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1965 Gibson ES-330TD

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SN #: 312161

Body size at lower bout: 16". Scale length: 24 3/4" Nut Width: 1 11/16"

Finish: Original sunburst finish, nitrocellulose type

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

Hardware: Original hardware includes twin P-90 pickups with chrome covers, original nickel ABR-1 Tuneamatic bridge with nylon saddles and retaining wire; original beveled b/w/b/w/b pickguard with nickel support bracket; original Gibson truss rod cover; original Gibson gold reflector cap volume and tone knobs; original nickel trapeze tailpiece. Vintage correct hand antiqued nickel-plated Kluson Deluxe style tuners, additional pair of vintage Gibson Pat # humbucking pickups included.

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-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 between 1959 and 1972, the ES-330TD remains among the most comfortable and versatile electric guitars Gibson ever made.

Maintained in superb condition, this fine example has all original finish, with no cracks or repairs, and is remarkably free of pick, buckle, thumb and fingerboard wear. The rich vintage sunburst finish highlights the slab-figure maple body to great advantage; showing only a few scattered strands of light checking, it contrasts elegantly with the original wide beveled jet-black pickguard. Weighing in at barely 6 lb. 1 oz., the body and neck are exquisitely balanced, and the instrument sits easily on the lap or the shoulder. The original P-90 pickups produce a detailed, sparkling tone rich in power and harmonics. Best of all, this guitar is one of the last to be built with the classic 1 11/16" fingerboard width of the 50's, with generous string spacing for hands of all sizes, and a gentle "C" profile with excellent original medium-jumbo frets.

Included in the case is a special bonus: a matched set of genuine vintage Gibson Pat # humbucking pickups, once installed in the guitar. The original P-90 single coils are reinstalled, with the bridge pickup placed on a thin riser to optimize balance and output. An exceptionally handsome and versatile example of a highly playable classic.

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: Original Gibson deluxe black arched hardshell case with gold plush lining.







































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