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Gibson Joan Jett Blackheart Electric Guitar   

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Carefully developed in close cooperation with Jett herself, the Gibson Joan Jett Blackheart Melody Maker guitar features a lightweight, slab mahogany...Read More

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A simple, yet effective signature guitar that feels and sounds great!

Carefully developed in close cooperation with Jett herself, the Gibson Joan Jett Blackheart Melody Maker guitar features a lightweight, slab mahogany body with a satin ebony finish.

Slim, double-cutaway mahogany body
From its initial launch in 1959, the Gibson Melody Maker was known for its single-cutaway design similar in profile to Gibson's iconic Les Paul Standard. The double-cutaway design on the Joan Jett Melody Maker was first introduced in 1962, then changed again in 1966 to a style similar to the revered Gibson SG, with pointed horns and beveled edges.

Custom designed slim-tapered neck profile
The neck profile on the Gibson Joan Jett guitar, however, is crafted to the same specs as Jett's original electric guitar—a slim-taper profile similar to the Gibson Les Paul guitars and SGs of the mid to late 1960s. Add Gibson's Worn White finish to the back of the neck and the Melody Maker Joan Jett signature guitar neck is one of Gibson's most comfortable and playable.

Grover Gibson Les Paul-style mini tuners
These classic, innovative tuners offer the same design and ease of use as the original tuners on Gibson's Melody Makers from the early 1960s. The smaller buttons on the Joan Jett guitar afford more space for the fingers to tune the strings, the tuner housing is completely sealed, and a gear ratio of 14:1 delivers excellent performance and tuning accuracy to match the vintage Les Paul look.

Single Gibson Burstbucker 3 Zebra humbucker
Gibson USA's Melody Maker Joan Jett signature guitar features a single Gibson Burstbucker 3 humbucker that captures the raw punch and power of the rare Velvet Hammer aftermarket humbucker on Joan Jett's original guitar. The Burstbucker 3 debuted in 1990, and represents Gibson's drive to capture and recreate the characteristics of the vintage "Patent Applied For" humbuckers of the late 1950s.

"Kill" toggle switch
With only one pickup, the Double Cutaway Joan Jett Melody Maker electric guitar features a 'Kill' toggle switch, which effectively switches between the hot signal from the pickup and the ground signal, successfully 'killing,' or turning off the signal from the pickup when activated. Joan Jett uses this control to shut off her guitar when singing and not playing, or as an effect during a song.

Satin ebony finish
Applying a satin nitrocellulose finish to any Gibson guitar—including the Joan Jett Melody Maker—is one of the most labor-intensive elements of the guitar-making process, yielding some very satisfying results. This unique finish gives the Gibson Joan Jett Melody Maker the look and feel of a truly vintage electric guitar, also making it extremely playable and comfortable.

  • Body style: Double-cutaway
  • Body species: Mahogany
  • Finish: Satin ebony
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Joint: Set
  • Nut: Corian with Gibson PLEK system nut slots
  • Nut width: Standard Gibson: 1.695" ±.050"
  • Silkscreen: Gibson logo
  • Truss rod: Gibson adjustable truss rod
  • Truss rod cover: Artist's signature truss rod cover
  • Fingerboard: Fingerboard binding ebony
  • Inlays: Acrylic dot
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
  • Plating finish: Chrome
  • Tailpiece: Gibson stop bar
  • Bridge: Gibson Tune-O-Matic
  • Tuners: 14:1 chrome mini-Grovers
  • Bridge pickup: Zebra Burstbucker 3 with Alnico II magnet
  • Controls: 1 tone, 1 volume
  • Control knobs: Black witch hat
  • Special features: Kill switch
  • Type: Gibson hardshell
  • Interior: white
  • Case exterior: black

Get a comfortable guitar built to rock! Make the Joan Jett signature guitar yours today!


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Don't Let This One Get Away!

By Leslie Egan

from Dallas, TX

Awesome is all I can say! Playability is excellent. My first Gibson, but after trying other Gibsons in the store, and being used to a Fender Stratocaster, I found the fret boards to be wide. Not on this baby. She plays like butter and roars like thunder. Joan Jett really must have put some work into this design. If you like her music, you'll love this guitar! When I plugged it into my amp on the same settings that I use for my Strat to play one of her songs (I consider metal), she blew my apartment away...

It should be noted that this is a scaled down guitar. I am only 5.4 and have a hard time muting with my palm. The weight, or lack thereof adds to the appeal. The neck is easier on my short arms, even though the neck measures the same as that of my Fender Stratocaster, the scaled down part is in the body of the guitar, not the neck. I ordered online, try it out first before you do if you are a larger person.
I like that this guitar is simple. Just what you need. A place to plug in, a tone switch and the toggle on and off.
Great except that the switch broke when I loosened the nut to remove the new pick guard plastic. I am still waiting for a replacement part. Having a hard time getting it...
I am glad they made this guitar in the affordable range. This is a lifetime keeper.


Can't say enough about it!

By Leslie Egan

from Dallas, TX

I love this guitar! It is not only beautiful, but packs a mean punch when I plug her in... The guitar is smaller than usual and the fret board is so easy on my hands and fingers. I love the red dot inlays and the quality is excellent. The strings seem to pop into tune with a twist of the tuner. I would buy it all over again ten times!

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This vs Les Paul studio

By Jimbo-ZFv6I

from Ottawa Canada

I have had both this Melody Maker and a Les Paul Studio at the same time. The Melody maker has obviously only 1 pickup, and the body shape is not as comfortable and does not sit as stably against my body as the Les Paul. However, the neck is more slim, the ebony fretboard is a big improvement over the mahogany of the Les Paul. The pickup is less dark and to my ear better. The fretwork seems smoother as well. It feels like this guitar has had a little more attention lavished on it than the Studio, which has a bat for a neck. Both guitars have excellent tuners and all the hardware seems t be of excellent quality. After having both for a while, I sold my Les Paul studio. If you're shopping for a Gibson guitar in this price range, you owe it to yourself to check this out. It might be the one.

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