Gibson introduced the all-new ES-335 in 1958, soon to be partnered by its more deluxe stablemate, the ES-355. In 1959 the stereo-equipped ES-345 came along, as did the less costly ES-330. It came in dual- (ES-330TD) and single-pickup (ES-330T) form with the same twin-cutaway outline and slim depth body as the other Gibson semis.
The ES-330 employed significant changes to construction and components that provided a very different performance. A lower price made it popular in mid-sixties beat group-era Britain, but a subsequent shift in fashion and playing styles saw sales suffer and ES-330TD production ceased in 1972.
Appreciate Your ES-330. Although seen by many players as a poor relation to Gibson's other twin-cutaway semis of the sixties, the ES-330TD has certainly had its fair share of fans, likewise even more fashionable close cousin, the Epiphone Casino. Somewhat surprisingly, manufacture ceased in 1972, which was ten years after the demise of single-pickup stablemate, the ES-330T, but renewed interest in more recent years has prompted Gibson to produce a number of relevant reissues.
Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones is a notable player of the Gibson ES-330. Pictured here is his probably 1965 ES-330. What I have in my collection is a very similar 1969 ES-330 in sunburst finish, similar to Brian's. Those P90 pickups are very nice indeed. This guitar has great sustain. Between the Beatles, Stones, and the Kinks, just think about how many great tracks were probably recorded using Casino's and ES-330's...