Classic gear: Gibson CF-100E

Gibson CF-100E
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Something of a hidden gem on the vintage market, the CF-100E has attracted the attention of several prominent musicians over the years including Jackson Browne and Bob Dylan, while, more recently, J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr was snapped with a CF-100E when we caught up with him on tour last year following his Elastic Days release. 

The Evolution of the Gibson CF-100E

1942 LG-2 released (same 141/8-inch  body width)  
1950 CF-100 released (c. 325 shipped)  
1951 CF-100E released; 19-fret neck  
1952 Peak production (c.250 shipped)  
1953 c.165 shipped  
1955 20-fret neck; c.100 shipped  
1959 Discontinued (c.55 shipped)  
1994 Centennial Collection 1950 CF-100E (limited run of 100)  2007 Custom Shop CF-100E (maple body)  
2014 Custom Shop Tamio  Okuda CF-100E (Japan)

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Rod Brakes

Rod Brakes is a music journalist with an expertise in guitars. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a writer covering artists, industry pros and gear includes contributions for leading publications and websites such as Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar WorldGuitar Player and MusicRadar in addition to specialist music books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.