Only for a few months in 1962 did we see ES-330's with block markers and black P-90's. It was also the era of dark and deep cherry red finishes and we think this is a very cool combination. Here is a fine example of one of them...
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Here’s a very nice examples of a short lived incarnation of the Gibson ES-330 in beautiful, deep cherry red…
This is a version Gibson only made for a few months in 1962 when they changed over to block fingerboard markers but still had black P-90 pickup covers and in cherry, we think along with the blondes we currently have, it is probably one of the most beautiful versions of this classic thin-line, hollow body guitar you can get.
Very nice condition with only a few marks here and there including a couple on the top either side of the bridge, this guitar is also completely original or correct except for some screws. It has had some other tailpiece fitted at some stage as under the current tailpiece mount on the side there are a few small extra screw holes. These are not visible unless you take the tailpiece off.
Medium neck profile and not super skinny like they were in ‘61, this guitar also plays real well and the original frets have plenty of meat left on them, in fact there is very little wear at all. There is hardly any fretboard wear and it is beautifully setup with a nice low action all across the fretboard.
Both original vintage P-90’s with original windings sound classic, strong and pretty evenly balanced. The all original finish has no touch ups or overspray and of course there are no cracks or repairs anywhere, structural or otherwise. Even the headstock, usually the first thing to get a bit dog eared, is in amazingly fine condition with ultra clean and sharp lines. The tuners, as you can see are all correct, including the tips and like all of the ret of the hardware, is in very nice condition.
It also happens to be one of the nicest we have had here from a playing perspective, all across and up and down the fingerboard it is a very easy instrument to play in any style.
Without a doubt, a very fine example of a stunning looking all original guitar that will suit collectors, players and tone merchants alike…
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