• Gibson ES-333


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Dates of manufacture: 

2003 to 2005

Introduced in 2003, the Gibson ES-333 is similar to the Gibson ES-335, but with several differences: a thin satin finish, a silkscreen headstock Gibson logo with no inlays, bound fingerboard, the pickups are Gibson type 490R and 498T, versus the ES-335's Gibson 57 Classic pickups. the back of the body has an access cover for the electronics, versus the solid rear of the ES-335. As a modified but cheaper, satin-finished ES-335  the ES-333s were a great deal, but were discontinued around 2005.

The body is made of arched, laminated wood, with the exterior and interior laminations being made of maple. There is a maple central core in the semi-hollow body. The neck is mahogany, with a bound rosewood fingerboard and pearloid dot markers. The hardware is nickel plated. The ES-333 had no pickup covers, nor pickguard, and came with black "speed" knobs. Switch tip color was black or creme. The truss rod cover is plain, and the headstock overlay is the fibre material used on many contemporary Gibson models.

The ES-333 has an access plate on the back that allowing easy access to the electronics - this is much easier than on typical 335 style guitars saves going through the f-holes to try and access the control circuits.

The ES-333 was available in "faded" brown, cherry red, natural and sunburst finishes, which are thin satin nitrocellulose lacquer. These finishes will take on the appearance of old instruments, after a period of wear.

The ES-333 is associated with Tom Delonge and there is a Tom Delonge signature ES-335 model (and and Epiphone version).

Specifications (23)


Bindingbody binding, neck binding
Finish colorsamber finish, brown finish, natural finish
Finish effectssatin finish, sunburst finish
Finish materialnitrocellulose finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings


Body back materiallaminated maple body back
Body styleES-335 style
Body top materiallaminated maple body top
Hollow bodysemi-hollow body
Pickguard shapeno pickguard
Soundhole2 f-holes


BridgeABR-1 bridge
Hardware colornickel hardware
Tailpiecestop tailpiece


Fingerboard inlay materialpearl fingerboard inlay material
Fingerboard materialrosewood fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Neck jointset neck
Number of frets22 fret
Tuner layoutthree-each-side


Pickups brand and modelGibson 490R pickup(s), Gibson 498T pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 humbucker pickups

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Reviews (1)

GIBSON ES-333 reviewed by Anonymous

Average: 5 (1 vote)
Great guitar, placed old pick ups with PAF Gibson and its just as good as a 335 for working musician love it. I don't worry about scratches and it looks vintege

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