Gibson Melody Maker

Gibson Melody Maker

Infobox Guitar model|title= Original Gibson Melody Maker
period= 1959 - 1971
(available with 18.56" short scale until 1970). [ Vintage Guitars Info Solidbody Descriptions] ] [ Vintage Gibson Guitar - Gibson Melody Maker] ]
bridge=wraparound tailpiece
pickups=1 or 2 single coils
Infobox Guitar model|title=Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker
period= 2003 - 2006
woodbody=Santa Maria (Jacareuba)
woodneck=Spanish Cedar
pickups=1 P-90 Single-coil
colors=Satin Cherry, Satin Ebony and Satin Yellow (Pictured)
Infobox Guitar model|title= Gibson Melody Maker
period= 2007 - Present

bridge=wraparound tailpiece
pickups=1 single coil
colors=Satin Vintage Sunburst, Satin Ebony, Satin White
The Gibson Melody Maker is an electric guitar made by Gibson Guitar Corporation. It is a budget model aimed at beginners.

Melody Maker (1959-1971)

The Gibson Melody Maker was first launched in 1959 and discontinued in 1971. It had a thin slab-style mahogany body. [ [ Blue Book of Electric Guitars Sixth Edition - Gibson Electric Guitars and Basses] ] All the electronics, from the small single-coil pickups to the cable jack, were assembled on a scratchplate and installed in a rout in the front of the body. The strings ran from a straight-sided simplification of the traditional Gibson headstock at one end to a wraparound bridge/tailpiece unit at the other. [Bacon, T. "The Ultimate Guitar Book" p. 88 Dorling Kindersley Limited, 1991 ISBN 0-86318-640-8]

Body style

From its launch until 1965, the Melody Maker had a single-cutaway style similar in profile to the Les Paul model. A double-cutaway version called the Melody Maker d was introduced in 1962. The body style was changed in 1966 to a style similar to the SG, with pointed "horns", a large white scratchplate, and white pickup covers instead of black.


Options on the Melody maker included two pickups instead of one and a short-scale neck. A twelve-string version was introduced in 1967.

Melody Maker (1977-1983)

The Melody Maker d (double-cutaway) model was revived in 1977 and discontinued again in 1983. Some minor changes were introduced into the design including single coil pickups embossed with the Gibson logo, all metal tuning pegs and a later day Gibson stop tail piece and Tune-O-Matic bridge.

Melody Maker (1986-1988?)

In 1986, Gibson issued a Melody Maker with a single-cutaway body. It had one humbucking pickup, Grover tuners, a Tune-O-Matic bridge, and a stop tailpiece.

All American II

The Gibson All American II was built in the mid-1990s as part of the company's "All American" line which also included The Hawk and [ The Paul II] . [ [ Gibson Electric Guitars - Discontinued Models] ] It was inspired by the original Melody Maker, but differed from it in having chrome tuners, no scratchplate, controls rear-mounted in the traditional Gibson solid-body style, and a bridge/vibrola unit. [ [ Gibson All American II] ]

The All American line was discontinued in 1998. [citenews|url=|title=All American II||accessdate=2008-08-12]

Les Paul Melody Maker

The Melody Maker was returned to the Gibson line as a sub-model of the Les Paul model. [ [ Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker] ] It offered a mixture of traditional Melody Maker features (straight-sided headstock, white button tuners, jack positioned on the top) and traditional Les Paul Junior features (bridge-mounted dogear P-90 pickup, Junior-style control mounting and pattern).

Like both the original Melody Maker and the original Junior, the Les Paul Melody Maker featured dot inlays as fretboard markers and did not have a cap on its top. Unlike either the original Melody Maker or the original Junior, both of which used wraparaound bridge/tailpiece units, the Les Paul Melody Maker used a Tune-O-Matic bridge and separate stop tailpiece.

The Les Paul Melody Maker also differed from other Les Paul submodels in the width of the neck (20 millimeters thinner at the 1st fret, 25 millimeters thinner at the 12 fret) and the length of the heel (125 millimeters shorter).

2007 Melody Maker

In 2007, the Melody Maker became a separate model. It now has a smaller single-coil pickup than the P-90, a wraparound bridge/tailpiece unit, a mahogany neck, and a pickguard similar to the original Melody Maker. The CEO of Gibson said in reference to the new Melody Maker that it could "almost be considered a reissue of a 1959 Gibson Melody Maker." The guitar is offered in satin finishes and is one of the most economical Gibson guitars in recent years. [ [ Gibson Melody Maker] ] Its street price is currently $379 [ [ Musicians Friend Page for Gibson Melody Maker] ] , meaning, inflation-adjusted, the Melody Maker costs less than an original 1954 Gibson Les Paul Junior at its time of launch 54 years ago. Although the 1954 Junior cost $49.50, with inflation over 54 years taken into account, in today's dollars it would cost well over $400.

2008 Joan Jett Signature Model

In 2008 Gibson released the Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker. It differs from the standard model by having a single humbucker pickup and a double-cutaway body in white with a black vinyl pickguard. Jett has owned her Melody Maker since 1977 and has played it on all her hits. [ [ Gibson USA Proudly Presents the Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker] ] It retails for $839. [ [ Gibson Joan Jett Signature Melody Maker] ]

Notable Melody Maker players


External links

* [ Melody Maker Model DataBase]

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