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ES-336 vs CS-336

#1 User is offline   TeleNic 

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 12:50 PM

I just bought a 1996 ES-336. I'm very familiar with the CS-336 and this guitar seems to be exactly the same as a CS-336 with only one difference, the head is the smaller in-line version you'd find on a Pat Martino. I thought the seller listed it wrong, but the label inside the F hole does say that this is an ES-336.

Is this an earlier generation of the CS 336? Or did Gibson just decide to change the name in mid-stride? Any information would be really appreciated.

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 01:15 PM

Yes, it's an earlier iteration of the current design. I'm pretty sure that yours has slightly "wider", more-flared upper horns and perhaps a slightly wider waist too. Gibson changed the overall shape of the CS-336 to be more like a mini-but-proportional version of the ES-335 shape. Yours does have the carved maple top and a back/side made from mahogany, but I don't know for sure whether the internal carve/routing is the same.

http://www.soohyunle...tars/es336.html

The current CS-336 shape debuted in 2001, I believe.... and they don't have labels inside!

Congrats on your new guitar!

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Posted 11 February 2012 - 02:53 PM

Thanks for the information. This guitar is pretty beat up including some areas worn down to the bare wood, but I got it for $1200. I think I got a pretty good deal.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 08:58 AM

The CS-336 was introduced in 2002 in fact. Please find attached also a picture of two CS-336 guitars. They should have a label inside though I think.

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Posted 13 February 2012 - 11:58 AM

View PostStijnV, on 13 February 2012 - 08:58 AM, said:

The CS-336 was introduced in 2002 in fact. Please find attached also a picture of two CS-336 guitars. They should have a label inside though I think.


Umm, the product page on the website for the CS-336 says "Debuting in 2001, the CS-336 is the ultimate result of that quest..."
http://www2.gibson.c...tom/CS-336.aspx



If there actually was a page for the CS-356, it might say that one debuted in 2002. [blink]

I'm almost certain the current 336/356 models don't have labels inside (and never have). I always imagined this was because of the amount of routing after the back is covered: the maple tops are affixed to the already-routed mahogany back-n-sides, then I believe the top dish is carved from the maple slabs and lastly the pickup routes, tailpiece insert holes, control knob holes and f-holes are cut out...

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Posted 14 February 2012 - 09:34 AM

I have a 2004 CS-336 and there is no label inside.

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Posted 15 February 2012 - 12:51 PM

View PostJO, on 14 February 2012 - 09:34 AM, said:

I have a 2004 CS-336 and there is no label inside.


+1 I have a 2008 CS-336, Vintage Sunburst Plain-top and it doesn't have a label inside either. Gibson confirmed that for me when I asked their Customer Service after I bought my guitar in 2010.
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Posted 15 February 2012 - 03:40 PM

View PostPP_CS336, on 15 February 2012 - 12:51 PM, said:

+1 I have a 2008 CS-336, Vintage Sunburst Plain-top and it doesn't have a label inside either. Gibson confirmed that for me when I asked their Customer Service after I bought my guitar in 2010.


Same here. My 336 is from 2011. No label. Bought it yesterday!!!
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