#62385, in excellent condition, in a medium (reddish to orange) sunburst finish with original black Tolex covered hard shell case.
In the case is the original Gibson Guarantee and Warranty Card, written on but never sent in. This acoustic version of the famous (and huge) 18” wide Gibson super deluxe archtop guitar has the long ebony overlain headstock with the Gibson block logo and the five-part diamond and rectangle central inlay, a large angular wide-white bordered truss rod cover with the word “Custom” in an angled parallelogram. It has three ply back and heel cap binding, a Venetian (soft) cutaway, a variegated celluloid design pickguard that is four-ply and then crème bound, four plies of black-white fingerboard binding, eight split block mother of pearl inlays (alternating three-part and two part from fret 1 to fret 17).
The nut width on this ’63 Super 400C is a surprisingly
generous 1 23/32nd" at the nut.
It has a carat at the lower end of the fretboard which in turn leads us to the added DeArmond single coil Rhythm Chief Model 1000 (gold-plated) pickup mounted under the end of said fretboard, and routed (slightly) into the pickguard, which offsets the pickguard a bit. Said pickguard is a bit curved. The guitar shows only light signs of use and wear, oxidation of the gold plating on tailpiece, tuners and pickup, crazing lines, especially on the headstock, a few dings and light scratches. It is considerably cleaner than most examples – and very few examples of this acoustic model actually exist – Gibson made a total of just 14 of them in 1963 in sunburst, another 9 in natural. (If you added up all the sunburst S400C made in the decade 1961-1970 it would total only 165). Just so you know, on that Gibson warranty card a prior owner signed his name “R.A.Peterson” and he dated it has having been received 10/3/67, but if so this guitar remained in stock at the dealer for 4 years since the serial number clearly falls into 1963. This is a gorgeous-beyond-words instrument that plays easily and comfortably and sounds bigger than 6 of John McCain’s 8 or 9 mansions.
Our Discount Price is $11,335.00 and Our Cash Discount Price is $10,995.00.
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