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Sweet Sounds. Effortless Playability

When the ES-330 first emerged from the Gibson tone factory, it stood apart from it 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!).

The 1961 iteration featured a host of updates, including a thinner rounded neck profile, the classic "mouse ear" body shape, a bound fretboard, and Kluson tuners with white oval buttons. Our friends at Gibson Mempphis have been kind enough to include all of these delightful appointments in this reissue! We are happy to report that the neck profile has the same fast feel and addictive playability that captured guitarists' hearts in 1961, and that the styling is just as drool-worthy.

All of the ES-330s classic sonic characteristics are present in these '61 reissues, too, thanks to the Gibson Memphis team's perfectionist tendencies. The master luthiers of Memphis start with the classic 3-ply Maple-Poplar-Maple body and brace it with quartersawn Adirondack spruce. Adirondack spruce is a perpetual favorite among the Wildwood staff, and for good reason: when used to brace a hollowbody, it gives the guitar lots of headroom and a percussive, responsive attack. So, even when played unplugged, the '61 ES-330 sings out with a loud, clear voice, and it has a open, spacious top end. Two Memphis Historic Spec P-90s complete the package by kicking out plenty of vintage-inspired tone. They produce plenty of punchy midrange to go with a rich, touch-sensitive top-end and warm, clear lows.

We are proud to showcase the 1961 ES-330, the hollowbody of choice for fretboard speed demons. We have no doubt its fantastic tone and superior playability will provide you with years of inspiration, and we can't wait to see what musical adventures it takes you on!


Brand Gibson Memphis
Model1961 ES-330
Finish ColorVintage Burst - VOS
Finish TypeGloss Nitrocellulose Lacquer
Weight6.30 lbs.
BracingQuartersawn Adirondack Spruce
Top Wood3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Back & Sides Wood3-Ply Maple/Poplar/Maple
Neck WoodQuartersawn Mahoghany
Neck ShapeEarly Sixties Rounded
Neck Dimensions.820 1st - .920 12th
FingerboardBound A-Grade Dark Rosewood
Fingerboard Radius12"
InlaysPearloid Dots
Scale Length24-3/4"
Nut MaterialBone
BindingSingle-Ply Cream
PickupsMHS P-90 Rhythm in Neck, MHS P-90 Lead Bridge (reverse polarity)
Controls2 Volume, 2 Tone, 3-Way Selector Switch
BridgeABR-1 with Plated Brass Saddles
TailpieceThinline Trapeze
TunersKlusons w/White Oval Buttons
CaseGibson Hardshell

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