ES-330 Guitars

1960 Gibson ES-330

Color: Cherry, Rating: 9.25, Sold (ID# 00028)
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An unbelievably light (5.9 lbs) 16 inch double cutaway thinline, with laminated maple top, back and sides an a 24 3/4 scale length. One piece mahogany neck with a medium thickness nut width of 1 11/16 inches, and a rosewood fretboard with pearl dot inlays. Tune-O-Matic bridge and trapeze tailpiece with raised diamond. Two hot black P-90s with outputs of 7.94k and 7.67k. Apart from the mintiest amount of belt buckle wear on the back, this superb guitar is in near mint and unfaded condition, and is housed in its original Gibson black hardshell plush-lined case. 1960 was the first year for the 'dot-neck' ES-330TDC. Only 98 were made that year (selling at $265.00) out of a total production run between 1960 and 1962 of around 1,100 (cherry) guitars.

Known affectionately as the 'poor man's dot neck guitar, the ES-330 was numerically speaking, the biggest seller of the double cutaway series in the late fifties and early sixties even if it was not a real semi-solid guitar! Built with the same body shape as the ES-335, but not the same solid construction, the ES-330T/TD were originally introduced in 1959 as a replacement for the single cutaway ES-225T/TD. The main differences from the more expensive ($282.50) ES-335 were the absence of the solid center block and the use of a trapeze tailpiece as opposed to the 335's stop tailpiece. This example is one of the first variants, characterized by a dot-inlaid fretboard and black plastic covered pickups. These guitars are very underrated and undervalued… and disappearing fast!!

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