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Gibson / Super 400 / 1946 / Sunburst / Guitar For Sale

Gibson, struggling financially and feeling the pressure from Epiphone’s Masterbilt series, rolled the dice in 1935 with their latest offering the Super 400. 18” body and elaborately adorned, this superseded the L5 as their flagship model. 

This guitar is in great condition. Exquisitely finished as you expect from Gibson's flagship model, there is no sign of any fading or excessive wear. The woods used are stunning, Spruce top with fiddleback maple back and sides gives this guitar a premium look.

Neck is in equally stunning condition. Flamed maple and walnut construction, combined with the decadent inlay finished to Gibson’s high standard is a joy to play. The ebony fretboard is free of wear and there's plenty of life left in the original frets. The original Grover G-98 tuners are still present.

This one has been darkened inside under the f holes which was sometimes done to avoid camera white outs during close up shots with old b&w tube cameras. Unfortunately this has also obscured the white label on the inside.

The original marbled pickguard is still present almost in defiance of its age. Elsewhere the hardware is in equally good condition, finely engraved. This was one of the last Gibson's to have the nice script logo before they changed over to the one you see today later in 1946.

The guitar comes with its premium leather, or pig skin as some people refer to it as, hardshell case.

As with the L5, the reputation of these  was built on being able to keep up with a horn section and this one is no exception. It has an authoritative voice acoustically that has a wonderful three dimensional quality that's translated well when amplified.

A premium archtop with tone to match, the pinnacle of any guitar collection.

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
24 hours

Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

Payment and p/x:

All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

Postage and shipping:

We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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