Melody Maker Special Electric Guitar  

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Introduced in 1959 and priced for the beginning player, the Gibson Melody Maker Electric Guitar features a mahogany body with a lightweight '60s-style slim-tapered neck and torrified maple fingerboard... Click To Read More About This Product

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Introduced in 1959 and priced for the beginning player, the Gibson Melody Maker Electric Guitar features a mahogany body with a lightweight '60s-style slim-tapered neck and torrified maple fingerboard with dot inlays. The Melody Maker Special has a Les Paul headstock instead of the Melody Maker headstock and is now powered by dual P-90 pickups that emit a classic vintage growl perfect for everything from roots to punk to blues. 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 and a baked maple fretboard. 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.

The Melody Maker Special is made from solid mahogany. An archetypal tonewood used in countless classic Gibson electric guitars, mahogany has a sonic depth and richness that can't be beat, yet always remains clear and articulate. The guitar's neck is made from quartersawn mahogany, carved to a comfortably rounded profile. Its 22-fret fingerboard is made from baked maple, a heat-treated hardwood that provides outstanding durability along with excellent tonal clarity, and is topped by a PLEK-cut Corian nut for superb sustain and excellent intonation.

The tonal heart of the Melody Maker Special lies in its pair of P-90 pickups, beloved single-coil units that have been favored by rock 'n' rollers, blues players and garage rockers for more than 60 years. Made with genuine Alnico V magnets, these pickups provide as much power as traditional PAF-style humbuckers, but with a characteristic bite and midrange punch that really help them cut through the mix.

What Is Baked Maple?
Aging maple through a œbaking process called torrefaction. The wood is kept at 200-300º F for a period of time until the wood knows it' no longer a tree; Moisture is restored under pressure. This makes the wood very hard, sonically œlive and extremely stable. The snappy sound of ebony, with the look of medium-brown pau ferro. Many boutique manufacturers are now using this because it improves the wood with no chemical treatment, it' environmentally friendly and is great for making better sounding and playing guitars!

  • Handcrafted in Nashville, TN USA
  • Multi-piece mahogany body
  • Nitrocellulose satin finish
  • Glued-in mahogany neck
  • Baked maple fingerboard
  • 22 frets
  • 12" radius
  • Les Paul headstock
  • Corian nut
  • P-90 single-coil neck pickup
  • P-90 single-coil bridge pickup
  • Master Volume, Master Tone
  • Black top hat knobs
  • 3-way pickup selector
  • White button tuning keys
  • Wraparound tailpiece
  • Gibson gig bag
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GibsonMelody Maker Special Electric Guitar

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Brings back memories

By "Bandpa"

from Northern Indiana

About Me Professional Musician


  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Great Pick-ups
  • Light-wieght
  • Nostalgic
  • Solid Electronics


  • Tuning Keys Are Small

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • Rock Concerts

Comments about Gibson Melody Maker Special Electric Guitar:

I had a 67 melody maker long ago.. This one is so much nicer to play and much more handsome! I've played professionally for 40 yrs. off and on. I have a Les Paul and have had other Gibson guitars. None of them could be set-up with such low action (with-out buzz) than this one. I am a lead player and low means fast!! I have mine set down to the point that a Quarter..(25 cent piece) won't fit between the low or high "E" string and the 12th fret! Also the p-90's are so much fuller than the "soap-bars" of the past. All around. a great playing, good looking, TONE MONSTER!

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


Great value


from Philadelphia, PA

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer


  • Good Feel


  • Poor Pick Up

Best Uses

  • Jamming

Comments about Gibson Melody Maker Special Electric Guitar:

Great value for the price. MF price matched a competitors sale price.
Solid feel guitar with nice finish (satin yellow).
Bridge pickup is great but the neck pickup sounds too muddy.

(11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)


Great Guitar

By Brian Maier

from Ohio

Comments about Gibson Melody Maker Special Electric Guitar:

Sounds very bluesy, and you can get that rock and roll sound too
Very good 2 P90"s are perfect
Perfect quality
Hard to beat for the price 2 P90's mahogany body and neck

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Can't go wrong.


from Nashville, TN (where this guitar was made)

Comments about Gibson Melody Maker Special Electric Guitar:

First I seldom take time to write reviews, I really am not easily "wowed." Outstanding axe! Have played about everything through every kind of amp. This guitar sounds great on any kind of level (chick pick to Battery). Forgot how good the p90s sound. This is the first guitar that I bought new and did not take home set up to my specs. Guitar is set up nicely and even like the strings that came on it. Currently, piping guitar through Peavey VK and Marshall cab. Even after wearing out a stranglehold solo, guitar kept great tune. Don't expect a custom finish, spend another $1,500 and buy a standard. The only flaw was on the top of the neck around the second fret, could have used a couple more swipes with the sandpaper. Oh well, my thumb will wear it down over time. Besides, I like the "rough" finish. If you're going MM, save a couple extra hundred bucks and buy this with the p90s, you will see where your money went and you will not be disappointed.

(19 of 20 customers found this review helpful)


Melody Maker Special Satin Yellow

By Sean Hicks

from Dallas, TX

Comments about Gibson Melody Maker Special Electric Guitar:

With just slight and minor complaints, i couldnt be happier with the tone and playability of this guitar. Well done Gibson, thanks for putting a quality American guitar in my hands for so little cash.
This is a Melody maker so there are not too many features. Standard shared volume and tone knob with a pickup selector. I have some guitars that have a LOT of tonal options, its nice to have one that is just get up and go; lead or rhythm.
This is a solid built guitar. I own quite a few guitars and i believe this is one of the highest quality guitars I own. The only reason this guitar doesnt get a 10 is the neck pickup is not quite flat to the strings, its angled back toward the neck for some reason. It can be angled flush but will move right back.

Other than this the finish is good but i wish it we a little more yellow, it seems as though it has too much of a greenish hue to it, but it isnt at all green. I cannot describe it.
Unbelievable value on this guitar. MF went above and beyond with the deals that allowed me to save so much money. Thanks MF!

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