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    Les Paul Forum Member mmcquain's Avatar
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    Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Gitfiddler had a great idea and I thought I'd act on it... Since we're getting more members of the
    356/336 "club" it is about time we started a registry thread to collect our pics, sound reports, etc.
    in one easy to use location. I did this last year for the Classic Antique Les Pauls and now we've got
    several entries in there... let's do the same for the 336/356 line and show 'em the love they deserve


    I'll start with my 2004 Gibson CS356 "Wildwood Edition" in honeyburst. These were a limited run
    of 40 (I think - does anybody know the exact count of how many were made?) They were originally
    sold by our own forum dealer Wildwood Guitars in CO. I got mine off of eBay from another LPF member.

    I love the Classic 57 pickups in this one... just the right amount of woody open tone (somewhere
    between a 335 and a Les Paul). I also like the ebony board and slim neck (very much like my 2000
    Les Paul Custom Premium Plus).

    I often tell people that the main differences between a 336 and a 356 are similar to those between
    a Les Paul Standard and a Les Paul Custom (binding, inlays, ebony vs. rosewood, etc.). Now owning
    the Classic Antique (similar to a chambered Standard IMO), the Custom and the 356, I really think
    that is a great way to see the differences. My Classic Antique has the Classic 57 pups (like the 356)
    and the tones are very similar at times. Of course, this also probably has something to do with the
    large chamber in the Classic Antique and the semi-hollow design of the 356.

    Anyway, here's the pics...

    I've named her Audrey (after my grandmother) but she used to be called "Barb"
    (after the wife - but my Taylor T5 is now "Barb"):



    I really love the top on this one:





    I did replace the top hat knobs with speed knobs (like my Custom):



    A little Virtuoso cleaner and polish really can make her shine:



    Comparing the 356 to my Custom Premium Plus:



    Working on her tan:



    p.s. I hope Clayville, Gitfiddler and some of the others will join us shortly in here.
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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Well... OK!

    2003 CS-356 in quilted Heritage Darkburst from the Music Machine Stinger series (CS30505).









    I think the most outstanding feature of these guitars is the tonal versatility -- I can get everything I want between a 335 and LP, and close to Tele Spank with a single guitar. That, and the comfort. And the weight. And the looks. And... what can I say? It's my #1.

    Sounds like this (or at least I do).
    http://www.soundclick.com/members/de...tion&id=223140
    Last edited by clayville; 01-10-08 at 08:23 PM.

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)



    This is the only shot I have of my 336 in vintage sunburst. Great guitar. Big fake 59 neck. Brighter and less woody than my 335s so it gives me a whole different palette to draw on.

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    356, purchased in 2003, with Gibson 11-51 flat wires, the A string has been moved over a tad after this picture was taken.






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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    All you guys - great looking guitars

    Clayville - always a pleasure to hear your sound clips (love your tone, phrasing, etc.)
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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Here's mine, a CS356 CA (CS 30501), a Music Machine "Stinger" (MM 356 14). The CA version of the 356 comes without the gold hardware (can't "age" it, I guess.

    Bugger. Couldn't get any of the pics to load. Not from Picasa, not in "normal" size from fotopic. So there it is, with the R9, in the avatar.
    Last edited by generankin; 01-15-08 at 05:05 PM. Reason: photos wouldn't load from Picasa
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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)



    Here's Gene's avatar 'cept bigger (I kept it for the ol' instructive side-by-side size comparison -- educational purposes only).

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Quote Originally Posted by clayville View Post
    ...I kept it for the ol' instructive side-by-side size comparison -- educational purposes only...
    Of course you did... it would have nothing to do with it being some nice Gibson porn now would it?!?!?
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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Quote Originally Posted by mmcquain View Post
    Of course you did... it would have nothing to do with it being some nice Gibson porn now would it?!?!?
    Nah... it's just... Gene's is sort of a sibling of mine (Stinger, just a couple serial numbers away) and I don't have an LP for a comparison shot of my own. My CS-356 has made all my previous LP lust seem... sort of... redundant for the "time being."

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Clay - I understand (sorta'... as much as I love my CS-356, I can't imagine life without a Les Paul as well)
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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Now, let's see if this works:






    If you click on them, you'll get a bigger image in a new window. This, BTW, a CS 356 CA. It has had, internally, the RS treatment.
    Last edited by generankin; 01-22-08 at 12:37 AM.
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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Very nice Gene... thanks for adding the pics to our "registry"
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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    I'm late (as usual) to the party, but would like to add my very special CS356F 'Custom Direct' to the Registry. Custom Shop S/N 310001.

    Washed Cherry, Unbound Headstock, Fat Neck Profile, Abalone Cloud Inlays, Bigsby (came with a Trapeze), and tone for dayssss!





    Gitfiddler

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    mmcquain, those tops are beautiful on your 356 and LP, gitfiddler now that is one of a kind a beautiful guitar with the trapeeze and the inlays look really nice as well, the pics with the bigsby are so big that i really can't see the finish, it might be my computer screen, but they look more like paintings than pictures, but even at that the flame looks nice, but i would like to see it in a smaller picture.

    peace

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Smaller pics...Click to enlarge :







    Gitfiddler

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Gitfiddler

    I looked at your pics on my other computer and they look great, but thanks for posting the others i'll check them out, beautiful top and inlays. i checked out some of your others as well, you certainly have good taste and a beautiful collection. thanks


    peace
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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    I'm a bit late on this one. I have had this guitar since about 2004. This was a limited run to Music Zoo and I believe that Wildwood Guitars got some as well. I thought I better post these pics for the record as I may be putting this up on ebay soon to make room for a Lifeson ES 355. It is a great guitar and will miss it.






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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    WOW
    RareForm - you may be a little late to the party but what an entrance!! Very nice looking 356 you've got there. I hate to see you have to sell it. If I had some extra dough, I would be interested in it... love that natural flamed top.
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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    A tasty looking beastie fo' sho'. That's a real nice looking back.

    I noticed the other day that Wildwood seems to have a fresh run of the Natural born 356s.

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Damn you, McQuain!!! I just bought an R9 less than a week ago. I thought my GAS would be under control for a while. Then you had to go and do this! Seeing all these beauties, I'm starting to feel the pains of GAS again! I thought I would have more rest than that.

    You are now my wallet's sworn enemy!

    Seriously, I love these guitars. It is highly likely my next electric guitar purchase will be a figured cherry red 356 stop tail. I may have to get a new acoustic (Advanced Jumbo) first, though.

    Enjoy, Guys!
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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Mcquain...I LOVe my 336 and 339. We'll have to compare notes in Gboro.
    JM

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    btw...they love volume.........they come alive......

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Murray View Post
    ...I LOVe my 336 and 339.



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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Quote Originally Posted by GotTheSilver View Post
    Damn you, McQuain!!! I just bought an R9 less than a week ago. I thought my GAS would be under control for a while. Then you had to go and do this! Seeing all these beauties, I'm starting to feel the pains of GAS again! I thought I would have more rest than that. You are now my wallet's sworn enemy!...
    Always glad to help with the GAS pains!
    Actually, since I just got word that I'm being laid off at the end of March, I'm now my OWN worst enemy when it comes to GAS pains.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Murray View Post
    Mcquain...I LOVe my 336 and 339. We'll have to compare notes in Gboro.
    JM
    Looking forward to it - but it could all change depending on how the job hunt goes (or doesn't go)
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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Well here's a lefty I nearly pulled the trigger on, but I wasn't a huge fan of the trans black finish and the binding was really yellow. I did love how it sounded and played...sometimes I regret not scooping it up.
    Lefties do things right!

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Sorry I'm late guys, some great guitars on show.

    this is a big picture so I've linked it:

    http://homepage.mac.com/rumbling.gro...s/DSCF1613.JPG

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Heres mine, its a ES not CS 336..you really cant tell from the bad pic but it has the strait pull headstock.



    Last edited by Frank C; 03-13-08 at 11:59 AM.

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Quote Originally Posted by Gitfiddler View Post
    Smaller pics...Click to enlarge :








    Gitfiddler...man where have you found this Baby? Never seen one of those with a Trapeze tail!!! no bound headstock and abalone cloud inlays!!!
    Wow...must have been a special order for you.
    The Bigsby is a nice addition, I would have done the same.
    Enjoy and play it in great health (together with the Heritage and Johnny A's).
    You sure like the holow body fiddles...
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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank C View Post
    Heres mine, its a ES not CS 336..you really cant tell from the bad pic but it has the strait pull headstock.



    Looks like what became the paul jackson jr. model, nicest i have seen of this model.



    peace

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Quote Originally Posted by andreja marovic View Post

    Gitfiddler...man where have you found this Baby? Never seen one of those with a Trapeze tail!!! no bound headstock and abalone cloud inlays!!!
    Wow...must have been a special order for you.
    The Bigsby is a nice addition, I would have done the same.
    Enjoy and play it in great health (together with the Heritage and Johnny A's).
    You sure like the holow body fiddles...
    Andreja

    Hello Andreja! Man, you sure have a way with words!
    I do love hollow and semi-hollow gits, my friend.
    This one is very, very special...a cross between a fat-neck R9 and 335.

    All the best!
    Gitfiddler

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Let me go on record as saying I enjoyed all your pics...and....I hate all you guys

    Lusting for a haller body.....
    I can't find my way home

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    My 2007 336 :


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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    guitarstan, nice flame and board.

    peace

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    thanks ES, i should take some better shots of it

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Just saw this thread and thought I would add to the registry the '07 CS-336 I acquired last year. Believe it or not, this beautiful and flamey 336 was sold to me as a plain top 336P! The Custom Shop COA accurately list this one as a CS-336F, not 336P. The unique (for this model) gull-wing flame reminds me of my Duane. It has a great neck, the tone is incredible and is currently my #1 gigging Gibson. I have more people ask about this guitar during gigs than any other I gig with...and I gig with some sweet ones!


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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Quote Originally Posted by RedSkyDog View Post
    Just saw this thread and thought I would add to the registry the '07 CS-336 I acquired last year. Believe it or not, this beautiful and flamey 336 was sold to me as a plain top 336P! The Custom Shop COA accurately list this one as a CS-336F, not 336P. The unique (for this model) gull-wing flame reminds me of my Duane. It has a great neck, the tone is incredible and is currently my #1 gigging Gibson. I have more people ask about this guitar during gigs than any other I gig with...and I gig with some sweet ones!


    you can't go wrong with a beautiful sunburst, always has been my preference, sunburst and natural finishes have stood the test of time, any you have a beauty, most importantly it must sound and play good, and judging from your comments it does.


    peace

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Another humble 336 Figured Burst, this is an 05 from Saul


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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Some real nice additions to the "club" up above!

    FWIW, I'm real partial to the black knobs on my 356, but I can never make up my mind what looks better on the sunbursts.... gold... black... gold... black. And gitfiddler's seem to have morphed in midstream! Perhaps it's a 336/rosewood and 356/ebony thing?

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    Re: Official CS-356 and 336 Registry (post your pics here)

    Quote Originally Posted by clayville View Post
    Some real nice additions to the "club" up above!

    FWIW, I'm real partial to the black knobs on my 356, but I can never make up my mind what looks better on the sunbursts.... gold... black... gold... black. And gitfiddler's seem to have morphed in midstream! Perhaps it's a 336/rosewood and 356/ebony thing?
    I may try some of those Amber Vintage ones for a spell...

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