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1969 Gibson Super 400C

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Serial #: 809982, orange oval label

Body size at lower bout:18" Scale length: 25 1/2" Nut width: 1 11/16"

Materials: All carved bookmatched solid spruce soundboard; highly figured tiger flame maple back, neck and sides; solid ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl block fingerboard and peghead inlay; 5-ply body, neck, head and pickguard binding, triple bound f-holes.

Hardware: All original gold hardware includes engraved trapeze tailpiece, Kluson Sealfast tuners, bound brown swirl tortoise pickguard, compensated adjustable ebony bridge, truss rod cover with "Custom" imprint, Gibson BJB humbucking pickup, volume and tone controls mounted to guard, 1/4" endpin jack.

Notes: One of just 33 all-acoustic Super 400s made in its model year, this magnificent guitar is far rarer than the electric Super 400CES versions, which outnumber the acoustic models almost 4 to 1 that year. With a subtle light cherry sunburst finish, this babied instrument shows brilliant tiger-flame highlights in the back, sides and neck, and fine bookmatched grain in the solid carved spruce soundboard.

Maintained in museum-quality condition, the guitar has all-original hardware and finish, and is remarkably free of checking in the lacquer. Without pick, buckle, thumb or fingerboard wear, this gleaming guitar has all gold hardware, including the Gibson BJB floating humbucking pickup, engraved gold trapeze tailpiece with Vari-Tone adjuster, and ultra-premium Kluson Sealfast tuners, now long unavailable. Apart from a bit of tarnish on the tailpiece, the instrument shows few signs of age altogether.

The neck has the full width 1 11/16" nut, with an elegant D profile, simply effortless in the hand. The ebony fingerboard is flawless and ramrod straight, with smooth low action over fine original medium jumbo frets, with a fresh high-precision setup. The neck has the standard 17 degree headstock angle and is absent the volute "bump" of some later examples.

The voice of this instrument is clear and open, with exceptional resonance in the bass and sparkling natural reverb in the treble register. Nestled in its original deluxe Gibson Faultless hardshell case, this rare beauty combines tone, looks and playability in one outstanding package. One only: call now.

Setup: Trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; string slots at nut and bridge inspected and recut as necessary; bridge foot contour inspected and fit to top as necessary; bridge radius inspected and recurved as necessary; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel roundwound strings (.013-.056). The guitar will accommodate lighter or heavier gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 4/64" to 5/64" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge.

Case: Original Gibson logo deluxe black plush lined arched hardshell case.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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