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Learning More about the Gibson Super 400 & ES-355

Do you own or are you interested in owning a Gibson Super 400 or ES-355? Here at Van Hoose Vintage, we currently have a few in our inventory and would love to tell you a bit more about them. In fact, we specialize in vintage electric guitars here in Texas so when you’re ready to find the right vintage electric guitar to add to your collection, please take a look at our inventory and give us a call. We look forward to helping you find the vintage electric guitars you’ve been searching for!vintage electric guitars

First of all, the Super 400 is perhaps the finest Gibson ever produced. It was also the largest guitar that the Gibson Guitar Corporation had ever produced. The original models came with a hand-engraved tailpiece and finger rest support.

In 1939 the model Super 400 was official but it wasn’t until the 1950’s that Gibson electrified it and designated it the Super 400 CES for ‘Cutaway Electric Spanish.’ This is a truly magnificent instrument favorited by many musicians over the years. Did you know that Merle Travis loved his Gibson Super 400? So did Scotty Moore, Elvis Presley’s original lead guitarist.

Looking to own a Gibson Super 400 of your own? Take a look at our 1956 Gibson Super 400CESN we currently have in our inventory. It is a superb blonde Gibson Super 400CESN with alnico pickups in excellent and original condition. Exceptional sound and playability, with very early non-wire ABR-1 bridge with tags and case candy, original Lifton brown hard case, beautiful woods and so much more. Great vibe, and rare – one of 19 made in 1956! And, it is one of only 53 blonde alnico electric Super 400s! It is truly a fine instrument.

We also have other incredible Gibson vintage electric guitars including the ES-355. The ES-355 stands as one of Gibson’s all-time most iconic models. Our 1960 Gibson ES-355-T is a very special guitar. It is an original ES-355 with factory stop tailpiece and PAFs, with the Varitone removed and converted to mono electronics. It has been re-fretted, and inlaid at the 20th fret are the initials “CW,” of its previous owner; the late Charley Wirz. Charley was the original owner of Charley’s Guitar Shop in Dallas and one of the founders of the Dallas Guitar Show in 1978. This was his favorite guitar. And, it is one of only 20 ES-355s with factory stop tailpiece made between 1958-1963.

When it comes to a vintage Gibson guitar, you are not only getting a rich sound but a rich history as well. So, allow the professionals at Van Hoose Vintage to tell you more about them and help you find the right one for your unique collection. To learn more about vintage electric guitars in Texas please give us a call at 972-998-8176 or Contact Us online today!

Your Vintage Guitar Wishlist is Here at Van Hoose Vintage

Welcome to the Van Hoose Vintage Instruments blog where you can always find beautiful, covetable and collectable guitars and gear! We have a unique inventory of vintage guitars so you never know what you’ll find here. And, if you don’t find what you’re looking for we can help you find it! We serve Dallas, Texas and wherever you are.

At Van Hoose Vintage we love vintage guitars. We believe half the fun of vintage guitars is the path they took to get to us. And the other half is finding them a new home! We know what musicians and guitar enthusiasts are looking for and we are here to supply it. It’s simple; at Van Hoose Vintage you will find the most unique collection of vintage guitars in all of Dallas.

Van Hoose Vintage Instruments was founded in 1991 and we are dedicated to bringing the finest guitars and amps to you in an open, friendly and honest manner. We also locate and offer exceptional vintage and collectible guitars and amps for the collector and musician who wants the true vintage sound and feel.

We specialize in unique, high quality arch top guitars as well as selected electric and acoustic guitars. At any point you might find anything from a ‘20s Stromberg to a 70s Gibson. Our current inventory highlights include:

1946 Epiphone Emperor. An early post-war Epiphone Emperor made in New York, with the most beautiful woods and finish one could imagine.

1956 Gibson Super 400CESN. Great vibe, and rare – one of 19 made in 1956. A superb blonde Gibson Super 400CESN with alnico pickups in excellent and original condition. Exceptional sound and play-ability, with very early non-wire ABR-1 bridge (noted on hang tag) with tags and case candy, original Lifton brown hard case, beautiful woods and so much more.

1929 Stromberg G-1 Deluxe. An early G-1 Deluxe with nicely-engraved pearl block inlays, a deluxe headstock overlay, and an engraved trapeze tailpiece, all original.

1950 Gibson ES-5. Great tone and feel, and a great amplified sound all around. From Anson Funderburg’s collection, this guitar was used by him for years on many gigs and records.

And, these are just a few of the amazing guitars we currently have in our inventory. We also sell a variety of new Henriksen amplifiers including:

Henriksen Bud: Filled with features! A superb amp with a big sound and loads of versatility.

Henriksen Blu: The new Henriksen Blu amp is here, and it is really something! Same size and 120W power output as the Bud but with a single channel, and ported on the bottom for added presence!

Henriksen 312

Henriksen extension cabinets

and more!

These amps are extremely versatile with plenty of headroom, light weight, rugged and dependable, with 2-year warranty and top quality components and construction. Our customers ware beyond satisfied with them!

Are you ready to find the guitar and/or gear of your dreams? Allow the professionals at Van Hoose Vintage to help you find it! To learn more about vintage guitars in Dallas please give us a call at 972-998-8176 or Contact Us online today!

We are a Henriksen JazzAmp Dealer!

What’s NEW.. We have the Blu, the Bud, the Ray extension cab and the 312 in stock, and the new 310 is coming soon! These are incredible amps for jazz and other applications with a very innovative 5-band graphic EQ and reverb that allows you to tailor the amp to each individual guitar. Very versatile with plenty of headroom, light weight, rugged and dependable, with 2-year warranty and top quality components and construction. Our customers who have bought these amps have been very satisfied with them. Give Henriksen JazzAmps some real consideration.