From The Chinery Collection
Gibson Super 400 Electric
Electro String Instrument Corporation
Los Angeles, California
This Gibson Super 400 was designed for 1930s guitarist Muzzy
Marcellino, who asked Gibson to make him a larger, more powerful
instrument. The success of this model over smaller-body guitars
led other manufacturers to develop their own large-body archtops.
The pick guard, with mounted electric pickups, was probably
added to the instrument in the late 1940s. Acoustic or electric,
the Gibson Super 400 produced a loud sound that could compete
with the brass instruments in a big band.