The JBD-400 Models
The JBD-400 models were the second smallest amount of a specific model to be produced in the J,Backlund Design Line up , (with the JBD-300 being the smallest at only 4 units actually being built.)
as far as can be determined, there are a total of 6 JBD-400 models out there,
5 of which are in the Teal blue/Ivory and 1 in red/Ivory.
Most of these had EMG chrome top pickups with the Plug and Play EMGX systems installed.
The JBD-400 model was probably the most striking design built but was also one of the more difficult ones as body lines and neck joints had to meet cleanly and often required extra sculpting and fine sanding to get the fit just right. Extra rear body bevels were used to help with upper fret access. and counterbalanceing the heavy mahogany body was a constant issue, as well as finding just the right point to put the strap buttons to help distribute the weight to its best advantage.
each and ever JBD-400 was a solid performing instrument with several novel design features.
The J.Backlund Booth at the 2010 Newport Beach guitar show inside the Hardrock Cafe in Hollywood FL this was the first public unveiling of both J.Backlund Design and the JBD-400. the alien like arms were rotating displays for the guitars to hang from.
the first JBD-400 was the one photoed for the cover of the 13th Edition of Blue Book for Electric guitars. and the photo shoot was done at the Newport beach show
JBD-400 Number 2 Shown at the Chicago Vintage Guitar Show. it s specs were identical to the first one.
This was our own photo of the First JBD-400 ever made. Sorry we never got great looking photo of our guitars at the shop.
JBD-400 in red/Ivory just back from paint.
a JBD-400 in Red/Ivory color scheme. Note the birdseye Maple fretboard.
back shot of the JBD-400 Red/ivory
body shot of the JBD-400
detail photo of the JBD-400s control cavity and the EMGX plug and play System.