First introduced in 1959, the Gibson ES-330 was initially introduced as a replacement for the ES-225 single cut model manufactured by Gibson from the mid '50s. Though its popularity is often overshadowed by the semi-hollowbody models of the time like the ES-335, Gibson ES-330 guitars are fantastic and often fairly under appreciated, with a sound that is unique among vintage guitars. This 1960 ES-330T is a great example of a single pickup version of the model, in excellent condition.
The lack of a centre block gives this guitar a woody, acoustic resonance that when combined with the original P90 pickup gives a tone unlike many other hollow body guitars. The ES-330T can actually be incredible versatile, even with the single P90 in the middle position, with the player able to move around the pickup to achieve a variety of sounds. This ES-330T features the original black pickup cover and trapeze tailpiece, along with the wired nylon saddle ABR1 bridge. The pickup and electronics appear original and are fully functional, with the pots dating to the very end of 1959, also featuring the slightly chunkier neck profile associated with this year, so it may have left the factory in very early 1960. The original tuners are present and correct although we believe the buttons may have been changed. The guitar has also been refretted. This guitar also includes its original hard case.
As with all vintage instruments, this 1960 Gibson ES-330T has been given a full service and appraisal by the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.