Introduced in 1934 as the companies top of the line arch top guitar, the Gibson Super 400 is one of the most iconic jazz guitars of the last century. This 1980 Gibson Super 400 CES is a fantastic example of a later period model, constructed from a Maple body and neck and carved Spruce top, and finished in a vintage style cremona sunburst.
Originally the largest Gibson body shape available on the market when the guitar was introduced, this 1980 Super 400 packs a real punch acoustically. The body is fitted with a set of Patent No. pickups that perfectly capture the sound of the era, with a warmth and articulation that is so associated with Gibson electric arch top guitars. Other features include the front and rear pearl split diamond headstock inlay , multi ply neck and body binding, split block fretboard inlay, and all gold hardware including a set of gold Kluson Sealcast tuners.
This guitar is in very good condition, with some minor signs of play wear and patina visible to the body and neck. The neck and back of the body feature highly figured cuts of maple that are particularly eye catching. The electronics and hardware appear original. The guitar has obviously been stored in a case for some time, and as such the pickup covers have suffered some reaction with the celluloid guard, with both showing signs of tarnishing.