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1963 Guild CE-100

Serial #: 24380, Hoboken, NJ label.

Body size at lower bout: 16" Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut width: 1 10/16" Body depth: 2 7/8"

Materials: Figured slab-cut maple body; mahogany neck with adjustable truss rod; solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard; 3-ply body binding, bound fingerboard, bone nut.

Hardware: Original all chrome hardware includes harp-style tailpiece, original Guild Dog Ear P90 pickup with volume and tone control, original pickguard. Original Grover open back tuners and recent rosewood compensated bridge.

Notes: Introduced in 1956, the Guild Capri CE-100 was positioned as a direct competitor to the Gibson ES-175, but today is a much rarer model. This single pickup version (CE-100) debuted in 1959, and like the Gibson, has a 16" arched maple body, 24 3/4" scale and Florentine cutaway. With its 2 7/8" depth body, the Capri is slightly shallower than its Gibson counterpart, very easy under the arm, and anticipated by decades the slimmer body profile of the D'Aquisto-inspired electrics so popular with players today.

This immaculate guitar is a product of Guild's Hoboken, New Jersey factory, where the firm operated for its formative era from 1956 to 1969. This model has the Chesterfield style headstock, Guild pickguard, and block position markers in the solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. This example is uncannily fine condition, with its gleaming original plating and finish without cracks, pick, buckle, or fingerboard wear. Even the typical finish checking almost universal in guitars this age is absent on this stunning specimen. The guitar has a warm, appealing voice, and a slim, fast neck. A versatile model, and a best buy in a true '60s guitar, the CE-100 is an outstanding value in a hard-working classic jazz box.

Setup: The frets have been precision levelled, crowned and polished as needed; trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; string slots at nut and bridge inspected and recut as necessary; bridge foot contour inspected and fit to top as necessary; bridge radius inspected and recurved as necessary; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

This instrument is strung with medium gauge nickel strings (.010-.046). The guitar will accommodate lighter gauge strings, according to preference. String action is set at 0.060" at the 12th fret, with moderate relief for acoustic playing with medium strings. The action may be lowered or raised to your requirements with the adjustable bridge. Also includes original Gator Skin style Hard Case.

TC Ellis Guitars, Ltd., UK  

Contact name:
Tim Ellis
TC Ellis Guitars
Custom Builds, Repairs, Setups
Opening hours:
9.30-5.00 M-F 9.30-3.00 Sat

My mission is to create the highest quality electric guitar for the most affordable price.

My instruments are custom designed and hand finished in the UK to fit the precise requirements of each individual guitar player's wishes, but without the high cost you would expect see at this level of craftsmanship. I use the exact same production process as the big name guitar manufacturers, using the finest woods, electronics and hardware.

My luthiers and I have decades of hands-on guitar building and “fine tuning” which insures that our guitars deliver the best possible guitar at these incredible prices.

TONE - Vintage sensibilities come together with design innovation for tone that satisfies the most discriminating players.

STYLE - My guitars are an extension of your musical and stylistic individuality, a unique voice in a sea of clones.

VALUE - I put extensive research and development into my products to raise the level of performance. That is why my guitars are often compared to gear costing several times more.

SERVICE - A product is only as good as the people who stand behind it. My philosophy is simple: treat customers the same way I want to be treated.

I have been building, collecting & playing guitars all my life. My collection has become quite extensive ranging from Stratocasters from the 50's, 60's, and 70's to more exotic guitars such as D'angelico, D'aquisto, Zemaitis, Fender & Gibson Custom Shop, and my Birdfish made by Ulrich Teuffel shown below.

I have spent years refining techniques to make my guitars play and sound as good as possible. My guitars have to pass the basic criteria: Sound, Playability, Looks and Affordability. I utilise my collection to take precise measurements of the construction and setup from world class guitars and transfer these onto my own guitars.

The kind of setup performed on a £10,000+ Custom Guitar is the same as the setup I perform on all my guitars (see setup section) regardless of the cost of the guitar. I also perform these setups on my customers own guitars - a well setup guitar is a pleasure to play and hear.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


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