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Gibson CS-336 Figured Top Electric Guitar  

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Overview
  • Carved, bookmatched, figured maple top with f-holes
  • One-piece hollowed mahogany back and rim
  • One-piece mahogany neck
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A semi-hollowbody that performs like a solidbody.

The Gibson Custom Shop CS-336 Figured Top Electric Guitar was created by Gibson's Custom, Art, & Historic Division. It's a "tonally carved" guitar with a solid mahogany carved back-and-sides unit, a carved, bookmatched, figured maple top, and a center block that is an integral part of the top and back. The shape is a scaled-down version of the Gibson ES-335, offering the player more comfort from this highly refined version of the classic. Includes hardshell case.

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Features
  • Carved, bookmatched, figured maple top with f-holes
  • One-piece hollowed mahogany back and rim
  • One-piece mahogany neck
  • Single-ply cream binding on top, back, and fingerboard
  • Nut width: 1.687"/1.062" at 12th fret
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
  • Rosewood fingerboard with pearloid dot position markers
  • Controls: 2 volume, 2 tone, 3-way selector
  • ABR bridge, stopbar tailpiece
  • '57 Classic humbuckers with nickel covers
  • Nickel hardware
  • Multi-ply bound pickguard
  • Includes case

We're talking a serious collector's item or lifetime dream guitar here. Order it now.

 
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Gibson CustomCS-336 Figured Top Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 25 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (21)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming (3)
      • Practicing (3)
      • Recording (3)
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        • Experienced (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Best guitar I've owned - PERIOD!

      Its rare that I write reviews on instruments because, like many of you, I trade 'em out too fast to ever really appreciate them. But this 336 will stay with me FOREVER -...Read complete review

      Its rare that I write reviews on instruments because, like many of you, I trade 'em out too fast to ever really appreciate them. But this 336 will stay with me FOREVER - guaranteed! While I agree with some of the other reviewers regarding the plastic nut (c'mon, put bone in there Gibson!), everything else about this guitar is absolutely stunning. I owned a 335 and sold it shortly after this guitar arrived at my door. The 336 has its own sound - sort of a mix between a Les Paul and a 335. Woody, but capable of flat out rippin' it up when necessary or mellowing out if need be. I can't believe I haven't seen more of these in player's hands, but maybe the price is holding people back a bit. Got mine as a scratch 'n dent, so it was a reasonable price for a guitar with perfect action, intonation, beauty and grace. If you've been looking for a 335 style guitar without the size, look no further. Gibson got it right with this one as far as I'm concerned. My search is over!

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      CS-336 Figured Top Electric Guitar

      After owning many quality guitars, this is the best It fits my fairly short hands. Great tone and a light, user friendly shape that is a joy to play. Poor fitting toggle switch...Read complete review

      After owning many quality guitars, this is the best It fits my fairly short hands. Great tone and a light, user friendly shape that is a joy to play. Poor fitting toggle switch and unimpressive tuners for the price. Had to sell a PRS and tele deluxe to pay for it(even though it was a scratch and dent) with no regrets. The carved top gives it unique woody sweet tonal quality. It rings out louder acoustically louder than larger 335 type guitars, has a great playing LP type neck, and a balanced tone.
      Best semi-hollw guitar I have encountered.
      Best Gibson I have played other than a 60's L5.
      Beautiful carved figured Maple top. Hardware so so, nice pups.
      High priced for me! I think most Gibson are over priced, but that has not stopped me from owning a few thanks to MF used and S&D sales.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Gibson CS 336-scary good!!

      By Nick

      from Wauwatosa, WI

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Flawless Monster Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Performing Anytime

        Comments about Gibson Custom CS-336 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

        This is simply, the BEST guitar I've ever had the pleasure to own. Artistry and craftsmanship is flawless! The guitar weight is so light when compared to a non-weight relieved Les Paul, although the guitars are similar in size.
        The '57 humbuckers through a Marshall delivers that Eric Clapton-"Beano" John Mayall Holy Grail sound. I own the Tangerine Burst CS 336. I Love It!!

        Comment on this review

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Very Sweet Guitar

        By Kevin

        from Down South , Louisiana

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Blues
            • Country
            • Jamming
            • Jazz
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock

            Comments about Gibson Custom CS-336 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

            What a sweet guitar ! I own 3 Gibson Les Paul Standards and they are very nice but I am really happy with the CS 336 , its another fine instrument from Gibson ! This guitar feels so natural in your hands , and the tone is so incredible that you can't put it down . I had to take the neck pickup out and swap the pickup mount around because someone put it in backwards and the pickup was leaning way forward , thats why I gave it 4 instead of 5 stars , ( No Attention To Detail ) c-mon Gibson , where is your Quality Assurance ? But that being said , this is still a winner and I am so glad I bought it . I will keep this guitar for as long as I live and then pass it on to my Grandchildren ! Thank you Gibson for making this model guitar , its really special , and thank you MF for making them available !

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Just feels right

            By Rockin' On

            from PA

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about Gibson Custom CS-336 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

              The CS-336 is a Les Paul without the weight. A 339 without the size. It fits in my hand and hangs on my body in just the right way. It is sophisticated and respectable but is also comfortable rockin' on. Great instrument.

              Comment on this review

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              GREAT

              By harrisguitar95

              from Salisbury, NC

              About Me Experienced

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Awesome case
              • Beautiful flame top
              • Chimey
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • High Quality
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts
                • School Bands
                • Small Venues

                Comments about Gibson Custom CS-336 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

                This is my forth Gibson, fourteenth guitar overall. The quality in this instrument is amazing. I've toured the Gibson factory in Memphis, so I've seen the quality that goes into these first hand. I was skeptical that this guitar wouldn't have much of a hollowbody sound but it does. The sensitivity and response of the pickups is amazing also.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                CS-336 Figured Top Electric Guitar

                By james severe

                from Blue Grass, Iowa

                Comments about Gibson Custom CS-336 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

                After owning many quality guitars, this is the best It fits my fairly short hands. Great tone and a light, user friendly shape that is a joy to play. Poor fitting toggle switch and unimpressive tuners for the price. Had to sell a PRS and tele deluxe to pay for it(even though it was a scratch and dent) with no regrets. The carved top gives it unique woody sweet tonal quality. It rings out louder acoustically louder than larger 335 type guitars, has a great playing LP type neck, and a balanced tone.
                Best semi-hollw guitar I have encountered.
                Best Gibson I have played other than a 60's L5.
                Beautiful carved figured Maple top. Hardware so so, nice pups.
                High priced for me! I think most Gibson are over priced, but that has not stopped me from owning a few thanks to MF used and S&D sales.

                Comment on this review

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Nothing compares to this tone!

                Comments about Gibson Custom CS-336 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

                Through the many years of my existence, I believe I have gone through just about every conceivable mid-high end guitar. This one is king! I plugged it into my Marshall Vintage Modern and I'm sure it took the angels' breath away!Sell some or all of the others you may have and get this... it truly brings out the voice of your soul... Amaaazzzing!

                Comment on this review

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Why do I have any other guitars?

                By Bucky Duster-.W3TL

                from Baltimore, MD (Music City MD)

                Comments about Gibson Custom CS-336 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

                When I first heard about this model I didn't "get it". The coverage at the time didn't make it clear what this guitar was all about. The ES-339 got my attention, but I found that the ES-339 and CS-336 are very similar but the ES-339 is made using laminates and the CS-336 is carved from solid wood (hence the price difference). My local store had a CS-336 in stock so I thought I would try it out. I couldn't put it down! I HAD TO BUY IT! This guitar has SO much soul and character. It has the "play-ability" of a Les Paul, but weighs less and with the semi-hollow body starts to really breathe when played a bit louder.This guitar does and excellent job on electric Blues, Southern Rock, Jazz, Hard Rock (even Kiss),and has the perfect character for the early Cream stuff (at least through an Orange Amp).Oh well, there goes yet another tax refund!

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                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Best guitar I've owned - PERIOD!

                By Cly Torres

                from Chicago

                Comments about Gibson Custom CS-336 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

                Its rare that I write reviews on instruments because, like many of you, I trade 'em out too fast to ever really appreciate them. But this 336 will stay with me FOREVER - guaranteed! While I agree with some of the other reviewers regarding the plastic nut (c'mon, put bone in there Gibson!), everything else about this guitar is absolutely stunning. I owned a 335 and sold it shortly after this guitar arrived at my door. The 336 has its own sound - sort of a mix between a Les Paul and a 335. Woody, but capable of flat out rippin' it up when necessary or mellowing out if need be. I can't believe I haven't seen more of these in player's hands, but maybe the price is holding people back a bit. Got mine as a scratch 'n dent, so it was a reasonable price for a guitar with perfect action, intonation, beauty and grace. If you've been looking for a 335 style guitar without the size, look no further. Gibson got it right with this one as far as I'm concerned. My search is over!

                Comment on this review

                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                CS 336

                By Jimbo-7P06k

                from Forked River, NJ

                Comments about Gibson Custom CS-336 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

                The pegs are a lil' short, so restringing takes a second longer. The action is fantastic. Like the SG getting to the 22nd fret is easy. Unlike the SG it's a beautiful ax. You can tell with my guitar that it's not production. It has flee's.

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                The Best

                By NEO

                from Chapel Hill, NC

                Comments about Gibson Custom CS-336 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

                This is an awesome guitar.....great rockabilly, blues, and jazz. Also great for bright rock power chords and effects. The workmanship is outstanding and the look is timeless. A classic.

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