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Gibson Limited Run Flying V Melody Maker Electric Guitar  

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    A genuine humbucker-powered Gibson USA Flying V at a price that's too good to pass up.

    The Flying V Melody Maker is one the Limited Run Series as Gibson USA re-introduces the Melody Maker as the budget-friendly entree to Gibson solidbody electrics.The Melody Maker was introduced by Gibson 1959 as their budget solidbody model. It had a single-cutaway Les Paul Junior shape with a thinner body and distinctive, narrower Melody Maker headstock. The one single-coil pickup was controlled by one volume knob—sound familiar? In later years, a double-cutaway and then an SG-shaped Melody Maker were released.

    The new Melody Maker is available in four iconic body shapes: Les Paul and, SG, and now for the first time for the Melody Maker: Flying V, and Explorer. The Melody Maker is now powered by a Seymour Duncan HB-103 humbucker to produce the punch and roar that modern guitar players demand. The maple body comes in a choice of grain-textured satin finishes while the set-in, 1-piece mahogany neck has the slim Melody Maker profile. The wrapround tailpiece, with its tight and solid design, offers the sustain and resonance that many rockers seek. The Gibson USA Melody Maker comes with deluxe gig bag.

    Features

    • Maple body
    • Grain textured satin finish
    • Set 1-piece mahogany neck
    • Melody Maker neck profile
    • 24-3/4" scale
    • 22 frets
    • Acrylic dot fretboard inlays
    • 1.695” nut width
    • Corian nut
    • Seymour Duncan HB-103 humbucker
    • One Volume control
    • Wraparound tailpiece
    • Gig bag included

    Get your Gibson Flying V Melody Maker today while it's still available.

     
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    GibsonLimited Run Flying V Melody Maker Electric Guitar
     
    4.6

    (based on 10 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fun to play (4)
    • Good tone (4)
    • Good feel (3)
    • Good pick up (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

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        Most Liked Positive Review

         

        A Affordable USA Rock Icon

        This Is A Great Guitar Hands Down. I Got More Than I Was Expecting With This Guitar. This Is A Extreamly Playable Guitar. It Has A Great Weight, Good Balance, And A...Read complete review

        This Is A Great Guitar Hands Down. I Got More Than I Was Expecting With This Guitar. This Is A Extreamly Playable Guitar. It Has A Great Weight, Good Balance, And A Great Sound. I Was Verry Suprised By The Acoustics Of This Guitar When Not Pluged Up. This Is A No Frills Guitar If You Want Fancy Then Save Somre More Cash And Get A Gibson Standard Flying V But For The Money You Just Cant Beat This Guitar.
        As You Can See There Is Not Alot Of Features On This Guitar It Is Simple And Striaght Forward. The Duncan HB-103 Sounds Great Clean And With Distortion And The Kluson Deluxe Tuners Acually Work Verry Good
        Feels And Plays Great. No Jagged Edges On The Frets. Fit And Finsh Are Great On Mine. No Fret Buzz. Nut Is Cut Correct.Paint Job Is Good. No Complaits On The Quality Of Mine
        This Is A Screaming Deal For A USA Made Guitar. I Love Mine And If I Can Get Some More Cash Up I May Buy On Of The Melody Maker Explorers Also. You Just Cant Beat The Value Of This Guitar It Sounds And Plays Great. If You Have Always Wanted A Real Gibson But Couldn't Afforde One This Is The Guitar For You. From People Just Starting Out To The Pro's This Is A Real Deal

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        Most Liked Negative Review

         

        Uhhhhh...Epiphone, anyone?

        The new GIBSON Melody Maker line has good prices while driving home that you get what you pay for. Maple bodies can be used because it's a heavier wood but the bodies are smaller,...Read complete review

        The new GIBSON Melody Maker line has good prices while driving home that you get what you pay for. Maple bodies can be used because it's a heavier wood but the bodies are smaller, so the weight comes close to the original. The bridge-only pickup is a bit disappointing, but there are times you only need a bridge pickup. Unfortunately, the pickup isn't a Gibson. The Seymour Duncan is perfectly fine, but you give up so much to save money, you're tempted to simply buy a new or used Epiphone Korina V, which is a lot more guitar for the money, and you can always swap out the bridge pickup with anything you THINK you will like better. the wood is also a LOT nicer than the solid color satin finish on the Gibson. If you try a Gibson Melody Maker Flying V and like it, buy it! I'm sure there are players who will like it better than the original. It's just that you should try the Epiphone as well to see which you like better. It will probably be more expensive unless you get a great deal on a used or damaged one, but whatever it is, you still have to play it and be comfortable with it. You can't play a logo or a name stenciled on a headstock.

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        5.0

        Rock & Roll Machine

        By guitardaddy

        from Washington DC

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

            Fit and finish are spot on - couldn't find a single flaw upon arrival. Sound is raw and aggressive! Great guitar for rock and cleans up great when you dial down the volume knob. For the price paid, I would consider this a flat-out steal. Very fun to play, the single humbucker is bright and the clarity is noticeable, even when strumming chords with heavy distortion. Been playing for 25 years and have several different guitars - bought this for fun since the price was so low and took a chance since it was a Gibson. Very happy with my decision. If you are on the fence, go for it. Gig bag is a throw in and is pretty lackluster, but at least keeps the dust off of it. I love this guitar...

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            5.0

            You can't go wrong with ANY Melody Maker

            By Gaffpro

            from Florida & Nashville

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Tone
            • great price

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Gigging
            • Recording

            Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

            I've been a pro guitaist since I was 15...that was 40 years ago. My first guitar was a 1963 Gibson Melody Maker. I now own 6 or 7 different MM guitars, including the MM Explorer and this new V. Great neck, ballsy tone, and most importantly.....light!

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            5.0

            Awesome Value

            By Tim Sanders

            from Sorrento, FL

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Just Awesome

              Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

              Whoever bought one of these during the [$] special got an awesome value. I have 3 other Gibsons that I paid much more for and this will play up to any Electric Guitar I have played. I have played for 37 years, and just stopped teaching due to disability.I run this through the Pignose with my pedals and main line to my 100 watt amp, and this guitar outright jams.Out of the box it was perfect pitch and intonation. NOT A GIBSON USA WANT TO BE. A VALUE THAT IS JUST TOO AWESOME TO DESCRIBE.Don't let the price fool you. This is an All American Gibson in Quality, Fit, and Finish!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Awesome V

              By MJT

              from NJ, USA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

                  This is a sweet guitar. It played great right out of the box. The pickup is hotter than hell. It really screams.

                  Comment on this review

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Flying V Melody Maker

                  Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

                  Great value for the money.
                  This is a great value. Where else can a beginner like me get an American made Gibson ?

                  Comment on this review

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  A Affordable USA Rock Icon

                  By Randy Osborne

                  from North Wilkesboro, NC

                  Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

                  This Is A Great Guitar Hands Down. I Got More Than I Was Expecting With This Guitar. This Is A Extreamly Playable Guitar. It Has A Great Weight, Good Balance, And A Great Sound. I Was Verry Suprised By The Acoustics Of This Guitar When Not Pluged Up. This Is A No Frills Guitar If You Want Fancy Then Save Somre More Cash And Get A Gibson Standard Flying V But For The Money You Just Cant Beat This Guitar.
                  As You Can See There Is Not Alot Of Features On This Guitar It Is Simple And Striaght Forward. The Duncan HB-103 Sounds Great Clean And With Distortion And The Kluson Deluxe Tuners Acually Work Verry Good
                  Feels And Plays Great. No Jagged Edges On The Frets. Fit And Finsh Are Great On Mine. No Fret Buzz. Nut Is Cut Correct.Paint Job Is Good. No Complaits On The Quality Of Mine
                  This Is A Screaming Deal For A USA Made Guitar. I Love Mine And If I Can Get Some More Cash Up I May Buy On Of The Melody Maker Explorers Also. You Just Cant Beat The Value Of This Guitar It Sounds And Plays Great. If You Have Always Wanted A Real Gibson But Couldn't Afforde One This Is The Guitar For You. From People Just Starting Out To The Pro's This Is A Real Deal

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Uhhhhh...Epiphone, anyone?

                  Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

                  The new GIBSON Melody Maker line has good prices while driving home that you get what you pay for. Maple bodies can be used because it's a heavier wood but the bodies are smaller, so the weight comes close to the original. The bridge-only pickup is a bit disappointing, but there are times you only need a bridge pickup. Unfortunately, the pickup isn't a Gibson. The Seymour Duncan is perfectly fine, but you give up so much to save money, you're tempted to simply buy a new or used Epiphone Korina V, which is a lot more guitar for the money, and you can always swap out the bridge pickup with anything you THINK you will like better. the wood is also a LOT nicer than the solid color satin finish on the Gibson. If you try a Gibson Melody Maker Flying V and like it, buy it! I'm sure there are players who will like it better than the original. It's just that you should try the Epiphone as well to see which you like better. It will probably be more expensive unless you get a great deal on a used or damaged one, but whatever it is, you still have to play it and be comfortable with it. You can't play a logo or a name stenciled on a headstock.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Flying V Melody Maker- Excellent use of your money. :D

                  By Mac67

                  from Kenai, AK

                  Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

                  It's an awesome guitar! Honestly, I'm more of an SG fan, so if I could, I would order the SG version. Also, if you aren't too sure of the guitar, plug it in to a good amp, and play it. Also, remember- if it doesn't sound good out of the box, take it to a professional, don't just send it back. It may be that you don't understand how to set up a guitar, EQ your amp, or something else. It's oftentimes not the guitar itself. Don't give up on it.
                  As far as features go, it doesn't have too much in the electronics; but that was the intention. It's supposed to be a simple, fun guitar. Honestly, I love that about this guitar. One pickup, one volume. Bare minimum, but it's still got all you really need. The simplicity makes it great for beginners, but it's sound makes it great for anybody. It's got a great, powerful tone, and nice, tight feel that you can only get from guitars like these. The smaller-than-normal body makes it fun to use for everybody, and it a bit less quirky than the normal V. Also, I love the satin finish because it makes dings and scratches totally unnoticable. Mohogany body and neck, rosewood fretboard, set neck- these features work, and are a common Gibson combination. It's their tried-and-true formula.
                  I couldn't get a chance to look on the inside, but what I could see on the outside was great- Nothing wrong at all with it, and besides, it's got a satin finish. It doesn't show dings unless it's big. Great quality, and if not, unnoticable.
                  The value of it's very good. I'm not entirely sure what to rate it though- comparitively to Gibson's other guitars, it's got excellent value. The only thing is, that I'm not in the industry. It seems to me that a MIA guitar for this price is an excellent deal, but how do I know the labor costs? So who can really say until they know that, right? But, if the price of a MIA guitar is what you are looking at, it's got excellent value, even though it only has one pickup, and one volume knob. The sound that you get is still excellent.

                  Comment on this review

                  (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great for the Price

                  By Ragefororder

                  from Chicago

                  Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

                  This is a nice, good quality beginner guitar. It is not a Les Paul or Standard Flying V. The neck is thin and comfortable and the body is thin and light. The single humbucker has very good volume, and can play a wide variety of sounds. Remember, there is no tone control, so you are limited to the amp and effects in your arsenal. The bridge/tailpiece is the wrap around style that is on the low end of Gibson's offerings.The finish is surprisingly nice, not glossy but not super flat. There are no noticable dings, uneven spots or rough finish. The tuners are low end Gibson, but have held tuning well so far. The action is fairly low, the intonation is as good as can be expected with the bridge it has, and it plays smoothly. I bought this guitar as a workhorse/light weight Gibson that would be different from my two Les Pauls. I got exactly what I wanted. I really have a hard time putting this guitar down. The gig bag is well padded and will serve me well. I think that if you buy this with the thought that it is a basic model Gibson, you will be pleased. It is a genuine made in the USA guitar. I may buy another color before they disappear.

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                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Little Vee!!

                  Comments about Gibson Limited Run Flying V Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

                  Gibson finally made a flying v I can afford. Most other v's cost over a thousand bucks so this is amazing. I'll probably get the white or the blue one. One Bridge bucker is all you need for playing anything from classic rock to some pretty thrash'in metal(metallica). I'll maybe put a emg passive pickup in the stock ones place.

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