From Gibson –
“Classic, Gibson Custom appointments adorn these CS-356 model guitars, each featuring carved and chambered solid woods for the deepest archtop tones in a deceptive ES-style package. The compact body shape is well-balanced and resists feedback while remaining extremely resonant, amplified by a pair of singing ’57 Classic humbuckers. In both beauty and brawn, these Gibson Custom CS-356 guitars reign supreme.”
A natural evolution of the legendary ES-335, this Custom Shop beauty features the same deep, rich tone but adds even more playability and comfort. With this model, Gibson accomplished their goal of crafting a semi-hollow guitar whose back, centre block and rims are carved from one piece of wood. And the top is a solid piece of beautiful figured maple – not laminated like the 335 or 339. The gold pickup covers and hardware add a classy look.
Brand: Gibson Custom Shop
Model: CS-356 Gloss
Top Wood: AAA Figured Solid Maple
Body Wood: Tonally Carved Mahogany Back
Neck Wood: 1-Piece Mahogany
Neck Shape: 1960 Slim Taper
Fingerboard Radius: 12″
Inlays: Mother-of-Pearl Block
Scale Length: 24 3/4″
Width at Nut: 1 11/16″
Binding: Multi-Ply Cream Binding on Top and Back
Pickups: ’57 Classic Humbucking
Controls: 2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-Way Switch
Hardware : Gold
Tuners: Vintage Tulip
This is a very lightly used and quite rare Gibson Custom Shop ES 356. In great shape and has been looked after well. It features a gorgeous hand selected solid figured maple top, and plays like a dream. This guitar has a small blemish near the upper F-Hole, which has been touched up. Apart from that and a little swirling on the pickguard, this guitar presents in excellent condition.
Comes with its original Gibson Custom Shop Historic hard case, Certificate of Authenticity, polish cloth and tags.