Any thought on an ES-330?

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  1. Rotten

    Rotten Silver Supporting Member

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    I played a 1968 that sounded great at a really good price. However, it also sounded like it might be a nightmare played loud with a band; fully hollow with the dogears. Any thoughts?
     
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    wingwalker Fuzzy Guitars

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    Cool guitars but if you gig loudly it can cause issues...with some practice and work you can over come most of it unless you plan on standing right in front of it with a 100 watt JCM 900...
     
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    you just have to kind of pinch them between your arm and your body to keep it from resonating.
     
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    Wedge some foam in there for live maybe?
    Superb guitars...
     
  5. stratotonedude

    stratotonedude Senior Member

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    I have a 1960 ES-330 and gig with it. So far I haven't had any problems at all with feedback.
     
  6. HRydarcik

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    What kind of music do you play and what kind of amps and pedals are you using?
     
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    I absolutely love them - back in 1977 or so, it was my first "real" guitar. But the reissues rival the vintage ones for price, and given that due to the feedback they aren't probably the *best* guitar for every situation, I'd think most people would buy them as a second or third guitar, to be used on certain songs or in certain settings. To me, that has "Epiphone Casino" written all over it, which at $600, is probably a lot easier for most of us to justify.
     
  8. HRydarcik

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    I've always played blues and classic rock in the vein of ZZ Top, Johnny Winter, UFO and that type of stuff...and have pretty much always used Marshall amps...usually 50 watters, but now I use a reissue Bluesbreaker, back in the early 70s I had a 60s Casino...you could buy them dirt cheap back then....it was unusable in that type of music...it would feedback like crazy if I turned my amp up past two. A few years ago I decided to try again and got a new Casino...I put a combination of Fralin and Antiquity pickups in it....with my Bluesbreaker it would still feed back like crazy if you went into any kind of mild overdriven territory. I think for rhythm work with stuff like the Beatles or Tom Petty they'd be great...but they're really not cut out for any kind of raunchy Billy Gibbons type stuff.
     
  9. saucyjack

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    Mostly agree but I gigged with one for a few years without too much trouble.
    Definitely more suited to Petty/Beatles/Indie Pop type stuff...nice jangle and the P-90s have a fantastic grind.

    It will feedback in a heartbeat esp in high gain situations but it's controllable and once you learn how to control the feedback it becomes quite useful and fun.
     

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