Pric­ing Fac­tors

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Dis­cern­ing the dif­fer­ences will help in­form your buy­ing de­ci­sions – here’s a quick low­down

pick­ups There were, in fact, two dis­tinct ES-330 mod­els in the early 60s: the ES-330TD and ES-330T. The ES-330T has only one P-90 pickup in a cen­tered po­si­tion. These mod­els are less com­mon and less sought-after than their dual pickup coun­ter­parts and typ­i­cally sell for around 30-40 per­cent less. As with any vin­tage Gib­son, it is of im­por­tance to col­lec­tors that the pick­ups are orig­i­nal. Fin­ish In 1961, the ES-330 was mar­keted in three fin­ishes: sun­burst, cherry, and nat­u­ral. On Re­verb, we have seen the most sales for cherry, which tend to sell at the same price as sun­burst. Nat­u­ral ex­am­ples are rare and were only built when the wood was avail­able. These gui­tars fetch the high­est prices of all when they come to mar­ket, up to 50 per­cent above the rest of the pack. Wood­grain Be­cause these gui­tars were made with maple tops, many ex­hibit lovely wood grains, which is es­pe­cially ev­i­dent on those with a nat­u­ral fin­ish. The more vi­brant the pat­tern, the more cap­ti­vat­ing the guitar will be to a col­lec­tor. The high­est priced ES-330 to sell on Re­verb in the past year ex­hib­ited a par­tic­u­larly strik­ing grain, which pro­pelled its price. Re­mem­ber, case-by-case as­sess­ment of orig­i­nal­ity, con­di­tion and playa­bil­ity can also im­pact a guitar’s value.

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