Guild CE-100D Capri with Bigsby

Guild brings back the now rare CE-100D Capri, first released in the late '50s, it now comes equipped with Bigsby vibrato.

Guild CE-100D Capri

The original design was meant to rival the popular ES-175, having a slightly slimmer body that made it more convenient to play, preempting the arrival of other slimmer archtops that are now popular among musicians.

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This new production model comes at a time when demand for vintage Guild electric guitars continue to rise. They are probably attempting to sway potential vintage buyers into buying a new production model. And I can see the wisdom in this move, the new CE-100D Capri gives you the same vintage look and sound at a relatively affordable price, and you won't have to deal with problems that comes with worn out parts.

Like most archtops, this guitar features a laminated maple body. The Capri's all-maple body features an arched top and back with a comfortable 3 1/8" depth and sharp-looking Florentine cutaway, with dual f holes and elegant ivory white body binding and black/white purfling. The guitar is finished in gloss polyurethane Antigua burst to give the guitar an aged/vintage look.

The body is joined to a 3-piece mahogany/maple/mahogany neck that is carved into a vintage-style "soft U" profile. It has a rosewood fretboard with 20 frets and aged pearloid block inlays. Scale length of the guitar is 24.75", nut width is 1.65", and the fingerboard radius is 9.45".

The new CE-100D Capri comes equipped with two Anti-Hum dual-coil pickups, these are basically Guild's version of the humbucker, tweaked to provide expected hollowbody guitar tones that are useful for jazz, roots, blues, country and more. Controls include a basic 3-position toggle switch, independent volume knobs, and tone knobs for each pickup.

Other features of the guitar include parallel tone bar bracing, Grover Sta-Tite die-cast tuners, opaque plexi pickguard, bone nut, and a Guild Adjusto-matic bridge with rosewood base. The Bigsby vibrato allows for improved playing expression and at the same time adds some valuable eye candy to the instrument.

The MSRP for the new CE-100D Capri with Bigsby is $1,649.99 and it comes with a hardshell case. For more information, visit Guild Guitars.

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