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 1968 Gibson Super 400C tobacco sunburst
   

Par Excellence

 

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Notes: Making its debut back in 1934, the Super 400 guitar has always been the pinnacle of Gibson's guitar line. In 1939, after several changes, the first Super 400 with a cutaway design called Super 400 Premiere was introduced offering access to the entire fretboard! Further changes have been made in the course of time and the postwar cutaway acoustic was then called Super 400C (cutaway). Until today, the Super 400C remained the top-of-the-line model and very few are produced in relation to the Super 400 CES. The limited availability of suitable spruce tops and curly maple that are large and beautiful enough make them so rare and sought after.

Materials: 18“ wide body with handcarved bookmatched close-grained parallel braced solid Sitka Spruce top, solid carved highly figured curly Maple back with matching rims, highly figured solid five-piece tiger flamed maple neck with two slender Mahogany stripes, pointed-end ebony fretboard, nut width 1 9/16“, 20 original frets, pearl single and double split-block position markers, split diamond peghead inlay, 7-ply body binding, 5-ply neck head and pickguard binding, triple bound f-holes, polished bone nut, adjustable solid rosewood bridge.

Hardware: Exclusive Super 400 tailpiece with Y-shaped center section and model name engraved on cross-piece, original Super 400 “Custom“ engraved truss rod cover, Kluson sealfast tuners.

Facts: Built in the Kalamazoo plant back in 1968. It has the orange “Union Made“ label, and the serial number 895XXX on it matches the number on the headstock. It is one of just 24 Super 400C made in its model year, and this guitar is far rare than the electric CES.

Condition: The original unfaded two-tone tobacco sunburst finish is in outstanding condition with only very few marks. The original frets have plenty of life left. The golden tailpiece shines as bright as on day one. Absolute collector's condition. The tuners work smooth, no bent shafts. The entire binding is original and tight to the body.

Playability: Action is smooth and low over the original frets. The straight neck has an effortless feel with a fingerboard that glides smoothly through the palm. If you've been coveting the rich tone of a classic jazz box, but never wanted to wrestle with the big clunky neck, this one's for you. She practically plays herself with a sleek and exquisitely neck, tapering to a comfy gentle D profile.

Tone: The voice of this instrument is simply exceptional: clear, wide open and deeply resonant, with remarkable volume, and notably shimmering natural reverb in the treble register.

Case: Original deluxe Gibson Faultless hardshell case with yellow plush interior in outstanding condition either inside and outside. All latches, hinges and handle work fine. Even the key is still in the case pocket. A case from the 60ties in such perfect condition is definitely a rare find and proves how much this guitar was taken care of.

Setup: This instrument is currently strung with flatwound strings (.013-.054). The guitar will accommodate lighter gauge strings, according to your preference. The fingerboard and bridge has been cleaned and oiled.

To Summarize: Is there anything more excellent and more elegant than a Gibson Super 400C from the 60's ? This gleaming example is one of 24 made in '68, and has been preserved in stunning condition, with all original finish, no cracks or buckle rash, and very little playing wear overall. This rare beauty combines tone, looks and playability in one outstanding package. She's substantially as she left the Kalamazoo plant almost five decades ago, right down to her original black Gibson hardshell case with the yellow plush lining in mint condition.
 



















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