Gibson is well-known for its history of building some of the most sought-after instruments the world has ever seen. Their commitments to originality go back a long way, from acoustic roots to pioneering rock and roll with the release of the Les Paul, one of the world's first solid-body electric guitars, in 1952. So it's no surprise that one of their most storied models, the Gibson Melody Maker, has had a past almost as colorful as the company's own. The original Melody Maker came out in 1959 and ran until 1971, and that was only the first of many revisions and releases that this instrument would see between those years and the present day.
If you're interested in a genuine vintage Melody Maker, you just might be in luck. Take a look at the options we have on our shelves across the country at this very moment and see which of the classic versions of this guitar are waiting for you to find them. Will it be the 1977-1983 revival? The 1986 single-cutaway? Or maybe the rare Flyer/Pro II from 1987, which was made with an explorer neck and Kahler tremolo system? The vintage selection is changing every day, so it's always exciting to see the latest arrivals.
Speaking of late arrivals, would you rather skip over the vintage Melody Makers altogether and go for a more current release? In that case, check out the 2014 Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar. Created as part of Gibson's 120th anniversary celebrations, this recent version has a thin-profile mahogany body with custom maple on top. The rounded 1950s-style neck profile is a great throwback to the early years of the Melody Maker series, not to mention a pair of P-90 pickups descended from the original 1946 P-90s.
More than anything else, the Gibson Melody Maker name is pure and simple truth in advertising. With their classic layout, renowned playability and light weight, these guitars have been popular choices for making melodies of all kinds for close to 60 years. Their fans have included musicians like Joan Jett, Billy Gibbons, Slash and Mick Jones... the list goes on and on, and there's no time like the present to add your own name to that roster.