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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 Me... Click To Read More About This Product

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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 fingerboard; the Melody Maker is an unbelievable value for players of all ages, styles, and skill levels.

Features
  • BODY
  • Body Species: Mahogany
  • Jack Location: Top
  • NECK
  • Species: Mahogany
  • Profile: Rounded
  • Neck Joint Location: 16th Fret
  • FINGERBOARD
  • Species: Rosewood
  • 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 149 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (110)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

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    (2)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Practicing (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Keep it simple!!!

I am well pleased with my MM. I had an original in 1964 and this instrument is a very close reissue, the exception being that the finish on the original was glossy and the...Read complete review

I am well pleased with my MM. I had an original in 1964 and this instrument is a very close reissue, the exception being that the finish on the original was glossy and the polepieces were covered. My MM plays like a dream. With judicious use of the controls and the settings on my amps(Fender Blues Jr. and Fender Deluxe Reverb), I am able to get sounds ranging from vintage blues to classic rock to metal. I am consistently amused with comments about this guitar, especially in the features department. Where did logic 101 go? When a person orders an instrument as simple as this what kind of features do they expect it to have? The fit and finish of my instrument was fine. I checked everything over with jeweler's glasses and found no flaws. I have never witnessed a new instrument of this price range that was so well-made. For that matter, with expensive guitars of which I have many either. I suspect that the complainers or low raters are not good musicians or dedicated to practice. Gimmicks, bells and whistles do not make good music! Only the dedicated players do. This guitar or any other guitar will not make one play better. Only patience and practice will do that. Gibson deserves credit for this reissue! The price is obscene. When I first saw it, I thought it was a mistake! In closing, I was impressed that this guitar is exactly as advertised; nothing less, nothing more. It does do one thing-It delivers! Gearheads, like golfers who have to buy all of the new clubs will not be satisfied. The only thing to do with this guitar is set it up to you liking and play it. Learning to get the desired sounds out of it is pleasureable like learning to love a fine woman. If you are patient and practice, this instrument will be a steadfast performer to the last.

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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

Amazing Guitar

By Lucas Holstine

from Plainville, IN

Comments about Gibson Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

This guitar is simply amazing. No other word to describe it. Besides possibly epic or maybe awesome. I have been playing on this guitar for about 6 months now and I really can't complain about it much at all. It sounds amazing and in overdrive I occasionally get erections. It looks like and sounds like a true Gibson Les Paul. Only cheaper. While deciding on my guitar upgrade, I played some of the high end LP's for something to compare to and this guitar hit it out of the ballpark. For the price it was the greatest investment in my guitar career. It's extremely light, plays and sounds amazing and stays in tune pretty well. The only possible change I would make to the guitar, is to change the head of it. The head is really narrow and looks awkward but unless you are really picky with your guitars, I would go with this ANY day.

 
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!

 
5.0

Better than expected

By james p

from Waukegan IL.

About Me Experienced

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

 
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.

     
    5.0

    Aguitargrl review on a Great Guitar

    By Marie Atwell

    from Pennysylvania

    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..

    (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.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Awesome sound, playability w/o looks

    By Mark Giacalone

    from Los Angeles, CA

    Comments about Gibson Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

    I have to admit scoffing at the Melody Maker line just because of how cheap they look. How can a thin little guitar sound any good, right? That is what I thought before I played a few. For the price, this guitar plays and sounds amazing. With the same tube amp settings with no effects, I compared it to various guitars of similar price. Just based on raw tone, this wins. It does not win on looks or options of course, but it flat out plays great and sounds great. If you are looking for a less expensive Les Paul-like guitar for a young person or for a guitar to practice on when you do not have your main ax handy (and your main ax is a Les Paul), this should be considered.

     
    5.0

    My number one

    By MANUEL ESQUILIN

    from Chicago , il

    Comments about Gibson Melody Maker Electric Guitar:

    You won`t find a better guitar for this price any where...And to my ears it just sounds and plays better than my more expensive guitars..I plan to buy two more...I hope Gibson doesn`t stop making these...It`s become my favorite guitar...Thanks Gibson.

    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Does what I want so it can stay

    By Louie McNeal

    from KY

    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?

    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    MADE IN U.S.A. rules !!

    By Dr. LaRrY

    from Winston-Salem

    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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