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 1968 ES-330 is a wonderful example of a later '60s ES-330, constructed from a fully hollow Maple body, Mahogany neck and Rosewood fingerboard.
The lack of a centre block gives this guitar a woody, acoustic resonance that when combined with the original clear bobbin P90 pickups gives a unique tone. The clean sound is warm and rich with plenty of dynamic response, while the growly sound when played driven tube amp gives an unmistakable '60s garage rock tone that is only really found on these guitars. This ES-330 features the original chrome hardware and pickup covers that were introduced in '65, along with a mother of pearl block inlay neck with the longer 19th fret neck join that was available as an option from 1968 onwards. The electronics are original and fully functional, with the pots dating to late '67. The guitar appears original throughout with the exception of the bridge, which is a newer Japanese made period correct replacement. This guitar also includes its original case.
As with all vintage instruments, this 1968 ES-330 has been given a full service and appraisal by the Vintage Instrument Workshop, and includes a 3 year warranty.