Up for sale, a 2002 Gibson Custom Shop CS-336 semi-hollowbody electric guitar in perfect working order. Not to be confused with the 339 or other standard line ES models, the CS-336 was a pioneering Gibson model upon its initial release in 2001, representing the Custom Shop’s first “tonally carved” guitar, meaning that the back, center block, and sides are carved from one single piece of solid wood (mahogany).
Featuring a gloss Cherry nitro lacquer finish, this Custom Shop CS-336 blends the tonal properties of a Les Paul and ES-335, scaling down the body of the latter and featuring semi-hollow construction with a carved one-piece mahogany back/sides/center block topped with a maple cap. With the original 57 Classic PAF pickup in the neck position and a “hot” Van Zandt humbucker at the bridge, the CS-336 has a smooth, airy treble response with a touch of growl and rich harmonic content. The maple top provides the articulation and attack for which that particular tonewood is known, while the one-piece mahogany body, one-piece mahogany neck, and rosewood fretboard add inherent warmth and girth to the sound. In the neck position, this CS-336 delivers a sweetness and bell-like top end that’s great for retaining clarity on solos and complex rhythm work. Lightweight at 7lbs 3oz, we’ve setup this Custom Shop Gibson here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.
The mahogany neck has a slender ‘60s-style C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and a fast feel, measuring .790″ deep at the 1st fret and .905″ at the 12th. On the bound rosewood fretboard, the original frets are intact and retain their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing just a hint of wear on the crowns beneath the B string on frets 1-6. The guitar plays easily up the 24 3/4″ scale length with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The bone nut measures a full 1 11/16″ in width. On the headstock, the stock Gibson Deluxe Kluson-style tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well with keystone buttons and vintage-style push-in tuner bushings. The five digit CS-prefix Custom Shop serial is present on the back of the headstock.
The electronics include the ’57 Classic in the neck position with a clean PAF sticker on the baseplate, paired with a Van Zandt in the bridge, each governed by dedicated Volume and Tone knobs capped with deeply ambered bonnet knobs. The nickel-plated hardware shows uniform surface patina, including the original ABR-1 bridge and stopbar tailpiece.
The Cherry gloss nitro lacquer finish shows some dings on the bass side of the top, largely clustered on the cutaway, with buckle rash and some additional marks on the back.
A heavily padded, zippered Gibson gigbag is included.