1963 Gibson Super 400 CES
(page obsolete, see update)
Scotty's 63, #62713, as it appeared in 2004 (missing several parts)
Label from Scotty's 63, #62713
Scotty with 63 Super 400 CES
Photo from "The Guitar that Changed the
October of 1963 Scotty got this 63 Super 400, #62713, and used it on sessions and to record his album "The
Guitar that Changed The World". This guitar is probably
best remembered for being borrowed by Elvis onstage during the 1968 NBC-TV Comeback Special
and is featured in many photos of Elvis from that show. The guitar was
owned by Scotty until 1986. After years of not playing he sold it
to a private collector for $10,000 who later on sold it to the Hard Rock
Cafe for $15,000.
For a long time it had been on display at the Hard Rock Cafe
in Dallas, TX, then was on display in London at the HRC's Vault and for some time was part of a display at the Hard Rock's
short lived attraction "The
Vault" in Orlando, FL*. Chet Atkins once asked him why he
sold it and for so cheap. He told him he needed a tractor.
tractor still works and unlike the guitar, is still used
The guitar on display at "The
Vault" in Orlando, FL*
photo© courtesy J. Fraize
a fan's 63 Super 400 CES, #62707, identical to Scotty's (6
photos courtesy T. Schiffer
The 63 Super 400 CES featured a single sharp 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 (2 piece in Scotty's 63 and the 63 pictured above),
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 (Scotty's) and Wine Red finishes.
2 piece curly maple neck with mahogany center strip
photo courtesy T. Schiffer
Gibson style damper identical to Scotty's
courtesy Mavin Dodge
Like many jazz players of the 60's, Scotty's
featured a String damper (click here to read
a bit about string dampers).
During the summer of 2004 this guitar was included as part of Hard
Rock Cafe’s “50 Years of Rock Mobile Tour” which visited HRC's
and other events across the country. The Vault in Orlando was closed
in November of 2004 and the memorabilia redistributed to its Cafes.
This guitar was briefly on display at the Hard Rock Cafe on
Beale St. in Memphis, TN, had been moved but is apparently back on
display in Memphis, with a few of the missing parts replaced.
Scotty's Super 400 and Elvis memorabilia on display in
Photo © courtesy Hard Rock Cafe