GIBSON GIBSON HISTORIC COLLECTION ACOUSTIC MODELS

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GIBSON 1934 L-5 NON-CUTAWAY (HSL5BRGH)

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GIBSON 1939 Super 400 (HSS4BRGH)

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GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH)

GIBSON made the first 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH) in 1998

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GIBSON 1939 Super 400 Premier (HS4PBRGH)

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GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH)

The 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH) was introduced in 1998

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GIBSON Citation (HSCT GH)

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GIBSON CITATION (HSCTNAGH)

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GIBSON L-5 CT (acoustic reissue)

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GIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection)

The L-5CT is a thin line L-5 originally developed by Gibson for comedian/guitarist George Gobel - but reissued in 1998 in the Gibson Custom Shop Historic Collection. Its shorter scale length and thinner body have proved popular features for many players. It has a carved spruce top, solid maple sides and back and five piece neck. Finish options were vintage sunburst, faded cherry and natural. Other features include

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GIBSON L-5 CT (modern reissue)

Introduced in 1922, the acoustic L-5 guitar was Gibson’s first with f-holes. The model became a favourite of big band players including Wes Montgomery. In 1951 Gibson added pickups to the L5.  Comedian and singer George Gobel had a special version of the Gibson L-5 archtop guitar built in 1958, the L-5CT (cutaway, thin body), featuring shorter scale neck scale (24 3/4") and thinner body  (2 3/8"), About 45 L-5CT's were produced from 1958 to 1963,so they are one of the rarest Gibson models. Most were acoustics but some were sold with pickups.

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GIBSON MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION

Production of the Gibson MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION acoustics began in 2005. They were individually crafted by Ren Ferguson at a rate of one instrument per month costing around $40,000 each.

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Comparing : GIBSON 1934 L-5 NON-CUTAWAY (HSL5BRGH), GIBSON 1939 Super 400 (HSS4BRGH), GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH), GIBSON 1939 Super 400 Premier (HS4PBRGH), GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH), GIBSON Citation (HSCT GH), GIBSON CITATION (HSCTNAGH), GIBSON L-5 CT (acoustic reissue), GIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection), GIBSON L-5 CT (modern reissue), GIBSON MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION
ModelGIBSON 1934 L-5 NON-CUTAWAY (HSL5BRGH)GIBSON 1939 Super 400 (HSS4BRGH)GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH)GIBSON 1939 Super 400 Premier (HS4PBRGH)GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH)GIBSON Citation (HSCT GH)GIBSON CITATION (HSCTNAGH)GIBSON L-5 CT (acoustic reissue)GIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection)GIBSON L-5 CT (modern reissue)GIBSON MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION
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PageGIBSON 1934 L-5 NON-CUTAWAY (HSL5BRGH) pageGIBSON 1939 Super 400 (HSS4BRGH) pageGIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH) pageGIBSON 1939 Super 400 Premier (HS4PBRGH) pageGIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH) pageGIBSON Citation (HSCT GH) pageGIBSON CITATION (HSCTNAGH) pageGIBSON L-5 CT (acoustic reissue) pageGIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection) pageGIBSON L-5 CT (modern reissue) pageGIBSON MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION page
BrandGIBSONGIBSONGIBSONGIBSONGIBSONGIBSONGIBSONGIBSONGIBSONGIBSONGIBSON
Dates1998
1998
1998
1993
2005
GeneralGIBSON 1934 L-5 NON-CUTAWAY (HSL5BRGH)GIBSON 1939 Super 400 (HSS4BRGH)GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH)GIBSON 1939 Super 400 Premier (HS4PBRGH)GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH)GIBSON Citation (HSCT GH)GIBSON CITATION (HSCTNAGH)GIBSON L-5 CT (acoustic reissue)GIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection)GIBSON L-5 CT (modern reissue)GIBSON MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION
Binding---------body binding-
Finish colors--------natural finish, red finishred finish-
Finish effects--------sunburst finish--
Made in--------USA-USA
Number of strings-------6 strings6 strings6 strings6 strings
Scale length---------24.75 inches scale-length-
BodyGIBSON 1934 L-5 NON-CUTAWAY (HSL5BRGH)GIBSON 1939 Super 400 (HSS4BRGH)GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH)GIBSON 1939 Super 400 Premier (HS4PBRGH)GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH)GIBSON Citation (HSCT GH)GIBSON CITATION (HSCTNAGH)GIBSON L-5 CT (acoustic reissue)GIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection)GIBSON L-5 CT (modern reissue)GIBSON MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION
Body back material--------maple body backmaple body back-
Body depth---------2.375 inches body depth-
Body shape features-------single cutawaycarved top, single cutawaysingle cutaway-
Body sides material--------maple body sidesmaple body sides-
Body style--------thin bodyarchtop-
Body top material--------spruce body topspruce body top-
Hollow body--------hollow body--
Pickguard material--------tortoiseshell pickguard--
Pickguard shape---------raised pickguard-
Soundhole--------2 f-holes2 f-holesround soundhole
NeckGIBSON 1934 L-5 NON-CUTAWAY (HSL5BRGH)GIBSON 1939 Super 400 (HSS4BRGH)GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH)GIBSON 1939 Super 400 Premier (HS4PBRGH)GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH)GIBSON Citation (HSCT GH)GIBSON CITATION (HSCTNAGH)GIBSON L-5 CT (acoustic reissue)GIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection)GIBSON L-5 CT (modern reissue)GIBSON MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION
Neck joint---------set neck-
Neck material--------maple neckmaple neck-
Peghead (headstock)--------bound headstock--
HardwareGIBSON 1934 L-5 NON-CUTAWAY (HSL5BRGH)GIBSON 1939 Super 400 (HSS4BRGH)GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH)GIBSON 1939 Super 400 Premier (HS4PBRGH)GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH)GIBSON Citation (HSCT GH)GIBSON CITATION (HSCTNAGH)GIBSON L-5 CT (acoustic reissue)GIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection)GIBSON L-5 CT (modern reissue)GIBSON MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION
Bridge--------ebony bridgeABR-1 bridge-
Hardware color--------gold hardware--
Tailpiece--------trapeze tailpiece--
Tuner layout--------three-each-sidethree-each-side-
Tuners--------Schaller M6 tunersSchaller tuners-
ControlsGIBSON 1934 L-5 NON-CUTAWAY (HSL5BRGH)GIBSON 1939 Super 400 (HSS4BRGH)GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH)GIBSON 1939 Super 400 Premier (HS4PBRGH)GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH)GIBSON Citation (HSCT GH)GIBSON CITATION (HSCTNAGH)GIBSON L-5 CT (acoustic reissue)GIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection)GIBSON L-5 CT (modern reissue)GIBSON MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION
Tone controls---------2 tone controls-
Volume controls---------2 volume controls-
ElectronicsGIBSON 1934 L-5 NON-CUTAWAY (HSL5BRGH)GIBSON 1939 Super 400 (HSS4BRGH)GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH)GIBSON 1939 Super 400 Premier (HS4PBRGH)GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH)GIBSON Citation (HSCT GH)GIBSON CITATION (HSCTNAGH)GIBSON L-5 CT (acoustic reissue)GIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection)GIBSON L-5 CT (modern reissue)GIBSON MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION
Pickup selector controls---------3-way selector switch-
Pickups brand and model---------Gibson 57 classic pickup(s)-
Pickups configuration---------2 humbucker pickups-
FretboardGIBSON 1934 L-5 NON-CUTAWAY (HSL5BRGH)GIBSON 1939 Super 400 (HSS4BRGH)GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 (HSS4NAGH)GIBSON 1939 Super 400 Premier (HS4PBRGH)GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (HS4PNAGH)GIBSON Citation (HSCT GH)GIBSON CITATION (HSCTNAGH)GIBSON L-5 CT (acoustic reissue)GIBSON L-5 CT (Historic Collection)GIBSON L-5 CT (modern reissue)GIBSON MASTER MUSEUM COLLECTION
Fingerboard inlay material--------pearl fingerboard inlay material--
Fingerboard material--------ebony fingerboard--
Fingerboard position markers--------block fingerboard position markersblock fingerboard position markers-
Number of frets--------20 fret20 fret-