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  1. In Topic:If you had to pick just one...the "Desert Island Guitar" thread.

    01 August 2017 - 07:20 AM

    If I didn't take my '95 J-100 Extra I'd miss the booming mahogany every single day.
    Plus: It's a cannon, perfect for signaling passing ships. \:D/
  2. In Topic:Starting to wonder, if I love the "idea" of a Les Paul, more than the guitar, itself?

    31 July 2017 - 08:20 AM

    When I got my 7.2 lbs 2003 CS-356 new almost 15 years ago it killed off my LP gas almost entirely. Light, versatile, comfortable, all the horsepower need. :)
  3. In Topic:CS 356 Back In Production

    31 July 2017 - 08:12 AM

    It's been a very long time since Gibson has promoted the availability of these outstanding guitars on their own website (though I believe they've been in production in limited dealer runs throughout the last decade). Great to see them getting their due.
  4. In Topic:NGD

    21 July 2017 - 11:50 AM

    That's a really handsome top! You might be right that it would pop and hang together even more with gold or amber knobs on that natural coloring. Worth a try to see how you like it.

    One small thing I notice (and mine had the same "issue" till I fiddled with it): it looks like you might benefit from rotating your neck pickup ring 180 degrees to put the thin edge facing the tail end of the guitar. I did some research to try and find any source that could point to a performance issue with a pickup that rests not parallel to the strings without any luck, but after thinking about flipping it for years I finally did it one string change a few years back. Really easy to do. You may need to gently bend the tabs that the main pickup screws thread into within the cavity for the pup to be parallel. A small thing (I believe), but I found the flipped ring with the thin edge on the tail side to be more aesthetically pleasing and a parallel seating of the pickup to make height adjustment a bit more rational even though I didn't notice much of a performance difference. In your photo, it looks a little like that tail edge sticking up may be limiting your options a bit.

    As you've seen me say, I think small screwdriver adjustments on these can make a big difference, and I keep track of screw turns when I make them so I can get back to where I was if I don't like the results. The neck pickup on mine has been one of the best sounding pickups I've ever had from the get go, so I was reluctant to make big changes.... but some years ago I lowered the neck pickup about a 3/16" below where it had been and then lowered the bridge pickup until the volume matched, and the guitar seems to have a bit more sustain - perhaps the neck magnet was dampening string vibration a little? Something to perhaps consider without radical modding.

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  5. In Topic:NGD

    21 July 2017 - 08:42 AM

    Happy to take the blame for this one! Unfortunately with Photobucket's new "3rd Party Hosting' rules, I can't see it - but have always liked the look of the Natural finishes with the gold.

    As you say, the construction specs between the CS-336 and CS-356 are almost identical. Give or take big block inlays, binding, headstock inlays, gold hardware and the fretboard material - these are mostly cosmetic differences. But since you have/had one of each on hand on-hand, I wonder if there's any credence to the old saw about bigger neck inlays leading to a slightly brighter overall sound than dots? Probably impossible to tell given slight variances in setup and pickup resistance values... I've never heard much difference in my limited experiences with 336s in the shops. They (336s) seem to fall well within the range of what comes out of my 356 - but I didn't have my 356 with me for a side-by-side!

    Anyway: Congrats. Daily inspiration is 60 percent of the battle.

    While I'm at it, I took some fresh shots of mine out in the garden last week. 2003 CS-356 in "Quilted Heritage Darkburst" bought new from the limited run Stinger Series created for Music Machine back in the day. Still my favorite guitar by far:

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