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1959 Gibson ES-330T

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Factory Order #: S-2807-11

Body size at lower bout: 16". Scale length: 24.9" Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Finish: Original tobacco sunburst finish, nitrocellulose type

Materials: Solid Honduras mahogany neck; maple top back, and sides; solid Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with dot pearl inlay.

Hardware: Original hardware includes P-90 pickup with black cover, nickel raised diamond trapeze tailpiece, wide-beveled 5-ply pickguard with nickel support bracket, Gibson truss rod cover, nickel-plated Kluson Deluxe tuners, gold bell volume and tone knobs. Vintage Gibson nickel ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge with retaining wire.

Notes: Introduced in 1959, the ES-330T combined cutting-edge innovation with traditional design. The slim depth body is a delight for the player to hold. Greatly reducing feedback, the trim profile still retains the graceful lines of the classic Gibson archtops. Best of all, the 330 has a fully hollow body, like the Byrdland, ES-350T, and the famous George Gobel L-5. Ideal for jazz, blues and everything in between, the hollow tone chamber produces a fatter, warmer tone than semi-solid models, and is blissfully lighter in weight. Made for only three years between 1959 and 1962, the ES-330T remains among the most comfortable and versatile electric guitars Gibson ever made.

From the very first year of production, this stunning guitar has been maintained in superb condition, without cracks or repairs, and the original sunburst finish is remarkably free of pick, buckle, and thumb wear. At just 5lb. 8oz. the guitar is phenomenally light in weight: the body and neck are exquisitely balanced, and the instrument sits easily on the lap or the shoulder. The original P-90 pickup produces a sparkling tone: clear, detailed and rich in harmonics, and the wiring harness has some additional shielding for more noiseless performance.

The gleaming dark sunburst finish highlights the birdseye maple body to great advantage, and contrasts elegantly with the jet-black pickguard. The neck has a gentle "C" profile, and sits effortlessly in the hand. The frets are classic medium-jumbos, freshly installed and famously easy to play, and the action is smooth and low over the classic '59 traditional gentle full C neck profile. The hardware is original as well, with the addition of a vintage Gibson ABR-1 Tune-o-matic bridge from the mid-60's.

A magnificent example of a rare and highly playable classic from Gibson's Golden Age of electric guitars.

Setup: Trussrod tension and neck relief adjusted; bridge height adjusted; bridge compensation set; bridge wheels and tuners lubricated; fingerboard and bridge oiled; body and neck cleaned and hand polished.

Case: Deluxe black plush lined fitted hardshell case.







































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