1962 Gibson ES 330TD

£5,750.00

1 in stock

1962 Gibson ES 330TD

Here we have an extremely clean 1962 Gibson ES 330. This guitar has spent a large part of its 58 year life in its case which translates to one of the cleanest finishes we have seen for quite some time. The original frets are un marked along with the fingerboard, and it plays extremely well with a low action. It has a very comfortable C shaped neck (not a wide razor neck) with a full 43mm nut width.  The 2 P90 pickups have the correct desirable black plastic covers and both pickups are strong and well balanced. The guitar is extremely resonant being fully hollow and surprisingly acoustically loud for a thin line. It has had some changes from factory spec which i believe are cosmetically inspired. The tuners have been changed out for Kluson green tulip button style, no others have been on. The wired TABR1 bridge is chrome with brass saddles and from the 1990s. The tail piece although not the usual part found on a 330 ( i have seen this tailpiece used before on 1950’s/60’s Gibson archtops) is nickel and chrome and looks like its been there from new, There is scratch along the length of the treble tuners on the reverse of the headstock disguising a previous owners telephone #.  The switch tip is later. The 330 for me is one of the highest points in Gibson’s history, they never cease to amaze me at how good they sound and perform, and represent incredible value when you stack them against the 335/345/355 model of the same year. Comes with a later hard shell case.

 

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