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1959 Gibson ES-330T Vintage Hollowbody Guitar Sunburst w/ Case

$6,499.99

+ shipping

Up for sale, a 1959 Gibson ES-330T in excellent condition and in perfect working order, complete with a vintage hardshell case. Introduced in 1959, this very early example of the ES-330T boasts the model's earliest features, including dot inlay on the fretboard, "Mickey Mouse" ear body horns, a black plastic pickup cover, and nickel-plated hardware.

The guitar is featherweight at 5lbs 5oz, and tonewoods comprise a fully hollow thinline maple body, a one-piece Honduran mahogany neck and a bound Brazilian rosewood fingerboard. The instrument delivers both the immediacy and cut of maple and the softer attack and airiness of the fully hollow construction. The centrally located P-90 pickup meters at 8.55k ohms, very dynamic and responsive to player inputs with a glassy, percussive cut. The trebles have a rich growl, and the wound strings are clear and defined. This ES-330T benefits from a professional setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 12-52 flatwound strings, low action, and accurate intonation.

The one-piece Honduran mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile more aligned with the crossover into the 1960 model year, measuring .810" deep at the 1st fret and .895" at the 12th. On the bound Brazilian rosewood fretboard, the original medium jumbo frets retain their full factory height and well-rounded crowns, showing only light wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, with wear extending even more faintly beneath the plain strings until fret 6. The guitar plays cleanly in every register up the 24 3/4" scale, and the neck is straight with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. A modern carved bone nut measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the guitar has been fitted with a vintage-spec set of Kluson Deluxe single line tuning machines with white buttons. There is some minor finish chipping and subtle indentations on the headstock face from a different tuner set with larger bushings installed in the guitar’s lifetime.

The original P-90 pickup is wired to the stock harness featuring CentraLab pots which date to the 43rd week of '59. The Factory Order Number, visible through the treble-side F hole, is extremely faded, and its letter prefix is no longer legible. Hardware includes the original nickel-plated trapeze tailpiece and no-wire ABR-1 bridge. Original plastics include the gold bonnet knobs (greened on the undersides), black dogear pickup cover, and original truss rod cover, while the wide bevel four-ply pickguard is a modern, vintage-spec replacement.

The Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish is very bold with zero overspray and prominent lacquer checking across the body. Cosmetic wear is limited to light buckle wear and a bit of localized additional scuffing on the back. There are just a few minor nicks on top, and some shallow marks along the neck profile carve, worm smooth through subsequent play.

A vintage, circa 1970s Gibson black tolex hardshell case is included.