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❌SOLD❌ Gibson Custom CS356 Thinline Faded Cherry, 2008


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The Gibson Custom CS356 was the top level version of the Gibson Custom CS336, and was built from 2002 to 2008. Like the CS-336, it was based on a carved Solid Figured Maple top on a chambered single-piece block of Mahogany, routed out to provide the sides, back, center block and tone chambers.

Based on its 5-digit serial number with an 8 as its first digit, this example dates to 2008 and as such would be one of the last built.  It has very little wear,  and is in great condition with only a few minor bumps.

Here’s the builder describing the Gibson Custom CS356, on a still-available Legacy page:

“Classic, Gibson Custom appointments adorn these limited edition CS-356 model guitars, each featuring carved and chambered solid woods for the deepest archtop tones in a deceptive ES-style package. The compact body shape is well-balanced and resists feedback while remaining extremely resonant, amplified by a pair of singing ’57 Classic humbuckers. In both beauty and brawn, these Gibson Custom CS-356 guitars reign supreme. “

This Gibson Custom CS356 is sold with its original hard shell case.

Gibson Custom CS356 Specifications:



  • Wood Species: Carved Solid Maple Top, Chambered Solid Mahogany Back & Sides
  • Finish: Nitrocellulose Lacquer
  • Neck
  • Material: Solid Mahogany, Long Tenon
  • Neck Profile: Medium C-Shape
  • Scale Length: 24.75″, 62.8cm
  • Fingerboard Material: Richlite
  • Fingerboard Radius:12″
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Frets: Medium-Jumbo
  • Nut Material: Corian
  • Nut Width: 1.687″, 42.85mm
  • End of Board Width: 2.062″, 52.37mm
  • Inlays: Custom Block Pearl
  • Truss Rod: Single Action Adjustable

  • Finish: Gold
  • Bridge: ABR-1
  • Tailpiece: Stop Bar
  • Tuning Machines: Kluson Deluxe Green Key
  • Pick Guard: Black 5-Ply
  • Control Knobs: Amber Top Hats
  • Switch Tip: Cream
  • Switch Washer: Gold
  • Jack Plate Cover: Gold


  • Neck Pickup: 57 Classic
  • Bridge Pickup: 57 Classic
  • Controls: 2 500K CTS Volume Pots, 2 500K CTS Tone Pots, Hand-Wired Harness, Switchcraft Toggle Switch



Price: $4,999.99 CAD
  • Model: CS-356
  • Year: 2008
  • Finish Gloss Faded Cherry
  • Class: Used
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 25/01/2021

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including Hard case
  • Instrument Weight: 6.6lbs 3kg
  • Scale Length: 24.75in 628.6mm
  • Nut Width: 1.688in 42.88mm
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