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CONN MODELS (Acoustic)

Conn manufactured several models of acoustic guitar--both classical (nylon string) and steel string. These ranged from student guitars to professional grade models.  Conn's guitars were notorious for losing their inside labels. This problem complicates attempts to identify some models. This page seeks to assist owners and prospective buyers by providing specific distinguishing characteristics that help identify a model when the label is missing or when it is unclearly marked.

CONN CLASSICAL GUITARS
Conn made at least 24 different classical (nylon-string) guitar models. Each model (with a few exceptions) can be distinguished from any other model simply by examining the rosette. The rosette is the decorative pattern on most nylon string (classical) guitars, that is inlayed around the sound hole. There are a few models that share a common rosette, but there are other distinguishing characteristics that can be used to differentiate between models.
 
DIFFERENCES
The differences begin with body style.  Almost all Conn classical guitars have a typical 'classical' body shape--built to normal classical guitar dimensions. But there were a few models that had reduced-size bodies--with corresponding reduced size neck width. Those models were intended for smaller frame players such as younger students or persons with small frames. Those student guitars are referred to in the descriptions, where applicable, with a letter S in parenthesis (S).
 
The second biggest difference between classical guitars is in their rosette design. Rosettes are shown below with their corresponding model numbers.  Some of the rosettes are very similar but for the most part each has a very distinct difference from one to the other. Where the rosettes are the same for some models, other differences are noted below.
 
If you think that one rosette is exactly like another, you may not be looking closely. You have to sometimes examine the rosette very carefully to see the subtle differences.
 
Classical Models (S=Student models)

C-7

C-7a

C-7e

C-8

C-9

C-10

C-11

C-19

C-20

C-21

C-23

C-30

C-31

C-33

C-40

C-40 (S)

C-40Q

C-60

C-100

C-200

C-300

C-400 (S)

C-400Q (S)

G-100 

1000

 

 

 

CONN C-7

(Pre-1978)

and

CONN C-8

A DISTINGUISHING DIFFERENCE IS SHOWN BELOW.

Although there are other differences, this single difference is enough to distinguish between these two models when the rosette is the same..

CONN C-7 HAS A WOOD-GRAIN HEADSTOCK FACEPLATE.

CONN C-8 HAS A BLACK HEADSTOCK FACEPLATE

 

 CONN C-7

(1978 Only) The rosette for the C-7 was changed for the 1978 model.

Two photos are included (colors may not be accurate here)

 

CONN C-7A, C-7E

Other differences that distinguish a C-7A from C-7E are unknown at this time.

CONN C-9, C-20, C-200

All three of these models shared the same design rosette. Differences between these models are shown immediately below this first rosette photo.

 

OTHER DISTINGUISHING DIFFERENCES BELOW:

A model C-9 can be distinguished from a model C-20 by the type of wood used in the sides and back.  C-9 has a mahogany back and sides, whereas C-20 has rosewood back and sides. The C-9 also has a rather plain bridge and a one-piece back, while the C-20 has an inlaid bridge and two-piece back with a lightly-colored strip--separating the halves. Other differences that distinguish a C-20 from C-200 are unknown at this time. See photos below.

C-9 Guitar side is shown here. It is mahogany.

A C-20 and C-200 guitar sides are rosewood (C-20 shown here). They are noticeably distinctive in terms of the rich contrasting reds of rosewood.

 

The C-9 bridge is simple, with white material lining the front and back, and wood between.

 

The C-20 and C-200 bridges have a decorative inlay on the top between the front and back of the bridge.

The C-9 has a plain one-piece back of mahogany.

The C-20/C-200 model has a light strip between two book-matched halves of distinctive rosewood.

 

CONN C-10 (shown), C-100

Both the C-10 and C-100 have the same rosette. Other differences that distinguish a C-10 from C-100 are unknown at this time.

CONN C-11

CONN C-19

No examples of a C-19 are currently available--check back later

CONN C-20

Models C-20 and C-200 share the same rosette design as the C-9. (See model C-9 above).

There are other differences between model C-9 and models C-20/C-200 which are found illustrated there. However, differences that distinguish model C-20 from model C-200 are unknown at this time.

CONN C-21

 

CONN C-23

No examples of a model C-23 are currently available--check back later

CONN C-30

At first glance, you may think this looks like C-9. But take a close look, and compare the innermost and the outermost bands of the rosettes.

CONN C-31

CONN C-33

No examples of a model C-33 are currently available--check back later

CONN C-40 (S)

Same as C-10 and C-100, but can be distinguished by both the fretboard lap AND the fact that this guitar is noticeably smaller than a typical classical guitar.

CONN C-40Q (S) / C-400 (S) / C-400Q (S)

CONN C-60

(Only one known to exist)

CONN C-100

Same as C-10, other differences are unknown at this time.

CONN C-200

Same as C-9, C-20

CONN C-300

Same as C-30

 CONN C-400

Same as C-40Q

 CONN C-400Q

Same as C-40Q

 CONN G-100

 CONN 1000

Same rosette as C-8

 

Distinguishing differences:  Sides/Back of C-8 are Mahogany

Sides/Back of 1000 are unknown rosewood (Brazilian? Jacaranda?)

C-8 has mahogany back and sides.

Model 1000 has distinctive grain back and sides, appearing to be some type of highly-figured rosewood.

 

 
 
CONN STEEL-STRING (FOLK) GUITARS
Conn made at least 38 different steel-string guitar models.  Each model (with a few exceptions) can be distinguished from any other model through unique design characteristics.
 
DIFFERENCES
The differences begin with body style. Some Conn guitars have a Dreadnaught (D) style body which is larger than the other style--the smaller "Grand Concert" (GC) body.  Main differences between those two styles are shown here:
Other differences may range from different rosettes, to different faceplates on headstock, to trim and binding. The differences are sometimes very subtle, but they do differentiate the models. One model may be exactly like another, with only a difference in color of a pick guard or head-stock face plate. Conn models were notorious for the label adhesive failing and labels falling out. Many models are out there and are missing their labels, and are only identifiable from these criteria.
 
Known Steel-String Models
Dreadnought (D) Body & Grand Concert (GC) Body

F-5 (D)

F-7 (GC)

F-8 (Korea)

F-9 (GC)

F-10 (D)

F-11 (GC)

F-12

F-15 (D)

F-15M (D)

F-18 (GC)

F-20 (D)

F-21 (D)

F-21SB (D)

F-23 (D)

F-25 (D)

F-27 (D)

F-27CH (D)

F-28 (D)

F-29 (D)

F-31 (D)

F-33 (D)

F-35 (D)

F-60 (D)

F-70 (D)

F-100 (D)

F-200 (D)

B-70* (D)

 

*Only one B70 is known to exist, but there may be others.
 
Acoustic-Electric
(1978 or later)
F-2A F-2BE F-2BES
12-String
All 12-String models are the same body size, which is a modified (larger) dreadnought.

F-30

F-312

F-1212 

F-1512

F-2112

F-2712

F-65

F-75

 


F-2A

F2A has a laminated spruce top

F-2A has a painted-on, 1978-style logo and headstock shape

F-2A has a composite back, with a single volume control at the top.

F-2BE

Not distinguishable from F-2A

Unknown distinguishing features.

F-2BE also has a composite back.

F-2BES

F-2BES is same as F-2BE, except the last letter S in the model signifies SUNBURST (top color).

F-2BES has the same headstock as F-2BE and F-2A

F-2BES has the same composite back, with single volume knob.

CONN F-5

Folk Body, 1978 Only

To be identified as a F-5, guitar must have these characteristics.

CONN F-7 Folk Body

 

CONN F-8

 

CONN F-9

 

CONN F-10

 

CONN F-100

 

CONN F-11

 

CONN F-12

 

CONN F-1212

 

CONN F-15

 

CONN F-1512

 

CONN F-15M

 

CONN F-18

 

 

CONN F-20

 

CONN F-200

 

CONN F-21

 

CONN F-21SB

 

CONN F-2112

 

CONN F-23

 

CONN F-25

 

CONN F-27

 

CONN F-27CH

 

CONN F-2712

 

CONN F-28

 

CONN F-29

 

CONN F-30

 

CONN F-31

 

CONN F-312

 

CONN F-33

 

CONN F-35

 

CONN F-60

 

CONN F-65

 

 

CONN F-70

 

CONN F-75

 

CONN F-