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Late '50's ES 330 reissue

#1 User is offline   AlanC 

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 07:34 AM

Hi all. I just picked up the new ES 330. Mine's a vintage sunburst. I'll post some pics shortly . Great jazz sound. I've put D'Addario 12 rounds on it and it just sings.
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#2 User is offline   Sunburst PB 

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Posted 02 March 2012 - 11:20 AM

Going for the Grant Green sound? I really like the standard neck ES-330 over the ES-330L. Can't wait to see pictures. Selling my ES-330 back in the early 70s was one of my biggest mistakes ever.
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 11:33 AM

This is the guitar I have optimistically mentioned in another thread. It is said to have a fairly chunky neck, which is patterned after the '59 model. I have a 330L and love the feel of the 30/60 neck & 19 frets clear of the body, but am definitely curious to do a comparison. Really nice to see Gibson releasing another version of the 330!
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 11:45 AM

holy moses, I can't wait for those pictures!!
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 03:02 PM

View PostSunburst PB, on 02 March 2012 - 11:20 AM, said:

Going for the Grant Green sound? I really like the standard neck ES-330 over the ES-330L. Can't wait to see pictures. Selling my ES-330 back in the early 70s was one of my biggest mistakes ever.

I feel your pain. What year was yours? I bought a 1960 ES-330TD, clean, with a nice original brown case, for $200 back in the early 80's. Great guitar, but I was always wheeling and dealing, curious to discover the next great guitar, so I sold it after a couple of years for $450. At the time, I was proud of myself for making $250. Five or ten years later.... uh, not so much. I discovered Grant Green (and became a big fan) after that, by the way. I later got a '61, but the neck was so much narrower... didn't keep that one very long.
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Posted 02 March 2012 - 04:48 PM

Good to keep the ES 330 lust active [biggrin]

Grant Green has one of the most vibrant tones in jazz IMO....

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 03:52 PM

View PostJimR56, on 02 March 2012 - 03:02 PM, said:

I feel your pain. What year was yours? I bought a 1960 ES-330TD, clean, with a nice original brown case, for $200 back in the early 80's. Great guitar, but I was always wheeling and dealing, curious to discover the next great guitar, so I sold it after a couple of years for $450. At the time, I was proud of myself for making $250. Five or ten years later.... uh, not so much. I discovered Grant Green (and became a big fan) after that, by the way. I later got a '61, but the neck was so much narrower... didn't keep that one very long.


Mine was a Heritage Cherry '59 and had beautiful tone. The car was a '66 Chevy Impala SS327 2 door hardtop that burned up when the engine caught fire from a bad fuel connection to the carburetor about 2 years later. It was a lose lose situation all around.

My solace was custom ordering an ES-355 last year and I will never part with that.
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 04:22 PM

Alan C, you have to post some pics. I'm DYING over here!
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 05:37 PM

Yes pictures are a must! [biggrin]
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 11:26 PM

TinyBabyBrandon said:

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Alan C, you have to post some pics. I'm DYING over here!

Yes I will post some pics in the next couple of days. I own a 335 but the 330 is very different to it. The Grant Green sound just pours out of it. Finish wise it's flawless although the fretboard needed to be oiled as it was pretty dry. Great neck. I've got round wound D'Addarios on it (12's). Also as an acoustic guitar it has a great sound and is surprisingly loud given that it is not really an Archtop.



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Posted 06 March 2012 - 10:25 AM

View PostAlanC, on 02 March 2012 - 07:34 AM, said:

Hi all. I just picked up the new ES 330. Mine's a vintage sunburst. I'll post some pics shortly . Great jazz sound. I've put D'Addario 12 rounds on it and it just sings.


Without being too specific, how did/does the MAP (minimum advertised price) work with Gibson? Can a seller go lower? Was that your experience? Thanks--
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:40 PM

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Without being too specific, how did/does the MAP (minimum advertised price) work with Gibson? Can a seller go lower? Was that your experience? Thanks--

Hi Jhn29, I have found that if you buy Gibson guitars through the same Gibson shop they will offer significant discounts. In fact I got the ES 330 for less than 60% of the list price.



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Posted 08 March 2012 - 09:50 AM

Hope you're happy with your 330. I'm curious about the neck: is it as girthy as a real '59?
Dying to see the pix. I have a serious jones for that guitar. Far surpassing mere GAS. Jammed with a friend last night - my '66 ES-330 thru my Crestline-model Discoverer GA-8T, his 70's Les Paul Deluxe thru his VibroVerb reissue. Sweet sounds all around...but I prefer the 330 to the Paul and just about every other guitar I've ever played.
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 03:40 AM

Yes the neck is just like a 50s neck very large not narrow like the 60s version . Ive got the sunburst myself great sounding and playing instrument.

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Posted 09 March 2012 - 12:00 PM

Sooo, I'm not getting antsy or anything but, this thread is a week old and still no pictures. What's it gonna take to get some pictures of this thing? Seriously.
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Posted 09 March 2012 - 03:01 PM

View Postg6120, on 09 March 2012 - 03:40 AM, said:

Yes the neck is just like a 50s neck very large not narrow like the 60s version . Ive got the sunburst myself great sounding and playing instrument.

http://imagehost.ven...-es330-vsb2.jpg


Thanks - the info on the neck cooled me off a little (I have small hands, so the 60's neck works well for me), but the pix got me all heated up again.
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Posted 10 March 2012 - 03:50 AM

View Postdougg330, on 09 March 2012 - 03:01 PM, said:

Thanks - the info on the neck cooled me off a little (I have small hands, so the 60's neck works well for me), but the pix got me all heated up again.


My hands are not large as well but Ive always preferred the necks from the 50s . My ES 335 58 has a large neck as well which again I prefer but everyone has their own opinions .
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 12:52 AM

View PostTinyBabyBrandon, on 09 March 2012 - 12:00 PM, said:

Sooo, I'm not getting antsy or anything but, this thread is a week old and still no pictures. What's it gonna take to get some pictures of this thing? Seriously.

sorry for the delay but here are the pictures (sorry for the finger marks on the pick plate)

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Posted 11 March 2012 - 12:57 AM

One more photo.

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The neck is not as big as my '59 ES 335 reissue. Very comfortable neck.
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Posted 11 March 2012 - 02:18 AM

Very desirable piece of wood [thumbup]

I have one very similar (not the 50's re-issue though)

I particularly like the understated black dog-ears

And the plain top 'n back look well cool...

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