GIBSON 1939 SUPER 400 PREMIER (Historic Collection)

  • Gibson 1939 Super 400 Premier (Historic Collection reissue) acoustic guitar


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1993 to 1998

First introduced in 1934 and enhanced later in 1939 Gibson's Super 400 set a new standard for large-body jazz guitars. Its 18 inch wide body gave it the cutting power to project through any big-band horn section. Introduced in 1939 the Super 400 Premier (400P) was the third version of the Super 400, it had a Venetian cutaway which meant a smaller neck block, shorter pickguard and shallower neck set than the first two iterations of the Super 400 design. This original Super 400 Premier was made from 1939 to 1941 - with some later models being shipped in 1943.

Gibson's Custom, Art and Historic division reissued the Super 400 in 1993 as the 1939 Super 400 model - in both cutaway (Premier) and non-cutaway versions as part of the Gibson Historic Collection. This reissue was fashioned from book-matched curly maple, the highly flamed maple back and rims were offset by a two piece figured maple with a mahogany center strip. The tops were tap-tuned spruce. The pegheads were hand-engraved and these guitars had "Super 400" logo on the heel cap and tailpiece. This reissue was made until around 1998.

Source: Vintage Guitar Magazine - Gibson Super 400 Premier (13 March 2017)

Source: Gibson Historic Collection catalog 1994

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Finish colorsbrown finish, natural finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Bindingmulti-ply binding
Number of strings6 strings


Body back materialfigured maple body back
Body shape featuresarchtop, single cutaway
Body sides materialmaple body sides
Body stylearchtop
Body top materialspruce body top
Pickguard shaperaised pickguard
Soundhole2 f-holes


Body fretNeck joins body at 14th fret
Headstock inlays or logospearl headstock inlay/logo
Neck heelengraved heel
Neck materialmaple/mahogany neck
Number of frets20 fret
Peghead (headstock)bound headstock
Tuner layoutthree-each-side


Bridgeadjustable rosewood bridge
Tailpiecetrapeze tailpiece
TunersGrover Imperial tuners


Fingerboard materialebony fingerboard
Fingerboard position markerssplit block fingerboard position markers

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