"A working mans guitar with a maestro tremelo arm. These make great rhythm guitars and are great studio tools. The absence of a solid block inside prevents them from being played too loud. All in all a fine piece of mid sixties American made Gibson craftsmanship," says Joe Bonamaassa, on his [website](http://jbonamassa.com/joes-guitar-of-the-week/guitar-of-the-week-13-1966-es-330/).more
"I have a 1963 ES-335 that I got a long time ago, and I recently got a 1962 ES-330 that I really like. I’ve got an old Fender Telecaster, the guitar I bought in high school that somebody resold me about 10 years ago, and I have some Custom Shop Fenders. I have a nice old Gibson Howard Roberts as well. But I mainly play those Ibanez guitars because I’m used to them, and I really like the way they sound and feel."more
In an NPR article, Shane Timm - Jack Antonoff's guitar tech - talks about his troubles with Antonoff's vintage 1968 Gibson ES-330. Previous to this role, Timm worked as a technician for Mercedes Benz and BMW, and talks about his aptitude for fixing things: “It's another piece of equipment belonging to Antanoff that gives Timm the most trouble: a red, vintage 1968 Gibson ES-330 electric guitar. Timm says he's fixed the instrument so many times it'll eventually be "a very old body with all brand new parts." "It's like it's a person almost, and it wants to just mess with me. And it could be as simple as like, [Jack] just set it down on the ground a little awkwardly and for some reason as it wobbles around on the floor a wire decides to go," he says. "But every time I tackle it and I fix it, ... I fix something new.”” (original source [here](http://www.npr.org/blogs/therecord/2012/07/16/156746554/he-keeps-fun-running))more
"I have a ’67 Gibson ES-330, which is just like an ES-335 but the neck goes farther into the body. It’s more of a true hollowbody than the ES-335 because of that construction. I bought that ’66 Fender Electric XII from Craigslist and it is one of my favorite guitars of all time. I also recently got a ’75 Telecaster Deluxe from eBay. Come to think of it, I don’t think I’ve ever bought a new new guita"more
"You’d be guessing all this chocolatey tone issues from a deep-bodied acoustic-electric Gibson archtop … and you’d be wrong. From his arrival in New York City in 1960 until the mid ’60s, Grant Green played a Gibson ES-330. It’s hollow-bodied, but a thinline double-cutaway model with the body lines of the ES-335 and a rim depth of just around 1 3/4 inches. Gibson had introduced its first thinline archtops in 1955, in the form of the ES-350T and the Byrdland, and brought the radical new ES-335 to the line in 1958. With a solid block through the center of the body to combat feedback and aid sustain and a neck joint around the 20th fret, the ES-335 was an instrument with jazz roots, but employed new features that would appeal even more to rock, country, and blues players." http://www.gibson.com/News-Lifestyle/Features/en-us/Get-That-Tone_-Green-Street-er.aspxmore
Stoneking says, "Got this hollowbody thinline Gibson in 2009, I like these cherry red guitars, back when I was 11 years old this would have been my absolute dream guitar. It has a completely hollow body and P90 pickups, Gibson’s version of the Epiphone Casino that John Lennon favoured," on [his website](http://cwstoneking.com/instruments/).more
Chris Bell used a Gibson ES-330 fitted with a Bigsby vibrato, believed to date from the mid-1960s, to record Big Star's *#1 Record*. The guitar is still owned by the Bell family but is on loan to Ardent Studios. > "(Chris) also had a cherry red Gibson ES-330 (black single-coil pickups) (sic) from his teen years, which the Bell family still has. That guitar was definitely one of the ones used on the 1st Big Star record." -Van Durenmore
“I fell in love with the ES-330,” says Dickinson, “so what I wanted to do was combine the two. If we can get the P-90 sound and response of a 330 on a 335 semi-hollow that can handle the rock ‘n’ roll environment — now we’re really getting somewhere." - excerpt from his Gibson interview.more
"Remler grew up in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey. She started playing the guitar at age 10 on her older brother’s cherry-red Gibson ES-330, the guitar she would use for most of her professional career. She learned simple folk tunes, Beatles songs, and Johnny Winter solos note-for-note, but it was just a hobby."more
Back to Lonnie, here are a two more pictures I took of him in 1960—he is playing a Gibson that I bought for him (on time payment that I thought would never end!). Christiern Dr. Funkenstein http://www.organissimo.org/forum/index.php?/topic/66787-lonnie-johnson-the-great-bluesjazz-guitarists-last-years/more
It is a Gibson Custom 2004. Bough it with a broken neck at Japan. Brought it back and recondition. Never been happier in my life... it's a dream guitar. But NOT easy to tame! hollowbody and heavy gain can't go hand in hand. But still, the sound is amazing.
I have a Cherry late '66 / early '67 version with the chrome dog ear P90's and trapeze tail piece. Fully Hollow, a beast that you have to tame if playing with gain. The guitar is alive!! such fun to play and neck is warm and full, Bridge has a great brightness that cuts.....
If you need the perfect mixture of clean yet powerfull I would seriously recomend this guitar. I like the shortscale neck and also the ability to really get a fat, almost humbucking tone from the P90s. Overall great at what it does.