Up for sale, a 1970 Gibson Super 400CES in excellent condition and in perfect working order. This vintage Super 400 features its original natural "Blonde" nitro lacquer finish and is one of the last orange oval Kalamazoo-label Gibsons, with all the trimmings befitting Gibson's most imposing archtop including gold hardware and mother of pearl inlay used throughout, Kluson Sealfast tuners, the original multi-ply bound tortoise pickguard, and the original pair of patent stickered Gibson humbuckers. The largest Gibson archtop ever produced with an impressive 18" lower bout width, this Super 400CES boasts a fine grained carved and bookmatched Sitka spruce top, highly figured carved curly flame maple back, sides and neck, and an ebony fingerboard. Tonally exquisite and currently strung with Thomastik flatwound 12s, this Gibson offers singing, articulate tones with a breadth and depth befitting the Super's dimensions and tonewood compliment. There's enough top end zing and sparkling snap on the bridge pickup for spirited, up-tempo lead work, while the neck pickup is smooth glass, soft enough to sit perfectly in a small combo while retaining an articulation ideal for dense chording. The guitar weighs 8lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and dialed in for low action and spot-on intonation.
The three-piece maple neck has a highly figured central third, with a slender C profile carve that has modest shoulders at the nut, tapering gently with just a hair more roundness in the higher registers, measuring .840" deep at the 1st fret and .980" at the 9th. The neck profile is flawless, free of palm wear any any ancillary nicks, and the bound ebony fretboard features split pearl block inlay and Gibson's original wide/flat fretwire used in this era. The frets exhibit virtually no wear, playing cleanly up the 25 1/2" scale. The nut is notable for retaining its full 1 11/16" width, a feature not found on all Gibson archtops of the era, and the nut is original. The headstock retains the stock set of Kluson Sealfast tuners which have light, uniform patina on the gold plating. Split diamond inlay and the distinctive Custom truss rod cover grace the headstock face, while a "stinger" and diamond inlay round out the aesthetics on the reverse side.
All of the electronics are original, including the stock pair of T Top humbuckers which both have their original patent stickers on the pickup baseplates and untouched solder on the covers. The hardware features both the currently fitted modern ABR-1 bridge and an additional carved and compensated rosewood saddle. There is uniform patina across the hardware including the original elevated and etched gold tailpiece, and the original tortoise nitrate guard is surprisingly fully intact, exhibiting sparingly little of the off-gassing that commonly affects Gibson guards in this era. The spruce shows one repaired split just to the bass side of the center seam on the carved top, with a very thin piece of spruce feathered in between the bridge pickup cavity and tailpiece. The curly flame figuring on the back and sides is broad and dimensional, highlighted by the original gracefully ambered Natural nitro lacquer finish. Cosmetic wear is limited to light broad vertical lacquer checking on top, a few light scuffs central to the back, and only a few additional minor scuffs and shallow nicks on the body as a whole.
An extremely robust modern form-fit hardshell case is included.
A note on shipping: Shipping in the continental USA will be $250, fully insured and shipped via FedEx Two Day. Overnight shipping available for an additional fee at buyer's request. We will happily ship WORLDWIDE, but please contact us for an accurate international shipping quote before bidding or buying, as cost varies by buyer location.