1966 Gibson ES-330 TD +HSC
This stunning 1966 Gibson ES-330 TD should fit the bill.
Introduced in 1959 as the successor to the ES-225 and the budget thin-line alongside the ES-335, the ES-330 bridged the gap between the new centre block arch top guitars and Gibson’s classic arch tops of the previous decades becoming a firm favourite with players such as BB King and Grant Green not to mention the rhythm guitar of choice for many.
The mid 60's was an interesting and seminal time for Gibson. It marked the crossover for a number of features, most notably the change from the 43mm nut width to the 41mm width and the change from nickel plated hardware to chrome plated hardware. With this guitar is a prime example of these changes.
There's no hiding with this guitar round your neck. The sunburst finish has kept that those exquisite hues that contrast so wonderfully with the darker back. Both front and back are free from any knocks or wear. The colour really accentuates the grain pattern of the maple. There is a little crazing but nothing too substantial.
The same can be said for the neck which has a few minor dings. The fretboard is excellent and the frets have plenty of life left in them.
The plastics are in great shape though the pickguard isn't original to the guitar. We know this as there is an additional hole where the guard is screwed at the base of the fretboard. A previous owner has also decided to bevel around the pickups to add an extra pinstripe. The guard has also warped a little.
The hardware is possibly the most striking thing about this guitar. The chrome has retained is glossy lustre and for the most part is pit free.
Electronically the guitar looks to be correct with the solder joints being untouched and both pickups undisturbed with original windings.
The guitar comes hardshell case..
Acoustically this guitar has a pleasantly warm tone that certainly tips the hat to Gibson’s arch top heritage. Plugged in the guitar runs the gamut from warm neck pickup to a more honky, biting bridge pickup tone.
If 330’s are your thing and why would they not be, don’t let this one get away as it is a mightly fine example of this timeless classic…
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