Gibson ES-330TD Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1966)

Gibson  ES-330TD Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1966)

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Gibson ES-330TD Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1966), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 410858, sunburst lacquer finish, laminated maple body; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, original black chipboard case.

This is a nice original example of a sunburst ES-330 from 1966. This guitar has typical period features including a medium/dark "iced tea" sunburst top, bound rosewood fingerboard with pearloid block inlay, and chrome-plated hardware including a tune-o-matic bridge with nylon saddles. The single bound body is fully hollow, unlike the semi-hollow 335-355 series and the neck joins at the 16th fret. The tuners are single enclosed Kluson deluxe with plastic buttons. Two P-90 pickups are mated to the standard Gibson wiring rig, with gold 60's style "capped" plastic tone and volume knobs and white switch tip.

The ES-330 is a great sounding very versatile guitar at home in many musical situations. Despite being intended by Gibson as an "amateur" instrument (the least expensive of the double-cutaway thinlines) the 330 has been heard on countless classic records in many styles of music since its introduction in 1959. Jazz great Grant Green used this model extensively on his most well-regarded early-1960's recordings. A number of period bluesmen have been spotted with one as well, including B.B. King, Chuck Berry and most notably Slim Harpo, who is nearly always pictured with one. The 330 and its nearly identical sister guitar the Epiphone Casino were featured in countless '60's British invasion bands, including the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks, Manfred Mann, the Merseybeats and many more.
Overall length is 40 1/2 in. (102.9 cm.), 16 in. (40.6 cm.) wide at lower bout, and 1 3/4 in. (4.4 cm.) in depth, measured at side of rim. Scale length is 24 3/4 in. (629 mm.). Width of nut is 1 5/8 in. (41 mm.). Very nice overall, all original except a correct style repro Tune-O-Matic bridge (with the original nylon saddles). There is some checking overall, but not much wear to the bold and unfaded sunburst finish. There is one spot of finger wear through the chrome plating on the treble pickup cover, and a bit of corrosion to the cover in general. The treble side of the neck shows a little wear through the finish all along the edge under the binding. Otherwise a lovely example, complete with the original (and somewhat battered) black chipboard case. Excellent - Condition.