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Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar  

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Overview
  • 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
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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.

Features
  • 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 17 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Good feel (13)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Solid electronics (10)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (11)
    • Jamming (9)
    • Recording (6)
    • Rock concerts (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), Professional musician (7), 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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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    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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    5.0

    Gibson read my mind.

    By smmllr

    from Des Moines, Iowa

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Black Covers And Knobs
    • Black Pu Covers Knobs

    Best Uses

    • Blues And Raunchy Rock
    • Blues Raunchy Rock

    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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    5.0

    Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker

    By smmllr

    from Des Moines, Iowa

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • No Frills Bare Bones

    Cons

    • Black Covers And Knobs

    Best Uses

    • Blues And Raunchy Rock

    Comments about Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

    This is more a LP Special without the ugly, useless, shapeless pick guard than a Melody Maker. I love the P-90's, I love the wrap-around bridge/tailpiece, I love the Kluson button tuners, and I love the thin, light mahogany slab body with maple cap (though I could live without carved-out back contour). Because these are so cheap, and Gibson tends to not keep even good models around very long, I have a hunch these will be highly sought after, so after a week of not being able to put down my TV yellow, I bought a second in wine red (which did buzz even after I swapped the stock .09's for .11's, but a few truss rod twists fixed that). My only complaint is aesthetic; I hate black plastic covers and knobs on finishes other than traditional cremona sunbursts. But I gave both axes makeovers with cream pickup covers and back plates, amber toggle switches, gold speed knobs, and blank truss rod covers, and now they look like early 50's prototypes. Excellent for gritty, raunchy rock, and swampy, muddy blues. No frills, bare bones LP features. Where has this incarnation been for the last 60 years?

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    5.0

    Fine guitar, with limitations

    By STSHOTS

    from Utah

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is remarkable for the price. I own everything from hollowbody PRS guitars to Les Paul Customs. I noticed other reviewers noting that this guitar has too much hum and doesn't sound like a traditional Les Paul... To those I would ask: Have you ever played a guitar with P90 pickups? They all hum! They all have a bit more twang and a little less girth! That's how they sound! To that end, this is a fantastic guitar. It feels great, plays great and sounds like a P90 guitar should. It is ideal for a great clean or pushed Brit style overdrive. If you push these past that, the hum could bug you... But then again, why are you playing P90's with super high gain?

    Setup could have been a bit better out of the box but I always set up to my string gage and tuning so it's a non issue and plays great now.

    Nice job Gibson. Thanks for the carved top MM. I love mine.

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    (5 of 6 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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    (2 of 4 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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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    So much potential

    By Jordan1234

    from Monticello, KY

    About Me Experienced

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    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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      (1 of 2 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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        Cons

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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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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Makin' melodies

            By Desert Fox

            from in a box

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

              My quiver was missing a Les Paul -> this was the one that won my auditioning process. LP Standard are way too thick and heavy for my tastes, as are Studios, especially for live performance. My lead guitar player has an LP Axcess with EMG and Floyd Rose that is the bomb. But it is the only one in the entire world as far as I can tell.

              I'm a black, EMG, set or through neck, light weight guitar kind of guy and the Melody Maker - well, its the thinnest, blackest LP I could find.

              P90 sound is classic, the 120th Anniversary inlay on the 12th fret is cool and the padded gig bag is a plus. The neck is a club compared to most of my "shredders" but it is growing on me.

              I do not like the non-adjustable bridge, even though intonation seems fine. Really like the volume and tone knobs used, not crazy about the bone colored tuner knobs. I went (guess) manhattan midnight satin for color. The tone color is very adjustable with the 4 knobs and a switch.

              Made in USA Gibson! While I don't think I'll use it as a stage guitar, it will be great for practice and recording with that good ole LP sound. About the only other advice I'd give it to check out the LPJ if you're looking to purchase a Melody Maker as the LPJ has an adjustable bridge and the body might be a tad thicker, neck may be a bit different as well.

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              It is what it is

              By phat68tony

              from NW Louisiana

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Lightweight
              • Made In Usa
              • P-90 Pickups

              Cons

              • Flat Sound

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

              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

              Comment on this review

              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Gibson hit it out of the park.

              By Brian Bruce

              from West Virginia

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                Comments about Gibson 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

                I have a Double Cut Standard Plus-- all I can afford-- and cherish it. But I just bought the new Les Paul Melody Maker rolled out just for the 120th anniversary with the updated P-90's and I must say, Gibson Guitars knocked that bad boy out the park. They also priced it far too low. It and a new case, plus a 30FT Monster cable was a fantastic deal. They are nearly giving the instrument away. Played through my Vox AC30C2 the guitar sounds like wind chimes at times.

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