Find of the Week: A Cowboy's Custom 1940 Gibson Super 400N

The Gibson Super 400 was the brand's top-of-the-line model right from the minute it was introduced in 1935. It's a show-stopping build, with an 18-inch lower bout built to drive a big band rhythm section even when unamplified. It's a non-cutaway model, unlike it's older L-5 sibling, and is outfitted with the most premium appointments and hardware for the time.

Originally only offered in sunburst, Gibson added a new natural blonde finish option in 1939. This particular listing is a pristine example of that finish from 1940. Though there is some understandable weather-checking throughout the body, the 83-year-old finish has aged into a gorgeous, shiny patina.

Gibson Super 400N
Gibson Super 400N

This guitar was originally purchased in 1940 by a true Texas cowboy named William Peale Jr. When he received the guitar in August, he decided it needed a few extra flourishes to match his larger-than-life sensibility. Back to Gibson it went for customization.

Six months later, Peale received the guitar of his dreams: a Super 400N, original in every way, with the addition of an engraved white pickguard and his name rendered in script in a mother-of-pearl fingerboard inlay, complete with small stars.

This special instrument has only had three owners, including the current seller, and is in spectacular condition—still all-original and stunning. Be sure to check out the listing for the full story of this guitar and the cowboy who customized it.

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