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 (= the advanced 17 inch De Luxe) is introduced together with the new flagship, the 18 inch Emperor. However, the Epiphone catalogs only mention the 17″ De Luxe without the adjectiv “Super”. Could it be that Gibson had raised objections to the use of the word Super? After all Gibson had just launched its Super 400. A UK-pricelist shows two De Luxes: De Luxe (16 inch) and Super De Luxe (17 inch). The instrument pictured above is an example of 17 inch De Luxes sold under the name Super De Luxe. There are only two Super De Luxes known to exist.
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)