Gibson Melody Maker Les Paul Raw

Gibson Melody Maker Les Paul Raw

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Melody Maker Les Paul Raw, LP-Shaped Guitar from Gibson in the Les Paul series.

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  • Manufacturer: Gibson
  • Model: Melody Maker Les Paul Raw
  • Series: Les Paul
  • Category: LP-Shaped Guitars
  • Added in our database on: 12/07/2004

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Gibson Melody Maker Les Paul Raw user reviews

Average Score:4.7( 4.7/5 based on 9 reviews )
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mooseherman's review"Great Les Paul for beginners!"

Gibson Melody Maker Les Paul Raw
This is an American Made Gibson Les Paul. The guitar has a mahagony body, a rosewood fingerboard with 22 frets. There are two knobs (one for volume, one for tone). The input jack is on the top of the guitar, which looks ugly to me. There is one single coil pickup in the bridge position, which is uncharacteristic of Les Pauls. There is a wraparound tailpiece.


There is access to almost all of the frets (the very last one is a little hard to reach). The sound that comes out of this guitar isn't that bad. The guitar is lighter than most guitars, mostly because of lighter wood and electronics. The guitar stays in good shape for a beginner guitar, it's mostly pretty stable.


This is a beginner guitar, which is obvious by the retail price. So it doesn't sound incredible. I wouldn't expect the classic Les Paul sound if I were you, it's not here. The single-coil pickup isn't necessarily the best match for this body, in fact the body is the only way this guitar even remotely resembles a Les Paul. However, for a beginner guitar, it's ok, in fact better than most. It does get pretty bright, and makes a pretty bad player sound not half bad, which is kind of the point of beginner guitars. They sound ok, if not better, with a good distortion. I'd recommend a beginner Marshall amp to go with this, I think that combo is the best you can hope for. A better amp isn't going to make you sound that much better.


I think that people going for a beginner guitar will be better off getting one worth $500 dollars than one worth less. Mainly because this one is better than most of those by a long shot. You'll be more likely to stick with guitar if you have a decent one. Even if you don't stick with it, you can sell it back for more money, whereas a beginner guitar will get you next to nothing. I'd have to ultimately recommend this guitar to beginners, but don't expect anything special just because of the Les Paul name.
Audiofanzine FR12/02/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Gibson Melody Maker Les Paul Raw
(Originally written by melody_maker/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
- Made in the USA

- 22 frets, Gibson P90 pickup in bridge position

- Tune-o-matic bridge

- Volume and tone controls (it's more than enough ^^)

- Comfortable neck (quite round but not too much)

10 / 10, it provides everything I need!


- Comfortable and easy-to-play neck (more than a Gibson Les Paul Studio)

- Access to the upper frets is better than on a classic Les Paul but not so good as on an SG or an Ibanez (a Satriani model for example)

- Les Paul shape but with a slimmer body. The guitar is lighter than a Les Paul and you can easily play two or three hours standing without problems ^^)

- Great rock sound with both volume and tone controls turned all the way

10/10 because it's light and very easy to use


- I play punk, hard rock (AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, etc.), heavy metal, etc.

Very good for punk and hard rock, and good for heavy metal. The P90 provides a good sound in every music style, especially for fat rock'n'roll (although Stairway To Heaven sounds also very good ^^)

- I play with a Roland Cube 60 (very good solid-state amp) and I get very good results! I've never played with a tube amp (but my guitar teacher who owned the same guitar told me it sounds amazing)

- Fat sound perfect for rock. There are better guitars for heavy metal (Ibanez, ESP/LTD, etc.). Very good clean sound.


- I've been using it for about one year.



Easy to get a good sound

Perfect sound for hard rock and punk



- Someone recommended me this guitar so I went to the shop, I tested it (two minutes were more than enough for the distortion sound to blow me away) and I took the guitar home ^^

I previously tested six guitars (two Squier models, Washburn, Lâg, Yamaha and Epiphone). This one was the best.

- Exceptional value for money!!! Even if it were more expensive!

- Based on my experience I would definitely buy it again because it's a wonderful guitar.

This review is subjective so go try it by yourself (it's worth it ^^)!!

philippedeluxe's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson Melody Maker Les Paul Raw
MODEL 2004 - made in United States
1 soapbar P 90
A Tune O Matic
1 volume + 1 tonalitbr /> 22 fret neck al


Channel 60's slim tapper trs enjoyable if somewhat done with the feet ...
ACCS Acute way (but is ncessaire with this kind of guitar?)
lgre trslgre (for a thundering gibson), it must be said that there are not much wood ...
the sound is easily obtained (not too much rglages possible with 1 vol. a tone. and a single microphone). It's a "roots" but rac


This is a guitar rock (keupon, garage, pub rock etc ...) rather enjoyable because of its simplicity. has played with distortion and ringing without fuss: it plutt a sound man. rglage IDAL: Volume + Tone bottom 7 / 10 to 5 with the gain marshall. It sounds a hell bottle neck ("roots" the yet), but it is a bit noisy when the treble bottom.


I came across the states in the Sam Ash store anne dernire. A model of C'tait expo (= 1 pet derrire the head). I got it for $ 199 + 7% tax, or $ 214 = (just under $ 200) For the price it really has nothing in France. She sduit because of his P90 and its simplicity. However, I do not like finishing type "satin" which in addition has a very strong smell of paint. I also dplore without depriving pickguard this guitar a certain vintage lgance. I'm looking for one (type pearloid, quail or leopard ... well something a little dlicat refined ...), and there are drawings on ebay specially by people who think like me ...
The report quality price seems unassailable, and I like this guitar which is a lot of evil everywhere by aficionados of the LP standard (with flame table + dor acccastillage finally the kind of thing that makes a guitar like a buffet Louis XV). In Ralite indniablement is cheap, but super type. It has the characters and the dog. It became my slide guitar, and .. no ... nothing at all ... Non je ne regrette rien ...

bonride's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson Melody Maker Les Paul Raw
What type of microphones? the first is original is the one I use all the time, one has t deuxime added by the former Owner ', I do not know what kind of mic it is but it seems to be quite old.

What type of bridge? Bigsby an addition by the former Owner ', which gives it a big guitar rock and roll look of the 60 (normal is its origin).

What rglages? I Sets the Tone of 7 with the original microphone was otherwise sounds a bit too sharp with my rglages of ampicillin (JCM 900): middle = 3 / 10, trebble = 6 / 10, bass = 8 / 10, gain = 8 to 10.


Trs-The handle is enjoyable because it is thin enough so taking "race" is excellent.
-The Access in treble is good but not great, I must find a balance in the handling of the guitar to pick up the treble. cell but can also come from the low position of my guitar and hang point forward of the strap (not original, it is located derrire the handle).
-The interface is excellent: the guitar is so thin on the trs careful prs body. it is also trslgre is really one with the guitar! Trs enjoyable play.
-Easily obtained a good sound because rglages are sipmples and this guitar has a good offense trs. With its diffrent other Les Paul.


-She should have done my whole style of music, I play punk rock and I like tapper rock'n'roll riffs as well. For Młoda no problem, the sound is clear enough and the big sound, a will, what is missing is a boost especially on my JCM 900 4100 model.


- I bought a year ago by chance, it dates from about 1990.
- What I like most is its excellent jouabilit.
- What I like least is the clearcoat paint that goes round the derrire due to friction with the thumb.
"I had tried a les paul or in the store I bought it (I know more if it were a studio standard) and I found the sound" Ptot ", the grip the ringtone maker ct me much more attractive. I also tried the new style guitars Ibanez, Jackson in the mid / high end and I could not find the sound quality as good.
- The report qualitprix is ​​simply excellent, a good job for a gibson!
- If I had to redo this choice? assurmment yes, I jou in concert with the Groovie Ghoulies and guitarist who also silent possde two trs ATACHE this guitar. When I saw that one also possdait, she exclaimed: "Oh, You Have a Melody Maker"! (With emphasis Rican of course) ... expression rsons still in my head! (Lol).

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