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Here's something I've been after for a few years.... a Gibson Custom Shop Lee Roy Parnell Signature CS-336.

It's taken over a month to arrive from the USA - most of that time spent in Customs - so it was nice just to see the box had no massive dents in it when it arrived this morning.

There's not much information about these on the internet, all I know is they were built in 2003 and 2004, in very limited quantities - some sources say as few as 25, certainly no more than 75, so it's a pretty rare thing.  I don't know much about Lee Roy Parnell either, he's a country/blues singer-songwriter but I've never heard any of his work.

It's a CS-336, so a hollowed-out mahogany body and carved maple top, not laminated like an ES-339 or ES-335.  Vintage-style tuners, PAF-style pickups (I don't know if they're 57s or Burstbuckers).  After that, the specs get a little more unusual:

It has a VOS finish, which I don't think had been seen on a CS-336 at that point.  I've learned from a Gibson forum that a previous owner of this guitar had polished it to a high gloss, but it's re-acquired a bit of a patina (and a fair few scuffs and scrapes) over the years since.

The bridge and tailpiece are TonePros, which I wasn't expecting.  I don't know if they're original or not.  I also think the nut may be a replacement, it seems like it's had more attention than a typical Gibson nut.

What really made me want one of these?  It has a fat '50s neck, rather than the slim taper of a typical CS-336.  It also has an ebony fretboard, which goes very well with the black finish.  As it turns out, the neck isn't huge - I guess it's '59-ish, rather than '58-ish.  Feels good though!

At the moment, this feels very much like "somebody else's guitar" (the seller had owned it since 2006, the receipt's in the case!).... but I think I like it.

(Photos from Reverb, I hope they'll be visible)




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