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ES-330 Appreciation Thread (+NGD)

Highnumbers

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I've seen a 330 where someone had a center block and humbuckers put in . A 335 with a 330 neck set basically . It's always been in my head ,

What did that entail doing ? Taking the top off then putting it back must of been a task for whoever did the work


It was at Phills guitars in South San Francisco a long time ago
It might look like a 335, but sure as heck wouldn’t sound like one.
 

Jayyj

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I've seen a 330 where someone had a center block and humbuckers put in . A 335 with a 330 neck set basically . It's always been in my head ,

What did that entail doing ? Taking the top off then putting it back must of been a task for whoever did the work


It was at Phills guitars in South San Francisco a long time ago
The easiest way to do it would be to make a couple of blocks just small enough to get in through the pickup routes, which is pretty much what was done on this one - you wouldn't end up with a full centerblock but there would be plenty of wood in there. Some early 70s 335 have a shortened centerblock anyway so it gets you into that ballpark.
 

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The easiest way to do it would be to make a couple of blocks just small enough to get in through the pickup routes, which is pretty much what was done on this one - you wouldn't end up with a full centerblock but there would be plenty of wood in there. Some early 70s 335 have a shortened centerblock anyway so it gets you into that ballpark.
Yes I’m pretty certain that’s what was done here - two small blocks popped down the pickup route!

Also yep it’s definitely a refin. It’s flaked off in the f-holes….and it looks like some of the existing cherry finish is poking out from underneath. I just meant I think the refin was done a while back, probably at the same time it copped the stoptail.

I don’t know much about finishes - is it likely the existing finish was removed (and just some left in the f-holes) or would it stay and something like this go over the top?
 

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Also here are the blocks, not great photos but not an easy shot to get!





Looks like the block under the bridge is either split, or was added as two smaller blocks. Either way it’s holding up well - just remembered the refin goes over the plugged holes from the trapeze tailpiece, so it likely all happened together quite a while back.
 

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I don't usually post a NGD thread, but sometimes a guitar arrives that is truly worthy of it.

Recently a friend of mine tipped me off to a 1960 ES-330 TD available at a guitar store way out in Mississippi for a bargain price. I've had a couple early 60s block neck 330s in the past, but figured the ship sailed on getting a dot neck.

It arrived a few weeks ago - very early '60 model with all the '59 specs, medium big neck profile, amber knobs etc. The shop that sold it to me got it from the original owner, who seemed to take great care of the guitar. Except it arrived with bronze acoustic strings, which was strange..

I can't speak for many other 330s, but this one is a great instrument. Very loud and resonant, with the kind of harmonics and percussive sound you usually only get with an acoustic guitar. Since I'm not gigging these days, it's the best possible guitar for at-home playing. And weighs nothing (~6lbs or so).

Plenty of love here for the ES-330, share what you have!



I can't believe how clean that is! What a find. Beautiful guitar.
 

Jayyj

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Also here are the blocks, not great photos but not an easy shot to get!





Looks like the block under the bridge is either split, or was added as two smaller blocks. Either way it’s holding up well - just remembered the refin goes over the plugged holes from the trapeze tailpiece, so it likely all happened together quite a while back.
The blocks look like they're wider than the P90 rout to me, you can see them going most of the way to the edge of the kerfed top lining - I reckon putting the blocks in as two halves was the only way to get a wide enough piece for the stop bar.

It's a really well executed mod, this one, nicely thought through and done right. Not in retrospect what you'd do to an early 330 these days but given it looks like it was done a long time ago when 330s were essentially curios with the general perception you couldn't use them for gigs due to feedback issues is understandable for the time and they did a good job.

When long neck 330s were cheap I used to keep my eye out for ones that had already been routed for humbuckers that I could put a sound post type block in and use for gigs - even before my recent shoulder drama I always preferred the weight of a 330 for long rehearsals and it seemed an interesting way of getting a 330/335 best of both worlds. These days it would have to be an absolute basket case but I still wouldn't mind a go at it if a project came my way.
 
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The easiest way to do it would be to make a couple of blocks just small enough to get in through the pickup routes, which is pretty much what was done on this one - you wouldn't end up with a full centerblock but there would be plenty of wood in there. Some early 70s 335 have a shortened centerblock anyway so it gets you into that ballpark.
 

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I've posted this one before. 1965 ES-330 with wide nut. This was a midwest guitar, so lots of checking and an unusual "casino" burst pattern. Love this one, especially in open-G. Super light and comfortable to play. I really dig the small block inlays and the nickel p90 covers. I'd love another with a Bigsby.

 
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Jayyj

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I've posted this one before. 1965 ES-330 with wide nut. This was a midwest guitar, so lots of checking and an unusual "casino" burst pattern. Love this one, especially in open-G. Super light and comfortable to play. I really dig the small block inlays and the nickel p90 covers. I'd love another with a Bigsby.

It's a stunner, that one, I love the Epi style burst on it.
 

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does yours have the screw in metal strap bottom on the bottom end, or one that looks like an acoustic guitar strat button, white, that pushes in?
Mine looks like an acoustic, but it’s missing. Mine has a normal strap pin through one of the other screw holes
 

Highnumbers

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We have twins! Mine is a 1960 as well, and is an amazing instrument. It plays and sounds stupendously good
Lovely! What a nice figured top as well, gorgeous instrument.

1960 was definitely a year of transitions, small details are changed one-by-one. So yours had the white plastic acoustic style strap button (originally), but it also has a white switch tip, and '59 style knobs.
 

Rhl-ferndale

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Anyone in San Francisco/Bay Area who wants to fool around with a 1966 330 —and who has lots of gear to unload in a trade —Steve’s Guitars has one.

I no longer live on the Left Coast, so I can’t drop by. Steve Stein *does* enjoy trading though, and I enjoyed trading with him when I lived in NoCal.

 




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