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Gibson Limited Run Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar  

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

The Les Paul 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 491T ceramic-magnet 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
  • 491T ceramic-magnet humbucker
  • One Volume control
  • Wraparound tailpiece
  • Gig bag included

Get your Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker today while it's still available.

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GibsonLimited Run Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar
 
3.9

(based on 18 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Solid guitar great value

I've owned Les Paul studio and now this...I like this one better...Feather light smaller, thinner body and simple single volume knob...

Funny thing is if you...Read complete review

I've owned Les Paul studio and now this...I like this one better...Feather light smaller, thinner body and simple single volume knob...

Funny thing is if you don't like the pick up, which I do...It's an easy swap just 2 wires soldered to the volume and input.

I have the white LP model and love it...
Great sustain because it's a set neck not a bolt on...Single volume is what I like..This reissue is limited run modeled after their first 1959 Gibson Meledy maker with a humbucker.

Made in the USA...
The guitar is excelent...simple construction dates beack to 1959 specifications...Body is a one piece mahogany with maple set neck, rose wood finger board...

Pick up has all kinds of tone...just turn it up for classic rock sound than add a couple of pedals for color and BAM this guitar can do anything.
No brainer...Gibson guitar Made in USA, under $600 that's a great value

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A Pure Gibson that won't break the bank!

If you wan't a simple, yet effective guitar, go for it, its cheap and it sounds like a beast, I really recommend to upgrade the pickup, I didn't like the 491t that...Read complete review

If you wan't a simple, yet effective guitar, go for it, its cheap and it sounds like a beast, I really recommend to upgrade the pickup, I didn't like the 491t that much, it sounded to bright for my taste.
Things are very simple here, 1 humbucker pickup and 1 volume knob to just grab it and let wrock flow!, the mapple body and mohagany neck combo its THE deal here, the sustain lasts forever and it almost sound like an acoustic when unplugged. I've upgraded the pickup to a Gibson 57 Classic Plus, and a Gibson Speed Knob for the volume pot. Very simple yet very effective, the action came very low on mine with zero buzz from the frets and perfect intonation.
Its a Gibson... you can't go wrong here, but also, you won't get a work of art finish here, the guitar is made simple, so expect some really basic finish, I Really like the satin finish, it gives you that vintage worn look, it mine has a 1 piece mapple boddy that looks like it was sanded by your dad, it really looks like a rough finished guitar, but i'm ok with it... it shows that a good portion of the guitar was made by hand, and thats always good. Don't be fooled by its thin body and narrow headstock, this thing is built like a tank.
I've owned mor than 10 guitars in my life as a professional musician, trust me, for the price you won't get anything better, it sounds way better than MIM fenders and other japanese / korean made guitars.

Made in USA quality, you can't beat that...

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5.0

I love mine...

By HowlingHeath

from Jasper, AL

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson Limited Run Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

    I am so glad that I bought this in the black finish. It's a great guitar, and I totally will never part with it. I would like a replacement pickguar to hold a P-90, for fun. But other than that... It is stuck with me. Forever!

    It has a real hot pickup for the money, and I love the single volume knob. Who needs tone knobs anyway?

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    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    A good Gibson

    By NotMyFirstRodeo

    from Midwest USA

    About Me Professional Musician

    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 Limited Run Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      It's amazing that so many reviewers throw this guitar under the bus. The guitar is a USA Gibson for [$] bucks. If you have to have a showpiece with hand rubbed gloss finish, chrome pickups everywhere and switches for 3000 different sounds for bragging rights, don't buy this guitar. If you want quality where quality counts with solid construction and a good straight, set neck that isn't going to twist in a few months, buy this guitar. It arrived with the neck and action set for a light touch but no buzzes anywhere on the scale. The finish is well done. Close looks show the neck set as quality with time spent there. So the headstock is traditional Melody Maker, not the big Gibson paddle headstock. Big Deal. The pickup is hot and will push an amp front end with the best of them. Crank it down a few clicks and use your EQ to set up a soft jazz tone and play with a soft touch. This works, and the guitar takes on a soft, warm personality. Contrary to what some are saying, this is a versatile Gibson with quality construction and wood but without the finish bells and whistles. Don't obsess with the satin black and plain look... it's a super quality hot rod in plain clothes. This guitar would be great for someone starting out or as a main axe for 5 nights a week. Make up your own mind, but trust me... this one's a keeper for sure.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great sound, Great feel, cheap fit/finish

      Comments about Gibson Limited Run Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      7 out of 10
      Has the good Gibson name on the headstock.
      Sounds great.
      Feels great.
      The fit/finish needs improvement.
      The pick-up is wrapped with black tape around the edges. It looked like it was placed there for shipping so I removed it only to expose the pick-up's wiring. I contacted Gibson customer service and learned that the tape was the finished product. They have offered to mail me some replacement tape. I'm still happy with the guitar. It is a great value for the price. However, if Gibson would spend a little more for a plastic pick-up housing/cover, it would add more value to the finished product.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Melody Maker

      By Pnabur-pw69s

      from St Charles, MN

      Comments about Gibson Limited Run Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      I just received the guitar 2 weeks ago and gigged with it this past weekend. I brought my other guitars and used the Strat for 4 songs and the rest of the night I played the Melody Maker. I couldn't be happier.
      Everything you need in a single pickup guitar. The only changes I needed to make were string height and intonation. The neck was perfectly straight, the sustain is fantastic. I have a Gibson Les Paul Custom, a Fender Hot Rod Tele mini humbucker in neck, a single pick up Tele with a Lil 59 in the bridge with just a volume knob, and a Fender Strat with noiseless pickups and this guitar plays as good as all of them.
      The finish is the only weakness, it chips pretty easy, but does not impacft the sound.
      The best buy on the market today. This is an American Made Gibson and the playability is wonderfull.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      No Brainer

      Comments about Gibson Limited Run Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      see above!
      Like going to the movies, maybe expectations are a big part of how we perceive quality. Ever notice how an overhyped movie can be a disappointment because of high expectations? Well, when I dropped this amount for an American made Gibson the expectations were low....but "Gibson" on the headstock will always be woth at least this price so I figured why not? This is like the movie you stumble onto on cable and are blown away by. Low expectations resulting in WOW!! Yeah the fit and finish are not like a high priced Gibson or even a more expensive Epi but one knob, one pickup, excellent fretwork and playability, perfect setup and intonation right out of the box, stays in tune better than any Les Paul I've owned, and most importantly soulful tone!! Thankfully the "sterile" humbucker tone that most guitars anywhere near this price point always seem to have is nowhwere to be found. If it was hyped as the next big thing maybe I'd be disappointed, but as an "entry level" ecectric this thing smokes most similarly priced carved top photo flamed Indonesian built wannabees.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      If you really need it to say "Gibson" that badly

      By Jasin Robertson

      from Tallahassee, FL

      Comments about Gibson Limited Run Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      Its a pretty neat little beater, great for practice, looks sharp, not a lot that can go wrong with it.great tone, if gibson could tighten up quality control and final inspection I think it could have been a better guitar. Would have also bee nice to have a better bridge solution and maybe a P-90 option but I suppose that would have drove the price up.
      Maple and mohagany, set neck, 491T ceramic humbucker that can make artificial harmonics sing with little effort, classic look and feel. Its nostalgia for someone who had a 63 and has the same non compensating bridge. Gibson should have spent the extra few bucks on a tuneomatic bridge and tailpiece or at least went the jr. route with something semi compensated. Other than that, its super light, great tone, cool oreo gig bag. I would imagine the lack of a tone control would have been the biggest complaint but it doesnt really bother me, at 18-20 ohms the 491T is more volume dependent, sounds mean through a 5F2A
      Contruction is solid however the quality control leaves much to be desired. Mine in particular has a significant flaw where the fretboard attaches to the neck where as the neck is a bit wider in 2 areas. This would have simply required a human to run there hand down the neck before painting it, sand out the imperfections and spray it.
      for the price its hard to go wrong. for a new American made gibson guitar. Thats where the value ends.

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Limited Run Melody Maker

      By Clifford Bradshaw

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Gibson Limited Run Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      Been a part time pro for a long time. I wanted a light solid body guitar with a humbucker for places that had too much RF noise for my single coil Strat and couldn't pass up a real Gibson Melody Maker for this price. Glad I didn't. The neck is straight, the frets are even, the neck profile isn't too skinny, the tuners work well. The guitar is light and balances well either sitting or standing. It has a nice resonance to it and is fun to play. The pickup is what you would expect. Same for the bridge. Not an issue for the money. They should have provided more standard sized strap buttons. These are too small and I will have to replace them. This is my first baked maple fretboard and I like it. Nice and smooth and even and made from a common American tree. Congratulations to Gibson. They did a fine job with this. So, all I have to do is change the strap buttons and smooth up the fret ends and I'm ready to go. I like this guitar. An excellent value.
      Single cut away, single bridge position humbucker, single volume control and wraparound bridge with no individual intonation adjustment.

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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      A Pure Gibson that won't break the bank!

      By KurtCobain89

      from San Antonio, TX

      Comments about Gibson Limited Run Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      If you wan't a simple, yet effective guitar, go for it, its cheap and it sounds like a beast, I really recommend to upgrade the pickup, I didn't like the 491t that much, it sounded to bright for my taste.
      Things are very simple here, 1 humbucker pickup and 1 volume knob to just grab it and let wrock flow!, the mapple body and mohagany neck combo its THE deal here, the sustain lasts forever and it almost sound like an acoustic when unplugged. I've upgraded the pickup to a Gibson 57 Classic Plus, and a Gibson Speed Knob for the volume pot. Very simple yet very effective, the action came very low on mine with zero buzz from the frets and perfect intonation.
      Its a Gibson... you can't go wrong here, but also, you won't get a work of art finish here, the guitar is made simple, so expect some really basic finish, I Really like the satin finish, it gives you that vintage worn look, it mine has a 1 piece mapple boddy that looks like it was sanded by your dad, it really looks like a rough finished guitar, but i'm ok with it... it shows that a good portion of the guitar was made by hand, and thats always good. Don't be fooled by its thin body and narrow headstock, this thing is built like a tank.
      I've owned mor than 10 guitars in my life as a professional musician, trust me, for the price you won't get anything better, it sounds way better than MIM fenders and other japanese / korean made guitars.

      Made in USA quality, you can't beat that...

      Comment on this review

      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great guitar for the money.

      By Chris Woodall

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Gibson Limited Run Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      I'm amazed that you can buy an American made guitar for this price. I got the limited run Les Paul with a humbucker and volume control. Simple. The pickup in this guitar is pretty hot at full volume, comparable to a Seymour Duncan JB that I have in an SG special. I was totally surprised at the big sound I got out of this little beast. Suitable for anything from classic rock, punk or metal. Unfortunately, mine came with a bad ground (I think) that produced a hum when I wasn't touching the strings. I had to exchange it but MF custmomer service was superb as always. Also, you can tell some corners were cut on the finishing process. There were some saw marks near the heel joint that looked pretty gnarly. But I wasn't expecting an LP Custom finish for this price. Overall, this is an unbelievable value. Buy one and enjoy!

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Gibson Melody Maker Review

      Comments about Gibson Limited Run Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      I've got the blue satin finish. I give it an 8 overall as once again, I'm not comparing it to a LP, just taking it on it's own merits. As stated above, I don't care for the head stock, but the guitar sounds quite good, has a straight neck and stays in tune. Very good pickup also. It's not terribly versitle having only one pickup, no toggle switch. But everyone who buys one knows that going into it. If you want a simple, good sounding guitar, I like this one. By far, not the best guitar ever made, but it is well made, durable.
      Nice, simple guitar. This setup is about as simple as an electric guitar can be, so there's not much that can go wrong with it. One single volume knob, and input jack. Simple electronics. Great single pickup. No bells & whistles on this one, but you knew that when you started looking at these, didn't you? If you want a Gibson without the huge price tag, here it is. I'm rating the quality of the features and not the amount of features it has. There are few features, but the few there are, are good Gibson parts. If I could change one thing, it's that I'm not a fan of the small, thin head stock. For some reason it just looks too small for the body shape/style. But that's just appearance. This doesn't affect it's playability.
      One must realize you're not purchasing a Les Paul when you buy a Melody Maker. The body is a bit thinner than a LP, and likey isn't as high quality of wood as a LP, but again, if you're going to compare everything to a LP, you may as well buy one of those instead. Just taking the Melody Maker on it's own merits rather than comparing to a LP, the quality is not bad really. I love the pickup, for starters. It's a hot pickup with a great snarl, but also sounds nice on a clean channel. The volume knob doesn't make static sounds as I adjust it. Setup was very good. I was able to tune it up and play it immediately. Neck has good feel to it. I think the key to enjoying this guitar is that you can't compare everything to a LP, just because they're made by the same company. Just take the guitar on it's own and I think most guitarists will enjoy this one.
      Great value as you get a really nice Gibson tone on a scaled down guitar without having to sell your car to afford it.

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