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Gibson Es-330

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GIBSONS BIG SECRET.

Apr 14, 2003
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Very Slim Fast Neck,pickups sound so Bell Like and Pure. Comfortable and lightweight.Overall quality.

Cons:Subject to feedback at volume,fragile neck if dropped.

The Bottom Line: SOUND, OUTSTANDING SLIM NECK,QUALITY PRODUCT,RARITY.


I have owned a lot of guitars in 35 years of playing,only two ever kept my attention for long,my old Telecaster,and my GIBSON 330 which I now take to a gig when Ive someone to impress.
I bought my 330 new from a local music store back in 1969. It cost me 225 then with discounts.Its still with me today because it has to be the best sounding,playing guitar ever.
Construction is first class,the fittings which include enclosed grover machines made to Gibson Pattern are smooth,reliable,and keep the strings at just the right tension.The neck is ultra Slim,extremely fast,and plays right the way down. The crowning glory must be the P90 pickups, which produce what can only be described as a Bell like tone, as in clear as a bell. The guitar is a stunning 3 tone red sunburst,just like its fancy 345 sister. The frets are wide low nickel silver/brass, All controls are smooth and healthy even after 30 odd years of hard gigging service. The guitar is ulta light in weight because unlike the 335 model it hasnt got a chunk of timber shoved up its body. The 330 is the closest guitar to a Epiphone Casino which was a cult guitar used by the Beatles. It even sounds like a Casino, but through an old Fender Twin it can be anything you want it to be- except a Les Paul. If you play Jazz its perfect. On the minus side its neck is apt to break if you drop it on the floor,however mine being a later model has a volute,( A kind of reinforced heel.) carved at the headstock end,which strengthens things a little. In 30 odd years hard playing,the only costs have been a refret.70. A new pot.7. and a new Gibson brown case 120.
To sum up. It plays beautifully,looks a million dollars,has quality all the way through it, is reliable and has a clarity to die for. A remarkable underestimated Gibson of superb quality and a joy to play.


Recommend this product? Yes


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