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1966 ES-330 - Opportunity or sickness?

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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.


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You're hooked. Buy it reasonably if possible, but by all means BUY it - elsewise you'll regret letting it slip away and wind up paying too much for the next one. You can always sell it if it doesn't treat you right. We're mostly hopeless addicts around here, so discouraging you doesn't fit our profile. Lol

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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>

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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.

[thumbup] Good to hear, and I'm glad you kept us posted about it!

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Such beautiful guitars!! I have a '66 sunburst also but without the pickguard. I LOVE ES-330's! They're sooo underrated! I think you have done the right thing by buying the dark one! Congratulations and may your addiction remain strong!

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