1968 Gibson ES-330 TDC Nr. Mint + OHSC
This stunning 1968 Gibson ES-330 L TDC should fit the bill.
Introduced in 1959 as the successor to the ES-225 alongside the ES-335, the ES-330 continued Gibson’s move towards more thinline fully hollow guitars. It became a firm favorite 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. 1968 also saw the introduction of the 19th fret neck joint as an option.
There's no hiding with this guitar round your neck. The cherry finish has escaped any real fade, retaining that rich hue. 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 is in excellent condition. The fretboard is excellent and the frets have plenty of life left in them.
The plastics are in great shape. The pickguard hasn’t seemed to have warped.
The hardware is possibly the most striking thing about this guitar. The chrome has retained its glossy luster 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 in the original hardshell case..
Acoustically this guitar has a pleasantly warm tone that certainly tips the hat to Gibson’s archtop 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 mighty fine example of this timeless classic…
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