Gibson Es 333 (With Upgrades
Asking price: €1,500
This is a 03 Gibson ES 333 with a few upgrades. Hardware changed i.e, new bridge, stopbar, volume and tone knobs and a new pickguard as well as 57 Classic pups. It has a satin finish which gives it a slight aged look. It’s as good as any 335 you will play and is in great condition. Comes with Gibson case.
Interested in swaps for other guitars (no amps) i.e Les Paul, PRS
60s neck. The Peter Green wiring means when the pups are in the middle you get an out of phase sound similar to Peter Green’s famous Les Paul. The Classic was essentially a Standard but with ceramic pups which actually have been changed out on this. Also I have installed a plain cream pickguard but the original pickguard comes with it also and has 1960 on it. Do a bit of research on the interwebby. It does not say Made in USA on the back of the headstock, as was the case with the earlier Les Pauls. And the serial number is exclusive to the Classic too. This one is an 07XXXX vintage correct serial number..
I am trying to find a Es 333 in Dublin to get an approximation on what the guitar might feel like. The guy I talked to in Waltons had none in stock he did however quote a price of 1500/1600 Euros. I am aware that different makes of the Es 333 are in circulation. Is your one on the upper end of the scale.
Gibson ES-333 Reviews
My $400 Epiphone Dot feels more playable, not to mention lighter, than these two $1100 Gibsons. The Gibsons’ pickups are superior, but I’d go for the Dot hands down because it tempts me to pick it up much more. [read more on Audiofanzine]
Gibson Guitar Gibson Es333 Memphis Series Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar with Gig Bag
Gibson ES-333–Memphis Weighs In With A Variation Of The Venerable ES-335
Written: Aug 28 ’06
Pros:Very comparable to a Gibson ES-335
Cons:None to speak of
The Bottom Line: The Gibson ES-333 is a good way to own a guitar with ES-335 quality at almost half the price.
I was in my local music store a couple of weeks ago and my friend who runs the store pulled out a beautiful faded cherry guitar that at first glance I thought was a Gibson ES-335. He told me that it was a Gibson ES-333, manufactured in Memphis, Tennessee, and immediately started his sales pitch. He insisted that I give it a thorough test drive, and I played it and inspected it for over an hour. I didn’t buy the guitar on that day, but it made enough of an impression on me that I wanted to review it.
The Gibson ES-333 is built basically upon the same lines as the Gibson ES-335, although I don’t recall the exact specifications of the latter. The body of the Gibson ES-333 is a combination of maple, poplar and maple laminate, while the neck is made of mahogany. The fretboard is rosewood with pearloid dot inlays and single ply white binding. All the hardware on the guitar is nickel plated, and it comes with an ABR bridge and the trusted Gibson stop bar tailpiece. All the speed knobs are black, in the familiar 2 tone-2 volume configuration. There’s a 3-way toggle pickup switch to give the player different pickup combinations, and the classic Gibson green key tuners adorn the headstock. Speaking of pickups, the neck pickup is a 490R Alnico humbucker, while the bridge pickup is a 498T humbucker. The guitar comes in three different finishes, but as I stated earlier, the model that I played was a beautiful faded cherry number.
My first impression upon playing the Gibson ES-333 was that the body was a bit smaller than the Gibson ES-335, but I don’t really know if that was the case, because I didn’t have the ES-335 around for reference. In any case, the guitar felt very comfortable and the contour of the back seemed to allow the guitar to rest very easily against my body. The Gibson ES-333 was neither too heavy or too light–it had a pleasing heft that gave it substance, but it wouldn’t have been a problem to wear on stage for an extended period of time.
The Gibson ES-333 played like a dream–the factory setup was perfect, and the twin cutaways gave me easy access to the highest frets on the fingerboard. The neck was a little on the thin side, which I prefer, and the rosewood fingerboard had that nice soft feel that I much prefer over ebony. Overall, the Gibson ES-333 was quick and responsive, and I found that I could execute my pet licks with ease.
Sound is where the Gibson ES-333 really excelled—the tones that I got from this guitar were balanced and rich, with just the right mix of the highs and lows. The tonal texture was smooth and well integrated, much like the sounds of the classic ES-335. I would think that this guitar would be good for blues, jazz and classic rock, simply because of the excellent way that the highs and lows blended.
The maple block that comes in the bodies of most of the guitars in the ES series gave the Gibson ES-333 ample sustain when I asked for it. It will never sustain like a solid mahogany guitar, but when you consider the applications that it’s suitable for, the Gibson ES-333 is good enough.
This guitar lists for around $1,200.00, while the ES-335 can be almost twice that much. Both guitars are constructed from similar materials and have almost identical designs. Only a sophisticated ear could detect any difference in the sound, and playability of both guitars are very much alike. When you consider these factors, the Gibson ES-333 may be an inexpensive way to own a guitar with almost ES-335 quality.
Thanks for reading.
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