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Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar  

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

The SG 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 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)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

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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

    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.

    VS

    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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    5.0

    Limited Run SG Melody Maker

    By StoutFrank

    from Sacramento

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

    Short history of what guitars that I own, American telecaster, Wolfgang Pevey, custom shop strat, Martin acoustic, etc."... Point is, this Limited melody maker SG is a great buy and a fine guitar to boot! Read a lot of reviews stating that it's cheap, sound is bad, bla, bla bla,... You'd have be crazy not to buy one of these, the price and product is outstanding,. Out of the 13 guitars that I have, it ranks number 5. Made in the USA, and a Gibson, and the great price, SWEET!! Thanks guys, peace out..

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    5.0

    What a deal!!

    By Kappy

    from Palmetto Bay, Florida

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      Great value to have a real Gibson guitar for only [$] including deliver. WOW. Just plug it in and play. No setup no switches to deal with.Just a great guitar and deal!

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      4.0

      Not bad!!

      By BobJ

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

        Very cool for the money... paint is a little skimpy but cool.. sure to be something someone will look for someday! For fun it's cool!

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        5.0

        Nice Little Guitar for Little Money

        By TheOldMan

        from Seal Beach, CA

        About Me Novice

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        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Excellent Neck
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Light Weight
        • Put Together Well
        • Smooth Playing
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • Front Jack

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

        Best [$] I have spent on a guitar! Wanted something simple and light weight (bad back) and I got what I wanted. When played through my Bugera tube amp the sound is sweet. Plays like a dream. Get one while they are still around.

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        4.0

        Get "BAD"

        By Charlie

        from Myrtle Beach, SC

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Dig the fat '50's neck
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

          1 hot pickup, 1 piece bridge, fat neck, volume knob; perfect for "slide" playing!

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          4.0

          Yes it Can

          By Morphd

          from DFW

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

            Cons

            • Front mounted jack

            Best Uses

            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

            Wow, these went fast. And no wonder, this little budget priced SG from Gibson is amazing. Got it out of the box, tuned it, listened to intonation, plugged it in on a clean channel and started off. First I played some ACDC riffs, check. Pink Floyd, check. Blues, check. Country riffs, check. Then I went to overdrive and checked out some dark metal, check. Punk, check. This litte axe is amazing.

            The playability is unmatched in my collection. How can than make this for this cheap amount? I am not complaining, I love it, but be honest with yourself, the price made you both excited and skeptical. Maybe you hesitated because of it. If you see another one being made, GRAB IT! As word gets out, these will go faster. I played it for a solid hour, and I have not been playing lately so I expected hand cramps, sore fingers, etc. I had neither. I made bar chords and power cords with angst and was able to keep going.

            The con I have is minor, just be sure to get a right angle cord. I will be getting one soon. The only other thing I can say I notice is, is slips from my lap very easily when playing from a chair. No biggie, strap up and tighten it a little. This axe will make you want to stand anyway. It is that good, and to me a surprise if I am being totally honest. How can Gibson, of all companies, allow this to be sold so inexpensively? AND BE MADE IN USA!!???!! What? I am glad someone was smoking a pipe when they approved this one.

            See a new color - grab it. Instant classic. Will it be collectable? Only time will tell. Until then, play it hard and put it up wet.

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            5.0

            Best buy under $300.

            By Buddy T

            from North Carolina

            Comments about Gibson Limited Run SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

            This is the first review I have written either good or bad about anything. Playing guitar exceeding four decades I would consider myself an expert. When I bought my limited run SG Melody Maker, I didnt know what to expect. What I got was a pleasant surprise. Out of the box the guitar is well set up. The intonation is close enough and the action is fine. The finish is simple. In function the guitar is perfect. If you want a good playing guitar that is an instant classic I would recommend this guitar.

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            (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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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Outstanding value

              By mikethelabguy

              from Little Rock, AR

              About Me Professional Musician

              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.

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Very playable... Fun guitar.

              By STSHOTS

              from Utah

              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.

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