Gibson ES-330 (1964)

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The serial number dates this guitar to late 1964. Otherwise, we’d wonder if it wasn’t a newer instrument. A close inspection of this cherry-red beauty reveals virtually no fretwear, no belt-buckle rash and very little finish checking. ES-330s may have originally been intended as a lower-priced complement to 335s, 345s and 355s, but this is no mere student guitar. It produces everything from a warm and throaty neck pickup jangle to classic P-90 sizzle. It’s also exceptionally responsive to touch; play it hard and it produces an edgy attack; pluck it with your fingers and it responds with startling clarity and exceptional note separation. Unlike its higher-priced brethren, the 330s don’t have a center block, so you can even summon bursts of easily controllable feedback a la the introduction to the Beatles’ “I Feel Fine.” A small and stable crack on the lower bout (see photo), otherwise this guitar betrays very little evidence of playwear. With original Gibson-badged chipboard case. SOLD!

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The serial number dates this guitar to late 1964. Otherwise, we’d wonder if it wasn’t a newer instrument. A close inspection of this cherry-red beauty reveals virtually no fretwear, no belt-buckle rash and very little finish checking. ES-330s may have originally been intended as a lower-priced complement to 335s, 345s and 355s, but this is no mere student guitar. It produces everything from a warm and throaty neck pickup jangle to classic P-90 sizzle. It’s also exceptionally responsive to touch; play it hard and it produces an edgy attack; pluck it with your fingers and it responds with startling clarity and exceptional note separation. Unlike its higher-priced brethren, the 330s don’t have a center block, so you can even summon bursts of easily controllable feedback a la the introduction to the Beatles’ “I Feel Fine.” A small and stable crack on the lower bout (see photo), otherwise this guitar betrays very little evidence of playwear. With original Gibson-badged chipboard case. SOLD!