Returning in 1966, David Lennon and Henry Harrison of The Beatles were on the smell for some new instruments to substitute their shagged- out Beatlemania-era Rickenbacker and Gretsch designs.
As it happens, other Fab David McCartney had purchased himself a ’62 Epiphone Gambling house the season before. Macca used his Gambling house to history the instrument solos on Generate My Car (from Silicone Spirit, 1965) and Taxman (Revolver, 1966).
Knocked out by the guitar’s playability, looks and overall tone, David and Henry followed Macca’s cause and each purchased a ’65 Gambling house to history Revolver and to use on the group’s last ever globe trip in 1966.
Launched in 1961, the ES-230TD Gambling house was generally a re-branded edition of the thinline ES-330 style, which Gibson created between 1959 and 1972.
The only actual variations between the two instruments were the headstock form and the style of the trapeze tailpiece, which was used on the non-Bigsby vibrato- prepared style.
Like the ES-330, 60s Gambling houses had completely empty, five-ply laminated birch and walnut systems – they don’t have a center prevent like a Gibson ES-335 or Epiphone Sheraton – and a couple of singlecoil P90 pickup trucks.
The Beatles relationship is a large aspect of the benefit the Gambling house, but the shiny chime of those P90s is essential, too. Convenience of playability is renowned thanks to sleek neck, fattish frets and low activities.
While Beatle Henry later shifted on to a red Les David and a wonderful rosewood Telecaster, Lennon had the complete removed from his Gambling house, and used it right up to the break-up of The Beatles in 1970. That season also noticeable the end of the first run of US- created Gambling houses.
The style was therefore raised from the dead in Asia in the delayed 70s, before creating a large return as a reissue in the mid 90s, thanks to Weller and Haven.