Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 44

Peale also enjoyed playing guitar. In early
1940, he ordered a blond Gibson Super
400N from the factory, and serial number
96242 was shipped to him from Kalamazoo
on August 20. While the guitar is a beautiful
example, Peale decided it needed something
extra, so not long after purchasing the guitar,
he returned it to Gibson, where it was customized with his name rendered in mother-of-pearl
script inlay on the fingerboard, and small stars on
the fretboard and its engraved white pickguard.
Gibson returned it on February 17, 1941 - a
quick turnaround (only six months) for such
customization.
In the years immediately before World War II,
many instrument builders did not cut or inlay
their own mother-of-pearl, even on production
models. Instead, they depended on a network of
companies that specialized in this work, most
of which were in New York City.
From 1903 through 1929, Aumann Brothers, of Detroit, produced inlays for everything
Gibson manufactured. Gibson would send
blank (with fret slots) fretboards to Aumann.
The brothers used manually powered stand-up
jigsaws to cut intricate patterns from thin sheets
of mother of pearl, typically creating seven or
eight patterns simultaneously by stacking
layers. The pearl was inlaid by
tracing patterns on the fingerboard and drilling a small
starter hole through
the fingerboard, then
cutting the rest using a jeweler's saw.
This method had the
advantage of speed,
but often resulted in a
sloppy finished product
that showed obvious filler
around the edges of the
inlay. Because wood had
been removed, they
had to support the
pearl with filler
underneath, as
well.
The fingerboards were
returned to
Gibson to be
fretted, then
stored as a
sub-assembly.
I n 193 0,
Gibson began
u s i n g Un i o n
Pearl Works, of
Brooklyn, for prima r y produc t ion
instruments, but until

VINTAGE GUITAR

1950 continued to use
Aumann Brothers for
custom orders. In a
2009 interview for
Spann's Guide to
Gibson 1902-1941,
Carl J. Stadler, nephew of Frank and Joe
Aumann, recounted
working in the shop
during the late '30s and
early '40s, including
how it received a
stream of special
orders from Gibson.
I t 's a l s o
i nteresting that if
a specific
model was
discontinued, Gibson did not
discard the
completed
fingerboards
(or other parts)
intended for it.
A good example is
the L-Century flattop produced from 1933
until '39, which had a whitecelluloid fingerboard with inlaid
rosewood inserts which in turn had inlaid motherof-pearl patterns. The rosewood inserts were produced
by cutting up leftover tenor-banjo fingerboards, which in
turn produced a variety of inlay pattern deviations from
the L-Century's catalog spec.
Gibson found other uses for leftover fingerboards. When
instruments requiring fret work were returned to the factory,
it was easier to simply replace it using the discontinued
stock; the replacement already had new frets, so it was a
matter of dressing them and (if called for) re-binding.
This practice resulted in bizarre combinations of
inlay patterns.
With the exception of the fingerboard and
pickguard, the Peale Super 400 conforms to specs
for the period, with an 18" archtop body, carved
Adirondack spruce top, f-shaped sound holes,
figured-maple back and sides with natural finish,
engraved Varitone tailpiece, three-piece figuredmaple neck with center dark strip, "open-book"
peghead with mother-of-pearl script logo and
split-diamond inlays, sealed Kluson tuners with
amber Catalin buttons, ebony fingerboard, heel cap
with "Super 400" engraving, multi-ply binding on the
top, f-holes, fretboard, and headstock, gold-plated metal
hardware, and other typical appointments.
Peale married late in life, never had children, and lived most
of his life in Austin before dying there on January 15, 2008.

44

March 2017


http://www.vintageguitar.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open

Contents
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - Cover
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - IFC
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 3
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 4
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 5
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 6
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 7
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 8
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 9
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - Contents
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 11
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 12
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 13
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 14
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 15
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 16
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 17
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 18
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 19
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 20
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 21
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 22
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 23
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 24
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 25
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 26
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 27
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 28
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 29
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 30
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 31
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 32
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 33
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 34
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 35
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 36
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 37
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 38
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 39
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 40
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 41
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 42
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 43
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 44
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 45
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 46
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 47
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 48
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 49
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 50
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 51
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 52
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 53
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 54
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 55
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 56
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 57
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 58
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 59
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 60
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 61
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 62
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 63
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 64
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 65
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 66
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 67
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 68
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 69
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 70
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 71
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 72
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 73
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 74
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 75
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 76
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 77
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 78
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 79
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 80
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 81
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 82
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 83
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 84
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 85
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 86
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 87
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 88
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 89
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 90
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 91
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 92
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 93
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 94
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 95
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 96
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 97
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 98
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 99
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 100
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 101
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 102
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 103
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 104
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 105
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 106
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 107
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 108
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 109
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 110
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 111
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 112
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 113
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 114
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 115
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 116
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 117
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 118
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 119
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 120
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 121
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 122
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 123
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 124
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 125
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 126
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 127
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 128
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 129
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 130
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 131
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 132
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 133
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 134
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 135
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 136
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 137
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 138
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 139
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 140
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 141
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 142
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 143
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 144
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 145
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 146
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 147
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 148
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 149
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 150
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 151
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 152
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 153
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 154
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 155
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 156
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 157
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 158
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 159
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 160
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 161
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - 162
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - IBC
Vintage Guitar - March 2017 - Open - BC
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201903_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201902_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201901_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201812_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201811_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201810_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201809_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201808_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201807_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201805_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201804_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201803_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201802_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201801_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/2018priceguide_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201712_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201711_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201710_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201709_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201708_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201707_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201706_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201705_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201704_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201703_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201702_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201701_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201612_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201611_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201609_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201607_v2
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/vintageguitar/201606_v2
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com