When it was first introduced, the ES-330 stood apart from it Gibson brethren because of its fully-hollow construction and single-coil P-90 pickups. These factors gave it a woodier, more midrange-forward voice that inspired jazz greats like Grant Green to adopt it as their instrument of choice. Later, alt-rockers like William Reid of The Jesus and Mary Chain discovered that the ES-330’s clarity and midrange punch made it a brilliant building block for their brand of sonic mayhem, and many others in that scene followed. Nowadays, you can find people playing everything from jangly indie rock to gutbucket blues to grungy fuzz-laden riffs to crunchy classic rock on the ES-330, and it excels in all of these applications and more (oh, and it’s still a great jazz guitar, too!).