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Gibson Custom 2014 CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar

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The Gibson Custom Shop CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar is not only a versatile tone machine, it's also a musical dream come true.Since the first s...Click To Read More About This Product

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The realization of a guitar fantasy.

The Gibson Custom Shop CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar is not only a versatile tone machine, it's also a musical dream come true.

Since the first semi-hollow ES-335 was released in 1958, Gibson has had the ultimate goal of producing a semi-hollow guitar whose back, center block, and rims would be carved from one piece of wood. In 2001, the Custom Shop realized that dream with the introduction of the CS-336, a guitar whose warm, woody sound and scaled-down body size are the perfect combination of comfort and tone.

With the introduction of the CS-356, a guitar with the same deep tone and comfortable feel but with an extended array of upscale appointments, the Custom Shop has created a big brother for the CS-336.

It features a luxurious AAA figured, book-matched maple top; single-piece solid mahogany back, sides, and center block; slim-taper, one-piece mahogany neck; glassy-smooth, 22-fret Richlite fingerboard; rich pearl block inlays; '57 Classic humbuckers; and stopbar tailpiece. The neck and body are fully bound, and all hardware is gold finished for a classy and sophisticated appearance. Includes case.

FEATURES
AAA figured, book-matched maple top
Back, rims, and center block are carved from a single block of mahogany
Multi-ply white/black binding on top and back
One-piece mahogany neck
22-fret Richlite fingerboard
Pearl block inlays
Single-ply white binding on neck
Slim taper neck profile
Scale length: 24-3/4"
Nut width: 1-11/16"
Electronics & Hardware:
'57 Classic humbuckers
2 volume, 2 tone controls
3-way pickup selector switch
Gold hardware
ABR-1 stopbar tailpiece
Tortoiseshell pickguard
Vintage tulip tuners
Brite Wires strings: .010-.046
Includes case

A master-class instrument of incredible craftsmanship with a warm voice and surpassing value. Order yours now.

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Gibson CustomCS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 15 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

A beautiful Custom Guitar but . . .

It?s a beautiful guitar with great action and versatile sound due to good construction and electronics. It?s a scaled-down ES 355 with a figured top, and no stereo or varitone. The...Read complete review

It?s a beautiful guitar with great action and versatile sound due to good construction and electronics. It?s a scaled-down ES 355 with a figured top, and no stereo or varitone. The one-piece sides, back, and center-block give it uniqueness and quality. Also ES 355s are unwieldy; so the smaller size is a good thing. Unless you?re as big as BB King you?ll look like you?re playing your daddy?s guitar when holding a full-sized ES. It should have been available with varitone. It would have been more versatile and more reminiscent of a 355. Quality was rated 8 because on mine the gold plating on the Bixby is wearing through in places where it?s never touched. The inside surfaces of the F-holes are rough; they pull fuzz off the polish cloth when wiped down. Also, any sweat on your hands will cause the cherry finish to bleed onto the binding turning it pink. The guitar comes with a note saying Gibson purposely used these dyes because they are ?more original? and that bleeding onto the binding can not be considered a manufacturing defect. Sorry, I don?t buy that.The value?s a 7 because at the price with the Bixby, the bleeding finish, F-holes and, thin gold plating should not be issues.

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Beautiful guitar

This is a great guitar and it ought to be at the price. My brother owns one and about the only thing I'd say negative about it is that the set up wasn't very...Read complete review

This is a great guitar and it ought to be at the price. My brother owns one and about the only thing I'd say negative about it is that the set up wasn't very good for a guitar that was this price. After a month or two he sent it home with me to do a proper setup. After a half hour or so it played like a dream. The guys at the custom shop could have spent another 15 minutes setting it up properly at this price.

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(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

A beautiful Custom Guitar but . . .

By OKC

from Oklahoma City

Comments about Gibson Custom CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

It?s a beautiful guitar with great action and versatile sound due to good construction and electronics. It?s a scaled-down ES 355 with a figured top, and no stereo or varitone. The one-piece sides, back, and center-block give it uniqueness and quality. Also ES 355s are unwieldy; so the smaller size is a good thing. Unless you?re as big as BB King you?ll look like you?re playing your daddy?s guitar when holding a full-sized ES. It should have been available with varitone. It would have been more versatile and more reminiscent of a 355. Quality was rated 8 because on mine the gold plating on the Bixby is wearing through in places where it?s never touched. The inside surfaces of the F-holes are rough; they pull fuzz off the polish cloth when wiped down. Also, any sweat on your hands will cause the cherry finish to bleed onto the binding turning it pink. The guitar comes with a note saying Gibson purposely used these dyes because they are ?more original? and that bleeding onto the binding can not be considered a manufacturing defect. Sorry, I don?t buy that.The value?s a 7 because at the price with the Bixby, the bleeding finish, F-holes and, thin gold plating should not be issues.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Really fits well. Love the idea of a carved guitar

By JimFordMusic-Kbnt3

from Seattle, WA

Comments about Gibson Custom CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

This is as good as they say. It is so beautiful and unique. I play the double bass and other orchestra stringed instruments. The bass has an ebony fingerboard and is also carved, each has a big influence over tone. For the 356 to have both features is significant in the electric guitar world. All sound starts with the acoustics first and then gets amplified. This guitar has the raw materials to deliver to the amp. It can get a warm and deep jazz sound, as well as Rock-a-billy, blues, and high gain rock. I wanted a guitar that had no limits in sound shaping and I believe this one is it. I have had it for over tow years now and it blows away anything else I have played.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Lefty Custom Shop 356

By Lefty 356

from California

Comments about Gibson Custom CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

I absolutely Love this guitar. Any quality lefties are almost impossible to find. This being a Custom Shop, it truly sets it apart from the vast majority of other offerings. The body size is much smaller than the other similar body styles. The biggest surprise was the relatively light weight of the guitar. The balance is PERFECT !! The neck is great for smaller hands, and the ebony fretboard feels like silk. The flamed AAA top on mine ( black ) will cause envy among other guitarists. I did switch to some Dunlop strap locks though. Dropping it would cause nightmares. If you are looking for Les Paul tone, and the added benefit of tones more akin to blues, then your search is over!! This thing stands head and shoulders above anything else that Gibson offers!!!!!

(3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Exceptional guitar

By James Foster

from Glenview, IL

Comments about Gibson Custom CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

This is far more guitar than I'm worthy of ... but don't try to get it out of my hands.
I've always liked - and played Gibson guitars, but never been a big fan of the Gibson tuner. They seem to work fine and they're smooth, but they just look kind of ... cheap. All the controls are smooth and solid.
Everything is exceptional. Fit and finish are flawless. The figured top just radiates through the faded cherry finish.
It's difficult for me to judge the value. Obviously I feel it was worth what I paid. The craftsmanship and materials are extraordinary. Most of it's price comes out as it's played. I think the price is at - or toward the top of the sweet spot where it's going mostly into the sound and playability. When you start going higher, I think you're paying for decoration or someone's name on it. So bang for the buck, this is great.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Beautiful guitar

By Simple Man-h5wcD

from DFW TX

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Comments about Gibson Custom CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

This is a great guitar and it ought to be at the price. My brother owns one and about the only thing I'd say negative about it is that the set up wasn't very good for a guitar that was this price. After a month or two he sent it home with me to do a proper setup. After a half hour or so it played like a dream. The guys at the custom shop could have spent another 15 minutes setting it up properly at this price.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Supurb tone and playability

By Mildog74

from Martinsburg , Wva

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Comments about Gibson Custom CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

I just purchased mine in June. It required a professional set-up as I was inexperienced with the tone-a-matic bridge. After that was done, it is a extrordinay guitar, in tone and operation. Beautiful to behold. I changed the strings to a set of gibson 10's. I felt so good about this guitar I've ordered a new amp.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Play it All!!!

By Uvibtrato

from Middletown, NJ

Comments about Gibson Custom CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

This Guitar is amazing.... Play everthing from Led Zep to BB King. In simple terms "It plays like butter" The Cherry really shows the craftmanship of the wood. It might take the 1st place of my VOS 57 Les Paul.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Gibson CS-356

By clayville

from Bywater

Comments about Gibson Custom CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

Exceptionally well-built, versatile and beautifully appointed, this guitar is the perfect dream hybrid offering every sound between the classic Les Paul heft and the mellowness of the larger ES 335 style which it resembles. The range of tones available is outstanding, and it is more comfortable to play.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

CS 356

By Kempo48

from Salem, IL

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Comments about Gibson Custom CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

It came with a screw out of the jack plate. The screw came out in the case and I've got little chiped places in the finish. Major problem for the looks.The intonation was not correct on one single string. Minor adjustment. Action was perfect.Sounds great, plays great and except for some dings because of the lost screw (that really only hurt me) it is a great addition to my collection.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

love at first sight

By Doov

from Sydney Australia

Comments about Gibson Custom CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

A truely great guitar. On receipt though, the set up was average, but after raising the action and adjusting tonation, its a killer. Some minor checking on the top, but you've gotta look real close to see it. Paid top dollar down-under (Australia), but no regrets as I feel it has tremedous collector value and in time should be worth considerbly more. My strat is still my main palying guitar, but only cause I don't want to ding this beauty. Oh and the sustain , it just hangs round for a lifetime....yeh baby....

 
5.0

2nd best guitar i ever played

By rocco

from riley twp., mi.

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • light weight, but still has a great sound
  • Solid Electronics
  • the quilted maple top is beautiful

Cons

  • none

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    Comments about Gibson Custom CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

    all i do is sit in any more. retired from entertaining 6 yrs. ago. sold my bb king and bought the cs356. i love it. i'm 67 yrs old , been playing guitar since 1964. best neck i ever played on was an iceman japan 1972, but i sure looked stupid playing that on stage. i don't regret selling it , and i made an excellent choice purchasing the cs356. the bbking was great, but heavy as a boat anchor.

    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Looks and sounds great

    By Anonymous

    from Undisclosed

    Comments about Gibson Custom CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

    I bought this and I am avery happy with it.

     
    5.0

    superb

    By Retro Bassman

    from Nashville, TN

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    Comments about Gibson Custom CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

    Incredible guitar....superb sound and smooth/fast neck and fretboard...prettiest guitar you just about ever have seen

     
    5.0

    I found the one

    By Music Freak

    from Indianapolis, Indiana

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    Comments about Gibson Custom CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

    From my first Takamine acoustic handed to me in 1977, I have been in love with guitars. I have owned Gibsons, Taylors and Music Man guitars and I have been searching for that perfect axe for a while now. I found it when I opened the case to my CS-356. Take a bow Gibson Custom Shop for this guitar is flawless. My hands are small so the neck is perfect. The tone range is incredible through my Fender Cyber-Twin and the setup is just right from the Custom Shop. I have three guitars now and this one will see a lot of play. If you can, spend the money. It's worth the investment. I played a lot of guitars before I bought this one and trust me this is a sweet instrument that will burn it down when asked.

     
    5.0

    Amazing

    By No Fly Zone

    from Coeur d'Alene, ID

    Comments about Gibson Custom CS-356 Figured Top Electric Guitar:

    The tone, accompanied by the fast action and the killer looks makes this guitar the best i've ever played

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