Gibson introduced the ES-330 in 1958, around the same time as the ground-breaking ES-335 series. It was popular and versatile but lost out in the volume wars, and was discontinued in the early 1970s; Gibson has reissued it a number of times.
This 1960 Gibson ES-330T Thinline Archtop Guitar is in excellent all-original condition, with no real marks or wear. As t the ‘T’ model, it’s unusual in having one pickup – mounted in the center position rather than in the neck or bridge positions. Interestingly, and characteristic of the period – there’s only one strap pin. Straps would have gone from the tail pin and a tie around the head.
|Serial Number||R3563, built during 1960 at the Gibson plant in Kalamazoo, Michigan.|
|Pricing||$3,499.00 CAD with original case. SOLD|
|Neck||Mahogany neck with bound rosewood fingerboard, joining the body at the 16th fret. Mother of Pearl dot position markers and Gibson logo.|
|Frets||Original frets with minor wear.|
|Body||Fully hollow thinline archtop body; maple laminates used for top, back and sides.|
|Finish||Original gloss nitrocellulose lacquer finish in excellent condition.|
|Hardware/electronics||All original with very little wear. Kluson Deluxe tuners with rounded creme plastic buttons, single ‘dog-ear’ P-90 pickup, volume and tone controls; ABR bridge and trapeze tailpiece, both nickel plated. Original multi-layer pickguard and bracket.|
|Playability/Action||Plays very well and cleanly, with lots of room for action adjustment.|
|Case||Original brown Gibson hardshell case included.|
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