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 1962 ES-330 TDC is a wonderful example of a first year block inlay version of the model.
Constructed from a maple body and mahogany neck, with a deep cherry finish and lightly quilted grain pattern to the rear of the body. The neck features the shorter 15th neck join found on these early models, which when combined with lack of a centre block and P90 pickups gives this guitar a woody, acoustic resonance that shines unplugged or amplified.
This guitar is in very good condition, with some very minor signs of ageing and patina, although there is a more substantial area of play wear on the rear of the neck that has removed most of the lacquer. A period correct Bigsby vibrato has been added, but the original wire ABR-1 bridge is present and correct. The pickups appear original and untouched as does the wiring harness, with readable pot codes showing 134 6202. The tuners are later single line Kluson repro's, and this guitar has benefitted from a new nut and a refret. This guitar also includes a non original case.
As with all vintage instruments, this 1962 Gibson ES-330 has been given a full service and appraisal by the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.