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11 March 2017 - 11:13 AMPretty sure it's essentially an ES-346, but I can't remember if the 347 has more bling with the split-parallelogram fretboard inlays...
These were (more or less) precursers to the CS-336/CS-356 models with similar construction: a solid slab of mahogany is routed to create sound chambers with the sides, back and centerblock all the same integrated piece of wood. Then it's capped with bookmatched maple - a bit like an LP construction for the top but with f-holes. This model features a "straight-pull" headstock, smaller than the usual Gibson design and a little like a PRS headstock. It also has split-parallelogram inlays on the fretboard. Unlike the current CS-336 & CS-356, the body shape of the PJ Jr has a wider waist (I think) and definitely more flared horns. Proportionately the 336/356 design looks more like a 335 only smaller, whereas the PJ Jr looks like a wider shape. If I remember right, the PJ's have an access panel to get at the pots on the back (like an LP) but the CS-336/356 models don't.
21 February 2017 - 10:59 AMJust replaced the saddle on my mahogany/spruce 1995 J-100 Extra with a new pre-shaped bone saddle from Bob Colosi. After sending along accurate measurements of the original saddle, I only needed about 30 minutes of minor sanding and fiddling to get the new one to fit beautifully - a little off the bottom and a little more off an end with sandpaper is all it took. The one I was replacing had some string wear grooves along the top that were, I thought, giving me some unwanted overtones. I couldn't be happier with the results: loud, even, clear tone before I even changed the strings (I had left the old set on so I could tweak the height to preference a few times) and my ol' cannon really came alive with a new set of Elixir Nanoweb Phosphor Bronze Custom Lights after that.
I only mention this becuase I'd procrastinated for about a decade on this simple procedure - I was too chicken to attempt it for many years, but it really couldn't have been easier or the results more pleasing if you're in the same boat and "considering" like I was. Colosi was great to work with, does good work and was very helpful to me.
16 May 2016 - 07:41 AMThe only ones like this that I'm aware of are from the special runs done for Wildwood. It might be worth contacting them for the exact specs.
The diamond holes and headstock make this version of the CS-336 like a small-bodied version of the Gibson Trini Lopez Model, which was a variant of the ES-335. Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters is a fan of the Trini Lopez models, and his own signature Gibson custom shop model is very similar. His popularity may have had something to do with Wildwood wanting have Gibson create these smaller versions.
Good luck with yours!
28 March 2016 - 02:25 PMI have a CS-356, and I wouldn't do this to it. And I'd be very careful drawing conclusions from what I'm about to relate... but....
Back when Gibson launched the CS-336, they had a dedicated "Feature" website for the guitar within the larger Gibson site. It had about 15 pages, as I recall, telling of the guitar's design and genesis back with Orville Gibson's desire to build a resonant instrument from carved solid woods. They had a few construction images on the site that showed the routing for the back, and another page that had an artful sort of "Artist's Rendition" of what the guitar might look like in cutaway. This was an illustration, not a photograph and *may* not represent what's actually inside at all (for all I know). And unfortunately for us, Gibson had this image broken into three horizontal panels so it would load easier back in the early website days of dial-up connections, etc.
A couple of years after the launch, that site abruptly disappeared from Gibson's website. I went looking for it a year after that using the Internet Wayback Machine - a kind of archive of lost websites. Unfortunately, it only contained the top and bottom panels of the main image, and a very small version of the back routing image. I saved those.
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