The Super 400 CES is one of Gibson's full-bodied arch-top electric guitars. It was derived from the non-electric predecessor the Super 400, which debuted in 1934, and, with a pause for world war 2 was produced for many decades. The CES (Cutaway Electric Spanish) was first produced in late 1951 at Gibson's Kalamazoo factory, and it remains in the line to this day.
The following description is taken from the 1970 Gibson electric acoustics catalogue
SUPER 400 CES - Cutaway Many outstanding musicians consider the Super 400 CES to be the finest electric Spanish guitar made. The slim, fast low-action neck joins the extra large, carved top body at the 14th fret. The superb instrument offers a clean, powerful tone and dependable performance.
FEATURES: Carved top of finest spruce, carved back of figured curly maple with matching rims. Five-piece curly maple neck, adjustable truss rod. Ebony fingerboard, pearl block inlays. Adjustable Tune-O-Matic bridge. Exclusive Super 400 tailpiece. Powerful twin Humbucking pickups. Separate tone and volume control for each pickup which can be preset. Three position toggle switch to activate either or both pickups. Hand-bound custom pickguard. Gold-plated metal parts. Deluxe individual machine heads. 18" wide, 21 ¾ " long, 3 3/8 " deep; 25 ½ " scale, 20 frets.
Super 400 CES - Sunburst
Super 400 CESN - Natural
400 - Faultless plush-lined case
ZC-4 - Deluxe zipper case cover
The Super 400 was included in all major Gibson guitar catalogues during the course of its production. Follow the links below to see it within each brochure.
The crowning touch... developed through years of research
A modern deep cutaway design... hand-graduated carved top of finest spruce
...the luxurious Super 400 CES has been acclaimed by outstanding musicians everywhere as the finest electric guitar. Superior materials and superb craftsmanship produce its clear, clean-cut powerful tone and dependable performance
Super size, superior materials and superb craftsmanship produce its clear, clean-cut powerful tone
Many outstanding musicians consider the Super 400 CES to be the finest electric guitar made
The Super-400CES with it's 18" wide body creates a powerful, resonant tonality that is unequalled. Referred to as the "tone chamber", this cubic airspace in relation with the vibrant qualities of the carved top creates the "heart and soul" of the ultimate tone reproduction
The 1978 Gibson 'Quality / Prestige / Innovation' guitar and bass catalog
The 1980 Gibson catalog included the entire guitar line, one instrument per page
This 1981 UK catalog was produced by UK distributors Rosetti, and included the entire Gibson guitar line of the time
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