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.



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.

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