Keith Richards’ 1960s Gibson ES-330

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Keith played this ES-330 for a few songs during the concert in Hyde Park on July 5, 1969 – just two days after the tragic death of Brian Jones.

Keith with the ES-330 at the Hyde Park, 1969.

Keith’s ES-330 featured a sunburst finish on a fully hollow body of laminated maple, two P-90 metal pickups, and a trapeze-type tailpiece.

Interesting to point out that the ES-330 is basically a cousin to the Epiphone Casino – a guitar that Keith used at the early stages of his career. Both models were built at the same factory at Kalamazoo, Michigan. It is therefore likely that he purchased the ES-330 as a direct replacement for the Epiphone.

As far as what happened to the guitar, based on the photos, Keith brought it with him to France, where he was staying in Villa Nellcote around 1971. It is therefore likely that the guitar got stolen at that point and never recovered.

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