Gibson ES 336

Semi Acoustic Guitar Review!

Hang onto your hats: To understand the Gibson ES 336, you have to take a journey through several popular Gibson models.

This could get a little rocky, and not in the rock and roll kind of way.

Simply put, the Gibson ES-336 was a smaller version of the ES-335. But there’s more to the story than that.

Okay, so let’s start our journey.

Gibson ES 336

In 1958, Gibson released the ES-335, the first commercially available thinline, arched-top semi-acoustic guitar.

With a solid wood block running through the middle of it, it wasn’t really hollow -- or really solid either.

It has wings formed by the cutaways at the neck, and the wings are hollow.

Some players found this massive instrument too hard to hold and play, so in 1996, Gibson introduced the ES-336, that still retained most of the original features.

In 2001, the ES-336 was replaced by the CS-336, Gibson’s first so-called “tonally carved” instrument.

That means the body is carved from one solid piece of mahogany.

A carved maple top goes on over that to give it the sound you expect from an archtop guitar.

CS stands for Custom Shop in this case, so that means the price is high.

The CS-336 retains the smaller size of its predecessor, making it about the same size as a Gibson Les Paul but with the tonal qualities of a semi-acoustic model.

A 2003 Lee Roy Parnell Custom Shop ES-336 is among a number of ES-336 customs and reissues released since the model was replaced in the Gibson lineup.

The country music artist, originally from Abilene, Texas, has been on the scene since 1990 and has recorded eight albums.

Sources indicate that fewer than 50 were made of this model.

A number of other reissue models have also been released through the years, some of them quite recently.

Then in 2007, players who were fed up with the high price of the currently available CS-336 convinced Gibson to offer an affordable production model of this popular instrument.

The ES-339 is made in the smaller size but its laminate construction pushes the price down to within the reach of many more players.

To understand the Gibson ES 336, you have to learn about a number of other Gibson models upon which it was based and that were, in turn, based on it.

The ES-336 is a short-lived peg in a wheel that’s been turning out great Gibson semi-acoustic electric guitars for decades.

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