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1962 Gibson ES-330 TDC Vintage Hollowbody Electric Guitar Cherry Collector-Grade w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1962 Gibson ES-330 TDC in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, finished in vibrant Cherry nitro lacquer and complete with the original hardshell case. This early example of the ES-330 is one of the very last to feature black plastic pickup covers, with nickel hardware and a rare transitional no-wire ABR-1 bridge with original nylon saddles.

Highlighting both the clarity and note attack of maple and the smooth, airy quality of the fully hollow construction, this Gibson has a sweet natural acoustic tone that translates well through the pickups. The P-90s have a glassy sparkle and dynamic, percussive cut with a rich, textured midrange character and plenty of bark when you dig in. And while the bridge pickup has a snappier, slightly more aggressive quality, the neck pickup is big and broad, retaining the articulation necessary for complex chording. Featherweight at 5lbs 14oz, this ES-330 has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and spot-on intonation.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulder and an effortless feel, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .830" at the 12th. The Brazilian rosewood fretboard is an extremely dark, tight-grained cut of this tonewood, bound and an early example with small pearloid block inlay. The original medium jumbo frets have their full factory height, showing moderate wear on the crowns of frets 1-5, extending to a lesser extent beneath the plain strings until fret 7, with virtually no wear further up the board. The original nylon nut measures 1 11/16" in width. On the headstock, the original Kluson Deluxe single line tuners are intact and extremely clean, turning smoothly and holding pitch well with stock white plastic buttons.

The electronics are completely stock, with untouched solder joints, original CentraLab pots that date to the 48th week of '61, and stock tone caps. The nickel hardware is positively gleaming, including the very rare transitional no-wire ABR-1 bridge with nylon saddles. The original trapeze tailpiece rounds out the hardware, and the plastic parts are equally well-kept with black pickup covers, gleaming black reflector cap knobs, and the original wide-bevel five-ply pickguard. The bold "ES-330 TDC" stamp is very bold, visible through the F hole.

Cosmetically, this guitar is quite stunning. The Cherry nitro lacquer is glossy and very rich, completely unfaded, with no tan line beneath the pickguard. The nitro lacquer finish is 100% original, and the top is extremely well-preserved. There is very tight, vertical lacquer checking on the top, with broader, more prominent checking on the bass-side lower bout on the back in particular. Wear on the back is otherwise limited to a spot of extremely faint and minor buckle rash central to the waist and a few additional small marks across the back and on the lower bout body edge. The smooth nitro gloss is retained on the neck, free of palm wear with only a few very minor marks on the profile length.

The original hardshell case with "large pebble" textured black exterior is included. The case retains its Gibson badge beneath the leather handle, all functional latches, and a gold plush interior. A band name has been stenciled on the case (blacked out on the lid, still legible on the bottom).