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1960 Gibson ES-330TD

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Factory Order #: R2797-14

Body size at lower bout: 16". Scale length: 24 3/4" 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: 100% original hardware includes twin P-90 pickups with black covers, nickel raised diamond trapeze tailpiece, wide-beveled 5-ply pickguard with nickel support bracket; Gibson truss rod cover, nickel-plated Kluson Deluxe tuners, Gibson gold bell volume and tone knobs, nickel ABR-1 Tuneamatic bridge, original volume and tone pots with 'bumblebee' barrel capacitors.

Notes: Introduced in 1959, the ES-330TD 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-5CT. 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. Discontinued in 1973, the ES-330TD remains among the most comfortable and versatile electric guitars Gibson ever made.

The rich vintage dark sunburst finish highlights the slab-cut maple body to great advantage, and contrasts elegantly with the jet-black pickguard. The neck has the coveted gentle medium "C" profile specific to this year: neither clubby nor too slim, it sits effortlessly in the hand. The frets are the original early 60's medium-jumbos, famously easy to play, and this guitar would have been one of the last to be fitted with the classic gold bell knobs, discontinued later in this model year.

At just 6lb. 2oz. the guitar is wonderfully light in weight: the body and neck are exquisitely balanced, and the instrument floats easily on the lap or the shoulder. The original P-90 pickups produce a sparkling tone: clear, detailed and rich in harmonics. This babied guitar is 100% original, with no cracks or repairs, and the original sunburst finish is remarkably free of pick, buckle, and thumbwear, with only a few traces of normal light checking.

A superb example of a rare and highly playable classic from Gibson's Golden Age of electric guitars. One only: call now.

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 arched black plush lined hardshell case.







































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