Vintage 1959 Gibson Super 400 Cutaway Archtop Acoustic Electric Guitar Natural Finish

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Description

What makes this guitar special:  The ultimate in big body archtops, the Super 400 is Gibson's largest hollowbody ever built.  Featuring all solid wood construction & finished in a beautiful natural finish, this one is absolutely gorgeous in every way.  The guitar has some modifications which it make it more of a "player's grade" model.  The neck pickup is not original & is a newer Gibson '57 + Classic from 2011.  The master volume & tone controls were of course added at the same time the pickup was installed, however, the knobs appear to be vintage; perhaps from the same period as the guitar itself.  The guitar was refretted with slightly bigger frets than what it would have originally had, but it's a much better player as a result.  The slender profile neck is smooth & very comfortable to play up & down the fretboard.  The carved top resonates beautifully when strummed & even though it's unoriginal, the humbucker gives off a warm, rich tone.  Professionally set up by our luthier with fresh strings & low action, so it plays & sounds fantastic!

Cosmetic Condition:  Great shape for its age with a gorgeous patina.  Various minor nicks, chips, dents & dings; surface scratches, weather checking & some mild finish wear around the volume knob.  Overall the guitar looks fabulous for pushing 60!

Neck: Slender profile, flame maple neck with 5-ply binding & tortoise side-dots.  Ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl split block inlays.  Frets are unoriginal, but are all in great shape with no wear.  5-ply bound headstock with mother of pearl split diamond inlays Gibson logo.  2-ply Custom truss rod cover has a small crack on one side, but the truss rod itself is in fine.  Original Kluson tuners show a bit of tarnish in the gold, but are all in perfect working condition.  1 11/16" nut width; 25 1/2" scale length.  Neck is straight & plays great up & down the fretboard.

Body:  Single cutaway, hollow body archtop.  Carved solid spruce top with 7-ply binding & dual F-holes with 3-ply binding.  Original gold trapeze tailpiece with SUPER "400" engraved in the crossbar.  The compensated ebony bridge appears to be unoriginal.  Original tortoise pickguard with 5-ply binding.  The pickguard was routed for the pickup, but was tastefully done.  The guard is actually in great shape with no cracks & only slight warping, which is typical.  Carved solid maple back with 3-ply binding & solid maple sides with lots of stunning flame figuring all around the rims.  The strap button near the neck is not original.  Guitar weighs 7 lbs 9 oz.

Pickup:  Unoriginal Gibson '57+Classic humbucker with gold cover & cream bezel - 8.75K ohms.  Master volume & tone controls with vintage gold "top hat" knobs; side-mounted input jack.  All electronics are in good working condition.

Case:  Original Lifton hardshell case included.  The case is also in great shape with all the latches present & just a bit of wear & tear along the edges.