Originally introduced in 1959, the Gibson ES-330 is back with its magical, mystical blend of fully hollowbody construction, Bigsby tailpiece, and biting P-90 single coil pickups that make each note sparkling clear with a screaching midrange punch. Though similar in appearance to the popular Gibson ES-335 semi-hollow guitar, the ES-330 is a little bit different in construction and a whole lot different in sound. While the 335 is a semi-hollow guitar (that is, the center part of the body is a solid block and the wings of the guitar are hollow), the 330 is a fully hollow thinline guitar. Also, the 335 features two humbucking pickups, and the 330 features two single-coil P-90 pickups. The ES-330 guitar’s body is truly hollow and has no center brace running through it, making it a lightweight, comfortable and uniquely resonant instrument.
Unlike many other Gibson ES guitars, the ES-330 is a true hollowbody. The complete openness of the body creates an wider sound with bright ringing textures and vibrant overtones. The body is made from combination three-ply maple and poplar, while the mahogany neck includes a maple spline all connected with a sturdy mortise and tenon joint. The result is a rich resonance through the entire instrument. The pickups are slightly underwound P-90s well-known for their tonal versatility. From crisp rock to mellow jazz tones, the ES-330 is equipped to do it all. For added playing potential, the vintage cherry option includes a classic Bigsby tremolo tailpiece.
This new Gibson Custom Shop Es-330 with Bigsby Vibrato is everything the 1959 model was and more! This guitar has a one-piece Honduran mahogany neck with the long tenon. The neck is slimmer than a ’59 rounded profile and ever-so-slightly larger than a ’60 slim-tapered making it comfortable for any guitarist and the large 1-11/16″ nut width means you’ll have plenty of fingerboard real estate to peel off your favorite riffs. The ES-330 features a pair of dog-ear P90 pickups that along with the hollowbody construction, provided the punch on great Beatles recordings such as “Taxman” and “Paperback Writer,” and most of the electric guitar tracks on Sgt. Pepper.