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Gibson Melody Maker Electric Guitar  

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Resurrecting one of the most popular electric guitars in Gibson's history, the Melody Maker is an accurate, affordable re-creation of the original Me...Read More

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OVERVIEW

American-made quality at an entry-level price.

Resurrecting one of the most popular electric guitars in Gibson's history, the Melody Maker is an accurate, affordable re-creation of the original Melody Makers of the late 1950s.

Originally introduced as a student model, much like the Les Paul Junior, the Melody Maker became a player's favorite for its light weight, comfortable neck, and great tone.

Today's Melody Maker Les Paul guitar is no exception. With a slim, light, mahogany body and set mahogany neck; period-correct pickguard housing a special design single-coil pickup; vintage-style wraparound tailpiece; rounded neck profile, and rosewood (or baked maple, depending on stock on hand) fingerboard; the Melody Maker is an unbelievable value for players of all ages, styles, and skill levels.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • BODY
  • Body Species: Mahogany
  • Jack Location: Top
  • NECK
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Profile: Rounded
  • Neck Joint Location: 16th Fret
  • FINGERBOARD
  • Species: Rosewood (or baked maple depending on stock on hand)
  • Scale Length: 24-3/4"
  • Total Length: 18.062"
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Nut width: 1.695"
  • Inlays: Dot
  • HARDWARE
  • Plating Finish: Chrome
  • Tailpiece: Wraparound
  • Knobs: Black tophat
  • Tuners: Vingate white button
  • ELECTRONICS
  • Bridge Pickup: single-coil
  • Controls: One volume, one tone

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GibsonMelody Maker Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 111 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (81)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (3)
    • Practicing (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Shockingly Good

    The best bang for the buck out there. Better tone than guitars four times its price. Dual P90s in one of these may make it the best guitar (and guitar buy) on the...Read complete review

    The best bang for the buck out there. Better tone than guitars four times its price. Dual P90s in one of these may make it the best guitar (and guitar buy) on the planet.
    I tried my first Melody Maker in a guitar store and instantly fell in love. A few blemishes here and there, but nothing to cringe at. The pickguard could have used another screw between the pickup and the controls. The finish is thin, as some people have mentioned, but that is a GOOD thing for tone. And this has tone to spare. The stock single coil sings under moderate to high gain. Through a Fender Prosonic and a Deluxe Reverb the guitar is very versatile if you play with the tone knob. It almost has a bit of Telecaster snap, and can produce a similar tone to early Led Zeppelin. I have two of these, and switched in a both a P90 and a Seymour Duncan Custon Mini-Humbucker in at various times (require body routing a bit). Such easy changes to this guitar can give you monsterous tone with different flavours. Looking for a third now to rout out to try a Seymour Duncan JB, Pearly Gates, or Gibson 57 Plus in. The playability is even better than the tone. I current play a couple Melody Makers, a Les Paul Special Junior, and an SG Standard, and have owned Strats and Telecasters in the past. The Melody Maker plays better any other guitar I have. The LPJS is close, but the MM takes the cake. I could not recommend this guitar more, if you're not a super stickler for flashy guuitars.
    A steal at twice the price! Well, maybe not at twice the price, but with a good high quality paint (nitrocellulose I mean), nice tight grain mahogany, and quality hardware this is the best value going. This guitar does not NEED anything out of the box. The tuners are stable, the pots are HQ, the nut is good Corian, and my two MMs intonate perfectly.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    looks good, feels good, doesn't work.

    Got this guitar today. took it out of the box and was pretty excited. I bought this guitar as a backup, and also to play less heavy stuff on. I like it...Read complete review

    Got this guitar today. took it out of the box and was pretty excited. I bought this guitar as a backup, and also to play less heavy stuff on. I like it aesthetically, the job doesn't look cheesy like those faded models. This looks far more classic. It's super light and simple. It feels very....raw? I guess is the word. Really comfortable neck that isn't too bulky, but not annoyingly thin. The body is quite thin, but it's appropriate. The volume and tone controls really do give you a wide range of tones. However, the action is really poor, the intonation is impossible to get right and the low E string literally doesn't produce a proper note, it just makes a farting noise, and palm muting it is even worse. The other strings aren't as bad, but still buzz and can't handle chords very well. Overall, everything about this guitar is great, except it's most important quality: it's basic ability to play.

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    5.0

    Back in the "Gibson" saddle again!

    By Whats Opera

    from Virginia Beach, VA

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good basic performance
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Light Weight
    • Price

    Cons

    • Budget model
    • Slight finish mistakes

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Gibson Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

    This is my first Gibson guitar in over 40 years. Price has been a factor in not buying a new Gibson before now. This guitar gave me a way to re-enter the Gibson fold at an affordable price. Not feature rich but still a solid Gibson, I am happy to once again have a Gibson in my arsenal. I play only for my own enjoyment now and have been thouroughly enjoying this light weight little monster. Thanks Musician's Friend for making this guitar affordable enough for me to buy and enjoy!

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    5.0

    Better than expected

    By james p

    from Waukegan IL.

    About Me Experienced

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • No negatives here

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Gibson Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

    With a minor bridge adjustment, this M M feels plays and sounds like a guitar costing 3x as much

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    4.0

    rockin guitar

    By 123

    from Baton Rouge, LA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    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 Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      The light weight of this guitar makes it very playable. The 59 roundback neck is comfortable and fills the hand nicely. This guitar should really come with some type of hard case. Or at least have a case designed for its thin body that is available.

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      5.0

      Aguitargrl review on a Great Guitar

      By Aguitargrl

      from Pennysylvania

      Ask me a question

      Comments about Gibson Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      I am playing the melody maker through a Fender amp and also have used a Vox valvetronix amp too..This guitar sounds amazing through either amp..and I have just plugged it into my effects pedal set up though my Fender amp and this guitar can do just about anything you want it to.plus with the light weight you can do a 4 hour gigs and not feel like your shoulder is about to fall off!.I am more than Very happy with this guitar..This one is definately a Keeper!! Buy One and Rock On!!
      My melody maker arrived a few days ago,I bougth the worn white finish..one volume one tone knob..single pick up. and an excellant black gibson gig bag with white interior. guitar is light weight and finish was excellant on it!!.
      Right out of the box the action was low but not too low to get any fret buzz..there were no sharp fret edges anywhere along the neck..tuners are good don't see any problems with them in the future..strap buttons are good. The finish was excellant smooth no unsanded spots anywhere on the guitar or the back of the neck..on my guitar I can not see any wood through the finish at all even thought it is a thin finish on the guitar..I did not have to have this guitar set up..I can't believe it arrived ready to play no adjustments needed.
      I have wanted a worn white melody maker for years,finally bought one and it was well worth every cent..I have several high end Gibsons, and Fenders..but I find I'm playing the melody maker more and the rest of my guitars are sitting in their cases..

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Shockingly Good

      By Shawn Chatman

      from Washington State

      Comments about Gibson Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      The best bang for the buck out there. Better tone than guitars four times its price. Dual P90s in one of these may make it the best guitar (and guitar buy) on the planet.
      I tried my first Melody Maker in a guitar store and instantly fell in love. A few blemishes here and there, but nothing to cringe at. The pickguard could have used another screw between the pickup and the controls. The finish is thin, as some people have mentioned, but that is a GOOD thing for tone. And this has tone to spare. The stock single coil sings under moderate to high gain. Through a Fender Prosonic and a Deluxe Reverb the guitar is very versatile if you play with the tone knob. It almost has a bit of Telecaster snap, and can produce a similar tone to early Led Zeppelin. I have two of these, and switched in a both a P90 and a Seymour Duncan Custon Mini-Humbucker in at various times (require body routing a bit). Such easy changes to this guitar can give you monsterous tone with different flavours. Looking for a third now to rout out to try a Seymour Duncan JB, Pearly Gates, or Gibson 57 Plus in. The playability is even better than the tone. I current play a couple Melody Makers, a Les Paul Special Junior, and an SG Standard, and have owned Strats and Telecasters in the past. The Melody Maker plays better any other guitar I have. The LPJS is close, but the MM takes the cake. I could not recommend this guitar more, if you're not a super stickler for flashy guuitars.
      A steal at twice the price! Well, maybe not at twice the price, but with a good high quality paint (nitrocellulose I mean), nice tight grain mahogany, and quality hardware this is the best value going. This guitar does not NEED anything out of the box. The tuners are stable, the pots are HQ, the nut is good Corian, and my two MMs intonate perfectly.

      Comment on this review

      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Does what I want so it can stay

      By Louie McNeal

      from Mid America

      Comments about Gibson Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      Overall its a great guitar for ME. You may need something with a lot more things to play with, but I just need it to play music and it does that in spades. The intonation is great, its light enough that I don't have to have any medical treatment after a 4 hour show and it looks great (I got the black one). I guess, compared to some other Gibson's out there, it is a bargain, but still... maybe another little bit off the tag would really make me feel better about it, but I'm a bargain hunter so take that as you will.
      I love this little guitar. I am not a lead guitarist, so let me get that out of the way. I sing and play rhythm guitar and this is perfect for ME. It has one knob and its for volume. I have owned about a hundred guitars in my life, and I have found that tone knobs are for people with indecision anyway.
      Very good quality. It was stage-ready right out of the box. I just tuned it up and it was magnificent. It holds tune great and the neck is straight as an arrow. I have never, repeat NEVER bought a guitar in my life that I didn't need to have set up... until I got this one.
      I think it could probably be a bit cheaper seeing as it is a fairly simple no frills unit, but what do I know?

      Comment on this review

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      MADE IN U.S.A. rules !!

      By Dr. LaRrY

      from Winston-Salem,N.C.

      Ask me a question

      Comments about Gibson Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      Just got one of these Worn White MM after many years of saying I would, and glad I finally got it ! This little guy is a great twapper to grab for any style. I do clean finger picking to full metal and this can do them all, STOCK ! I was gonna change the bridge and pickup and tuners but thought I'de just have another guitar like I already own ! So I'm leaving it the way it came and just play it. I'm NOT a fan of wraparound bridges due to the lack of intonation adjustment and the stock strings poked my right palm when muting but careful string placement when I changed them took care of that. Also had to sand the neck down a bit becuase its finish was way too pourous for my feel AND some frets had sharp edges. Pickup is darn quiet for being a single-coil and goes thru my Mesa Roadster on the modern channel good and after I dropped the action way down, I could fly on this thing ! ONLY mod I'de consider is adding another stock pickup in the neck position, thats it ! Just get one ! They're cheaply priced, fun to play and MADE RIGHT HERE !

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      (0 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      I bought the MM for my 11 year old

      By Phamzig

      from Los Angeles, CA

      Comments about Gibson Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      Not a bad guitar for a kid or someone who just wants to play around at home. I love the way it sounds but it feels like a toy. the finish and feel of the wood feels cheap but when you plug it in, it rockzz! I Dont want to sound vain but I wouldn't play this live at a rock show, I would be embarrassed. So if it's your first Gibson then get it cuz it rocks but if you want to be a rocker then skip it and get yourself a grown up Les Paul junior or SG.

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      for those who care about tone...

      By the bp hater

      from middle of no were, MT

      Comments about Gibson Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      It was about a year ago when i bought my Gibson melody maker and im still amazed by it. The tone is sensational you can go from warm to in your face bite with only one pickup! And its light, very light this guitar is so light and comfortable to play you could play several hours and not get tired. Now im not one who cares about aesthetics so i dont mind that there are places on the guitar that arnt sanded very well or how the finish is fading rapidly because this thing plays so well you wont care about things like that.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      awesome punchy sound for cheap

      By ryan-CmRqV

      from ocala FL

      Comments about Gibson Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

      i was pretty skeptical of this guitar when i saw it but after having the opportunity to play it i loved how punchy and the amount of crunch you can get out of this thing. i liked it so much i went and got one. the finish is nowhere near that of a normal gibson or pretty much any other guitar for that matter, its basically just a flat finish. its not made for looks. i love mine and play a lot of green day. green day uses a similar single coil les paul style guitar. i wanted a les paul junior(what green day uses nowadays)but after playing the melody maker its about the same sound for much cheaper. i love this guitar and definitely recommend it.

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