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    * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Massive thanks to Charlie Gelber at OK Guitars for helping make my dream of owning a legit vintage blonde Gibson ES-330 a reality.






    If you're not familiar with Charile (or his killer ES-335.org website) he's largely considered the foremost authority on vintage Gibson hollows and semi-hollows in the world, having owned, played or sold somewhere in the neighborhood of SIX HUNDRED of them. That's right, my friends, not a misprint I've been conversing with Charlie and following his site for a couple years now, and when I saw this listing late one night, I knew my ship had finally come in.





    One great thing about Charlie, he's about as straight a shooter as they come -- a man after my own heart. He ran everything down for me and with every detail my confidence grew. Was this, finally, gasp!, The One? Early '60's wide/thin neck profile. Monster screaming original P90's (9.2K bridge, 8.45K neck). Weigh = 5 lbs. 13 oz. (Hallelujah, yes!) Scale from 1 to 10, he estimated this beauty was a 9+. "Bright, lively and LOUD", was his description. "As good a 330 as he's ever had."


    And this is coming from a man not prone to exaggeration. Then, of course, there were her looks...









    After decades playing and collecting everything under the sun, I fell in love with Gibson hollow/semi-hollows over the past year. Picking up a sick Warren Haynes 335 is what started the brushfire, and an outstanding '61 Cherry 330 is what hooked me on the hollow bodies. I'd forgotten how FANTASTIC vintage P90's sounds, especially in the neck with a little overdrive. The resulting cream factor is simply off the charts. Are they noisier than 335's with buckers? Hell, yes. Does it bother me? Not in the slightest. The trade-off? A guitar weighing approx. 6 lbs. instead of a 335's 8 lbs.


    Added bonus -- her rarity. Gibson only made 79 Blondes in 1959, and 215 in 1960. A grand total of just 294 of these heart-stoppers ever left the factory. As Charlie himself posted recently -- "The best example of a very rare guitar that is desirable but is vastly underpriced is a blonde 59 or 60 ES-330."


    (Full post -- http://www.es-335.org/2017/08/16/upside-down-market/)













    What I really love about this guitar is that it was clearly well-played and well-loved over the past half-century. She has all the earmarks of someone's beloved #1, with a ton of honest playwear but zero abuse. IMHO, this is the best of all worlds for vintage pieces. If she wasn't a killer guitar, she never would've been played this much in the first place. As many of us have encountered, those many decades of playing and gigging call forth a tone and mojo that closet queens rarely -- if ever -- possess.


    THANKS AGAIN, CHARLIE! You've helped yet another vintage gear addict reach unexpected heights, my friend



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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Charlie Gelber is THE MAN for 3xx series Gibson knowledge and expertise, and follows realistic pricing guidelines on his instruments for sale, too. Also full disclosure from someone who knows the smallest details of what is vintage correct or not. Love his informative blog.

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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Really nice blonde!

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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Wow!

    That is a beauty! I can only imagine how good she sounds.


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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Thanks for posting such a cool 330 , the checking makes the guitar look like its alive , veins !
    He was a sonic disaster, thinking hours of practice would make up for stock pickups, poorly carved top and The wrong glue !

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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Great looking guitar! Congrats!

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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Congratulations, wonderful 330. My main player is a black 63. The Blondes are the most sexy looking 330's for sure
    Top carves are sexy

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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Very Nice !!!

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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Quote Originally Posted by AA00475Bassman View Post
    Thanks for posting such a cool 330 , the checking makes the guitar look like its alive , veins !
    I think you may have just helped coin a new phrase -- "tone veins". LOL.

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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Very underrated guitars IMHE. I played a killer double PU 59 recently.
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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    The colour is worth the entrance fee alone.

    Eye-wateringly beautiful.

    In the finest of...
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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Congratulations on a fabulous guitar. Those old 330s are wonderful. And I agree. Charlie is fabulous to do business with. Enjoy!

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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Fantastic! Congrats
    I find those old 330 to have a real unique lively open feel and tone, really great guitars. Feedback can sometimes be a challenge to control in some high volume / small space situations, but that's part of their nature.

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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    I'd LOVE to hear that! Nectar!
    Renderit, You have an interesting perspective and your posts aren't boring...
    Ren, all in all, I'm giving you a C- today's posts...
    Most of what you write with regards to my posts is cryptic nonsensical gibberish like this. I would prefer if you actually added something to the conversation but hey, I haven't walked in your shoes. So being as nice as possible: I look at your posts as if I was dealing with an eccentric cousin who comes to visit unannounced.

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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Hey there,

    We conversed at length through email so I had to come check...what an absolutely beautiful guitar

    Regarding the frets, they do look the perfect width. If you want to recreate some of that higher RA 335 feel, all you need to do is ask for 0.045"-0.050" to bring up the height just a little- kinda like new tires.

    Play it well!

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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    That's just one of the coolest guitars I've ever seen.
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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Thanks for all the kind words, fellas. Really loving this guitar

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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Fantastic guitar Sgt., Congratulations!

    I own a mint condition ES 330, of the sunburst variation, and indeed these are exceptional sounding instruments!

    You will find that the unique tone and resonance really grow on you, and there will be more and more situations, aside from the expected blues and jazz stuff, where the ES 330 will be your first choice.

    P90 hum? Noise can be very creative, in the right hands!

    Feedback? it is just a variable pitched, unique tonal beast for you to tame!

    Enjoy it in good health!

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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Fantastic guitar Sgt., Congratulations!

    I own a mint condition 1960 ES 330 as well, of the sunburst variation, and indeed these are exceptional sounding instruments!

    You will find that the unique tone and resonance really grow on you, and there will be more and more situations, aside from the expected blues and jazz stuff, where the ES 330 will be your first choice.

    P90 hum? Noise can be very creative, in the right hands!

    Feedback? it is just a variable pitched, unique tonal beast for you to tame!

    Enjoy it in good health!

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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    psshhh...hum and feedback are glorious things to be celebrated and encouraged!

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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Jeez, that thing is beautiful. Congrats on a very, very nice score - a natural 330 is my white whale

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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Smokin'!!!


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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    @surfreak @mdubya -- It's interesting, I haven't encountered that much of a problem with feedback. Granted, I'm not cranking the bejesus out of my vintage DeArmond and going crazy loud with it, but I do use a vintage TS-808 for sick overdriven tones in the neck position and haven't had any real issues (as long as I avoid standing in front of the amp

    In regards to "hum", well, all great sounding vintage P90's are gonna have it -- that's the tradeoff for the blistering punch of these animals when dialed up... and that's a deal with the devil I'm more than happy to make.

    As you well know, you only really notice hum when you're on idle, not playing, etc. so I suppose the secret is just to keep jammin'? ;)





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    Re: * Smokin' Vintage Original 1960 Blonde Gibson ES-330 from OK Guitars *

    Quote Originally Posted by sgt_steiner View Post
    @surfreak @mdubya -- It's interesting, I haven't encountered that much of a problem with feedback. Granted, I'm not cranking the bejesus out of my vintage DeArmond and going crazy loud with it, but I do use a vintage TS-808 for sick overdriven tones in the neck position and haven't had any real issues (as long as I avoid standing in front of the amp

    In regards to "hum", well, all great sounding vintage P90's are gonna have it -- that's the tradeoff for the blistering punch of these animals when dialed up... and that's a deal with the devil I'm more than happy to make.

    As you well know, you only really notice hum when you're on idle, not playing, etc. so I suppose the secret is just to keep jammin'? ;)




    I agree!

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    Nice!
    Woof!!!

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