Super De Luxe s/n 9578 : pictures
There is not a lot known about the Epiphone Super De Luxe. December 1935 Metronome magazine shows an Epiphone ad see picture where the Super De Luxe is introduced together with the new flagship, the Emperor. However, none of the Epiphone catalogs do mention a Super De Luxe. Could it be that Gibson had raised objections to the use of the word Super? After all Gibson had just launched its Super 400. It is probably the first 17″ made De Luxe.
The instrument has been given in on loan by Ton van Bergeijk noted guitar and banjo player in the Dutch Swing College band from 2004-2015, in succession to Otto Gobius, Wout Steenhuis, Dick Bakker, Arie Ligthart and Jaap van Kempen. The vintage correct arrow shaped tailpiece was made by the late John Lambdin. The guitar came in a 17″ hardshell case that reads on the henches “British made”.
UK pricelist c. 1935 mentions the Super De Luxe (courtesy Drew Morrison)