1965 Gibson ES-330

Here is a vintage 1965 (early ’65) Gibson ES-330 TDC hollow body electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 313842, is in nice all original condition and includes a non-original case. This guitar plays amazingly well, sounds fantastic, and looks incredible.

With immense authentic vibe and respectable playing wear, the subtle wear and pronounced weather-checking make this ES-330 more suitable for the player/collector who enjoys 100% original examples without requiring an immaculately clean specimen. Though it is far from being considered in poor shape, it does display considerable weather-checking, usual finish fading, and wear on the back of the neck.

This particular ES-330 features: a cherry red finish, (2) P-90 pickups, a maple body construction, a 1-piece mahogany neck with a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard, a wide 1 5/8” nut width, nickel hardware, an ABR-1 Tun-O-Matic bridge with nylon saddles, original black top hat knobs with chrome inserts, original double-line Kluson Deluxe tuning machines with attractively yellowed plastic buttons, original trapeze tailpiece, a thick 4-ply (b/w/b/w) pickguard, and a non-original hard case.

With isolated wear patterns, it is quite clear that this guitar was lovingly used regularly for nearly 40 years, while also maintaining it in very nice condition. The cherry finish is still very vibrant and rich, while the binding has aged to a beautiful creamy patina. There is evidence of wear completely through the finish in several areas on the back of the neck. There is some playing wear through the clear coat on the back of the body, probably resulting from some belt buckle action.

Although fret stock used in the early-mid 1960’™s was a wider and taller fret than used prior, these frets exhibit significant wear, though it is still highly enjoyable to play. The guitar plays great as-is, but a fret dressing would greatly improve playability, and a re-fret would restore this guitar with perfect playing potential. The Brazilian rosewood fingerboard features a very rich and dark grain pattern. While almost undetectable, it is worth noting. The nickel hardware (bridge, tailpiece, pickup covers, pickguard bracket,) shows oxidation, although it is nicely aged and fairly attractive. The guitar weighs a featherweight 5 lbs. 15 oz., and feels absolutely remarkable.

The original thick pickguard has an intentional shape carved into the top pickup rout, made to mimic the contour of the pickup cover.

The guitar sounds fantastic, and has been in our “permanent” collection for quite some time. We really enjoy it, and we know the next owner will as well.

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