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Gibson Melody Maker Dual Pickup Electric Guitar

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The Melody Maker Electric Guitar features a mahogany body with a '59 rounded neck and rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. It comes in a cool satin finish for an aged look.Appointments include two sp... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Melody Maker Electric Guitar features a mahogany body with a '59 rounded neck and rosewood fingerboard with dot inlays. It comes in a cool satin finish for an aged look.

Appointments include two special design single-coil pickups for vintage tone, wraparound bridge and chrome hardware.

The original Melody Maker guitar was introduced by Gibson in 1959 and was based on the same philosophy: American-made quality at a price for the beginning player.


  • Body species: Mahogany
  • Jack location: Top
  • Species: Spanish Cedar or equivalent
  • Profile: '59 rounded
  • Fingerboard species: Rosewood
  • Scale length: 24-3/4"
  • Total length: 18.062"
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Hardware plating finish: Chrome
  • Tailpiece: Wraparound
  • Knobs: Black tophat
  • Tuners: White button
  • Pickups: Two special design single-coil
  • Manufactured in: Nashville, TN
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(83 of 88 customers found this review helpful)


Great Guitar for Anyone

By Ledhead

from Inverness, Fl

The Melody Maker is a fine instument for any guitar player (novice or Pro). You really can get any kind of sound you desire from it. Even with single volume and tone controls. The pickups are real good. I have not experienced and noise even through solid state amplification. Would love to hear it through a class A tube amp. Go to and watch the video demo to get an idea of what tones you can produce. Great right out of the box. Put Ernie Ball Slinkys on mine and played it until I blistered my well calloused old fingers. I LOVE THIS GUITAR. Gibson quality and made in the USA for a price most everyone can afford. I'm glad I bought it. (Vintage Sunburst of course).

(32 of 35 customers found this review helpful)


Gibson Melody Maker Dual Pickup

By MaxieBoy

from Wodonga. Australia

I read up for several months before purchase and knew in advance this was a no frills guitar. I liked the concept of the 2 pickups vs single and reckoned that would be the way to go. I love this thing. It is so light light and when played through my Fender Deluxe tube amp it is nice and rich. Sure, it is not finished like my other Gibsons, but it not supposed to be, its a reissue from the 60's. It is easy to play and being so light I reckon it could be played all night.

(31 of 39 customers found this review helpful)



By brett

from Texas

This guitar made my day, month, year!! Its amazing lightweight wasn't the only thing that wow'd me, but i loved the texture and the fine feeling of the soft wood. The sounds made me drool once i tuned it, and everytime i walk by the guitar, it makes me smile.

(26 of 34 customers found this review helpful)


Melody Maker Review dual p/u

By Cal Fusion Player

from west hills, CA

I purchased this instrament because of its reputation and its use by many top musicians and by reviewing it on the Gibson web site. What I find interesting is how lightweight this guitar is. I lowered the action to my liking and this one plays very well. The dual pickups are very powerful and sound great through my small Marshall.For the money this is an excellent purchase. I may add a humbucker in the bridge down the line because the single coils on this one are a bit noisy.

(20 of 27 customers found this review helpful)


Good reputation.... Great guitar!!!

By J-Dizzle3524

from Fresno, CA

The Gibson Melody Maker has such a good reputation that i just had to play it. I went down to my local GC, plugged it in and discovered why it has such a rep. It is easy to play with its slick neck. It can get noisy with its single coil pickups, but all around its a great guitar.


Good- As far as my standards go

By Lilriffer

from Tuttle OK

I was at the music ctore the other Day looking around and a small little headstock caught my eye. I had seen the melody makers before but never played one. i took it to a marshall micro stack and that thing SANG! The nly reason i didnt buy it is because of the odd place for the pickup selector. I tend to strum over the neck pickup and i keep on hitting the selector. Great guitar for the value, but not for me.


Best guitar I own

By Fernando Posada

from Colombia, South America

I don't have enough money for purchasing a Gibson, so when I saw this guitar on the web I loved it. Les Paul shape, nice wood. I ordered it two weeks ago, it was shipped to the hotel my uncle was at Miami, and brougth it for me to my country, since there is no shipping. After a long wait, I finally received it. It was worth every second of waiting for it. The pickups are very nice, I haven't experienced any kind of humming. The finish (worn white) is great, it gives it an aged look. It is very light weight, and the neck plays very fast. This guitar gives the perfect tone and sensation for the music we play with my band, which goes mostly from Guns n' Roses, AC/DC, and Nirvana. GET IT NOW!!!!!!


Thank you Gibson

By Sam

from NC

I wanted to start playing guitar so I did some research; actually I did a lot of research. I studied anything I could to help me make the best choice for my first guitar. After all my reading, talking with friends, and reading reviews from both buyers and experts I have come to one conclusion. This is the perfect guitar for the following reasons. 1) IT IS A GIBSON, have you ever heard of a Gibson losing value. 2) This guitar is easy to use and simple in design; it is hard to get this thing to fall out of tune (great for someone who is new to the guitar). 3) Unlike other starter guitars you will not have to spend more money replacing it in a year. 4) It is an American made guitar of the best quality for under $400. Yes, the finish is not glossy but it gives the guitar character and looks better in person (I have the worn white). And I have to add the �ۡ��̏action figure box�ۡ�ݕ�_ is real fun. So go do your own research and you will come to the same conclusion I did, just pay a little more for the quality, craftsmanship, and the experience of the Gibson name.


Well Worth It!

By ieatmusic

from Kentucky

I did a ton of research before i decided on buying this guitar. Some resources were telling me that the guitar has obvious low end quality and i might as well buy a First Act guitar, on the other hand, i read that the Melody Maker is obviously a Gibson with high quality features but a vintage Melody Maker feel. I most definitely go with the second one. I've never owned a Gibson before and this is the perfect guitar for my case of Gibson-itis. I've played tons of Gibsons before and the Melody Maker is no different than the rest of them. I truely love this guitar. Great job Gibson for reproducing another classic but this time for a low price.

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