83 SUPER 400 CESN


Scotty's 1983 Super 400

Scotty purchased this guitar for $1500 from Alan Cartee of Cartee 3 Music in Nashville on March 7, 1987 and still has it.  When he returned to recording and performing live this was his main guitar.  In 1992 he used it when he returned to Sun Studio in Memphis to begin an album with Carl Perkins titled "706 ReUnion: A Sentimental Journey" released on Belle Meade Records.  In August of that year he performed live again for the first time since the 68 Comeback special with Carl at Ellis Auditorium as part of the "Good Rockin’ Tonight" show featuring the Sun Rhythm section, James Burton, D.J. Fontana, Ronnie McDowell and the Jordanaires followed by a small tour in England.  The only modification to this guitar that Scotty made was to have Don Dean install a sound post which greatly improves the sound and sustain.  


Scotty Moore with Carl Perkins in Memphis August, 92
Photo© courtesy Alan Clark


James Burton and Scotty Moore in Memphis August, 92
"To Scotty, From one Ole Buddy to another Buddy.
Great music & fun & Best Friends.
Love ya, James Burton
"
Photo© courtesy Alan Clark


Scotty recording with Steve Ripley of the Tractors at Sun
Photo© courtesy Tony Phipps

 
Photo© courtesy Alan Clark

The 83 Super 400 CES features a single rounded "Venetian" cutaway 18" grand auditorium style body, arched spruce top, bound f-holes, raised multi-bound mottled plastic pickguard, figured maple back/sides, multiple bound body, 3 piece figured maple/mahogany neck, model name engraved into heel cap, 14/20 fret bound ebony fingerboard with point on bottom, pearl split block fingerboard inlay, adjustable rosewood bridge, gold trapeze tailpiece with engraved model name, multi-bound blackface peghead with pearl split diamond/logo inlay, 3 per side tuners, gold hardware, 2 humbucking pickups, 2 volume/2 tone controls, 3 position switch. Available in Ebony, Natural, Sunburst and Wine Red finishes.

In the fall of 2004 Scotty donated this guitar for display in the Musician's Hall of Fame, a new museum planned for downtown Nashville devoted to the contributions of many musicians, producers and songwriters in the performing arts.


Sorry to report that when the city of Nashville took the property of the Musician's Hall of Fame by eminent domain to build a new city auditorium., the guitar was taken off display and had been stored at the same place Vince Gill and many other musicians had gear stored.  Unfortunately this Super 400 was destroyed in the flood in Nashville in 2010 along with many other pieces.

 

 
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