This one's a stunner - one of the best we have ever seen of this brief ES-330 incarnation and in the right colour too..
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Here’s one of the finest examples of a short lived incarnation of the Gibson ES-330 in beautiful, deep cherry red that we have ever had…
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, with the factory Bigsby, we think it is probably one of the most beautiful versions of this classic thinline, hollow body guitar you can get.
Near MINT condition with only a few minuscule dings here and there, this guitar is also completely original or correct and it does not look like a screw has been turned anywhere. Even the pebble grained, black Lifton type hard case is in great condition and the yellow lining is all intact.
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 no 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. All pots work great and even the Bigsby is a joy to use on this guitar and is very effective at non dive bombing, pitch modulated graces. At just under 3kg it is also a pleasure to wear and by the way, this is a good weight for a Bigsby equipped ES-330.
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 remarkable, largely corrosion free condition and still with a lot of gleam to them.
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…
We are located in Cheltenham, the capital of the Cotswolds, UK. All items are in stock and can be viewed, tried out through a variety of vintage amplifiers and purchased, by appointment at our brand new lounge/showroom. We despatch virtually anywhere in the world and we have enormous experience in hassle-free, safe shipping.
ATB Guitars (By appointment please) 15 Regent St, Cheltenham, GL50 1HE United Kingdom
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