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1968 Gibson ES-330 Cherry Red

Same neck as 335, cherry red rooster vintage Gibson 330

This is one of the very first ever ES 330 guitars Gibson produced with the full-length neck (in the ES-335 style) making this 330 a pretty cool proposition.

It looks exactly like the more expensive 335, yet weighs less (no block down the middle) which makes it far more comfortable to wear for a two hour set.

Also, for those of us who just love the sound of single coil P-90 pickups you have the mid-tone power of those classic pick-ups. Indeed, it’s hard not to play Twist and Shout, and why shouldn’t you?!

Price: £1,999.00
S/N: R198

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1968 Gibson ES-330 Description

This is one of the very first ever ES 330 guitars Gibson produced with the full-length neck (in the ES-335 style) Gibson gave 330 players the exact same reach to the higher frets as 335 players enjoyed, making this 330 a pretty cool proposition. It looks exactly like the more expensive 335, yet weighs less (no block down the middle) which makes it far more comfortable to wear for a two hour set. See this 330 compared to a 335 of the same year at Big Red 33s

Also, for those of us who just love the sound of single coil P-90 pickups you have the mid-tone power of those classic pick-ups. Indeed, it’s hard not to play Twist and Shout, and why shouldn’t you?!

What’s the difference between this guitar and a regular neck 330? Well, the neck is actually the same length, as is the body and scale length, but the bridge is further forward and the neck joins at the 19th fret instead of the 16th.

It’s an easy playing and terrific sounding guitar. By now you all know how much we love 330s, so of course I like this one. Everything on the guitar is original and there are no repaired breaks, but it does carry plenty of player wear. There is a 1cm long lacquer chip in the top near the neck, and another under the bar of the tailpiece (hard to spot). The wood of the top is not affected at all. The top of the headstock has several finish chips, especially to the rear. Again they only affect the finish not the underlying wood. There is wear down to the wood on the lower side. See the pic of the guitar upside down – not a usual view.

The case is of the correct style and date to be original and the only reason I’m hesitating to say it is the original is because of all the finish chips. Let’s say if the case is original, the guitar spent more time out of it than in!

1968 Gibson ES-330 Features

  • 16” archtop maple body with double rounded cutaway and f holes
  • Bound top, bottom and neck
  • Headstock with Gibson logo
  • 22 fret rosewood fretboard with pearloid block inlays
  • Mahogany neck, joined at 19th fret
  • 24 ¾” scale length
  • Individual Kluson Deluxe tuners with round buttons
  • Top mounted input jack
  • Dual P-90 pickups with chrome covers
  • Pickup selector switch
  • Individual tone and volume controls
  • Fully adjustable Tune-O-Matic bridge
  • Chrome trapeze tailpiece
  • Period-correct hard case (maybe original)

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