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Catalin buttons. An occasional guitar surfaces
with factory Grover Imperials, as well, most
likely as an aftermarket addition.
Even after these changes, Gibson wanted
something new to further distinguish its guitars. Soon enough, it announced a couple of
stylistic coups that would influence all future

instruments of this type, and again mark
Gibson as an innovative force.
In late '39, the company unveiled its Premier
models - the Super 400 and L-5 with the body
gently cut away on the treble side to allow access
higher on the fretboard. A simple, elegant design, it's taken for granted today, but the sweep-

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ing, rounded curve was a dramatic innovation
at the time. Earlier attempts at cutaway bodies
date to the 19th century; Gibson's scroll-body
The 1940 catalog pages for the Super 400 and
L-5. Below are the midline L-12, L-10, and L-7 from
1936-'40 (left) along with the new floating pickup.


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