Gibson ES-333 price check
All original cherry Gibson ES-333 with soft case in nearly new condition. What is the actual going rate on these guys? The price on the table is $1100.
The reason why I ask is because these dudes are kinda rare and I just don’t know. I’m thinking I’d probably change the pups (used) and add a pickguard so that’s about $200 I’d be adding to the price… I might pick up a hardcase too so there’s another $100.
What ya think?
I’d offer $1,000 cash. They did sell for $1,199 new with a gig bag at MF before MF blew them out for $749 in fall 2003, so $1,100 seems a lot for a used one. However, to keep it in perspective, if the seller won’t come down $100 and you spend $300 more for a case and pickups, you’re still only at $1,400. I haven’t seen any used 335s going for under $2,000 recently, let alone $1,400. Good luck!
I think around $1000 is the average price. Because of having neck binding, I like the ES333 better than the more expensive satin finish ES335. I would probably have one if it came with a 50’s neck instead of a 60’s.
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He had it at $1250 and I offered $1050. He countered $1100…
$110 is fair, they are out of production and you won’t get a real 335 anywhere near that price.
I bought mine used for around $1100 (with a case) and fixed it up a bit. They are great guitars and perfect for modding.
The natural is the most popular, then the brown (my personal favorite) and the burst seems to bring in a little less $$, I think because that finish doesn’t looks as good in faded.
I have seen those pictures and I must say you have done a great job. Inspiring really. Where did you get your pickgaurd and bracket?
I luckily snagged a blonde/natural ES-333 with a hardshell case for $1095 after weeks and weeks of searching. The previous owner had “upgraded” all the parts to gold hardware, including the TP6 fine tuning tailpiece and adding gold pickup covers.
I was able to pull most of the gold hardware (left the gold grovers on and the thumbwheels for the ABR, since the tuners were heavily tarnished and the wheels were a non-issue for me) and sell it off in favor of a nickel Tonepros bridge and tailpiece. I swapped the stock knobs for genuine Gibson amber knobs ($11), and I pulled the original 496/498 ceramic pickups, sold them off at a decent price, and grabbed a used Lollar Low Wind Imperial for the neck and a regular Classic ’57 for the bridge. All in all, I only spent about $100 out of pocket and I’ve turned the guitar into a monster, both in aesthetics and tone.
They are fantastic guitars for the money.
I’ll see how it goes but if I did change anything then I’m planning on adding a pickgaurd, probably 57 Classics or Vintage 59 pups, black top hat knobs, and changing the pots to four 500k’s.
I got my 333 for $1100 with case and SD seth lovers added. I still look at ebay from time to time to see what they are listing for. it’s usually more than the $1100 you have currently negotiated to. I would get it if I were you and you liked it.
They certainly tend to go for more than $1100 on ebay, so it is a fair price. One might be willing to go lower, but one might not as well… I’ve watched them for a while and seen them go as much as $1600-$1800. Most of the time around $1400 on ebay.
That said, I bought mine in 2005 on ebay for a mere $700, so deals exist! I’ve never seen one for that little since, though.
I really love mine. I recently had someone offer me a beautiful ’78 les paul for it and had to turn it down because I just could bear to part with my es-333.
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The Gibson ES-333 is a semi hollow body electric guitar made by Gibson Guitar Corporation.
The ES-333 is quite similar to the Gibson ES-335, but varies from the ES-335 in the following ways:
The finish is a thin satin finish, versus the ES-335’s thicker full gloss finish.
The headstock has a silkscreen Gibson logo, versus the ES-335’s inlaid pearloid logo.
The headstock has no further decorative inlay, versus the ES-335’s “crown” headstock inlay.
The pickups are Gibson type 490R and 498T, versus the ES-335’s Gibson 57 Classic pickups.
The back of the body has an access cover for the electronics, versus the solid rear of the ES-335.
The body is made of arched, laminated wood, with the exterior and interior laminations being made of maple. There is a maple central core in the body, to which the top and bottom, and neck are attached. The neck is one baulk of mahogany, with a rosewood fingerboard and pearloid dot markers. The hardware is nickel plated. As delivered by Gibson, the ES-333 had no pickup covers, nor pickguard, and came with black “speed” knobs. Switch tip color was alternately black or creme. The truss rod cover is unadorned, and the headstock overlay is the fibre material used on many contemporary Gibson models.
The ES-333 was available in “faded” brown, cherry red, natural and sunburst finishes, which are thin satin nitrocellulose lacquer. These finishes will take on the appearance of old instruments, after a period of being played, through the action of the players hands rubbing the satin finish to a fairly glossy patina wherever the hands make frequent contact with the instrument. There were also natural (very light amber) and three color sunburst finishes available from some of the larger retailers.
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