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Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar   

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An authentic humbucker-loaded Gibson USA SG at an import price.Gibson USA, with its Limited Run Series, reintroduces the Melody Maker as the budget-p...Click To Read More About This Product

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

An authentic humbucker-loaded Gibson USA SG at an import price.Gibson USA, with its Limited Run Series, reintroduces the Melody Maker as the budget-priced entree to Gibson solidbody electrics. The original Melody Maker was introduced by Gibson in 1959 as their student solidbody model. It had a single-cutaway Les Paul Junior shape, with thinner body and narrower Melody Maker headstock. The one single-coil pickup was controlled by one volume knob. Later, a double-cutaway and an SG-shaped Melody Maker were also released. The new Melody Maker is available in four classic body shapes: Les Paul, SG, and now for the first time for the Melody Maker line: Flying V and Explorer. The Melody Maker is now loaded with a 491T ceramic-magnet humbucking pickup for the aggressive tones todays players require. Constructed with maple body in your choice of grain-textured satin finishes and set-in, 1-piece mahogany neck with the slim Melody Maker profile. Features a traditional wraparound tailpiece for enhanced sustain and tuning stability. The Gibson USA Melody Maker comes with deluxe gig bag.Use the drop-down menu above to choose colors and other options.

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 SG Melody Maker today while it's still available.

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GibsonLimited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Good tone (7)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (4)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (4), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great guitar!

I had two little problems with this guitar. One," the volume knob. The edges of the knob were kind of sharp so I replaced it with a classic black metallic knob with...Read complete review

I had two little problems with this guitar. One," the volume knob. The edges of the knob were kind of sharp so I replaced it with a classic black metallic knob with smoother edges so that I wouldn't hurt my pinky finger when riffing. And the second problem was when playing and trying to ""mute"" the guitar (As in silencing the vibration for one second) I noticed that the string area above the nut hummed as I muted the guitar", creating this annoying sound. My solution was new strings and black tape around the strings above the nut. DONE!
This guitar is a dream. I've always wanted to own a Gibson SG model and when I saw this I had to get it. The simple electronics were something that I was looking in a guitar. Single pickup plus volume knob is really all anyone needs to play. The 491T pickup roars with all my distortion pedals.
People, this guitar is awesome. Period.
The classic single pickup and volume knob. Need nothing more.
I am still amazed at the quality Gibson guitar this is at the price I bought it. Too good.
Well built, great tone, minor issues.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Follow-up to previous review . . .

Budget or not, I expect more from Gibson. This guitar just squeeked over the line to non-keeper status upon closer inspection.
After two weeks there has been some stuff that is no...Read complete review

Budget or not, I expect more from Gibson. This guitar just squeeked over the line to non-keeper status upon closer inspection.
After two weeks there has been some stuff that is no big deal, but just enough that Im going to return my SG. Now that the excitement of taking a real Gibson out of the box has faded, Im a little disappointed in the finish. Yes, its budget, but the finish is just bad. Not so much the paint, but the sanding of the body on mine is unacceptable. It looks like the finishing machine / sandpaper of whatever bit the body and sent it through at a strange angle. There are sanding ridges all over the front. It arrived with a big ding on the neck and one on the lower edge of the body. They obviously used a tool to wind the strings up because there are circular marks into the paint around the tuning heads. Its sad that this is a Gibson because a 249.00 Squier is a way better, finished guitar relatively speaking. Im very meticulous about my stuff. I feel you are paying for just a decal with this version.

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(12 of 27 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Want busted knuckles?

By Wiseman

from Tampa, Fl.

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Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

As soon as I saw the ad last week I ordered one...without looking close enough at the pictures. What was Gibson thinking mounting that volume knob right on the down stroke of your hand. The guitar was delivered today. Opened it up, plugged it in and after 5 minutes.put it back in the box to send back. I don't know how anybody is going to be able to play this guitar and keep any skin on their knuckles.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fun Guitar

By Paul Puzauskas

from AZ

Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

I own 4 other SG's. This one is fun. love the feel and the maple. Has a crisp sharp tone with a little twang. Great sustain. Can't really think of anything negative to say. I heard some people didn't like the position of the jack, but just use a 90 degree plug. It is a 1 pickup stripped down guitar with great sound and playability. If a neck pickup and tone controls don't mean much to you, this one is a keeper.
single pickup, no tone controls
It's stripped down, no frills. Mine seems well built and the neck feels good and plays good.
It's a well built Gibson SG at a lower price

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great guitar!

By Cristian Salamnaca

from Santiago, Chile

Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

I had two little problems with this guitar. One," the volume knob. The edges of the knob were kind of sharp so I replaced it with a classic black metallic knob with smoother edges so that I wouldn't hurt my pinky finger when riffing. And the second problem was when playing and trying to ""mute"" the guitar (As in silencing the vibration for one second) I noticed that the string area above the nut hummed as I muted the guitar", creating this annoying sound. My solution was new strings and black tape around the strings above the nut. DONE!
This guitar is a dream. I've always wanted to own a Gibson SG model and when I saw this I had to get it. The simple electronics were something that I was looking in a guitar. Single pickup plus volume knob is really all anyone needs to play. The 491T pickup roars with all my distortion pedals.
People, this guitar is awesome. Period.
The classic single pickup and volume knob. Need nothing more.
I am still amazed at the quality Gibson guitar this is at the price I bought it. Too good.
Well built, great tone, minor issues.

(6 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

sg maker

By porscheman

from honolulu

Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

bought by a friend from here sold to me for and unbelievable deal of $200 out of the box. i am speechless this gat is as good as my 65 sg. jr. a little heavier and i like it. meticulous craftmanship everywhere. the p/u sound can mimic a p/90. it is patterned after a paf bucker. if gibson keeps this up i will not have to ever collect more vintage gats for my collection. bought the v also, albert king baby!

(5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

It is what it is . . .

By Lemuel Mason

from Shout out, the 'Ville !

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Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

Its is what it is . . . A relatively unfinished, budget Gibson. But hey, we'll take it ! It's about time Gibson remembered us poor people. Maybe not a Custom Shop SG, but way better than an original Melody Maker --a very playable, badazz sounding guitar. Probably not for you if you are into jazz or other frilly stuff. Thanks Gibson, keep 'em coming . . .

(4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Follow-up to previous review . . .

By Lemuel Mason

from Shout out, the 'Ville !

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Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

Budget or not, I expect more from Gibson. This guitar just squeeked over the line to non-keeper status upon closer inspection.
After two weeks there has been some stuff that is no big deal, but just enough that Im going to return my SG. Now that the excitement of taking a real Gibson out of the box has faded, Im a little disappointed in the finish. Yes, its budget, but the finish is just bad. Not so much the paint, but the sanding of the body on mine is unacceptable. It looks like the finishing machine / sandpaper of whatever bit the body and sent it through at a strange angle. There are sanding ridges all over the front. It arrived with a big ding on the neck and one on the lower edge of the body. They obviously used a tool to wind the strings up because there are circular marks into the paint around the tuning heads. Its sad that this is a Gibson because a 249.00 Squier is a way better, finished guitar relatively speaking. Im very meticulous about my stuff. I feel you are paying for just a decal with this version.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Outstanding value

By mikethelabguy

from Little Rock, AR

About Me Professional Musician

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Pros

  • Comfortable neck
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Low price
  • Solid Electronics
  • Well balanced for an SG
  • Well made

Cons

  • Slight fret buzzing

Best Uses

  • Blues
  • Rock
  • Slide

Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

I was blown away by this guitar. I wasn't expecting a whole lot in a gibson priced this low, but aside from the finish and stripped down electronics, I can't see where they skimped all that much. The neck is comfortable, the tuners are solid, the pickup is hot and aggressive, but easily tamed via the volume pot. Also, the body is very will balanced, unlike most SG's i've played. On top of all that, only 600 were made in each finish so its bound to be a collectors item eventually.

I also should point out that the included gig bag is surprisingly sturdy, well padded, and seems to be adequate protection for the occasional outting. If you will be taking this guitar out several times a week, I would invest in a good hsc just to be safe.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

You Wont Get Hurt Buying This SG

By Thomas Butera

from Decatur, IL

Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

Its a great lightweight guitar with big sound.
This is an excellent guitar for taking on the road whether your primary, secondary, or tertiary axe.
I like to alternate between this and my Telecaster on steroids.
Two totally different sounds.

This guitar is a plain-Jane, no frills rocker that with a few minor tweaks
will turn out amazingly crunchy sound (Im playing through a 100 watt Fender head).
This guitar comes with the Melody Maker headstock, humbucker pickup, standard wraparound bridge (tailpiece), and factory set-up.
The FLAW is the bridge (tailpiece) and factory set-up.
The bridge (tailpiece) rolls forward.
The strings are set noticeably high off the fret-board.
The out-of-the-box guitar does not intonate well.
I installed Tone Pro II Locking Posts, an aftermarket wraparound low profile bridge (tailpiece), set the action low, and intonated the bridge (tailpiece).
This guitar now plays like silk!!
You cant beat the value for the price provided that you invest more in aftermarket parts to enhance its playability.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very playable... Fun guitar.

Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

The only real flaw at this price is the finish. You're getting a Melody Maker. It was designed as a value kick around guitar. It is a fantastic guitar for that. If you want a vintage punkish style look and still want the sound coming out of the speakers to be right, get one. I absolutely love mine and play it on stage next to my Les Pauls and PRS's (not SE's).
Ok... So what it is, a really fun guitar that sounds great. What it's not, perfect... But is it supposed to be?

The neck on mine is great. I own two Gibsons with the baked maple fretboard. My SG melody maker is dark enough to pass as rosewood. My Custom Classic Les Paul is quite a bit lighter. Both guitars are brighter than their rosewood or ebony counterparts but easily dialed down. Think of it as if your tone knob went to "11". Seriously, as cheesy as it sounds, it's true. They sound virtually identical to rosewood when the tone is rolled back just a touch. The guitar just sings when dialed in. It's a joy to play.

As far as finish? It's truly terrible. So much so, I can't wait to wear holes in its finsh to get a nice "relic" look to it. I don't think this will be hard given that on mine (white) you can see parts of the wood plainly showing through the finish. It's as if a 12 year old spray painted it with krylon. There is no lacquer at all and obviously only one light hearted coat of paint. But let's be honest, it has a wraparound tailpiece that minus a couple of set screws is completely unintonatable. Should this keep you from buying this guitar? No! Is just too much fun to play. And it sounds like well, a Gibson. Plus, I don't worry about any bass guitar collisions on stage. If anything, it will look better with a few nicks in it....
Completely playable. Sounds great but the finish is so bad that you have to doc points here.
Great price point for a Gibson. Sounds really good. Awesome stage guitar.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent guitar!

By bourgie

from Marinette, WI

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

    This guitar is great! Honestly, I'm a true fender guy, but this guitar is worth it! I thought I'd take a chance with this one, but there wasn't any risk. This is a great guitar. I can't say enough good things about it. The pickup is hot! and the neck is very nice, plays very easy. Some people complain about the action, but it's soo nice. This guitar is a great buy for anyone!

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