1949 Gibson Super 400C
No longer in my possession is this King of Jazz guitars; a stunningly great Gibson Super 400C. From what I understood upon purchase, the first owner had ordered the instrument early '49, and it was delivered late that year or January 1950. It was the first ebony fretboard guitar made after the ebony shortage during the war (while wartime and early postwar S400's have rosewood boards).
The guitar bears an early factory "Gibson Fingerrest" pickup, which was originally presented the year before at the June 1948 NAMM Convention. The pickup amongst players is usually referred to as McCarty Pickup, after Ted McCarty, who (co)developed the device. McCarty became Gibson's vice president and general manager in 1949 as well. The most famous user of a McCarty pickup was Grant Green, who for the larger part of his career used the same pick-up on his Gibson L7 and later on a blonde Epiphone Emperor.
The original case is a very clean condition, brown, pink-lined Lifton case as was introduced first in '49.
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