Gibson ES-330 Electric Guitar Vintage Natural

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Gibson Custom™s ES-330 is reminiscent of the classic Gibson, late ™50s feel, including the comfortable neck shape blending into the soft curves of the rounded fingerboard binding. The ES-330 is a ligh... Read More

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Gibson Custom™s ES-330 is reminiscent of the classic Gibson, late ™50s feel, including the comfortable neck shape blending into the soft curves of the rounded fingerboard binding. The ES-330 is a lightweight, lively sounding guitar whether played acoustically or plugged in. With the 16th fret neck joint and just the right neck angle, it™s got a great feel that makes you want to play all night.

The combination of exacting ™50s body and neck specifications and slightly underwound P-90 pickups on aged nickel-plated bases tied together with an original spec wiring harness will bring you back to the tones of Grant Green in a laid-back New York jazz club. Run it through an old tube amp and you won™t be able to keep from playing one British Invasion song after another.

The weight, the feel and the tone of this ES-330 are magical. Offered in old-school colors and all finished in Gibson's warm Vintage Original Spec process, it™s a guitar that just makes sense from beginning to end. Includes case.

  • Three-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple hot-pressed top and back
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Mother-of-Pearl dot inlays
  • Underwound P-90 Dog Ear pickups
  • Nickel-plated ABR-1 bridge with Trapeze tailpiece
  • TonePros® Kluson® tuners with white buttons and 18:1 tuning ratio
  • Includes Gibson Custom hardshell case
  • Body
    Body Type: Single Chamber, Fully Hollow
    Top: 3ply - Maple/Poplar/Maple, Hot Pressed
    Back: 3ply - Maple/Poplar/Maple, Hot Pressed
    Binding: Cream
    Species: Mahogany Neck with Maple Spline
    Truss Rod: Traditional
    Joint Angle: 4 (+/- 15 seconds)
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
    Neck Fit
    Joint: Mortise & Tenon
    Adhesive: Franklin Titebond 50
    Joint Angle: Tolerance +/- .005"
    Species: Hand-selected Dark Rosewood
    Radius: 12"
    Scale Length: 24.75"
    Nut/E.O.B: 1.687/2.062
    Inlays: Mother-of-Pearl Dots
    Binding: .04, cream
    Other: Standard Fret Wire/Tortoiseshell Side Dots
    Material: Vintage Style Nylon
    Width: 1.687
    Slots: Gibson PLEK System
    Logo: 'Gibson' Pearl Inlay
    Truss Rod Cover: Vintage Truss Rod Cover
    Angle: 17 Degrees
    Model: TonePros® Kluson® with White Buttons
    Plating: Nickel
    Tuning Ratio: 18:01
    Type: Tune-o-matic (ABR-1)
    Material: Die Cast Alloy
    Plating: Nickel
    Type: Trapeze-style
    Material: Aluminum
    Plating: Nickel
    Knobs: Amber Top Hats (Black Top Hats with Silver Inserts on Vintage Cherry)
    Pickguard: Reissue with 5-ply Binding
    Strings: .010 - .046, Genuine Gibson Strings
    Strap Buttons: Aluminum End Pins
    Neck Position:: Underwound P-90 Dog Ear (Alnico II)
    Bridge Position Underwound P-90 Dog Ear (Alnico II)
    Potentiometers: 2 Volume Controls, 2 Tone Controls
    Capacitors: Sprague Black Beauty Bumblebee
    Type: 500k Audio Taper
    Coil Wiring: Parallel-Machine Wound
    Toggle Switch: Switchcraft Toggle with Vintage Cap
    Output: Jack 1/4" Switchcraft Jack
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ES-330 VOS


from Thornton, Colorado

I brought my Epiphone 1961 50th Anniversary Casino to the Englewood, CO store to do an A to B comparison with the Gibson ES-330 VOS. Neither guitar had a Bigsby vibrato. The Casino 50th has the standard Gibson P-90's on it and they are hotter than the underwound P-90's on the 330 and can drive the amp into distortion sooner. (makes sense) The neck on the Casino is definitely a thinner 60's profile compared to the chunkier 50's profile on the 330. Playing both unplugged, the 330 had a fuller, more acoustic or piano kind of resonance. The Casino had a tighter, thinner sound to it. The Casino has a wooden block inside the body between the tune-o-matic bridge and the bridge pickup; the 330 is fully acoustic and doesn't have the block. Though, it was quite a surprising contrast. Plugged in the 330 has a warmer, fuller sound probably due to the vintage style P-90's and the body's acoustic quality, but P-90's still had bite. The Casino has the shiny poly finish on it and the 330 has the more satin hand-rubbed lacquer finish. The Casino has chrome hardware and the 330 has nickel hardware with the VOS treatment. All in all I'd say the two are in different parts of the spectrum, the Casino with modern P-90's would do rock easier with a tighter more solid body sound. And, the ES-330 VOS would do jazz or 50's style rock & roll easier. With a little knob tweaking one could probably do either style with the Casino or the ES-330. I traded in the Casino and bought the 330. The other ES-330 VOS with Bigsby in the store was sold to another player at the same time I bought mine. Get 'em while you can!

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