Gibson CF-100E Flat Top Acoustic-Electric Guitar (1957)
Gibson CF-100E Model Flat Top Acoustic-Electric Guitar (1957), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # U1317-10, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany body and neck, spruce top; rosewood fingerboard, original brown tolex hard shell case. Item # 7644
Here is a superb example of an uncommon Gibson flattop from the 1950's, the CF-100-E. This is a most unusual guitar for its time, as the concept of a cutaway flattop with a factory pickup system guitar was still quite novel in the late 1950's. Common today, these features were radical for 1958 making this model a guitar very much ahead of its time. While the instrument is generally similar to the non-cutaway LG-2, it is considerably fancier in appearance and has a rather more upscale feel. The top is triple bound and the back and fingerboard are single bound, the headstock carries a pearl Gibson logo and crown inlay and the rosewood fingerboard is inlaid with pearloid trapezoids.
Gibson offered this model as either a straight acoustic guitar as the CF-100 or with an ingenious added magnetic pickup as the CF-100E, and both were sold in limited numbers throughout the 1950's and so are fairly rare today. The larger J-160E which uses the same electronics on a non-cutaway Jumbo body is better remembered, mostly due to extensive use by The Beatles in the 1960's. Today this very attractive, forward-looking guitar makes perfect sense and we can only wonder why the players of the 1950's failed to warm to this excellent design. This particular example from 1957 is one of the finest we have had.
Overall length is 39 1/2 in. (100.3 cm.), 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 1/2 in. (11.4 cm.) in depth at side, taken at the end block. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 11/16 in. (43 mm.). A lovely all original, unaltered guitar that shows only some very light wear. The top lacquer has hardly of the typical checking, there are a few dings and a couple of visible pick scratches above the soundhole but the finish is still bright and shines like it did when Ike was president! There are no cracks or visible repairs, this guitar appears to have seen very little play time since new. Apart from a few tiny dings some inconspicuous strap burn on the back and side upper bout this is one of the cleanest Gibson finishes we have seen in a while. This guitar is also a very good player with the typical sound; nicely rounded and somewhat and somewhat dry with pronounced mids. Includes the rare original brown HSC, seldom seen in this small-body flat top mode. Excellent + Condition.
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