Gibson ES-330 TD Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1961)

Gibson  ES-330 TD Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar  (1961)

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Gibson ES-330 TD Model Thinline Hollow Body Electric Guitar (1961), made in Kalamazoo, Michigan, serial # 2535, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, laminate maple body, mahogany neck, rosewood fingerboard, original brown hard shell case.

This is a lovely example of an early sunburst ES-330TD, from the second full year of production. This guitar has all the early features including bound dot rosewood fingerboard, rounder "Mickey Mouse" cutaway horns and black plastic pickup P-90 covers. The single bound body is fully hollow, unlike the 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 1950's style amber plastic "bonnet" knobs and the "new" 60's style white switch tip. This one has a very low 4-digit impressed serial number on the back of the headstock indicating shipment in early 1961, but still carries an internal ink-stamped FON (Factory Order Number) showing it was built in late 1960.

Early 330's are great sounding, extremely versatile guitars and have been heard in many styles of music since the instrument was introduced. Jazz great Grant Green used this model extensively on his most well-regarded early-1960's recordings. 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 and many more.
 
Overall length is 39 3/4 in. (101 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 11/16 in. (43 mm.). This is a super clean original guitar, with just some extremely light finish wear and moderate checking overall. It is completely original with no repairs or alterations, just some small dings and chips and the plating is somewhat worn. The original frets show just some light wear and there is a period Gibson strap button added to the heel, slightly off center-all else is as it was in 1961. This is one of the nicest 330's we have had in a while, with a deep unfaded sunburst finish, and includes a really late example of a brown HSC. Excellent Condition.