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Will Value of Gibson ES-333 Increase Greatly?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by dkbemb10, Jul 29, 2010.

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  1. dkbemb10

    dkbemb10 Tele-Meister

    Jul 21, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    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?
  2. Joe-Bob

    Joe-Bob Doctor of Teleocity

    Sep 6, 2004
    Dallas, Texas
  3. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Tele Axpert Ad Free Member

    Sep 1, 2009
    Kelowna, BC, Canuckistan
    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.
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  4. newtwanger

    newtwanger Blackguardian. Ad Free + Supporter

    Feb 11, 2007
    Quebec, Canada
    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.
  5. winny pooh

    winny pooh Friend of Leo's

    Jan 24, 2006
    South London
    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...
  6. die Bullen

    die Bullen Tele-Meister

    Mar 25, 2010
    Westfield, NJ
    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
  7. stratzrus

    stratzrus NEW MEMBER!

    Mar 24, 2021
    Philadelphia, PA
    Well, apparently conventional wisdom is dead wrong.

    The shortage of ES-335 type guitars in 2021 has driven up the price of an ES-333 substantially.

    The moral of the story is, don't even think about predicting guitar prices years into the future.
  8. Texsunburst59

    Texsunburst59 Friend of Leo's

    Nov 16, 2005
    Texas Gulf Coast
    You never know which guitar will increase in value.

    Sometimes a certain model will have a resurgence in popularity like the 335 has recently, and it goes up in value.

    I purchased my '83 Gibson ES-335 Dot in a pawnshop for $1400 a few years ago, and at the time I thought that was a very good deal.

    This same guitar, depending on the condition and originality, goes for between $3500-$4000 today.

    So I guess my ''83 335 Dot has increased quite a bit in value.
  9. jayyj

    jayyj Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 13, 2014
    Manchester, UK
    The problem with the 333 from an appreciation is their appeal is that they're great 335s that really aren't much of a compromise over a 335 and they're cheaper than a 335 - as soon as they pull level there's not really any benefit to them. So, since 335s have generally gone up a lot over the last ten years the 333 has done too but I can't see it ever being a runaway success that eclipses same era 335s.
  10. jkingma

    jkingma Super Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 15, 2006
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    You guys are commenting on something posted over 10 years ago. If you think it's worth further discussion, it would be best to start a current thread. This one is closed.
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