A Design Over 100 Years in the Making
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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- 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.
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