Gibson USA ES-333 333 335 semi-hollow electric guitar
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Nov 10, 2011 11:37:55 PST
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Item specificsCondition: Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions-opens in a new window or tab Brand: Gibson
String Configuration: 6 String Model: ES-333
Dexterity: Right-Handed Style: ES
Country of Manufacture: USA Body Type: Semi-Hollow
Gibson ES-333, in near mint (9.5/10) condition, made in USA. Amazing guitar- looks flawless and plays wonderfully. Low action, superb playability and sweet singing tone that only a real Gibson USA ES can offer. Neck is slim and fast, fretboard and frets in great shape- very little wear. All electronics function as-new (no scratchy pots, output jack is solid, etc). Guitar features Gibson USA 490R & 498T humbuckers. Tuners work perfectly. Included with the sale is a very nice SKB hardshell case that fits the guitar like a glove. Case is in excellent condition. The guitar has been kept in a non-smoking home and babied, it is fresh and clean and ready to go. Serial number is 03222701 which would date it as a 2002 build.
The guitar has a beautiful cherry red finish, I prefer it to the 335 actually. It is thin nitro and has been polished to a nice soft gloss. Looks and feels great. There are a couple very small marks on the back of the body too small to photograph, and one very small hairline scratch in the lacquer (could probably buff out) which is again too small to photograph on the side of the body in the upper bout neck cutaway. You’d have to look very closely to tell the guitar is not brand new mint, it is in exceptionally clean shape. No tarnishing on hardware, headstock is completely clean, and back of neck perfect.
This guitar has been professionally setup and meticulously cared for and is going to make someone very happy! Guitar will ship in hardshell case and packed in new guitar shipping box.
Continental USA/Canada shipping ONLY, please! Feel free to message me with any questions.
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.
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