Gibson Custom CS-356 - Vintage Sunburst, Bigsby No Longer Available

Semi-hollowbody Electric Guitar with Mahogany Body, Maple Top, Mahogany Neck, Richlite Fingerboard, Two Humbuckers, Bigsby, and Hard Case - Vintage Sunburst
Item ID: CS356BgSb

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Drool-worthy 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 has back, sides, and center block carved from a single block of mahogany, and shaped like a classic Gibson archtop. When joined to the luscious carved maple top, you get a guitar with unsurpassed resonance and tone. Its scaled-down body size and slim-taper neck give you incredible playing comfort, and its two humbuckers serve up mountains of scrumptious tone and robust sustain. Don't forget the Bigsby vibrato. 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 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. When you take the stage with the CS-356 all eyes will be on you.

A thoroughbred racehorse of a guitar

If you like the classic look and sound of the ES-335, with its elegantly carved top, 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 Slim-Taper 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 three-way toggle selector. A Bigsby vibrato gives you unparalleled control of bends, dips, and warbles that add attitude and life to your performances. The hardware is gold-plated, and the body is adorned with multi-ply white/black binding on top and back. The mahogany neck is capped with a 22-fret Richlite fingerboard with pearloid block inlays, while vintage-style 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
  • Dip, dive, and warble with a Bigsby vibrato
  • A pair of '57 Classic pickups offer full-range tones perfect for all styles of music
  • Smaller size is extremely comfortable
  • Smooth and fast SlimTaper neck profile
  • 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 CS356VSBG1

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