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Gibson / ES-330 TC / 1962 / Cherry / Guitar For Sale

How’s about this keenly Gibson ES-330 TC from 1962?

Introduced in 1959 as the successor to the ES-225 and new thinline cousin of the ES-335, the ES-330 bridged the gap to Gibson’s classic arch tops of the previous decade. Seen in the hands of players such as BB King and Grant Green, not to mention the rhythm guitar of choice for many, the 330 is still hugely popular.

This guitar has certainly seen some life. The finish has faded and worn in places and the pickup cavity has been widened slightly to accommodate a humbucker. There is also a repair on the upper horn where a strap button was once situated.  

The neck is worn. There are patches of wear on the back of the neck. The fretboard is in good condition, the frets have plenty of life left in them. There is a headstock repair and some binding missing up the neck on the bass side. The tuners are reproductions and there is evidence of other tuners having been fitted. The nut has some drill holes for which we have no answer.

The plastics are in good condition with only very slight warping of the pickguard. The knobs are correct.

The tailpiece is correct with the bridge being a reproduction.

Electronically the pickup is a modern replacement. The pots are modern.

The guitar comes with a hardshell case

Acoustically this guitar has a pleasantly warm tone that certainly tips the hat to Gibson’s archtop heritage. Plugged in positioning of the single pickup seems to give you the best of both worlds, not too trebly and not too dark. The neck is the slimmer profile of the early 60s and is very comfortable, a complete delight to play.

Though there are changes this is a lot of guitar for the price. Grab a bargain…

ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
Opening hours:
24 hours

Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

Payment and p/x:

All prices are in UK GBP £ Sterling. Payment can be made by Paypal, bank transfer, cash, or money order cashiers cheque etc. 

Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

Postage and shipping:

We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

UK excluding Northern Ireland and Highlands £29
Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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