Guild CE-100 Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1959)

Guild  CE-100 Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1959)
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Guild CE-100 Model Arch Top Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1959), made in Hoboken, NJ, serial # 11288, sunburst top, dark stained back and sides finish, laminated maple body, laminated mahogany/maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, original brown chipboard case.

The CE-100 is one of Guild's stalwart midline models, a company standard for many years. With a medium-depth body, single neck pickup, and pearloid block fingerboard inlay, it is the Hoboken equivalent to Gibson's perennial favorite the ES-175. This CE-100 dates to 1959 and is equipped with a cream-covered Franz P-90 style pickup, harp tailpiece, back-painted plastic pickguard, and openback Waverly tuning pegs on the older style "open book" headstock.

The body is finished in a darker, warmer sunburst than Guild's flashier red-and-black tinged finishes from the next decade. The bound rosewood fingerboard has pearloid block inlay. This is not a flashy instrument but then and now is an excellent guitar for traditional jazz or other lower-volume styles. This is a very good bargain in a high quality, cutaway hollow-body instrument from this late-'50s era.
 
Overall length is 41 1/4 in. (104.8 cm.), 16 3/8 in. (41.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 2 3/4 in. (7 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 3/4 in. (44 mm.).

This guitar is in fine-playing condition, all original and does not show a lot of wear overall. All hardware is intact and original. The binding on the body has shrunken somewhat over the years; it has been reglued solidly but not exceptionally cleanly so there are some visible seams and small glue marks. The binding is pulled away a bit in the waist areas from shrinkage, but is not loose. None of the binding is crumbling and the guitar is completely solid to play; this is simply a cosmetic issue. The neck binding is not affected and feels great.

The original sunburst finish overall shows only light wear, with small dings and scrapes and some errant glue marks as noted. The back of the neck has an assortment of dings mostly around the first and 7-9th fret area. There are a few small lamination checks in the top and back but no cracks or damage other than the binding repairs. The original frets remain in very good shape and this is a nice-playing guitar with its own sonic character. Excellent - Condition.