This Gibson ES 330-style guitar was built for a great guitar player and a great friend, Mark Zampella, hence its name, MZ-330!
Roc and I never worked on a hollow-body guitar before, but Mark made it easy on us by ordering this cool body/neck combo and these easy-peasy Kwikplug pick-ups. These humbucker-in-a-soapbar pickups have pull coil taps on the tone knobs for single coil sound in both the neck and bridge. This guitar is a tone machine!
The pickups presented a bit of a mounting issue. They needed to be screwed into the body…but the body is hollow! I created mounting blocks out of crafting sticks, and glued them into the body. I think I got the pickup height correct…hope these wooden blocks don’t effect the hollow-body tone!
Nice Tailpiece, Dill Weed!
Once of the mysterious mistakes about the MZ-330 is the tailpiece. It looks crooked, but when I install it straight, the string alignment gets thrown off on the neck. Crooked it is!
Aside from the snazzy Imperial tuners, this headstock is a disaster. It’s supposed to be MZ’s signature in gold glitter to match a gold emblem. But the signature got messy, and then the emblem inadvertently got sanded off — I never should have bothered with messy gold glitter glue in the first place! Fail-after-fail resulted in this weak final product. Don’t look at it. Look away!
The GFS Kwikplug wiring system made connecting the pickups a cinch, but fishing the output jack, selector switch, and volume and tone pots through the F-hole was still a challenge.
Listen to MZ-330 on the tracks below!