Super De Luxe s/n 9578

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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”.

Ton wrote us November 2014: “I purchased the Super De Luxe in 1986 at Rare & Vintage in London on recommandation of Derek Bailey who at the time toured with my brother Gilius.

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UK pricelist c. 1935 mentions the Super De Luxe (courtesy Drew Morrison)

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