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ES 330 NO F HOLE!

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I have had this guitar since the late 1970's. It's

An absolutely mint cherry sunburst finish with chrome p-90s and a beautiful warm sound. I have been searching for years to find out if it is a one off by the factory or possibly a NAMM show prototype. The serial number is 600033

 

Gibson Kluson tuners and big square fret markers

Original hardshell case with yellow lining

 

 

Any clues to the mystery?

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Those exist

 

Gibson did some of those in the 60's and 70's... Usually custom one-offs [thumbup] ... I think there was a BB King model in the 90's that had no f-holes either

 

Gibson was really flexible with it's customers through the late 60's to the early 80's, and would build anything as long as it would fit in the building [biggrin]

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A 330 would be an excellent candidate for not having f-holes - if you can live with the unusual look.

 

Unlike their humbucking cousins, 330s don't have the centre block and I have found them prone to feedback especially at the volume levels where P90s start to bite.

 

Certainly nicer than gaffer tape over the f-holes.

 

R

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Want to see a great demo video of Phil X playing (and raving about) a 1968 ES-330 with no f holes? Check out Fretted Americana's channel on YouTube. Pretty amazing instrument.

I'd love to own one - or even try one out.

Enjoy yours, man - it's a beauty. The Gibson serial # book puts yours at '68 or '69.

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