Gibson CF-100 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1952)

Gibson  CF-100 Flat Top Acoustic Guitar  (1952)
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Gibson CF-100 Model Flat Top Acoustic Guitar (1952), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # Z-2788, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, mahogany back, sides and neck,spruce top, rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case.

Here is a well-played but great-sounding example of a fairly uncommon Gibson flat-top from the early 1950s. The CF-100 is an unusual guitar for its time, as a cutaway flat-top guitar was quite a novel concept when it was introduced in 1950. Extremely common today, the use of such a deep cutaway on a flat-top body was radical for the period, making this a guitar very much ahead of its time. While the instrument is generally similar to the basic non-cutaway LG-2, it is considerably fancier in appearance and has a rather different feel. The top is triple-bound and the back and fingerboard are single-bound, and the headstock face carries a pearl Gibson logo and crown inlay.

The rosewood fingerboard is inlaid with pearloid trapezoids, a shape that would become much more familiar when used on the Les Paul Standard. Gibson offered this CF-100 model as either a straight acoustic guitar or with an ingenious added magnetic pickup as the CF-100E, an even more ahead-of-its time idea. Both versions were sold in limited numbers throughout the 1950s but are fairly rare today. Today this very attractive, forward-looking guitar makes perfect sense and we can only wonder why the players of the 1950s failed to warm to this excellent design. This one saw quite a bit of play, so at least one guitarist must have found it a very useful tool "back in the day".
 
Overall length is 39 1/2 in. (100.3 cm.), 14 1/4 in. (36.2 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 4 3/4 in. (12.1 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.).

This guitar shows a decent amount of cosmetic wear but is in very solid shape structurally and nicely original. The finish has a decent amount of wear overall, most notably the back of the neck and lower sound hole rim. There are a few deeper dings but no cracks; the bridge is original with a few chips and a new saddle. The original tuners have new buttons and some corrosion to the metal. There is a small edge chip repair to the upper treble corner of the headstock face. The original small frets are in surprisingly good shape and this is an excellent player with a very nice sound, deeper than some of this model we have had. Very Good + Condition.