Up for sale, a 1971 Gibson ES-330TD in exceptional condition and in perfect working order, complete with the original hardshell case. 100% original save for the era-correct Bigsby B7 vibrato tailpiece, this model boasts the 19th fret neck joint only seen post-1967, allowing easier access to the higher registers of the fretboard than on earlier ES-330 iterations.
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 original clear bobbin P-90 pickups 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. The guitar is featherweight at 6lbs 5oz. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and strung with fresh 10-46 strings, this ES-330TD is dialed in for optimal action and spot-on intonation.
The three-piece mahogany neck has a very slender, fast-feeling C profile carve at the nut, with ample shoulder and substance as you travel up the fretboard, gaining full “baseball bat” chunk by the 9th fret and beyond, measuring .780" deep at the 1st fret and .960" at the 12th. On the rosewood fretboard, the original medium jumbo fretwire is intact with a fairly flat fret dress indicative of the era of production. The frets show virtually no wear, playing cleanly in every register up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 9/16" in width, and the headstock retains the original Gibson Deluxe double line white button tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well.
The electronics are completely stock, with untouched solder joints, original pots, and stock tone caps. The pickups have clean transparent bobbins, with sparingly little patina on the chrome covers. Hardware includes the original ABR-1 bridge with patent number base, as well as a vintage Bigsby B7 vibrato tailpiece, a common factory option ideal for quick shimmies and dimensional warbles. The chrome hardware is stunning in its uniform preservation and clean plating, and the plastic parts are equally well kept with gleaming witch hat knobs and the stock pickguard (the guard has one small repaired split in the plastic at the forward mounting hole). The original "Union Made" label is visible through the treble-side F hole.
The Ice Tea Sunburst gloss nitro lacquer finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, and cosmetic wear is limited to a tiny bit of finish chipping at the edge of the neck heel, a few light pick scuffs across the guard, and a few light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole. The neck profile sports a practically perfect smooth gloss finish, free of palm wear.
The original black tolex hardshell case is included, with a clean Gibson silkscreen on the exterior, functional latches, and the original handle.