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1966 Gibson ES-330 TD Vintage Hollowbody Guitar Ice Tea Sunburst, Near-Mint w/ Case


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Up for sale, a 1966 Gibson ES-330TD in 100% original, collector-grade condition and in perfect working order, complete with a hardshell case. A stunningly well-preserved vintage Gibson, the guitar features a lightly figured maple body finished in Ice Tea Sunburst.

Highlighting both the clarity and note attack of maple and the airy quality of the fully hollow construction, this Gibson has a relaxed, smooth 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 digging 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. The guitar is featherweight at 6lbs 3oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 11-49 strings, low action and spot-on intonation.

The one-piece mahogany neck has a medium C-shaped profile carve with moderate shoulders at the nut and a gentle increase in overall heft further up the fretboard, measuring .830" deep at the 1st fret and 1.030" at the 12th. The rosewood fretboard has small block inlay and flawless original medium jumbo fretwire which retains its full factory height and well-rounded crowns. The guitar plays cleanly up the 24 3/4" scale with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nylon nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and on the headstock, the original Kluson Deluxe double line tuners turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

The electronics have untouched solder joints and stock tone caps visible through the treble side F hole. The chrome-plated hardware is positively gleaming, including the ABR-1 bridge with correct foundry stamp on the base and nylon saddles. The chrome pickup covers and trapeze tailpiece round out the hardware, and the plastic parts are near-mint, with gold reflector cap knobs and the wide-bevel five-ply pickguard.

The Ice Tea Sunburst nitro lacquer gloss finish is bold and nearly unfaded, highlighting subtle flame figuring across the lower bout. The finish is positively glossy, with just a few minor dings and faint finish scuffs on the body as a whole. The gloss on the neck profile is flawless.

A vintage correct Gibson black tolex hardshell case with gold plush interior is included. The case's condition is comparable to the guitar, featuring the original latches and handle.