a beautiful guitar,” Saldana said. “I’m more interested in the story and trying to figure out the reason behind it.”

Saldana said he’d given up the search until he stumbled across on article online about a 1959 Gibson Super 400 made for Kentucky country singer Merle Travis for the NAMM Show, a major trade show in California. The inlay work on Saldana’s guitar is very similar to the work on the Travis guitar.Saldana said he knows it’s a long shot to get all of his questions answered. Perhaps only one or two people know the instrument’s history and they may no longer be alive.He said he brought the guitar in to another Green Bay music store a few weeks ago to have it inspected and the employees marveled at it.


super 400

The band Super400 was formed by long time friends Kenny Hohman (guitar and vocals) and Joe Daley (drums) and played in various incarnations throughout New York City and Woodstock. The lineup would not be finalized until the addition of bassist Lori Friday in February 1996.

The band of Super400 was signed to Island Records and released their self-titled debut on July 13, 1998 on the Island/Trade 2 label. In December 1998 Seagram purchased Island Records and many of their lesser known bands including Super 400 were released from their roster.

Super 400 continued to play and record, self releasing Blast the Message (October 1, 2004), Live 05 (November 26, 2005), 3 And The Beast (April 21, 2007) and Sweet Fist (September 15, 2009).

Super 400 is a “taper friendly” band, encouraging the recording and free trading of their live shows.

Super 400 was honored by their hometown of Troy, New York, when Mayor Harry Tutunjian declared February 25, 2006 “Super 400 Day in Troy”.In September 2009, Super 400 released a music video for the song Flashlight, the first single from Sweet Fist.NIce Gibson Super 400! You din’t see these come up that often. 100% original other than added Bigsby. Original tailpiece included. Nice wide neck profile with a nut width of 1 11/16ts. Frets are like new and have plenty of life left. Neck is nice and straight, guitar plays like a dream! Very minor play wear.

Exc(-) condition. Beautiful look and feel of gibson super 400 occasion. This guitar has been played faithfully for its life by one of Montana’s foremost jazz musicians. Everything is original except the finish. The guitar was sent to Gibson in about 1969/70 for total re-finish. The finish is great and it is hard to tell it was a re-finish job… The sunburst is just beautiful. Binding is showing some shrinkage inside cutaway at the juncture of back and side.

Original wiring harness, Alnico V pickups, knobs and hardware. Figured Maple back, sides and neck, with Spruce top. As with all Super 400’s, it has multiple bindings everywhere – top, back, fingerboard, headstock, f-holes and pickguard. There aren’t many dings on this guitar, just a few sprinkled here and there. There is one compression mark in the Spruce top between bass-side f-hole, tailpiece and bridge. This mark was probably why the guitar was refinished – it is under the 1969 re-finish. The set-up is great and the guitar sounds like a true champion.

Super 400 Gibson

super 400 gibson

This is my Super 400 Gibson post. In celebration of that fact, I’m offering up a little gift to my fellow bloggers and traders: a public knowledge version of my personal Tradelist. That would be the same Excel file I use myself for trades with all the privileged information taken out. No real names, e-mail address, or most importantly physical addresses of anybody; only blog name, blog web address, and an abbreviated list of wants – all public information already available online to anybody.

Think of it as bdj610’s Blogroll but with want lists.I’ve been building this list over the last two years, and it’s certainly a tool I wish I had when I first began trading. Only recently did it reach its full potential, and I’ve decided gibson super 400 ces for sale that everybody should have a taste. So it’s yours for the asking. Everyone wins this giveaway.

You can use it for trading, amending your own database, or simply discovering new card blogs. Feel free to update it with whatever privileged information each blogger has felt safe enough to share with you. (Do not ask me for any of this information as I will not share it. It is up to each blogger what information they choose to share and with whom.)

If I don’t already follow your blog and you want it to be a part of the public Tradelist, feel free to shoot me an e-mail. I’ll be making final updates this week. Again, I will only include your blog’s title, web address, and a short list of what you collect. Nothing else.On the flip-flop, if anyone would rather their blog NOT appear on the Trade list for any reason, let me know. I’ll gladly remove you with no hard feelings.

To be honest you could build your own list pretty easily by cross-referencing James B. Anama’s Sports Card Blogroll with Got It. Got It. Need It. amending wants with information from each blog, and adding hyperlinks; but let me save you the trouble.

Put your request in the comments section below or e-mail it to me at thejuniorjunkie <at> gmail <dot> com. I will have the finished product out to you next week to give people time to opt in or out.

In the meantime, I’m off to build a bunch of stress-free trade packages! Please enjoy this bunch of 400-related thingies .


Gibson Super 400 For Sale

gibson super 400 ces for sale

Materials of Gibson Super 400 For Sale : Hand carved book matched solid spruce top; highly figured tiger flame maple neck; hand carved book matched Birdseye Maple Back; flame maple sides; ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl block fingerboard and Peghead inlay; 5-ply body, neck, head and gibson super 4000 pickguard binding, bound f-holes, bone nut.

Hardware: All original hardware, including engraved gold-plated tailpiece; gold Tuneamatic bridge with dark Brazilian rosewood base; original gold Kluson Sealfast tuners and double Humbucking pickups; extra gold bell knobs included (black originals in case); 3 position selector switch, truss rod cover with “Custom” imprint, gold Gibson bonnet volume and tone knobs.

Notes: Introduced in 1934, the Super 400 is the pinnacle of the Gibson line, the largest and most expensive production guitar of its era. The electric CES version made its debut in 1951, and remains in the catalog to this day. With its deep amber blonde finish, this guitar shows deep tiger-flame figure in its three-piece neck, and attractive hand carved rock maple in the back. The top is beautifully book matched of lovely fine grained solid hand carved spruce.

This guitar is in immaculate original condition, without cracks or repairs, and all original finish without pick, buckle or thumb wear. Plating is nice and bright, and the original Hardshell case contains the original warranty certificate and wallet card. The neck is in the traditional style, with the standard 1 11/16″ nut width, 17 degree headstock angle and without the volute “bump” of some examples. A great player with the huge, fat tone only the Gibson Humbucker can produce, this guitar is as big, blonde, and beautiful as they come.

Setup: This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel strings (.013-.056). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 5/64″ to 6/64″ at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge. Case: Original Gibson Black Plush Hardshell Case.

Gibson Super 400 Ces

gibson super 400 ces

In October of 1963 Scotty bought this 1963 Super 400 CES, #62713, from Gibson and used it on sessions and to record his album “The Guitar that Changed The World”. He paid $237 for it along with a Gibson EB-6 bass guitar in trade. This guitar is probably best remembered for being borrowed by Elvis onstage during the 1968 NBC-TV Comeback Special and is featured in many photos of Elvis from that show.

The 63 gibson super 400 ces guitar was owned by Scotty until 1986. After years of not playing he sold it to a private collector for $10,000 who later on sold it to the Hard Rock Cafe for $15,000. For a long time it had been on display at the Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas, TX, then was on display in London at the HRC’s Vault and for some time was part of a display at the Hard Rock’s short lived attraction “The Vault” in Orlando, FL*. Chet Atkins once asked him why he sold it and for so cheap. He told him he needed a tractor.

The 63 Super 400 CES featured a single sharp cutaway 18″ grand auditorium style body, arched spruce top, bound f-holes, raised multi-bound mottled plastic pickguard, figured maple back/sides, multiple bound body, 2 piece figured maple/mahogany neck (2 piece in Scotty’s 63 and the 63 pictured above), model name engraved into heel cap, 14/20 fret bound ebony fingerboard with point on bottom, pearl split block fingerboard inlay, adjustable rosewood bridge, gold trapeze tailpiece with engraved model name, multi-bound blackface peghead with pearl split diamond/logo inlay, 3 per side tuners, gold hardware, 2 humbucking pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch.

Available in Ebony, Natural, Sunburst (Scotty’s) and Wine Red finishes.During the summer of 2004 this guitar was included as part of Hard Rock Cafe’s “50 Years of Rock Mobile Tour” which visited HRC’s and other events across the country. The Vault in Orlando was closed in November of 2004 and the memorabilia redistributed to its Cafes. This guitar was briefly on display at the Hard Rock Cafe on Beale St. in Memphis, TN, had been moved but is apparently back on display in Memphis, with a few of the missing parts replaced.

Super 400 shop


The Gibson Super 400 is an archtop guitar, “the biggest, fanciest, and most expensive archtop ever built,” and a highly influential model guitar which inspired many other guitar makers (including Elmber Stromberg and John D’Angelico).[1] It was first sold in 1934 and named for its $400 price.

The Super 400 was the largest guitar that the Gibson Guitar Corporation had produced. Until 1939, it had a hand-engraved tailpiece and a hand-engraved finger rest support. During the very early production stock the truss rod cover had engraved “L5 Super”; on later guitars this was changed to “Super 400”.

In 1939 the guitar was changed. The upper bout was enlarged, and the hand-engraved tailpiece was replaced with the one fitted to the current Super 400s. The f-holes were enlarged, and a cutaway option was available. This was called the Super 400P (for Premiere), later changed to C for Cutaway.

During the 1950s, Gibson released the Super 400 CES. This had a slightly thicker top to reduce feedback, two P-90 pickups, and individual tone and volume controls, along with a three-way toggle switch. Later the P-90 pickups were replaced with Alnico V pickups, then in 1957, humbucking pickups.

There have been variations in the form of limited edition custom models. In 2000 Gibson offered the Super 400 with a Charlie Christian pickup. The Super 400 is still available today, with two humbucker pickups.[2] The full acoustic version is not available.

The 1963 Gibson Super 400 CES of Scotty Moore played an important role in Elvis Presley’s stage performance, the ’68 Comeback Special.

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Gibson Super 400 Sale

gibson super 400

The body of the Gibson Super 400 Sale-CES remains the largest produced by Gibson today, with the following dimensions: 18 (W) X 21¾ (L) X 3⅜ (D). Its top is crafted from high-grade spruce, with high-grade maple used for the back and sides. The body is then adorned with multi-ply black and white binding on both the top and back, with single-ply white binding around the f-holes. The gold hardware includes an ABR-1 bridge with a base made from ebony, and Gibson’s period-correct L-5 tailpiece. The 25½-inch scale length neck is a five-piece neck made primarily from high-grade maple, with two streamers made from high-grade walnut, resulting in one of the most stunning neck designs in the history of Gibson Custom.

Traditional Appointments of top super 400
The eye-catching neck is topped by a 20-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays and multi-ply black and white binding, then hand-fitted with Gibson’s traditional ES-rounded neck profile. The pickups are a pair of Gibson’s legendary ’57 Classics, which faithfully capture the unique and subtle variations between coil windings of the original “Patent Applied For” humbuckers of the late 1950s, delivering a warm and full tone with a balanced response. Other appointments include Gibson’s traditional five-piece split diamond motif inlay on the headstock and Schaller M6 tuners. Comes with a Gibson Custom case and certificate of authenticity.

Model Super 400-CES
High-grade spruce, with high-grade maple used for the back and sides
Multi-ply black and white binding on both the top and back
Single-ply white binding around the f-holes
Gold hardware includes an ABR-1 bridge with a base made from ebony
Gibson’s period-correct L-5 tailpiece
25½-inch scale length
Five-piece neck made primarily from high-grade maple
20-fret ebony fingerboard with pearl block inlays and multi-ply black and white binding,Gibson’s legendary ’57 Classics,Five-piece split diamond motif inlay on the headstock.Schaller M6 tuners