This stunning 1974 Gibson Super 400 CES is here on consignment. It is in 'hard to comprehend how it made it this long staying so clean' shape. The kind of shape that lets you know this guitar was a Case Queen, or King, or perhaps... even most likely, that its owner was wearing a suit made of guitar polishing cloths while playing it. We shy away from the term Mint but... man, it's on the tip of my fingers. The neck is straight, the original frets are still crowned, and the truss rod is functioning properly. Included with this Vintage Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar from Gibson is a more recent Gibson hardshell case.
Let's kick things off with the soundboard. It's carved from a quarter-sawn piece of Sitka spruce and book matched to perfection. This tonewood is used across stringed instruments both as the soundboard and as braces. It's got the perfect strength to weight ratio for resonance and vibration, and it's abundant, hence why it's the first choice in soundboard materials for most acoustic manufacturers. However, finding pieces large enough to build guitars like this is more expensive than ever before.
The back and sides are made from carved, solid, book-matched Hard Rock Maple. This domestic tonewood has been used in high-end guitar for decades. The pieces selected for this guitar are equally as nice as the top. The wood is quarter sawn and it looks exceptional. The grain runs very straight up and down the guitar while an overlay of flecks and 'smears' adds depth to its look. The back is sprayed with a sunburst to match the top, as were the sides. This is one of the nicest-looking guitars we have hanging right now!
The neck is made from 3 pieces of highly figured hard rock maple. There is much depth to its look. Tilting the guitar turns the flame inside out right before your eyes... as if this thing wasn't captivating enough! The single piece of Solid Ebony for the fingerboard is dark black and dense. The fingerboard is bound with multiple ply's of binding, giving it a decadent and luxurious look. The Split Block Mother of Pearl fingerboard inlays push things over the top! The neck measures in at .824" depth at the 1st fret. By the time we hit the 12th fret the neck heel pushes the depth over an inch. Scale length is 25.5" gives it a little more snap to the strings than traditional Gibson length
The pickups and electronics are all original. This guitar is best suited to jazz, or even country. It currently has flat wounds on it and ran through a warm tube amp, it sounds fantastic. The look, the feel, the vibe of the Gold Inlaid Witch Hats is my personal all-time favorite.
Other notable touches include the Gold engraved tailpiece that bears the name of the model along with a zig-zag etching. The Ebony Bridge has Mother of Pearl Inlays, as do the front of the headstock AND the back. Basically, every single aspect of this guitar was dressed up. It truly is a stunning guitar, in fantastic shape.
Nobody treats used guitars as we do at The Music Gallery! Every trade-in goes through an inspection, cleaning, restring and set up before being put out on sale. We even put guitars with bad frets through our Plek machine if need be. If this service piques your interest learn more here or give us a call!