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2010 Gibson CS-356, Curly Koa

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Serial #: CS102199

Body size at lower bout: 14". Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Finish: Nitrocellulose type

Materials: Highly figured solid Koa top; solid figured mahogany body; solid 22 fret mahogany neck; solid ebony fingerboard with compound radius.

Hardware: 100% original gold hardware includes twin '57 Classic PAF pickups; ABR-1 tuneamatic bridge; aluminum stop tail; Gibson Deluxe single ring tulip key tuners; black bonnet volume and tone knobs; bound tortoise pickguard.

Notes: The Gibson CS-356 model is an innovative guitar, designed to offer a compact 14" thinline style body distinctly lighter than 335 style guitars, and permitting unimpeded access to the entire range of the 22 fret fingerboard. Introduced in 2001, the CS models are successors to the ES-336 and 346 Paul Jackson Jr. models, and are Gibson's first 'tonally carved' guitars, with a semi-hollow body carved from a single piece of mahogany, capped with a hardwood top.

The CS-356 is the flagship model of the series and is appointed like the top-line ES-355, with Super 400 style peghead inlay, L-5 style fingerboard blocks, bound tortoise guard, and all-gold hardware including classic Kluson style tulip key tuners.

This guitar is an outstanding example of the rare Koa top version, with extravagantly figured bookmatched flame figured soundboard. In addition, it's one of the last to be fitted with a solid ebony fingerboard, as Gibson now uses a phenolic material for their fretboards. At just 6lb 11oz. its light weight and compact size are ideal for extended play on the lap or the strap. Smooth low action over a gentle D profile, compound radius fingerboard; twin '57 Classic pickups provide versatile tone for jazz, blues or rock.

Only briefly in production, the CS-356 Koa is now a hard-to find guitar on the vintage market, and a highly desirable instrument for the performer or collector. This stunning guitar is in virtually unplayed condition, and comes complete with original case, and Custom Shop Certificate of Authenticity. One only: call now.

Setup: Trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

Case: Original deluxe Gibson logo black arched plush lined hardshell case.









































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