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 P-90s, this guitar 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 (no kidding).
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: Very good+. This is a well cared for guitar that was put into service so it shows a few indentations scattered around the body, one small indentation on the back of the neck (we didn't notice it while playing - only noticed it when closely looking the guitar over), and a scuff or two on the back. The frets barely show wear at all and we just did a full setup.
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 and CoA.
- SN T17981
- 5lbs 7oz