Gibson Custom Super 400-CES Natural Archtop #11784002 - Used  From Gibson Guitars

Gibson's top-of-the-line hollow body behemoth!  


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Weight: 8.8 lbs.

Condition: Used, Great

The Super 400-CES draws its heritage from the same rich background as the iconic L-5 and, though it has undergone a few minor changes over the years, it is just as magnificent now as it was when it first came out. Its large, acoustically resonant body boasts a gorgeous spruce top with maple back and sides and elegant gold hardware. Its maple neck and ebony fingerboard are smooth and fast and the Venetian cutaway allows for easy, comfortable access to the upper registers. Plug it in and delight in all of the delicious jazz box tones that the pair of Gibson '57 Classic pickups can dish out. This guitar is stylish, well-appointed and as big in sound as it is in stature!




Gibson Custom Super 400-CES Natural Archtop #11784002 (Used) Quick n' Dirty

In this video, Sound Pure archtop expert Robinson Earle demonstrates the Gibson Custom Super 400-CES Natural Archtop #11784002 through a Carr Sportsman 19W 1x10 Combo Amp.

Manufacturer's Description from Gibson Guitars

"A crowning achievement! Developed through years of research, the luxurious Super 400-CES has been acclaimed by outstanding musicians everywhere as the finest electric Spanish guitar. Superior materials and superb Gibson craftsmanship produce its clear, clean-cut powerful tone and dependable performance." — Gibson catalog, circa 1959

There are few guitars as important to the history and development of Gibson as a major manufacturer of six-stringed instruments as the Super 400 and Super 400-CES. The model first appeared in 1934 as an archtop acoustic with no cutaway simply named the Super 400. As it was then – and still remains today in the Super 400-CES – the Super 400 was the largest guitar the company had ever produced, with an astounding body width of 18 inches. But as Gibson has evolved over the years to adapt to the industry’s ever-changing advancements, so have its Super 400s. The earliest Super 400 models were quite similar to Gibson’s other archtop acoustic, the L-5, and featured a hand-engraved tailpiece and hand-engraved finger rest support, along with an “L-5 Super” truss rod cover. In 1939, the guitar underwent several changes that still remain with it today, including an enlarged upper bout, a new tailpiece similar to the one on the L-5, enlarged f-holes and a Venetian cutaway option that is now a standard feature. Although the Super 400s were discontinued during the mid-1940s because of the supply shortages of WWII, Gibson reintroduced the model in 1949. And as Gibson strived to gain an upper hand in the electric guitar market in the early 1950s, the model continued to progress with the eventual introduction of the first electric version.

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Today's Gibson electric guitars represent the history as well as the future of the electric guitar. The models whose designs have become classics-the ES-175, ES-335, Flying V, Explorer, Firebird, SGs and Les Pauls-are a testament to Gibson's wide appeal, spanning more than four decades of music styles. Gibson's close relationship with musicians is manifest in endorsement models from King, Atkins and jazz greats Howard Roberts and Herb Ellis, plus new Les Pauls made to the personal specifications of rock stars Jimmy Page and Joe Perry. In 1994, Gibson's Centennial year, the new Nighthawk model won an industry award for design, setting the stage for a second hundred years of Gibson quality and innovation.



Serial Number: 11784002

Dimensions: 18 (W) X 21¾ (L) X 3⅜ (D)

Scale Length: 25 1/2"

Top: High-grade Spruce w/ Multi-ply Black & White Binding, Single-ply White Binding Around F-holes

Back & Sides: High-grade Maple w/ Multi-ply Black & White Binding

Gold Hardware

ABR-1 Bridge w/ Ebony Base & Period-correct L-5 Tailpiece

5-Piece High-grade Maple Neck w/ Two High-grade Walnut Streamers

20-Fret Ebony Fingerboard w/ Pearl Block Inlays and Multi-ply Black and White Binding

Traditional Gibson ES-Rounded Neck Profile

Two Gibson ’57 Classic Pickups

Traditional Gibson Five-piece Split Diamond Headstock Motif Inlay 

Schaller M6 tuners

Natural Finish

Original Hardshell Case

Certificate of Authenticity