Gibson Custom CS-356 with Bigsby - Ebony No Longer Available

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Maple Top, Mahogany Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, Two Humbuck, Bigsby Tremolo, and Hardshell Case - Enoy
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Premium Semi-hollowbody with a Bigsby

The Gibson Custom CS-356 will blow you away. An upscale version of the Gibson Custom CS-336 with gold hardware and premium appointments, this exquisite semi-hollowbody electric guitar with a Bigsby has its back and sides carved from a single block of mahogany and is shaped like a classic Gibson archtop. When joined to the carved maple top and center block, you get a guitar with unsurpassed resonance and tone. Its scaled-down body size and SlimTaper neck give you incredible playing comfort, and its two humbuckers serve up mountains of scrumptious tone and robust sustain. If you prefer a smaller-body guitar, but crave the warm, unique tone only an archtop can give you, Sweetwater has your axe: the Gibson Custom CS-356.

Gibson Custom CS-356 Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar at a Glance:

  • You get the visuals of a hollowbody and the comfort and performance of a solidbody

  • A thoroughbred racehorse of a guitar
  • This axe has the goods to take your music anywhere it wants to go
You get the visuals of a hollowbody and the comfort and performance of a solidbody

The CS-356 semi-hollowbody electric guitar is the result of over 40 years of Gibson Custom Shop R&D. Gibson's Custom Art and Historic division provides a fertile atmosphere for a select group of inspired artisans to carry on Gibson's century-old tradition of creating exquisite, investment-quality instruments that represent the highest standards of imaginative design and masterful craftsmanship. Gibson introduced the first semi-hollowbody electric guitar in 1958, and ever since, the company's luthiers have been perfecting the concept of mating the classic visuals of a hollowbody with the comfort and performance of a solidbody guitar. Making its debut in 2001, the CS-356 is the fruit of that quest, and it's a beauty.

A thoroughbred racehorse of a guitar

If you like the classic look and sound of the ES-335, Gibson's Custom Shop has a big treat for you. Endowed with the same body lines, the CS-356 is scaled down to give you solidbody-style comfort. Its neck sports the SlimTaper profile of iconic 1960s Gibson guitars, giving you an ideal platform for fast fretting, while the 24.75" scale length gives you the slinkiness to facilitate effortless string bending. The CS-356 may be a handmade guitar, but high technology has a hand in it as well. To ensure an ultra-precise setup, incredibly accurate intonation, and "just right" feel, your CS-356 is adjusted by one of Gibson's state-of-the-art Plek Pro machines before it leaves the Custom Shop.

This axe has the goods to take your music anywhere it wants to go

The overall body size of the Gibson Custom CS-356 is a comfortable 13" wide, 16" long, and 1-11/16" deep, giving you a guitar that feels just right, whether you're playing standing or seated. Cranking out a universe of tone are two Gibson '57 Classic humbuckers (serving up everything from warm and clear, to blistering full-shred) routed through the classic Gibson arrangement of two volume and two tone pots and a 3-way toggle selector. A Bigsby tremolo gives you control over string dives, dips, and warbles to embellish your playing. The hardware is gold-plated, and the body is adorned with multi-ply white/black binding on the top and back. The one-piece mahogany neck is capped with a 22-fret rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlays, while vintage-syle tulip tuners complete the look. With its premium workmanship, materials, and inspired design, the Gibson Custom CS-356 has the goods to take your music anywhere it wants to go.

Gibson Custom CS-356 Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar Features:

  • An upscale version of the Gibson Custom CS-336 with gold hardware and premium appointments

  • Color: Ebony
  • 1960 SlimTaper neck profile
  • '57 Classic humbucking pickups
  • Controls: two volume, two tone,
  • Bigsby tremolo
  • Gold-plated hardware
  • Included: hardshell case, certificate of authenticity, custom care kit
The Gibson Custom CS-356: the ultimate convergence of archtop and solidbody!

Tech Specs

Manufacturer Part Number CS356FCBG1

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See also: Semi Hollows, Gibson Custom, Gibson Custom Semi-hollowbody Guitars