There is a tradition in the guitar world of producing models for professional players that have all the quality of the top models without the "bling". Why pay top dollar for an instrument that will be used constantly under all conditions? Thus this S-300 is a Super 400 musically, just not visually. This is not to say it's not beautiful; fully bound in white, pearl parallelograms in the fretboard, crown logo and pearl "Gibson" on the peghead. Top and back are hand carved spruce and birdseye maple. Condition is excellent with one touched-up spot of pickwear just north of the strings and south of the fretboard. This is a very rare model with a beautifl clear strong tone and really nice "C" shape neck.