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Stacanova

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Hello All,

I'm new to the forum and this is my first post!

I've read through all of the postings on this and other forums about this topic, but I'm still a little confused.

I have two Gibson Custom Shop Guitars.

They are both 2012's with Ebony fretboards.

One is an ES-355 and the other is a CS-356

 

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The CS-356

 

 

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Came with a Gibson Custom Shop Case

 

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Certificate of Authenticity

 

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Has a Gibson Custom Shop Logo on the back of the Headstock

 

 

 

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The ES-355

 

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Came in a Custom Shop Case

 

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No Gibson Custom Shop Logo on the back of the Headstock

 

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It has the COA and the Orange Gibson Sticker inside the F hole

 

I'll try and add some more additional pics in a reply, I guess I reached my limit for this post?

 

I purchase both Online a couple of years ago and had them checked out to make sure that they were authentic. I also emailed Gibson and they verified the serial numbers matched the what the guitars are, but didn't respond when I asked why only one had the orange sticker and only one had the Logo on the back of the headstock.

They actually wouldn't respond to me about that I all, I sent 5 emails without getting a response before I just gave up.

 

Does anyone one have any information about why two guitars, from the same production year, that both say "Custom Shop", have these inconsistencies between them?

 

This has been bugging me for a couple of years, so any information will be greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks!

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What you are seeing is not inconsistencies, but rather guitars made to custom specs.

 

I have never seen a 356 or 336 with an orange label. The 356 is a model that was developed by the Custom shop and not a reproduction of a historic model, so they gave it a decal and no orange label. I could be wrong on the label but I have seen dozens of 336 & 356's and not seen one with an orange label. With Custom shop models, it is possible for a dealer to possibly delete or add a decal or label as part of a limited run or custom order.

 

The 335 is part of the historic series so it will not have a Custom Shop decal on the headstock, similar to the Les Pauls. The originals back in the 50's/etc. did not have the decal. The orange label is to replicate the historic heritage of that 335.

 

The mystery is finding out exactly what the dealer ordered. Customer service may not be able to help you with that. What may be common to one dealer may not show up on another dealers guitars and the folks in Customer service have limited information about those orders when they look up your serial numbers in their database.

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What you are seeing is not inconsistencies, but rather guitars made to custom specs.

 

I have never seen a 356 or 336 with an orange label. The 356 is a model that was developed by the Custom shop and not a reproduction of a historic model, so they gave it a decal and no orange label. I could be wrong on the label but I have seen dozens of 336 & 356's and not seen one with an orange label. With Custom shop models, it is possible for a dealer to possibly delete or add a decal or label as part of a limited run or custom order.

 

The 335 is part of the historic series so it will not have a Custom Shop decal on the headstock, similar to the Les Pauls. The originals back in the 50's/etc. did not have the decal. The orange label is to replicate the historic heritage of that 335.

 

The mystery is finding out exactly what the dealer ordered. Customer service may not be able to help you with that. What may be common to one dealer may not show up on another dealers guitars and the folks in Customer service have limited information about those orders when they look up your serial numbers in their database.

 

Cool, thanks for the Info!

 

This does help me to know that the orange label isn't in the CS-356.

 

I did not know that they did not put the Custom Shop Logos on all the historic reissues, which I believe is what mine is?

The details on this page I'm posting a link for seem to match up to what I have, which I think was a historic reissue limited run?

 

http://hollowihollowbodies.blogspot.com/2012/08/gibson-custom-es-355-electric-guitar.html

 

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

 

Gibson Custom ES-355 Electric Guitar with Bigsby Antique Ebony

Gibson Custom ES-355 Electric Guitar with Bigsby Antique Ebony

 

Brand : Gibson Custom ,Model : ES55AEBBG1

Gibson Custom ES-355 Electric Guitar with Bigsby Antique Ebony The ES-355 Limited Run electric guitar makes one of the great Gibson classics of the late '50s available again as a beautifully crafted and finished Custom Shop masterpiece. This one sports the classic Bigsby vibrato. Includes black levant hardshell case. The Gibson ES-335 brought hollowbody tradition and solidbody performance together in 1958, and it is still one of the all-time classic guitar designs. It's among the most versatile guitars you can own. Classic semi-hollowbody design and dual '57 Classic Gibson humbuckers combine to produce everything from full-bodied growls to singing sustain. The ES-335 also features a thin-tapered 1960s neck and rosewood fingerboard (24-3/4" scale), body/neck binding, nickel-plated hardware with Grover kidney tuners, Tune-O-Matic bridge with stopbar tailpiece, separate volume and tone controls, and a 3-way switch.

 

Laminated plain maple top, back, and rimsMulti-ply white/black binding on top and backGold hardwareBigsby vibrato1-piece mahogany neck22-fret ebony fingerboardMother of pearl block inlaysSingle-ply white neck binding1960s slim taper neck profileGrover kidney tuners'57 Classic pickups2 volume, 2 tone, and 3-way selector switch

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