Here is a vintage 1965 Gibson ES-330TD hollowbody electric guitar. This particular example, serial number 307705, is in very nice all original condition and includes the original Lifton hard shell case! Featuring a gorgeous Tobacco Sunburst finish and a transitional combination of both nickel and chrome parts, this ’65 ES-330 is incredibly attractive, as well as, incredibly functional. With no structural issues, including; no breaks, no cracks, no repairs, etc. this guitar has perfect player potential while remaining an undeniably solid investment.
This ’65 Gibson ES-330TD features: a lacquer Tobacco Sunburst finish,a laminated maple body construction with a 1-piece mahogany neck, a Brazilian rosewood fingerboard with block pearloid inlays, a 1 9/16″ nut width, a thick slim-taper neck profile, a pair of dog-ear P-90 pickups, a nickel trapeze tailpiece, a chrome ABR-1 with nylon saddles, gold top hat knobs with chrome inserts, individual Kluson Deluxe tuning machines with plastic buttons and chrome ferrules, an early variety large pebble black Lifton case with yellow interior. This 330 is missing it’s original pickguard, however, a repro can easily be obtained, and an original won’t cost more than $200.
Aside from general storage wear and impressions from having rested on a coil cable for years, this guitar is in very excellent cosmetic condition. There is evidence of expected playing wear, but the general appearance is quite attractive. With plenty of luster combined with subtle vintage vibe, this guitar has just the right amount patina.
It weighs an ounce over 6 pounds, and is nearly as light as a feather. The guitar resonates with complete clarity, and this quality translates nicely when plugged into an amp. Even though the nut width is the smaller size, the neck depth gives it a more substantial profile, and the less wide nut width does not distract from the playability. Very comfortable and very good sounding, this is a particularly fine example. It lacks the plasticity that plaques some from the mid-’60s, and the build-quality and finishing techniques are more reminiscent of an early-’60s ES-330 rather than one from the late-’60s.
Great ones are scarce, and I can definitely say that from my extensive experience, this is one of the great ones.