This ES 330 is a fine example of the classic ES (Electric Spanish) model that Gibson introduced in the late 1950s to great acclaim worldwide. The ES 330 model delivers a wide tonal range of vintage sounds that can cover everything from jazz and R&B to country, rock and blues.
The 330 has a fully hollow body. This 1966 model is the last of the 330’s with the desired 16th fret body/neck join. The hollow tone chamber produces a fatter, warmer tone than semi-solid models, and is blissfully lighter in weight at under 6 lb. It’s rich vintage cherry finish highlights the slab-figure maple body to great advantage.
Body Type ES-330
Body Type Single Chamber Fully Hollow
Top 3ply – Maple/Poplar/Maple, Hot Pressed – one piece, no joins
Back 3ply – Maple/Poplar/Maple, Hot Pressed – one piece, no joins
Scale Length 24.75″
Scale Length 24.75″
Dark Rosewood Fingerboard with 12” radius
Cream Neck Binding
Tortoiseshell Side Dots
Fingerboard Inlay Mother-of-Pearl dots
22 standard frets – medium jumbo
Nut Material is Vintage Nylon
Nut Width 1.687
Headstock Logo ‘Gibson’ Pearl Inlay
Original Vintage Truss Rod Cover
Tuners Kluson with White Buttons
Tuning Ratio 18:01
Bridge Type Tune-o-matic (ABR-1) Die Cast Alloy – Nickel Plating
Trapeze-style Nickel Plated Aluminum Tailpiece
Top Hat Knobs
Original Pickguard with 5-ply Binding
Pickups – Neck Position Underwound P-90 Dog Ear
Bridge Position Underwound P-90 Dog Ear
2 Volume and 2 Tone Controls – 500k Audio Taper
Coil Wiring Parallel-Machine Wound
Switchcraft Toggle with Original Vintage Cap
Output Jack – 1/4″ Switchcraft
Finish is Vintage Cherry – Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Weight is 5.9 lbs
Vintage Gibson ES 330’s are excellent guitars, and very hard to find in Australia, especially in this condition. The hollowbody in this form gives you a manageable platform for exploring feedback, harmonics and overtones on stage, making the guitar feel truly alive.
This original 1966 ES 330 is in superb condition. The guitar has all its original hardware including electronics, metal parts, pickguard, and knobs. It shows no cracks or repairs and the original finish is remarkably free of pick wear, buckle rash, or fingerboard pitting, with only traces of light scattered lacquer checking, which simply adds to the vintage vibe.
The neck is fast and comfortable, with a gentle “C” profile. The frets are perfectly crowned classic mid 60’s medium-jumbos. The original P-90 pickups produce a sparkling tone – clear, detailed and rich in harmonics.
Comes in non original hard shell case in good condition.