has always been something special about 18” archtops and
John D’Angelico was one the pioneers of these big-body
guitars. He made them in response to the demands of Big
Band guitarists back in the 1940’s who needed more acoustic
volume to compete with the horns. Even after
amplification the Gibson Super 400 has always had a special
place in Rock, Blues and Jazz.
18” predecessors, this lovely instrument has a cross-braced
top giving that full, sweet tone and big, big sound which
sets the big body archtops above all others.
This was a really
nice Mint example and with it's cross-braced body gave tons
of acoustic volume. Again, the
Violinburst dates it and I have not seen another 4 in this
The 18" is a big
guitar and is very imposing. With the resurgence
of interest in Big Band it soon found a deserving home.