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  1. Vet - the CS-336 is a unique build by Gibson and the only guitar they make this way as far as I know. It is carved almost like a violin. The back, sides and center block start out as one big chunk of mahogany and the upper and lower bouts are routed out for the chambers. Then a solid carved maple top (with a little bit of center block too) is fitted to the back and rims which are all one piece. The result is a guitar that can sound very much like a LP or very much like any other ES semi-hollow body. But the tonewood combination results in a much mellower woodier sound than a maple/poplar/maple laminate guitar. They were made with '57 Classic pickups. They don't make them all the time so you'd have to search for a used one but it is worth the hunt. To plagiarize Carlos Sanatana "a guitar is like a color - but my 336 is like a rainbow". There are several on Reverb ranging from about $2K to over $4K so expensive, but when you consider what a new 335 goes for the 336 is a better value.
  2. Have to agree with others above - NOT☹️ a genuine Gibson Custom.
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    Boy that is incredible that it's been in a shop for 11 years hidden away. Glad you pulled the trigger, it's a beauty and after 11 years of foreplay actually owning it and being able to play it everyday will be great. In this case "you only live once" was definitely the way to go!!
  4. Congrats the retirement and new fly fishing abode! As to guitars I would say you deserve a 335. But if you start leaning that way also consider a 336. I like the tone from the mahogany back/sides/center block with maple top so much better than a 335s maple/poplar/maple sandwich and they are way more comfortable to play (just slightly bigger than a LP, but much lighter). The range and quality of tones is just amazing. Everyone that has one will never give it up. I'm not sure if they are currently in production, but look for a used one. If you find one and buy it you'll never regret it.
  5. First gig I was in the 8th grade and talked my way into being the drummer for a group of high school guys who had no one else to play drums. I didn't really know how to play drums, and didn't own a set either. There was a place in the city where we went to practice a couple of times, it had sound proof practice rooms and there was a set of drums in each room. You could also rent amps and instruments there so I rented a drum set for the gig. It was a dance for our school and they played a lot of Beach Boys covers, it was 1963 or 64. I faked my way through it and got paid enough to cover the drum rental anyway. Most memorable is hard to determine as there were many worth recalling for various reasons. One in particular though stands out. I had a band in college and we played a sorority party at a supper club. The owner of the club really liked us for some reason, so when he booked a wedding reception for a young couple he recommended us highly for the gig. Without ever hearing us they took his word and we got the gig. We hauled all our stuff out there and set up and decided to do a sound check and only a few people had arrived by this time, but one of them was father of the bride who was paying. We played one long blues jam with everyone taking a solo so we could check the sound. The father said he didn't want to hear another note from us and they would use the juke box for the reception dancing. We sat down and ate the dinner with all the guests, got paid and left. We bought a few cases of beer, went back to campus and set up in the student union and played a free concert. Only gig I ever got paid the full amount and only played one song.
  6. Doesn't look much like the '53 L4C shown when I googled that model, which had a rosewood fingerboard, a different pickup and pickguard, different inlays on the fingerboard, different tuners, and different tailpiece. Not sure what you may have, but it is a highly modified something. Is there a tag inside with a serial or FON number? That would tell a lot about what year and model it is.
  7. Really cool looking guitar. I never owned or played a Ric so know nothing about them, but seems to have nice features, and in mint condition for 10 year old. Love the natural finish! Congrats and enjoy 👍
  8. Sorry - meant to say pulling up on the VOLUME knob taps the coils.
  9. Twang Gang

    Es339 fake?

    Certainly looks real to me.
  10. A very nice guitar at an exceptional price seeing as a lot of 335s are almost double that. Shame not to play it.
  11. Well it will change the break angle of the strings between the bridge and the stop tail, but I don't see any reason that should make the strings "feel looser" or make it any easier to play. Let us know what you think after you do it.
  12. I have played Gibson guitars since 1965 and was never a big fan of the Kluson tuners thinking that they led to tuning issues. Actually I was wrong - I don't think there is anything lacking in Klusons at all (although I do like locking tuners) and all my tuning issues stemmed from two things: the nut on the guitar needed to be filed just a little bit so it wouldn't bind, and my sometimes forgetting to always tune UP to the note. If you tune down at all there will be a little slack between the nut and the string post (especially if the nut is binding a little) and when you bend the string you pull out the slack leaving the string a little flat. Not the fault of the tuners at all.
  13. For years I used Elixir .10s . However recently a tried three different types of Gibson branded strings (on three different guitars) and I really like the "Humbucker Special Alloy Wound" that they make, so next string change I will probably go with them on my 356. I sold the 336 when I bought the 356, but they both have stock pickups which are the '57 Classics.
  14. It should accept .11s with no problem and flat wounds are OK too if you prefer that tone. Always loved my 336, and subsequent 356. Post a few pictures of your new baby - we always say around here if there are no pictures, it didn't happen 🙂
  15. What BluesKing777 said - I have the SJ200 with LR Baggs Anthem and it sounds good with the mix almost all the way to the mic side. Running through an AER Compact 60 solid state amp and the tone is very natural.
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