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Gibson / ES-330 TDC / 1961 / Cherry / Guitar For Sale

Introduced in 1959 as the successor to the ES-225, the ES-330 bridged the gap between the new centre block guitars and Gibson’s classic archtops of the previous decades, becoming a firm favorite with players such as BB King and Grant Green not to mention the rhythm guitar of choice for many.

The finish has kept its deep colour both front and back. There are signs of use and some dinks to the finish. The cherry stain really accentuates the grain pattern of the maple and the finish has retained some of its gloss. 

The same can be said for the neck which is in good condition. The lacquer has worn but is comfortable. The fretboard is in good condition and there's plenty of life left in the frets.

The plastics are in great shape with no warping of the pickguard. All four shallow dish knobs still have their reflectors. The hardware shows some signs of use which is to be expected. 

Electronically everything looks to be correct, solder joints being untouched and both pickups undisturbed. There is a strong output from both pickups with original windings. 

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 the guitar runs the gamut from warm neck pickup to a more honky, biting bridge pickup tone. The neck has the classic early 60’s slim neck profile and it is very comfortable and a complete delight to play.

This is a fantastic example with a tone to match. A must for any collection. Grab it before it gets away…

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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