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Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar TV Yellow Satin 

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The Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker 2014 Electric Guitar celebrates Gibson's 120th Anniversary in style. It has a thin profile mahogany body with a cust...Read More

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A classic joins the anniversary celebration with some significant upgrades.

The Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker 2014 Electric Guitar celebrates Gibson's 120th Anniversary in style. It has a thin profile mahogany body with a custom light maple top. The maple neck has a '50s rounded profile. The rosewood fingerboard has dot inlays and sports a 120th Anniversary banner at the 12th fret. Other key features include P-90 pickups, max grip speed knobs, retro-white button tuners, Graph Tech nut and satin chrome wraparound bridge.

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  • Body: Thin profile body same as LP Custom Light Maple top / Mahogany back
  • Neck: Maple, 50’s Rounded Profile
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood dot inlays with 120th Anniversary logo
  • Hardware: Satin chrome wraparound bridge, retro white button tuners, new larger strap pins
  • Electronics: P-90’s
  • Finish: 20 Sheen Ultra smooth satin
  • Plastics: New Black Max Grip Speed Knobs
  • Case: Premium Gig Bag
Special 120th Anniversary features
  • Banner inlay on all instruments at the 12th fret
  • Max grip speed knobs
  • New extra large strap button
  • Cleartone coated strings
  • Graph Tech nut
  • Cryogenic treated fret wire for longer life and corrosion resistance

You'll have a reason to celebrate when you open its box. Order today.

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Gibson2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar
 
4.0

(based on 20 reviews)

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (17)
  • Good tone (17)
  • Good feel (15)
  • Solid electronics (13)
  • Good pick up (12)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (15)
    • Jamming (13)
    • Recording (9)
    • Rock concerts (6)
    • Small venues (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (12), Professional musician (5), Novice (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    First P90 guitar

    This is my 4th gibson. I own two Sg standards and a LP Traditional. This being my first P90 guitar I wasn't sure what to expect. After having played with it for a...Read complete review

    This is my 4th gibson. I own two Sg standards and a LP Traditional. This being my first P90 guitar I wasn't sure what to expect. After having played with it for a week and comparing to my others its a keeper. To cut to the chase they are noisy with a lot of distortion and have learned to find the sweet spot with my pedals. I'm playing through a Fender DR head and 2x12 cab with greenabacks. This guitar sounds so sweet clean. Really shimmery and punchy at the same time. With low to moderate overdrive and distortion its sounds killer. Makes my Sg's sound a little "tinny" for a lack of a better word when comparing. These P90s just have a punch to them. The neck on mine was a little rough around the edges and was a little worried when I first inspected it. After a closer look I could see that the fingerboard was really dry and the frets were starting to poke out a bit on it. So I placed it in a humidity controlled area when not playing hoping that was the problem. Turns out it was. Once it adjusted back the frets weren't so sharp and the fingerboard looked better between the frets. Not so curved in. Kind of weird for a new guitar but was a minor thing. Love it and would buy it again in a heart beat.

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    It is what it is

    I got the '14 wine red Gibson LP MM today. I was really looking forward to hearing it with the 2 P-90 pickups. It turns out the guitar feels good, lightweight,...Read complete review

    I got the '14 wine red Gibson LP MM today. I was really looking forward to hearing it with the 2 P-90 pickups. It turns out the guitar feels good, lightweight, easy to play for the most part, but the pickups are kinda flat - and it seems to sound as good as they can using both pickups at the same time. My Ibanez RG4231 and Epi Les Paul Goth with the DiMarzio Super Distortion 2 pickups I added to both of them in the bridge sound far better imo than these do in this guitar. It's a nice guitar to add to my collection, and MF gave me a good deal on it - but will not be one of my "go to" guitars by any means

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    4.0

    This guitar kicks %!?

    By Dennis

    from Cleveland , Ohio

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Light Weight
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • No Pick Guard
    • Satin Finish

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

    I adjusted the truss rod,adjusted the bridge, applied lubricant to the nut, and adjusted the pickup height. The intonation is spot on perfect. Fret ends smooth.
    A super playing guitar, with great pickups. The tone of the pickup will change greatly in relation to the distance to the strings.
    I love the tone of the p90's, clean, as well as driven. This guitar shines with a tube amplifier.
    The TV yellow looks more like a mustard color on mine.
    I also added a black LP p90 pickguard to mine, looks outstanding.
    Absolutly fun to play. Quality gig bag included. A great way to get a Gibson at a value price. Stays in tune well with nut lube applied.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Disappointed in Gibsons quality

    By Extremus1

    from Florida

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    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Light Weight Solid Body

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

    The bridge pick up was loose in the cavity. I could rock the pick up 1/8 inch in either direction. The specs shows the guitar equipped with speed style knobs, but mine came with tophat style knobs. They were numbered, but the knobs were put on in different positions. The flat plastic washer that surrounds the three way switch was placed on crooked. There is fret buzz at the tenth fret even though the bridge is high. Out of the box the adjustment bolt on the wrap around bridge was showing signs of wear, where someone adjusted the screw bolt without loosening the allen screw. This guitar was sold as new, shipped to me in the box. It makes me suspicious that this guitar was a restock. If not, Gibson's quality control is lacking. Because it is an inexpensive guitar I am keeping it and fixing the problems rather than send ot back. If you want to get into the Gibson line for little cost, this is the guitar. I really like the tone of the P90s and I like the wider, 50s style neck. The finish is beyond satin, flat would be a better description. All in all, I would recommend this guitar.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    sweet USA made Gibson

    By MistyMountainHopper

    from Manchester,NH

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is a fantastic way to get yourself into a quality USA made Gibson with out breaking the bank. I cant afford a new les paul standard or SG,I upgraded from my epiphone les paul to this guitar. I'm not gonna slam Epiphones..mine played like butter, looked nice, sounded ok. but this guitar..you play a chord unplugged and it just rings. I could tell the difference right away (from my Epiphone that didnt ring at all).I was shocked at how cool this guitar sounded CLEAN the p90s are sweet. Do it...Do it :)

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Unbeatable US Made Gibson

      By Sunday Rocker

      from South Central Nebraska

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Performing
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      This may be a stripped-down Les Paul, but it is a genuine Les Paul, US made in Nashville TN! No fancy binding or fretboard inlays, no pickguard, fancy woods or glossy finishes, but everything that makes a Paul a Paul is there. Mahogany body (albeit thinner than a typical Paul), carved maple top, Kluson Deluxe tuners, seperate tone and volume controls for each pickup. And the pickups are fantastic!! I have been a P-90 fan since I aquired my first Gibson, a 1958 Les Paul Junior (yes - I wish I still had that!!) in 1966. Including this one, I have had four Gibsons over the years, three of them with P-90 pickups (plus two Epi's with P-90's). They are smooth and sweet with more definition than a humbucker, yet higher output and thicker, richer sound than a typical Fender-style single coil. Indeed, the are the best of both worlds. The sound I get from this guitar through my Fender Excelsior tube amp is amazing. My wife even noticed the difference in tonal texture between this and the several other relatively inexpensive guitars that I seem to have accumulated over the years.
      The action was a bit low out of the box with some fret buzz, but a tweak of the bridge and truss rod took care of that while still keeping it an incredibly easy guitar to play. The Gibson PLEK system of nut slotting and fret dressing that is used on their high-end instruments is used on this guitar as well.
      The intonation was off quite a bit, and adjusting the position of the bridge took care of most of it, but still a bit off on the low E and A strings. I have an adjustable wrap-style bridge coming that should solve that problem. I guess Gibson's typical pre-shipment setup was foregone in an attempt to keep the price down.
      All-in-all though, this is a genuine US-made Gibson Les Paul at an Epiphone price. Buy one for yourself, you'll love it!!!

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Lucky to have one of these!

      By John Latch

      from Houston, Tx.

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      Pros

      • Excellent quality
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Anything
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      I was turned on to this model by a luthier friend. So I checked it out on the M.F. website & ordered one.

      It truly is the first guitar I've ever owned that played right out of the box!

      Plain, simple rocker, that happens to play surprisingly well clean.

      But please, push this little yellow jewel with an overdrive pedal; you'll be glad you did!

      I have always been a Fender guy, but this guitar has my attention. I originally bought it for open D/E slide work, but I'm getting another guitar with P-90s for that. This has become my backup Blues/Rock stage guitar!

      John Latch

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      (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Low Price, High Vibe

      By smmllr

      from Des Moines, Iowa

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Black Plastic Cosmetics

      Best Uses

      • Raunchy Rock
      • Swampy Blues

      Comments about Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      I love the whole concept of stripping down a Les Paul to its bare essence without losing any vibe. Love the P-90s, love the wrap-around bridge/tailpiece, love the Kluson button tuners, love the budget-minded thin mahogany body w/ carved maple cap. After a week of not being able to put down my TV yellow model, I bought a second in wine red because Gibson tends to not keep marginal models around very long, and I'm guessing these may soon become highly sought-after (especially at this price). The second axe had some fret buzzing, even after swapping the factory .09 strings for .11's, but a few truss rod twists and bridge adjustment solved that. My only gripe is aesthetic. I've never liked black plastic pickup covers and knobs on any finish other than traditional Cremona sunburst, so I modified both specimens with cream pickup and back plate covers, gold speed knobs, amber toggle switches, and blank truss rod covers. Now they look like early 50s prototypes. This is a perfect guitar for raunchy rock and swampy blues. Where has this incarnation been for the past 60 years?

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      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Solid Guitar

      By Joe

      from Jersey City

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Goes Out Of Tune Often

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      This guitar sounds really nice! The P-90s are the deal breaker. After I heard my teacher use a custom guitar with P-90s, I was convinced to get the tone. I found that tones are great on this guitar. You can get smooth, warm jazz tones with the neck pickup and a nice roaring bite that cuts through the mix with the bridge pickup. I went for a used model, and it was basically perfect. The only problem I`ve noticed is that tuning the thing is a constant. It goes out of tune often, which is why I dropped a star. The e, b, and g strings are also hard to get perfect, and they tend to buzz when played at the higher frets.

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      (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      A good playing guitar, BUT

      By GENO

      from Cortlandt Manor NY

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      A good playing guitar out of the box. I played it for approx. 20 hours and noticed that the satin finish started to get a glossy shine; I decided that over time the finish would only get worse so I sent it back and upgraded to a Gibson Studio.If it were for the finish problem I would have kept the guitar.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      So much potential

      By Jordan1234

      from Monticello, KY

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Poor Pick Up

      Best Uses

        Comments about Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

        Went through two of these. The first one had a defective truss rod, glue and tool marks on the fretboard, and a small chip in the headstock. Pickups were so microphonic I couldnt play it at show volume without constant feedback. Sent it back, the second one came, it was visually perfect, one of the best playing guitars I have ever touched. The pickups were more microphonic than the first, overwhelming feedback. I returned it too.

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        (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        I didn't like mine, but it's not all bad

        By Johnny

        from Virginia

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              Comments about Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

              Fit and finish is not perfect, but not bad. No complaints there. I ordered the manhattan midnight. It seems black in the pictures, but it is actually dark dark BLUE. It even says blue on the box. It would pass for black at a glance, but if you look closely, BLUE. This wasn't a problem for me, it's a good looking guitar, but it's worth mentioning. The thin, light body was pleasant, and all electronics functioned perfectly. I like the p90's. They sound good clean or dirty, no complaints. The tone is somewhat different than humbuckers, but still more meat than most Fender single coils have. To me they are sort of like a 70% humbucker and 30% single, if that makes any sense. They were a little noisy, but not terribly so. Gig bag is ok, with adequate padding. NOW FOR THE BAD: Intonation was lousy. Every string was sharp at the 12th fret, a couple were WAY sharp. This was a deal-breaker since intonation on this is not adjustable. Most of them may be fine, I don't know, but mine was off. I also didn't like the big chunky '50's neck. I'm used to a Gibson slim taper, and a Tele. Compared to those, this thing is really thick. Seems odd to me that they chose this neck for their thinnest, lightest model. Some folks will like it, but I didn't. BOTTOM LINE: If this guitar feels good to you, and intonates properly, it is absolutely worth buying. Unfortunately, mine just didn't agree with me. I'm sending it back and buying the LP Studio.

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