One of our favorite Gibson models, this '59 Reissue really nails the vibe, tones, and feel of the old 330's. This model tends to live in the shadows of its famous sibling, the ES-335, but players of all stripes have called on a 330 (or it's cousin, the Epiphone Casino - Beatles, Grant Green, Gary Clark Jr, etc...etc...).
Loaded with a pair of under-wound Alnico II P-90s, this Custom Shop '59 Reissue can cover a wide range of tones - surprisingly so. We've long used this model in the studio and on stage, and you'd be surprised at how easily you can cop killer clean tones through to "why do I own a Les Paul" overdriven tones.
If you're new to this style of guitar, they feel essentially like an ES-335 in hand. Same size/footprint, so to speak - but - they're a heck of a lot lighter and the way the notes feel under your hands certainly differs (hollow-body 330 vs semi-hollow 335). Notes tend to be a lot rounder, with a quick attack - clear, open tones surrounded by a fat, compressed bass...it's a really cool tone and playing experience. Sure, being totally hollow it'll feedback if you're standing close to your amp, have the gain cranked way to high, etc...but they're very manageable. For the right player, this "on the verge" aspect is really, really appealing. You can let notes sustaIn and dip into feedback in a really controllable way. And no, P90s aren't "super noisy" - no more so than any other single coil.
Condition: Excellent. Very light signs of prior ownership - light pick swirls on the guard, some light surface scratches on the back of the body & headstock, frets show only the faintest of wear forming (again, you have to really look closely). The setup feels great overall.
A great guitar overall and definitely worth consideration if you're in the market for a hollow-body of this style. Priced with hardshell case.
- Gibson Custom Shop Nashville
- SN R20041
- 5lbs 14oz