• Gibson CF-100 E (1951-1959)


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1951 to 1959

GIBSON manufactured the CF-100 E between 1951 and 1959. It was Gibson's first attempt at creating an acoustic-electric guitar - being a CF-100 with a single coil P-90 magnetic pickup. It was designed for Country and Western Artists who preferred a flat top electric acoustic in a slightly smaller size and cutaway style. It had a Golden Sunburst finish and Florentine Cutaway design for easier access to higher frets. The top was selected spruce, with Honduras mahogany back and rim, ivoroid binding and purfling ring. The Mahogany neck had a Gibson Adjustable Truss Rod, a 20 fret bound rosewood fingerboard with large pearl inlays, side position markers.

The single pickup was a compact, powerful magnetic type with adjustable pole pieces positioned at the end of the fingerboard. It was controlled by single volume and tone controls with calibrated knobs for exact setting of volume and tone coloring. It had individual enclosed machine heads, and reinforced rosewood bridge. The CF-100 E dimensions were: 14.25" wide, 19" long, 4.375” deep and 24.75" scale.

Gibson has reissued a limited number of CF-100 Es - starting during the 1990s.

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Body back materialmahogany body back
Body shape featuressingle cutaway
Body sides materialmahogany body sides
Body top materialspruce body top
Pickguard materialtortoiseshell pickguard
Pickguard shapepickguard
Soundhole rosettesingle ring rosette
Soundholeround soundhole


Bridgerosewood bridge


Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markerstrapezoid fingerboard position markers


Finish colorsgold finish
Finish effectssunburst finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length24.75 inches scale-length


Neck jointset neck
Number of frets20 fret
Peghead (headstock)black face headstock
Tuner layoutthree-each-side


Pickups brand and modelGibson P-90 pickup(s)
Pickups configuration1 single coil pickup


Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control

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1957$180newguitar-listGibson list price.
2015$4000goodgregory farquharIt is a genuine 1951 CF100E

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