The Guild CE-100 Capri was a fully hollow deep body electric acoustic guitar, perfect for jazz and blues. It was the first Guild guitar model to feature a Florentine or "Old World" cutaway. It was a successful model and remained in the Guild catalog continually between 1956 and 1984, although changing a little over the course of its production. Most of these changes were also evident in other Guild models; pickups changed throughout the decades (most notably to Guild humbuckers in 1963), the scale was lengthened for a few years in the 1970s, and the mahogany neck was switched to maple from 1976. There were actually two models, the single pickup CE-100 and dual pickup CE-100D; other than pickups and related controls, these guitars were identical.
The most similar instrument to the Capri was the Gibson ES-125C (single pickup) or ES-125CD (double pickup). Both had approximately the same body dimensions, materials (depending on year), necks, scale (again, depending on year) and price.
The Epiphone Sorrento, ES-125T and Guild T-100 are again very similar, although thinline, rather than full body versions.
The 'D' was dropped after the single pickup version was deleted.
|Pickups||One single coil pickup: initially a Franz soapbar, then briefly a DeArmond, before changing to a Guild humbucker in 1963.||As the CE-100, but with two pickups. Additionally, new model Guild HB-1 pickups were fitted in the 1980s.|
|Body||Maple top, back and sides. Width 16 3/8", length 20 1/4", depth 2 7/8"|
|Neck||Three-piece mahogany laminate, changing to three-piece maple in the late 1970s. Rosewood fingerboard with block pearl inlays, Chesterfield inlay.|
|Scale||24 3/4", although the 1975 and 1978 Guild catalogue state a scale length of 25 5/8" - changing back to 24 3/4" for the 1982 Guild catalog.|
|Hardware||Harp tailpiece, rosewood bridge, Waverly, Grover StaTite or Japanese-made (no name) tuning keys.|
|Finishes||Sunburst, blonde, black (1956-58 only)|
The Guild CE-100 was pitched around the same price as the Gibson ES-125C. Prices in 1969 were as follows:
|Guild T-100 (thinline)||$255|
|Gibson ES-125TCD (thinline)||$355|
|Guild T-100D (thinline)||$310|
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