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Gibson ES-330 Hollowbody Electric Guitar

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Gibson Custom's ES-330 is reminiscent of the classic Gibson, late '50s feel, including the comfortable neck shape blending into the soft curves of th...Click To Read More About This Product

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A wonderful hollowbody with a unique sound from P-90 pickups and Memphis Tone Circuit.

Gibson Custom's ES-330 is reminiscent of the classic Gibson, late '50s feel, including the comfortable neck shape blending into the soft curves of the rounded fingerboard binding. The ES-330 is a lightweight, lively sounding guitar whether played acoustically or plugged in. With the 19th fret neck joint and just the right neck angle, it's got a great feel that makes you want to play all night.

The combination of exacting '50s body and neck specifications and Gibson P-90 pickups and Memphis Tone Circuit will bring you back to the tones of Grant Green in a laid-back New York jazz club. Run it through an old tube amp and you won't be able to keep from playing one British Invasion song after another.

The weight, the feel and the tone of this ES-330 are magical. It's a guitar that just makes sense from beginning to end. Includes hardshell case.

  • Three-ply Maple/Poplar/Maple hot-pressed top and back
  • Rosewood fingerboard with Mother-of-Pearl inlays
  • Gibson P90 pickups
  • Memphis Tone Circuit
  • Nickel-plated ABR-1 bridge with Trapeze tailpiece
  • Gibson Deluxe tuners
  • Includes Gibson Custom hardshell case

Start singing the praises of this unsung hero. Order today.

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GibsonES-330 Hollowbody Electric Guitar

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Natural ES-330L

By Eric Mills

from New York, NY

Comments about Gibson ES-330 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

Nothing to dislike so far. It's brand new, so there is a lot of static electricity issues at this point, but that is already fading. One strange issue: from looking on the web and talking to my sales rep, it would seem that it is normal for hollowbodies to ship from Gibson full of sawdust, I assume from routing the pickup and pot holes. That is ridiculous. Musiciansfriend clearly took a good shot at shaking a bunch out, but there was still a lot in there. It's messy and it could interfere with the pickup switch. Why you wouldn't blow that out before installing the electronics is beyond me. I took care of it, but it is curious and doesn't make me more confident about the factory process.
Bottom line is that the guitar is exactly as I hoped it would be and I got the price I was looking for. Yes, you could get a Casino Elitist or many other p90 equipped hollowbodies for much less, but I didn't want any of them. This was the one.
Despite the model number being a 330, it is actually a 330L with the neck join at the 19th fret. The neck join is supposed to be stronger than the late 60's ES-330 models with the join at the 19th. Clearly you can't tell from the outside, but so far so good, it feels very solid for such a light guitar (~6 lbs). As far as features, it is what it is, no surprises. I like the little upgrades from the vintage era 330's, like the tuners, inlay and the knobs/pots. The new Gibson neck profile is good fit for me too. It is mostly like a 60's slim (I have a 335 with that neck), but it is a little wider past around the 10th fret.
So far so good. No surprises on the finish and look, the guitar I got is the one in the photo precisely. Neck relief was perfect for my taste, all I had to do was lower the action and flip one of the saddles to get the intonation right, no biggie.
Guitars at this price level, it's all a matter of taste. I was thrilled to get a natural ES-330 for the same price as the other finishes. It is the exact guitar I have wanted for a long time and I was not keen on shelling out three times as much for a vintage natural finish guitar.

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Beautiful Instrument!

By Gemstone

from Winnipeg, Canada

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  • Comfort
  • Looks
  • Quality
  • Sound


  • none

Best Uses

  • Blues
  • Country
  • Jazz
  • Rock

Comments about Gibson ES-330 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

Found small bit of sawdust in the case. Not a big deal but for the money, shame on Gibson Custom Shop! The guitar more than lives up to expectations. Fit and Antique Tinted finish flawless. Balanced, light, true hollow body with mid-treb acoustic sound. Should get rounder with playing and age. Plugged in, P90s hot. clear. Noise? yes but with experience, not an issue (they are P90s!). Beautiful looking and a joy to play. Is it worth it? Considering it goes for roughly the equivalent of an upper end production line guitar, is a true hollow body and a relatively unique instrument, yes. As always, thanks to Musician's Friend for the no hassle purchase, fast, well protected shipping and great customer service.


Brilliant, inspiring guitar

By Crabbers

from UK

About Me Experienced


  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Inspiring to play
  • Solid Electronics


  • None

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

Comments about Gibson ES-330 Hollowbody Electric Guitar:

I got this second-hand for a big birthday. I tried it side-by-side with a new short-necked 330, also from the customer shop. They were both great but when I played them with my eyes closed and the shop assistant handed me them randomly, the feel, tone and playability made the decision for me.

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