New to the forum with CS-336 pics

Discussion in 'ES-sential Hollowbodies' started by Srini, Jul 30, 2016.

  1. Srini

    Srini New Member

    Greetings everyone,

    I just joined the forum last night, and now hold a dual citizenship here and at the Fender forum. I very recently acquired my first Gibson - seriously, the first one I've ever owned, and I'm 61. Stan was privy to the process I went through, as the Fender forum guys got a blow by blow, including the movements of the UPS truck. All this happened this past week, so I've had this baby since Wednesday night - thats how much of a Gibson rookie I am.

    I could go on and on, but suffice it to say that I've been completely blown away by this magnificent CS-336. I got it used at Reverb.com, and the seller took such good care of it for 6 years that I was hard pressed to find a scratch on it. In addition, he does professional setups in Nashville, so it came perfectly setup, albeit with 10s. Not that I'm a glutton for punishment, but my strats use 10s, so I put 11s on it and I'm in the general ballpark now.

    Having read so much about Gibson's QC problems, build quality etc etc, I was wary, but this thing is built every bit as well as any Suhr I've seen. OK, enough yakking - on with the pictures!

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    (I just love the way they scraped the binding to match the fret height!)

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    (What a great heel - upper fret access is a piece of cake!)

    This is nothing new for you guys, of course, but I drool every time I walk by it..:)

    Srini
     
  2. AlanBiker

    AlanBiker New Member

    Welcome to the forum - that's a beautiful guitar.

    Alan
     
  3. SAguitar

    SAguitar Active Member

    Just keep a drool rag handy, Srini! That feeling won't wear off soon. What a stunning ES-336 you've got there!
     
  4. Infant

    Infant Active Member

    That is just beautiful Srini. Congrats!!!

    Rob
     
  5. Srini

    Srini New Member

    Thanks, gentlemen! Third drool rag for the day, Stan, and thanks for getting me into this board!

    Srini
     
  6. SAguitar

    SAguitar Active Member

    I think you've got a keeper there, my friend!
     
  7. MikeyH

    MikeyH New Member

    That really is a lovely figured sunburst, I can understand your fascination. Sharp-dressed guitar. Though my first electric was a cheap Gibson Marauder, it's been out of commission for decades waiting for a refurb and mods. So, like you my Gibson experience has been pretty limited. I put 11's on it when I got it back together recently thinking that they'd be fine with the shorter Gibson scale. Very happy with them so far, I might experiment with lighter sets in the future, but for now I'm liking the punch and authority the 11's have. Very different feel and character from my Strat and Squier tele.
     
  8. SAguitar

    SAguitar Active Member

    FWIW, Srini, the binding trick on the fretboard edges is fairly standard for Gibson. All of my Les Pauls (except for Studios) came with that flair.
     
  9. Stratcat

    Stratcat New Member

    Srini, she looks awesome. Congratulation.
     
  10. Srini

    Srini New Member

    Thanks, Mikey. I'm in full agreement about the tone of the 11s - a touch more authority. I'm getting used to the tension, although the act of picking calls for a little more strength, and after about an hour of playing my right (picking) arm gets very sore.

    Stan, I'm very impressed with that binding detail. This is definitely a classy axe. I spent almost 90 mins this evening playing to Jamey Aebersold's play-along standards. I used the neck pickup with the tone rolled down to about 5 through the Gries, and it sat so perfectly with a nice round tone when picked soft, and a touch of "splat" when picked hard - what a gorgeous voice! I was in the mood for nothing but standards tonight, so I didn't get to acquaint myself fully with its bluesier tone by rolling up the tone control all the way.

    Stratcat, thanks so much. I see you're new here like me, so let me welcome you in even though I probably joined an hour before you did!

    Srini
     
  11. Infant

    Infant Active Member

    In fact, it's one of the dead giveaways on a knockoff. The knockoffs usually don't have this feature.

    Rob
     
  12. johnreardon

    johnreardon Active Member

    Hi Srini and welcome to this place. 336s are great guitars, I have a cherry one.
     
  13. Srini

    Srini New Member

    Thanks very much, John. Does your cherry 336 show the flame underneath? Solid cherry is great too! Stan said this is just as nice as the Fender forum, and he's right. Of course, prior to the 336, I had no reason......

    Rob, thats fascinating to know - shows you how little I really know about Gibsons. I find that little piece of detail to be very, very, impressive. Of course, if everything else sucked that would not be good, but I have yet to find anything that is less than perfect on this so far.

    Srini
     
  14. johnreardon

    johnreardon Active Member

    Yes Srini, although not as much as your one

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  15. Srini

    Srini New Member

    That is totally gorgeous, John! Have you had it long?

    Srini
     
  16. Biddlin

    Biddlin Member

    Beautiful axe. I keep looking for all those QC misses on my Gibsons as well!
     
  17. johnreardon

    johnreardon Active Member

    Coming up to 8 years. Bought it on 15th Aug 2008.
     
  18. MikeyH

    MikeyH New Member

    I've never heard of the "CS" designation, or the 336 either for that matter. I read somewhere that the "ES," as in "ES-335" is Gibson's designation for "electric spanish" guitar. Your red one's really nice too John.
     
  19. Srini

    Srini New Member

    At 8 years old it looks brand spanking new, John! Great job taking care of it!

    Mikey, the "CS" designation stands for "Custom Shop" and I believe this particular model is made in Nashville. Size-wise, this is the same as the ES-339, but uses solid wood rather than laminates. Pros and cons to each method, I guess.

    Srini
     
  20. SAguitar

    SAguitar Active Member

    Here's three of my prettiest Gibsons, I believe two of them are Custom Shop, and the blue one is a Limited Edition...

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