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1982 Gibson Chet Atkins CEC Cutaway Electric Classical Guitar SOLD

Price: CDN $1450
US Price: US $1154.73
*US dollar exchange varies daily
Class: Vintage
S/N: 83012502, dates to October 28 1982 at the Gibson Nashville plant.
The Gibson Chet Atkins CEC, built from 1981 to 2005 is very similar to the Chet Atkins CE - the difference being an ebony fingerboard and 2-inch wide nut.

In the late 1970's, Chet Atkins apparently approached Gibson with a prototype of a solidbody nylon string guitar. By this time Chet was frequently performing with nylon string guitars and these are problematic at stage volumes. The Gibson Chet Atkins CE and Gibson Chet Atkins CEC appeared in 1981, with the difference in fingerboard targeting those who were coming from a steel-string background (and wanted a narrower fingerboard) and those coming from a classical background.

In 1987, the concept was extended to steel string guitars and the Gibson Chet Atkins SST appeared.

The Gibson Chet Atkins CE and CEC were very influential guitars and while they are no longer produced, others, notably Godin, have adopted the design. The Godin Multiac is based heavily on this design, but carries a number of improvements.

This 1982 example is in good working order, with play wear on the top. A brown rectangular hardshell case is included.

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