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First post; new guitar day! Gibson ES-330 Satin Walnut Finish

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Posted 24 June 2018 - 09:16 PM

Greetings!

Thought you might enjoy taking a look at my new 2018 Gibson ES-330.

This model is a limited run satin walnut finish with burstbucker 1 and 2 pickups. Has a very 50s Chuck Berry vibe to the sound.

I dig the appointments on this (or lack thereof); humbuckers (unusual for a 330), black binding and no pickguard:

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Posted 25 June 2018 - 04:48 AM

congrats,, that is one very unique looking ES..
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Posted 25 June 2018 - 06:12 AM

Nice! Congrats! Maybe I just missed it, but that's the first guitar with "Witch Hat" knobs I've seen lately....
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Posted 25 June 2018 - 07:20 AM

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Posted 25 June 2018 - 08:56 AM

View Postsub rosa, on 24 June 2018 - 09:16 PM, said:

Greetings!

Thought you might enjoy taking a look at my new 2018 Gibson ES-330.

This model is a limited run satin walnut finish with burstbucker 1 and 2 pickups. Has a very 50s Chuck Berry vibe to the sound.

I dig the appointments on this (or lack thereof); humbuckers (unusual for a 330), black binding and no pickguard:

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Very Nice!
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Posted 25 June 2018 - 03:47 PM

Thanks guys.

Longtime Gibson owner, but first time ES owner. Auditioned against a 335, preferred the feel and response of this.
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Posted 26 June 2018 - 05:11 AM

Nice ES.
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Posted 26 June 2018 - 11:01 AM

View PostGrog, on 25 June 2018 - 06:12 AM, said:

Maybe I just missed it, but that's the first guitar with "Witch Hat" knobs I've seen lately...…………….

Interesting. You made me look. At a glance the witch hats look a lot like the top hats of similar color in inserts, so it is easy to miss them. I have them on my 2015 Flying V and do like them. But neither do I recall seeing them on newer Gibsons until now.

Nice looking 330 all in all!

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Posted 29 June 2018 - 09:43 PM

Soo... put the first fresh set of strings on tonight and spotted something I completely missed until now.

Is this "unfinished" looking area on the end of the neck normal?

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Posted 02 July 2018 - 11:09 AM

I have never seen that before.
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Posted 02 July 2018 - 01:23 PM

View Postsub rosa, on 29 June 2018 - 09:43 PM, said:

Soo... put the first fresh set of strings on tonight and spotted something I completely missed until now.

Is this "unfinished" looking area on the end of the neck normal?

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No sir I don't like it.
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Posted 02 July 2018 - 02:02 PM

Hello and welcome to the board!

Congrats on your nice catch. [thumbup]

I think I would like most of your ES-330 - unique top, finish in general, humbuckers, all of the hardware, and witch hat knobs, too.

However, the missing finish on the neck's overlap near the neck humbucker would bother me. I think if I'd like playability and tone as you do, I would have it fixed. A skilled luthier can do this at a reasonable fee, and it may take about two weeks until the finish is dried out sufficiently. You may have it done by Gibson, too, and I think they would fix it without charge, but it may take some months until you will have your guitar back again.

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Posted 13 July 2018 - 09:46 AM

Congrats & Welcome. Beautiful finish! You don't HB's in 330's very often.... Enjoy!
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Posted 13 July 2018 - 07:53 PM

View Postsub rosa, on 29 June 2018 - 09:43 PM, said:

Soo... put the first fresh set of strings on tonight and spotted something I completely missed until now.

Is this "unfinished" looking area on the end of the neck normal?

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CONGRATULATIONS !! On your new Guitar !

NO, I do not think that it is normal.I have and ES-335 with the Cream coloured binding and in the spot where yours has the exposed wood, mine has the Cream Coloured Binding. So, with that factoid in hand, I'd say there should probably be a piece of Black Binding over where the exposed wood is on your 330.

However, I could be wrong........
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Posted 14 July 2018 - 06:57 AM

View Postcapmaster, on 02 July 2018 - 02:02 PM, said:

Hello and welcome to the board!

Congrats on your nice catch. [thumbup]

I think I would like most of your ES-330 - unique top, finish in general, humbuckers, all of the hardware, and witch hat knobs, too.

However, the missing finish on the neck's overlap near the neck humbucker would bother me. I think if I'd like playability and tone as you do, I would have it fixed. A skilled luthier can do this at a reasonable fee, and it may take about two weeks until the finish is dried out sufficiently. You may have it done by Gibson, too, and I think they would fix it without charge, but it may take some months until you will have your guitar back again.

Just my two cents...


I'd call Gibson & have them send me a Pre paid Fed Ex label & an RA number & send It to them to fix. It's under Lifetime Warranty..
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Posted 14 July 2018 - 12:10 PM

View PostLarsongs, on 14 July 2018 - 06:57 AM, said:

I'd call Gibson & have them send me a Pre paid Fed Ex label & an RA number & send It to them to fix. It's under Lifetime Warranty..

In 2012, I sent a Les Paul double-cut back to Gibson under warranty, but had to pay for shipping. They covered the return shipping on what turned out to be a replacement.
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Posted 15 July 2018 - 08:53 AM

I honestly love that beautiful finish.

As for the 'rough' looking area, I normally dont worry about detail, but I would question this with Gibson via the dealer I think.

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Posted 17 July 2018 - 09:27 PM

From your picture, the fretboard end has the normal black binding. However, it looks like the routing for the neck pickup extends right up the fretboard end (not the usual) or the pickup ring was not installed flushed against the fretboard end (usually).
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Posted 01 August 2018 - 10:22 AM

On my LPs and a 356 the pick-up ring butts right up against the edge of the binding that is at the bottom of the neck/fretboard. Sort of looks like your pickup was installed too far away from the fingerboard and thus left that little gap. I am not real familiar with 330s though, they may all be like that? [scared]
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Posted 01 August 2018 - 03:02 PM

View Postsub rosa, on 29 June 2018 - 09:43 PM, said:

Soo... put the first fresh set of strings on tonight and spotted something I completely missed until now.

Is this "unfinished" looking area on the end of the neck normal?

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Can't tell from the pic to be sure, but it looks to me like that is a result of a misguided router after binding was already on the neck. You can see the binding, it looks like it was cut into. Should be completely bound there.
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