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Gibson CS336 Custom Shop Figured Top Electric Guitar (with Case)

Carved from a single block of wood, this is the first tonally carved guitar. It creates a resonant and natural, wood-like tone. (44) Read 8 reviews for this product | Rate and Review This Product
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The Gibson CS-336 Custom Figured Top semi-hollowbody is a remarkable achievement in guitar construction. Over a hundred years ago, Orville Gibson envisioned a guitar with back, sides, and centerblock all carved from a single piece of wood. It wasn't until 2001 that the Gibson Custom Shop produced the CS-336, a magnificent instrument that achieves this exact goal. Beautifully capped by a figured, book-matched maple top, the CS-336 Custom is a stunning semi-hollowbody like no other.

Unique Body Design

Traditionally, semi-hollowbody guitars are constructed with separate back, sides, and centerblock. With the CS-336, all three components are carved from a single piece of mahogany. The result is a guitar with a bold tone and staggering degree of resonance. Gibson semi-hollowbodies have always been associated with rich, woody textures, and the unique body of the CS-336 only enhances these tonal characteristics. Overall, the body is a bit smaller than an ES-335 or ES-345, with a narrow upper-bout comparable to the ES-339. As with the ES-339, players have frequently applauded the added comfort and playability provided by the more compact shape.

Classic, Versatile Tone

The CS-336 Custom sings with vintage Gibson flavor. The distinct body and dual '57 Classic humbuckers provide a rich array of tones to span genres and fill venues. A semi-hollowbody through and through, the CS-336 has no lack of vintage jazz warmth with resonant low-end and bright, ringing highs. With its scaled-down body size, this Gibson projects its tone more tightly than other semi-hollowbodies, adding a little Les Paul crunch that makes this great for rock as well.

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Features:

- Compact body built from single piece of tonally carved mahogany
- Dual '57 Classic humbucker pickups
- Vintage style ABR-1 bridge with stopbar tailpiece
- 1960 slimtaper neck profile -- great for jazz playing
- Figured maple top with single-ply cream binding
- Included hardshell case and certificate of authenticity

With back, sides, and centerblock all fashioned from a single piece of mahogany, the Gibson CS-336 is a truly unique semi-hollowbody guitar. Comfortable, playable, and exquisitely finished, the CS-336 sings with rich, resonant tones. zZounds is an authorized dealer of Gibson products.
Body:

Top wood: Figured, book-matched maple

Back, rims, and centerblock are tonally carved from a single block of mahogany

Binding: Single-ply cream on top and back

Neck:

Neck construction: 1-piece mahogany

Fingerboard wood: 22 fret rosewood

Inlays: Pearloid dot

Binding: Single-ply cream

Profile: Slim taper

Scale length/Nut width: 24 3/4 in.; 1 11/16 in.

Strings: Brite Wires .010-.046

Electronics & Hardware:

Pickups: '57 Classic humbuckers

Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way switch

Hardware color: Nickel

Bridge/Tailpiece: ABR-1/Stopbar

Tuner style: Vintage tulip

Included accessories:

Custom Shop case, and Certificate of Authenticity.
Dimensions and Weight in Packaging
Shipping Weight: 32 lbs
Shipping Dimensions: 51 x 18 x 7 in
Gibson Warranty If you have additional warranty questions, please contact the manufacturer at 800-4GIBSON

Product Description

The CS-336 represents the Custom Shop's first tonally carved guitar, and the fulfillment of a goal originally set forth over 100 years ago by Gibson founder Orville Gibson: to produce an instrument with one-piece back and sides construction. The mahogany back, sides, and center piece of the CS-336 are carved from one block of wood and, when joined to the maple top, create a guitar with unsurpassed resonance and woody tone. Its scaled down body size and slim taper neck allow for more comfortable playing with no compromise in tone.
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Sound: I would place the sound of this guitar close to an ES 335 with a hint of Les Paul. With the tone controls you can really vary the sound (just like most Gibsons) Feature: Guitar has the best materials and I love the design concept. Its slightly lighter than my Les Paul 59 RI's and the tone is just as sweet and woody. You can spend a lot more money and not get a much better tone. Ease of Use: This guitar is very easy to play. No problems with set up at all. I use 10 - 52 as I tune down half a step. The only complaint I have about the playability is the tight fit of my hand in the cut-away when playing in the upper registers (above G). Quality: Once again the quality is top notch. Mine is a flamed top in tangerine burst. I always get comments on how good it looks and sounds. Value: I believe this guitar is priced correctly for the build quality, tone and design. Manufacturer Support: Never had to use it. The Wow Factor: Already stated. It's nice to look at. It has great visual appeal, sound good, is easy to play, feels good in your hands, nice and solid, like a Gibson. Overall: Actually, I am considering purchasing a CS-356 (I wish they made one with the Varitone control, like my old ES-345).
Style of Music: hard rock, classic rock, metal
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Sound: Tone for days! I play a variety of styles and this is one of the most versatile guitars I have ever had the pleasure of playing. I really can't think of a scenario that it wouldn't be suited for and no; I don't work for Gibson... Feature: Just your meat-and-potatoes Gibson 2-humbucker feature set Ease of Use: Mine came setup perfectly out of the box. No problems using it at all... Quality: Overall it's pretty much perfect with the only exception being that the pickguard has some imperfections: There are black specks in the white layers of the pickguard that appear to be cracks but upon close inspection it seems as if it was cut while hot or something and some of the black plastic melted into the white. Not a deal breaker but I wouldn't send the axe back for something like that. Perhaps Gibson will send me another pockguard. Value: It's quite pricey but reeks quality so I'd have to say yes Manufacturer Support: Just got off the phone with them about the pickguard and they offered to send me a new one, no questions asked. The Wow Factor: Awesome tone, quality of construction, verstility make this a guitar that I just can't live without. Overall: Simply put, this is the sweetest axe not only that I ever owned but also that I've ever played! I own 20 guitars including a 72 Strat, 2 PRS Custom 24's and other goodies. They've all been in their cases since this beauty arrived.
Style of Music: Blues, Rock, Jazz, Reggae, R&B, Funk
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