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 # 853226, sunburst top, dark back and sides finish, laminated maple body; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard, black tolex hard shell case.

This is a nice original example of a sunburst-finished Gibson ES-330 from 1966. The top has a nicely blended somber 2-tone sunburst finish, darker than many from this period with a deeply shaded body and neck. Other typical period features include a 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, 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 '60s-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 1960s 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 '60s 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.).

Overall this is a nicely original guitar with some play wear but nothing too serious. It remains original and unaltered except the pickguard has gone missing and the knobs are very good reproductions...they almost fooled us at first glance! The finish has moderate checking in most places, with some scuffing, dings, and dents overall, and a mark from a removed sticker just below where the pickguard would have been. There are worn spots on both sides of the neck and small dings and dents on the back. There are a couple of small chips out of the top edge of the headstock. The original large frets have been crowned relatively low but this is still a very nice-playing and great-sounding guitar. It includes a well-worn if still functional somewhat newer HSC. Overall Excellent - Condition.