1961 Gibson ES-330 TC Cherry + OHSC near MINT!

1961 Gibson ES-330 TC Cherry + OHSC near MINT!

Gibson |  61es330T

What another superb example of the much rarer, single pickup, cherry ES-330. This one is near MINT and again, has the original hard case...

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We love superlatives at ATB guitars but sometimes we find guitars that so perfectly encapsulate the statements. This 1961 Gibson ES-330 T is one of those.

Now maybe this guitar isn’t entirely to everyone’s taste, the more familiar twin pickup model is much more popular as you’d imagine, but this particular example just looks so good you can’t help but take a second look. The body, apart from some minor dinks and marks and some lovely checking, is entirely free of any serious wear with the gorgeous cherry finish still vibrant. There is a little tarnishing to the nickel hardware and the plastics are in fantastic shape. The neck and fretboard are free of wear.

The original frets show little signs of use and the binding hasn’t suffered any shrinkage. The headstock too has very little wear and retains all of its sharp edges. As is often the case, a second strap button has been added in the correct place (on the heel). These came from the factory in 1961 with just the single strap button by the tailpiece.

All electronics are correct and untouched.

Fans of these hollow bodied thin line will not be disappointed here. The neck is comfortable. Not too chunky as you’d expect for a Gibson form 1961. The lively resonance is complemented by the P90 pickup, the position of which yields quite a pleasing tone that could be considered the ‘goldilocks’ position (neither too bassy or too trebly) although the writer will leave this up to the player to decide.

Stunning looks and Gibson hollow body tone, the preferred compliment to any laid-back musical scenario.

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At a glance

Model: ES-330 TC
Year: 1961
Finish: Original Cherry Red

Modifications: None
Repairs: None
Weight: 2.34 Kg

Case: Correct black Tolex orange lining
Fingerboard: Rosewood dot inlay
Tuners: Correct Kluson single line

Pickups: Original single P-90
Hardware: Correct nickel
Neck Profile: slim flat C
Pots: Original 500k all solder original




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