Gibson es 333 value

Gibson ES 333

Gibson es 333 value

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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.

Here’s mine.

Tattooed Carrot…
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.
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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.

good luck,
dj

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.

Will Value of Gibson ES-333 Increase Greatly?
I recently purchased a Gibson ES-333 in satin sunburst. I got it home and found it was a 2005 model and from the info I can gather Gibson no longer makes the ES-333 model. I was wondering if you think that this guitar will become much more valuable in the future and if any of you have any info as to why they stopped making this model because to me it sounds like quite a nice guitar for the price?

ES-333 — it just doesn’t sound that different from a ES-335 to leave its mark. Don’t know how different the pickup selection is, though: 490/498 vs ’57 Classic. The thing I think I like the best is that rear access panel. I have a ES-335 and fishing around in it via the f-holes is a pain.

You’ve got to ask yourself why would it increase?

It’s just one of many, many regular production models that they’ve stopped making, at least for now.

It’s a budget 335 with the fancy pearloid and glossy finish removed, and I’m betting any gibson model that was also available in their “worn” version will go into the history books as a cheapie, the LP and SG strippos are some of the best deals out there.

It’s a great guitar (I like the Tom DeLonge epi version) enjoy it now for what it is and either care for it so you have an heirloom or beat the crap out of it doing that rock and roll thing.

The rear access panel is handy but hideous, I would never pay the same price as a regular 335 re-issue, sorry. In fact I would rather have a Tokai es335, I saw an amazing sunburst one on saturday…

I’d be surprised if many mass produced guitars made nowadays become very valuable. The old broadcasters and nocasters were produced in very small quantities relative to today. Value is desirability combined with rarity and unless you have something that is produced in very low numbers and extremely desirable I don’t see many making the grade over the long haul.

Now you have Fender and Gibson CS (for example) making lots of limited run collector editions- yet when you look on the used market of the “collector models” they are still depreciating rather than appreciating.

Just my opinion of course

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