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.

Orville Gibson founded the company in 1902 as “The Gibson Mandolin-Guitar Mfg. Co., Ltd.” in Kalamazoo, Michigan to make mandolin-family instruments. Gibson invented archtop guitars by constructing the same type of carved, arched tops used on violins. By the 1930s, the company was also making flattop acoustic guitars, as well as one of the first commercially available hollow-body electric guitars, used and popularized by Charlie Christian.