1966/67 Gibson ES 330 TD- Bigsby Custom Cherry Red

The Blue Book Says:

ES-330 T
– double round cutaway semi-hollow bound body, arched maple top, maple back and sides, two f-holes, mahogany neck, 22-fret bound rosewood fingerboard with pearl dot inlays (1959-1962) or block inlays (1962-63), black headstock overlay with pearl logo inlay, three-per-side tuners with plastic buttons, tune-o-matic bridge, trapeze tailpiece, raised bound black pickguard, one black covered (1959-1962) or chrome covered (1962-63) single coil pickup, two knobs (v, tone), nickel hardware, available in Cherry (1962-63), Natural (1959-1962), or Sunburst finish, mfg. 1959-1963.

ES-330 TD
– similar to the ES-330 T, except has two single coil pickups, four knobs (two v, two tone), and a three-way pickup switch, available in Cherry (1960-1975), Natural (1959-1962), Sparkling Burgundy (1967-69), or Sunburst finish, mfg. 1959-1975.

I say:

I love these guitars – sonically rich and so easy to play.

This one has a custom factory fitted Bigsby, and considering it’s nearly half a century old it’s in very good condition.

The headstock has a little lacquer checking, and some light marks, Kluson double tulip tuners are in good condition.

The rear of the very slim neck shows lacquer checking, and has a couple of minor dings, but playing the guitar is unhindered.  The rosewood fingerboard and block peal inlays are all in great condition – as are the frets.

The body shows a few chips, but no major signs of wear.

The P90 pickups are full bodied (neck) and screaming Bridge.  The lack of adjustability with these pickups means that the bridge is slightly quieter than the neck – but it’s an easy fix using the separate volume controls.

All in all this is a great example of a truly vintage guitar, with one or two signs of wear and tear commensurate with its years.

Original case included as shown.