Used gibson es 333

Gibson ES 333

Used gibson es 333

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ibson ES 333 Trade
I have a guy wanting to trade me his 2003 ES 333 in great condition with only one mod. (Rosewood Pick guard added) with an excellent condition Gibson correct hardshell case for my like new G&L ASAT Special with deluxe case. He was asking $1400 for the ES which seems about the going price for the ES 333. I have been looking for an ES model Gibson.

Does it sound like a deal I should not pass up? I have attached a pic of each. Soory for the crappy pics.
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$1400 is too much for that ES333; $1200 is more realistic for a nice 333. I say this because it’s not clear to me how the guard was installed. If it has the screw hole in the wrong place that would be a concern for me.

$1400 is high for the 333, I agree $1200 is more realistic. I have no idea what an ASAT is worth, but 333’s are great guitars and I wouldn’t be worried about a screw hole for the pickguard. These were intended as budget guitars compared to 335’s and that’s why they are such great platforms for modding.

I have one, let me fuel your GAS

$1400 is high for the 333, I agree $1200 is more realistic. I have no idea what an ASAT is worth, but 333’s are great guitars and I wouldn’t be worried about a screw hole for the pickguard. These were intended as budget guitars compared to 335’s and that’s why they are such great platforms for modding.

I have one, let me fuel your GAS

One day you pick up the guitar & you feel like a great master, & the next day you feel like a fool. It’s because we’re different every day, but the guitar is always the same…beautiful. -Tommy Emmanuel

Well, I just gave into the GAS and I’m stoked. The G&L on the used market (even in brand new condition) is around $900 tops. So i think I made a great deal. Played it during lunch and all is well, but I will need to change the pickups to something not so harsh and the pick guard will need to go as well.
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I used to turn my nose up at these. To be honest, the idea of a big hole in the back doen’t thrill me to this day.The idea of a pickup change or pots & caps upgrade on my es335 makes me shudder to think about it. I am much more open to the idea.I never have done a side by side comparison, nor have I tried a 333 with good pickups, setup and better pots & caps.These have really been on my radar this year because of all you guys on the forum giving good reviews. I really like the fact that it has an abr-1.I saw one at G.C. used for under a grand a month ago.Quick question, what kind of neck tenon does it have? Long or short? Gibson told me mine has a short, and low and behold… It’s long.
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Gibson 2007 Les Paul Plaintop 60 reissue lemonburst
Gibson 2011 Es335 Darkburst
Bulldog Bodies Les Paul Replica Faded Cherryburst
Fender A.V.R.I. 62 Sunburst Stratocaster
Fender 2006 S.R.V.
Simon and Patrick 6 cedar.Aka “The Dark Horse”
Silver Creek T-160
Peavey Classic 50 4×10.

Can someone report?Not that it would be a deal breaker.
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Gibson 2007 Les Paul Plaintop 60 reissue lemonburst
Gibson 2011 Es335 Darkburst
Bulldog Bodies Les Paul Replica Faded Cherryburst
Fender A.V.R.I. 62 Sunburst Stratocaster
Fender 2006 S.R.V.
Simon and Patrick 6 cedar.Aka “The Dark Horse”
Silver Creek T-160
Peavey Classic 50 4×10.

If memory serves from when I changed my pickups a couple of weeks ago, it’s a long tenon, but not as big/blocky as the tenon on my R8. Narrower, more rounded.

The pickup routes (on the inside) were also rougher — small splinters, etc. Looks like they did it quickly. It’s stable, and nothing you could tell unless you opened it up and shined a flashlight in there, but it turns out I’m a big enough nerd to have done that. Doesn’t bug me, doesn’t affect the sound or the stability of the guitar, just means they didn’t bother to sand inside the guitar.

Hope that helps.

Absolutly helps. I think the tenon on the reissues are wider.Cool. Sorry for the hijack, Flowmaster. Nice axe and great trade. enjoy!!
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Gibson 2007 Les Paul Plaintop 60 reissue lemonburst
Gibson 2011 Es335 Darkburst
Bulldog Bodies Les Paul Replica Faded Cherryburst
Fender A.V.R.I. 62 Sunburst Stratocaster
Fender 2006 S.R.V.
Simon and Patrick 6 cedar.Aka “The Dark Horse”
Silver Creek T-160
Peavey Classic 50 4×10.

For the highjack, I need you to let me know where the best place to by good pickups and a good price. LOL
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What kind of pickups are you looking for?
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Gibson 2007 Les Paul Plaintop 60 reissue lemonburst
Gibson 2011 Es335 Darkburst
Bulldog Bodies Les Paul Replica Faded Cherryburst
Fender A.V.R.I. 62 Sunburst Stratocaster
Fender 2006 S.R.V.
Simon and Patrick 6 cedar.Aka “The Dark Horse”
Silver Creek T-160
Peavey Classic 50 4×10.

I have seen real good deals on Burstbuckers or 57 Classics at Musicgoround.I really dig the 57 classics in my 335. I have no plans on pulling them yet.I ended up getting a set of Dimarzio Paf Classics brand new for under a hundred bucks shipped. ebay is always good.There are some real nice vendors on the forum. My buddy just got a great set of Bare Knuckle mules on ebay. Fantastic pickups, but you will pay big for them.
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Gibson 2007 Les Paul Plaintop 60 reissue lemonburst
Gibson 2011 Es335 Darkburst
Bulldog Bodies Les Paul Replica Faded Cherryburst
Fender A.V.R.I. 62 Sunburst Stratocaster
Fender 2006 S.R.V.
Simon and Patrick 6 cedar.Aka “The Dark Horse”
Silver Creek T-160
Peavey Classic 50 4×10.

I have Sheptone Blue Sky pups and a Martin 6 string kit in my 333. I’m not in love with the Sheps the way I am with my Heartbreaker/Tribute in the R8, but they’re very nice PAF style pups, and they’re not going anywhere. Carrot is right, any good PAF style will sound nice, it’s just about what flavor of PAF you want.

As far as where to buy, I’d order a harness from Martin 6strings, or Jonesy, or Tundratone, or RS Guitarworks (or any of the other forum vendors who sell them) — they all use quality components. Unless you have a specific pickup in mind, I’d keep an eye on the member classifieds and TGP’s emporium and try to scoop up a used set at a good price. Gibson Classic 57s, Duncan Antiquities or Seth Lovers, and DiMarzios always seem to come with good prices. You can also find boutiques at a good price from time to time too
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One day you pick up the guitar & you feel like a great master, & the next day you feel like a fool. It’s because we’re different every day, but the guitar is always the same…beautiful. -Tommy Emmanuel

I just remembered that I had used Tonerides in a Strat I had and loved them. I see they have a Alnico IV Classic that sounds really good. Has anyone here ever used them.
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After some thought last night and seeing a really good clip on Youtube of a guy with a ES-333 with the stock pickups (490 & 498) that he only put covers over them and sounded pretty good. I might just do the same for now. Any thoughts on the stock pu in the semi hollow body.

I’m trying to avoid spending alot of money right now because my wife and I adopted our baby girl and she is only 4 weeks old. Talking about a money pit, and I LOVE IT!.

Also want to thank you guys for all the input and info.
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reat guitar for the price
enjoy

Congrats. My recommendation on pups would be Rolphs 57 Pretenders; perfect for an ES style guitar.

I currently have 2 ES-333’s. One is stock and the other has Grovers and a SD Classic 59′ in the neck position. I have turned around both pickups so the neck pup is a tad brighter and the bridge pup is a tad woodsier. This has been my go-to guitar for quite some time.

Oddly, there is a difference in the two necks. The Modded one has a slightly thicker neck. By this I mean it seems to have more girth. The stock ES-333 is exactly as the few others I have tried. I also have an ES-339 with the 30/60 neck and it is not as thick as that one but just enough that I can tell the difference between the two ES-333’s.

The modded on has been played everyday of its 10 year life and shows it. The other ES-333 was in it’s case and rarely used for the last 10 years and looks brand new. Both guitars have had headstock repairs and are both stable.

The bottom line is that whatever the reason, I can’t really put my finger on it, the well used ES-333 feels and sounds better acoustically. Amplified, they both rock but the worn guitar has something, I guess we refer to as MOJO that the other does not have (yet). It sings when I have it cranked and it growls when I want it to. I can bend strings for days and it won’t lose tuning (mainly because of the Grovers I think).

Both ES-333’s are quality guitars. I can’t find a whole lot of difference between a regular run of the mill ES-335 and the ES-333. They both have the neck binding with the nubs (something I have to have) and they are both structurally built the same. In essence, if not for the finish and pickups, I would say in a blind test, one would be hard pressed to tell the difference in feel and sound acoustically. I would highly recommend an ES-333 for anyone who is looking to score and ES at a lower price. You won’t be disappointed…
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