Gibson CF-100 Guitar

Description: Gibson CF100 flat top guitar
Available: 1950 to 1959.
Collectibility Rating: C+.

General Comments: The only 1950s Gibson flat top with a cutaway. This is a well made guitar with a good sound. The electric version, the CF-100e, is a way better guitar than the plywood, ladder braced J-160e. But the fully acoustic CF-100 is preferred over the electric CF-100e.

If you need to figure out the exact year of your Gibson CF-100 guitar, use the FON Factory Order number. This is located inside the body's sound hole. See the Gibson Serial Number Info web page for help determining the exact year.

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1950 CF-100 introduction specs:
14 1/8" wide (LG sized), pointed cutaway, solid "X" braced spruce top with scaloped braces, solid mahogany back and sides, teardrop pickguard, upper belly bridge (belly towards soundhold), bound rosewood fingerboard with 20 frets, trapezoid fingerboard inlays, gold decal logo, sunburst finish.
1951 CF-100e introduction specs:
CF-100e (electric) same specs as CF-100, but with a single coil P-90 pickup with adjustable poles at end of fingerboard. Because of the pickup, the soundhole is moved a bit closer to the bridge.
1952 CF-100, CF-100e specs:
Pearl logo, crown peghead inlay.
1955 CF-100, CF-100e specs:
Pickguard enlarged, lower scaloped braces.
CF-100, CF-100e discontinued 1959.

A 1955 Gibson CF-100 guitar with the small pickguard. Replaced tuner buttons, original hardshell case.

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