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  1. Nice work! Looks beautiful - and I'll bet it plays and sounds just as good. Congrats!
  2. Hi, all Looking for some knowledge from you fine people. I recently bit a sizable bullet and bought myself a 2016 ES-335 Late Sixties RI. To say I love it is a wild understatement. The neck, the action, the tone (yes, I love the stock pickups_ are all exactly what I wanted. And it looks just like the '67 335 I had back in high school. Now - my 1966 ES-330 is in the shop for a partial re-fret and the luthier asked if I had a preference for the fret wire he uses. I would really like the 330's frets to feel like the 335's - but can't find any mention of what size the fret wire is on the Gibson site. Can anyone school me on the 335 fret wire? Thanks a lot Dougg330 http://i1287.photobucket.com/albums/a629/Doug_Goransson/IMG_0918_zpsa1feoyoh.jpg
  3. I wouldn't call it a baseball bat - but it has a substantial C-shaped that fills the hand nicely. I found the Loar neck to be just a shade too thin for me - not in width, but depth. I own a couple of sixites Gibsons, and the Century's neck is similar to them, but actually a little heftier. Might even be closer to the '59 profile - bot nothing like th eold Kays and Harmonys that really had baseball bat necks. I brought the Century to Steve Morrill,a great luthier in Boston, for a setup. He reshaped the nut slots, tacked down some frets, smoothed some sharp fret ends, and fine tuned the bridge a little before installing a set of D'Addario Chrome .10 gauge flatwounds. The action is low and super smooth now, and it feels perfect all the way up and down the board. Rings out really loud acoustically, and the P-90 is surprisingly strong. Really good tones available - much more interesting than the tones from the Loar 301T I tried. I thought the Century was a keeper before. But the way it plays and sounds now, it's a bargain beyond my wildest dreams. Epiphone provides some really good value in their guitars, and you if you just do a few things to tweak them, you can put them completely over the top. I would recommend this guitar 100%, without reservation.
  4. I wouldn't call it a baseball bat - but it has a substantial C-shaped that fills the hand nicely. I found the Loar neck to be just a shade too thin for me - not in width, but depth. I own a couple of sixites Gibsons, and the Century's neck is similar to them, but actually a little heftier. Might even be closer to the '59 profile - bot nothing like th eold Kays and Harmonys that really had baseball bat necks. I brought the Century to Steve Morrill,a great luthier in Boston, for a setup. He reshaped the nut slots, tacked down some frets, smoothed some sharp fret ends, and fine tuned the bridge a little before installing a set of D'Addario Chrome .10 gauge flatwounds. The action is low and super smooth now, and it feels perfect all the way up and down the board. Rings out really loud acoustically, and the P-90 is surprisingly strong. Really good tones available - much more interesting than the tones from the Loar 301T I tried. I thought the Century was a keeper before. But the way it plays and sounds now, it's a bargain beyond my wildest dreams. Epiphone provides some really good value in their guitars, and you if you just do a few things to tweak them, you can put them completely over the top. I would recommend this guitar 100%, without reservation.
  5. Congrats on your find, man. I have two 330's - to me, the most versatile and comfortable guitars ever. Recently bought a vintage 335 but traded it off because I kept choosing the 330s over the 335. Once you get the P-90 sound in your head, humbuckers often just don't measure up. Happy for your find. Yes, I go to flea markets constantly with my wife - and the only 'find' I've made is a Jay Turser copy of a Strat for $20. A little cleanup and a bridge repair, and it plays and sounds great - but it's a Strat, not a 330. Your luck gives me hope that a find like that might be out there yet for me. Enjoy!!!
  6. Hi, Keir Just got mine this AM from Sweetwater. They do a great job of inspecting and setting up their guitars, even a less expensive one like this. Arrived in perfect shape - no rattles or loose parts, flawless finish. We all have our own preferences, so I immediately lowered the bridge and changed the strings. Plays and sounds really good to me. Very loud played acoustically, and plugged in, the P-90 gives a nice range of tones - surprisingly bright for a neck position PU. The P-90 is good, but not great. I might change it out for a Lindy Fralin someday, but not yet. I have Fralins in one of ES-330s, and they sound great. So why do I need this guitar when I have 2 ES-330's? Because it sounds that much different from them. Much more woody and acoustic guitar-like. Neck shape is crucial for me- bad arthritis in my left hand and thumb make it very painful to play necks that are too thin. So far, this one is fine for me - a nice, full C shape. I recently sold my Epi Inspired by John Lennon Casino because the neck was just a touch too flat for my hand... but this one seems a bit fuller in hand. The finish is very cool - color is great, it doesn't look fuzzy at, and it's not reliced or anything... just not glassy. And the guitar is so resonant, I have to believe the finish plays a part. So, my review is: so far, I'm very happy. Plays and sounds great. Seems like a good value for the money. I think it's a keeper .
  7. Hey, Doug! Just wanted to say "Hi!" and let you know that your ES-330's and that 335 are gorgeous! Thanks for sharing. Maybe you'd consider posting those pictures on my "ES-330 fans?" thread over at the Gibson Lounge. I think everybody would like to ogle them! Cheers!

  8. Update: the seller found the box where the original (warped) pickguard and original tuners were stored, so I'll be putting those back on soon.
  9. Thanks for your help, capmaster. I couldn't seem to figure how to grt the pix to stick this time. Need to be re-trained. Appreciate it!
  10. I decided to buy it. Then decided to be prudent and not buy it. Then I bought. So this is what is gracing my guitar room now: two 1966 330s and a '70-'72 335. Loving them all. <a href="http://s619.photobucket.com/user/dougg330/media/My%20330s.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i619.photobucket.com/albums/tt277/dougg330/My%20330s.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo My 330s.jpg"/></a> <a href="http://s619.photobucket.com/user/dougg330/media/335.jpg.html" target="_blank"><img src="http://i619.photobucket.com/albums/tt277/dougg330/335.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo 335.jpg"/></a>
  11. Old Cowboy, you are a wise cowboy. You're right - I can always sell it if it doesn't work out... But if I pass on it, I'll always regret not having the chance. Stay tuned...
  12. OK, so I have a '66 ES-330 that I love. Beautiful sunburst - with the finish in great shape. Repaired headstock crack and replacement pickups (lovely sounding Lindy Fralins), so it's player grade for sure. Recently got a '70-'72 ES-335 in excellent, all original condition, which I am absolutely loving. Very different look, sound, and feel from the 330, and a great complement to it. Now I have found another '66 ES-330 for sale near me that is all original except for replacement tuners, and I'm hot to buy it. Will it give me anything I don't already have? Darker sunburst, frets are worn down fairly low, but the action is great and it plays like butter. This one is a darker sunburst, an has the original Gib P-90s. Is it stupid to purchase another 330 just like the one I already have - or will the little variances between guitars make it worth my while? Love to hear some opinions from the group. Thx
  13. OK, so I have a '66 ES-330 that I love. Beautiful sunburst - with the finish in great shape. Repaired headstock crack and replacement pickups (lovely sounding Lindy Fralins), so it's player grade for sure. Recently got a '70-'72 ES-335 in excellent, all original condition, which I am absolutely loving. Very different look, sound, and feel from the 330, and a great complement to it. Now I have found another '66 ES-330 for sale near me that is all original except for replacement tuners, and I'm hot to buy it. Will it give me anything I don't already have? Darker sunburst, frets are worn down fairly low, but the action is great and it plays like butter. This one is a darker sunburst, an has the original Gib P-90s. Is it stupid to purchase another 330 just like the one I already have - or will the little variances between guitars make it worth my while? Love to hear some opinions from the group. Thx
  14. The witch hat knobs debuted in '67, and the neck joining the body at the 19th fret started in late '68, I believe... so it's most likely a '69 model. And a beauty at that!
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