1936 Gibson Super 400

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Keizer, OR, United States
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About This Listing

Serial #: 93966 white oval label, hand calligraphed

Like the Eastmans we have from the George Collection, we also are extremely lucky to have these Gibsons in our shop. George was an amazing friend and customer to our shop. He had been coming to our shop for more than 12 years and was like the shop's second dad; always elated to show us the newest guitar to his collection. He played locally around the Salem area in a jazz group, and he played exclusively rhythm guitar, in the vein of Freddie Green. Most of these Gibsons were seldom played, and mainly investment pieces. Conditions are almost exactly the same, minus some additional finish checking here or there.

This guitar has an incredible little story to tell. This guitar was originally a retirement gift to a Gibson employee (according to the family that owned it for a majority of its life). From there, around 1944, the guitar was sold to Paul Herndon, who played guitar for the first country music television show in Phoenix, Arizona. That station was named KPHO-TV. Paul Herndon fronted the house KPHO radio and TV band that backed many local and national musical acts from the period, including a then up-and-comer named Marty Robbins. Paul Herndon passed away in 1949, but the guitar stayed in the Herndon family and continued to be played until sometime around 2012, when our friend, George, bought the guitar.

This guitar has been sent to Gibson a couple of times. Sometime around 1951 or 1952, The guitar was sent to Gibson for some refurbrishing. The neck was very worn out and was replaced. For one reason, or another, the neck was replaced with a 25.5” one, instead of the shorter neck that would have come stock. This new neck has the more modern Gibson logo that is common with post war Super 400s as well as the Grover Imperial tuners that were common around that time. It also has paralell bracing. In 2001, the family sent the guitar back to Gibson one more time to have a few areas touched up and worked on. This included a refinish to the back of the neck with Cremona Burst and a correct multiply replacement pickguard. The original has gassed itself off and has disintegrated. We have chosen to remove the pickguard (it is included!) as personally, we feel it looks better aesthetically.

The top has nicely aged, just like a fine wine. The lacquer has wonderful checking all over. The guitar is in amazing shape, considering it’s almost a century old! There's a few screw holes from where the pickguard was mounted. There are dents and digs, but is in really great shape considering its age. The action is nice and smooth and has a very comfortable C shaped neck. This guitar should be ready to be played, and let us tell you, it wants to be played!

The guitar maintains all of its original hardware except for the pickguard and the neck replacement from around 1951. The guitar still has its ornate and hand engraved “Super 400” tailpiece and art-deco truss rod cover.

The frets have been leveled, recrowned and polished when it was purchased from Joe Vinikow at archtop.com in 2012. It does have medium jumbo frets. The guitar is currently strung with D’addario Phosphor Bronze .13 - .56 strings. It is playing perfectly and sounds like a cannon!

The guitar will ship in a nice Silver Creek archtop case, but the original case will be shipped alongside the guitar. The original case is the deluxe Gibson G&S Masterkraft brown leather hardshell with pink plush lining. It has had quite a lot of wear, but it is complete, and is an excellent addition. The original case still has the remnants of the KPHO radio station sticker on the back of the case that reads: “1230 On Your Dial”. There will be two boxes when the guitar is shipped.

Huge thanks to Hailey and Aubrey at the Grand Theater in Salem, OR for letting us use their space to take pictures!

Huge thanks to the amazing Tim Lerch for demoing a few of these guitars for us! These pieces are available to play and purchase at our Keizer, Oregon showroom.


Other Notes/Specs:

  • 18” Wide body at lower bout

  • 25.5” scale neck (replacement around 1951)

  • 1 11/16” Nut Width

  • Handcarved and bookmatched solid spruce top

  • Handcarved and bookmatched solid flamed maple back and sides

  • Flame maple neck with walnut centerstripe

  • Ebony fingerboard with mother of pearl block inlays

  • Split diamon headstock with post-war Gibson logo

  • Seven-ply bound top, five-ply bound headstock and neck

  • Triple bound f-holes and back

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Listeda month ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
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