1935 Gibson Super 400


This 1935 Gibson Super 400 is a very rare and special instrument! It comes to us from an owner that had purchased it back in the early 90’s and at that time was assessed and qualified by George Gruhn (a copy of that review will be included with the sale). Thought to have been previously owned by Jack Marshall of the Woody Herman Band, there is no proof of this provenance other than George Gruhn’s notes. According to Spann’s guide to Gibson this is one of the first dozen or so ever produced- the first year of production for these.

The instrument itself is in very good condition for its age. Spruce top, with figured curly maple back & sides. Nut width= 1 3/4″ wide, and the neck (very figured!) is quite chunky and is .92″ at the 1st fret. Original tuners were replaced and are not included, and one of the buttons on the replacement set is also not original. This has also been refretted, and the replacements appear to be vintage correct in size/width and are very clean so the work must be somewhat recent. The neck has been reset in its life- although we cannot verify how long ago or by whom the work was done. There is some very minor top seam separation under the tailpiece at the butt end. There is evidence of a top crack (approx 1″ long) repair at the upper F-hole, the work was professional and is only apparent under black light. There is also a heel crack that does not go all the way around and only appears to be superficial and is stable. The original (Brown with pink lining) Hardshell case is included and is in nice shape with all latches functional.

-The proceeds for the sale of this guitar are going to the Willamette Valley Wine Foundation to support early childhood education and care for agricultural families! (For an additional $10k donation, the buyer can write the check to the Willamette Valley Wine Foundation and get a credit for a tax deduction to a 501c3, if desired)

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