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#21 User is offline   JM2112 

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 07:24 PM

View Postcapmaster, on 06 December 2013 - 07:17 PM, said:

[blush] Sorry, must have overlooked this topic somehow...

Congrats, beautiful guitar, and glad it keeps on impressing you! [thumbup]

I think it may be the very entity of a good guitar that it's surprising you time after time with what your playing may create. You're lucky to own such an inspiring tool for your music I believe. :)


Thanks!!! [smile]

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Posted 06 December 2013 - 07:30 PM

View PostJM2112, on 06 December 2013 - 07:24 PM, said:

Thanks!!! [smile]

There's no mistaking when a guitar "speaks" to you. You just can't put it down, and you can't walk away without buying it.

This is a proof for an old saying: A fine soliloquy takes a good dialogue partner.
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Posted 06 December 2013 - 07:52 PM

View Postcapmaster, on 06 December 2013 - 07:30 PM, said:

This is a proof for an old saying: A fine soliloquy takes a good dialogue partner.


Very true, indeed!!! [thumbup]
Electric Guitars:
Gibson Les Paul Custom: Limited Run Faded Tobacco Burst
Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom
Gibson SG Standard
Gibson CS356
Gibson ES359
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Martin GPCPA1
Martin OMC-16OGTE
Martin D12-28
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Marshall DSL

"There are no bad notes, only bad choices."

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 10:08 AM

I love my 356! It has to be one of the best models that Gibson makes. Most people seem unaware of them. It probably doesn't help that its not listed on their web site.

Mine looks really good sitting next to my Les Paul Custom. Not twin sisters, but both are beautiful.

I developed tennis elbow in my fretting arm back in July. This really put a damper on my guitar playing. I can play for maybe 10 minutes or so before I have to stop. As much as I love my 356, I'm finding that I'm more comfortable right now with a fatter neck. So, I'm staying away from the 356 until this clears up. It's a shame because its a fantastic guitar.

Enjoy yours. It may be one of the best guitar models made period.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 10:24 AM

View PostSpoonful, on 07 December 2013 - 10:08 AM, said:

I love my 356! It has to be one of the best models that Gibson makes. Most people seem unaware of them. It probably doesn't help that its not listed on their web site.

Mine looks really good sitting next to my Les Paul Custom. Not twin sisters, but both are beautiful.

I developed tennis elbow in my fretting arm back in July. This really put a damper on my guitar playing. I can play for maybe 10 minutes or so before I have to stop. As much as I love my 356, I'm finding that I'm more comfortable right now with a fatter neck. So, I'm staying away from the 356 until this clears up. It's a shame because its a fantastic guitar.

Enjoy yours. It may be one of the best guitar models made period.


I'm not the most knowledgeable person when it comes to the ES style models, so I had no idea this guitar model even existed until I found it. I looked all around Gibson's web site for information on it and found nothing. I guess it's kind of like an off menu special at a fine restaurant. ;)

I've been looking for a while to add an ES model to my collection, but I've never felt comfortable with the larger sized bodies. So this one really fit nicely with the scaled down body. If I had to select only one guitar, it would be this CS356. I don't think I could have found a finer guitar in every respect. [thumbup]

Sorry about your elbow. Mine flares from time to time, too. This getting older stuff kind of sucks... ;)
Electric Guitars:
Gibson Les Paul Custom: Limited Run Faded Tobacco Burst
Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom
Gibson SG Standard
Gibson CS356
Gibson ES359
Acoustic Guitars:
Martin GPCPA1
Martin OMC-16OGTE
Martin D12-28
Amps:
Marshall DSL

"There are no bad notes, only bad choices."

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 02:47 PM

Gibson used to mention the 356 on their 336 page. They are related with the 356 being the higher level version of the 336. Now, even that mention is gone.

They still make them. I believe they have replaced the ebony fretboard with something else though. Glad I got mine a few years ago before the whole wood fiasco happened. Heck, none of the shops around me have ever stocked one, so chances of playing a new one to see what its like are slim to none. Who knows, maybe the new ones are on par with the old ones.

I took a risk when I ordered mine without having to be able to play it before hand. I already had an ES-339 at the time, so I was prepared for something similar. So glad I took the chance. When it showed up at the shop, I unpacked it and plugged it in, played it for about 5 minutes and I knew it was something special. I couldn't wait to get it home! Plays fantastic, has a unique voice all its own and the construction we flawless. It's a prized possession.

They do come up for sale used every now and then. I'm always tempted to snag another one. But I think maybe a CS-336 would be an interesting alternative. Same construction, without the bling.

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 03:01 PM

View PostSpoonful, on 07 December 2013 - 02:47 PM, said:

Gibson used to mention the 356 on their 336 page. They are related with the 356 being the higher level version of the 336. Now, even that mention is gone.

They still make them. I believe they have replaced the ebony fretboard with something else though. Glad I got mine a few years ago before the whole wood fiasco happened. Heck, none of the shops around me have ever stocked one, so chances of playing a new one to see what its like are slim to none. Who knows, maybe the new ones are on par with the old ones.

I took a risk when I ordered mine without having to be able to play it before hand. I already had an ES-339 at the time, so I was prepared for something similar. So glad I took the chance. When it showed up at the shop, I unpacked it and plugged it in, played it for about 5 minutes and I knew it was something special. I couldn't wait to get it home! Plays fantastic, has a unique voice all its own and the construction we flawless. It's a prized possession.

They do come up for sale used every now and then. I'm always tempted to snag another one. But I think maybe a CS-336 would be an interesting alternative. Same construction, without the bling.


If it's still being made it's likely the ebony fret board was replaced with richlite. That may cause some people to turn away, but I have no issue with it. I've got richlite on a Martin acoustic guitar that I bought in 2010, and I love it. The only way to tell the difference between the two is that richlite has no pores in the wood, and you've got to get very close to see either way. Otherwise, it's just a perception issue. I understand folks have a preference for some things, but I've yet to see any quality, tonal, or playability differences.

If you're interested in another there's a CS356 in honey burst and a CS336 in vintage sunburst on Guitar Center's used guitar web site. The honey burst looks DARN SWEET!!! [smile]

Since the CS336 is very similar to the CS356 I've been kind of keeping an eye out for an ES359 since that uses the laminate body where the CS356 is routed from a single piece of wood. I would expect the ES359 to have a brighter tone, but as long as it's different I would be happy to have it.
Electric Guitars:
Gibson Les Paul Custom: Limited Run Faded Tobacco Burst
Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom
Gibson SG Standard
Gibson CS356
Gibson ES359
Acoustic Guitars:
Martin GPCPA1
Martin OMC-16OGTE
Martin D12-28
Amps:
Marshall DSL

"There are no bad notes, only bad choices."

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 04:26 PM

I'm holding off any new guitar purchases until the tennis elbow clear up (soon, I hope). If I can't cope with the slimmer neck profiles after that, well, I guess I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

I have an ES 339 fat neck which is related to the 359. It is the woodiest sounding semi-hollow I own. I've played a few 359's and they were pretty nice. They don't sound like either the 356 or the 339. Just don't get the same finish as you have on the 359 or you might have trouble remembering which one is which. [smile]

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Posted 07 December 2013 - 04:47 PM

View PostSpoonful, on 07 December 2013 - 04:26 PM, said:

I'm holding off any new guitar purchases until the tennis elbow clear up (soon, I hope). If I can't cope with the slimmer neck profiles after that, well, I guess I'll cross that bridge when I come to it.

I have an ES 339 fat neck which is related to the 359. It is the woodiest sounding semi-hollow I own. I've played a few 359's and they were pretty nice. They don't sound like either the 356 or the 339. Just don't get the same finish as you have on the 359 or you might have trouble remembering which one is which. [smile]


Glad to hear the ES359 has a different sound, thanks for the info. I would likely look for one in vintage sunburst first with the ebony finish a close second.
Electric Guitars:
Gibson Les Paul Custom: Limited Run Faded Tobacco Burst
Gibson Les Paul Classic Custom
Gibson SG Standard
Gibson CS356
Gibson ES359
Acoustic Guitars:
Martin GPCPA1
Martin OMC-16OGTE
Martin D12-28
Amps:
Marshall DSL

"There are no bad notes, only bad choices."

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