1969 Gibson Super 400CES

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One-owner guitar, uncirculated, and a desirable pre-’70 Super.  The Super 400CES was Gibson’s top of the line archtop and this one has the finest quilted maple I’ve ever seen on this model. As soon as I opened the case and flipped it over, I heard Martin catch his breath.  It was for him, quite literally, breath-taking.   (front/back/side), (headstock/flamed neck), (flamed neck), (serial/label).  This is one of those finds that collectors wait for – a one owner guitar, bought new in 1969, and rarely saw the light of day since new.  It has never been circulated and is being sold only because of the owner’s inability to play any longer. I’ve only owned a few Super 400’s, but I’ve seen plenty and this is the finest of the fine.  The worst flaw is very typical – deterioration of the pickguard.  High quality repro’s are available from a number of sources but the original is included, along with the bracket.  Other flaws on this guitar are minimal (picture) and include light wear to some of the gold plating on pickups and tailpiece, and very minor rubs on edge of headstock.  You have to look hard to find any flaws on this guitar but held in perfect light, you can see a slight clear-coat impression on the back where the guitar rested on the pickguard inside the case (pic) but, again, it must be viewed at the perfect angle, and very closely, to see.  Includes original case with accessories – hang tag, manual, strap, cable, pickguard and bracket.  There are no loose braces or other detractors that require maintenance.  It’s hard to place a value on a guitar like this.  If an example with typically “good” flame is worth $X, how much more for perhaps the nicest quilt imaginable.  To a collector looking for the finest uncirculated example I’ve personally seen, I consider this one very reasonably priced at $10,000.  This is the most incredible Gibson archtop I’ve ever held and I’m sure the new owner will feel likewise.

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