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Average Score:4.3( 4.3/5 based on 30 reviews )
 19 reviews63 %
 7 reviews23 %
 1 user review3 %
 3 reviews10 %
Audience: Beginners Value For Money : Excellent

iamqman's review"write me a melody"

Gibson Melody Maker
Gibson has really owned a large portion of the market with there great sounding and rich volume guitars such as the Explore, SG, and especially the infamous Les Paul. This is basically the cheaper version or junior version of a LP guitar. This guitar is shaped like a LP and has that familiar tone and ring to it. This guitar features a single coil pickup which is unusual to many of the models that Gibson guitars make.



Body Species: Mahogany
Jack Location: Top
Species: Mahogany
Profile: Rounded
Neck Joint Location: 16th Fret
Species: Rosewood (or baked maple depending on stock on hand)
Scale Length: 24-3/4"
Total Length: 18.062"
Number of Frets: 22
Nut width: 1.695"
Inlays: Dot
Plating Finish: Chrome
Tailpiece: Wraparound
Knobs: Black tophat
Tuners: Vingate white button
Bridge Pickup: single-coil
Controls: One volume, one tone
Manufactured in: Nashville, TN


This guitar sounds like a LP guitar because of the shape first of all but also the wood combination that is used throughout the construction process. This guitar has a nice rich tone but it has a cool single coil quality to it that makes it a very different sound than I am used to in the Gibson instruments. I am used to that thick Gibson sound and this is more of a focused tone that has a little beef behind it. Tye sound could use a little bit more beef and I think a pickup replacement would be in order with this guitar. i would suggest getting a nice boutique single coil from another manufacture's and sticking it in there to get a better overall tone with the instrument.


The price of this guitar is very nice. You can get a great sounding American made guitar for right at around $450 which is stellar price. Overall, this is a cool guitar but in my opinion it is not a main stay guitar. It is not going to be a main guitar for most people because it just has that unusual tone that most people I think are unfamiliar with. This is a very less expensive version of the true Le PAul guitars but it still has a wow factor in my eyes that appeals to me.

tjon901's review"Is this really a Gibson?"

Gibson Melody Maker
In 2007 Gibson started putting out a new version of the Melody Maker. The 2007 version has 2 single coil pickups on a thin slab of supposedly mahogany wood. It has a 22 fret mahogany neck with a rosewood fretboard. Dont expect any binding whatsoever. It has an unusually small headstock that looks like it would be more suited on a banjo. It has a large single ply pickguard where all the electronics are mounted. The output jack is mounted perpendicular to the body on the single ply pickguard which is a problem because any lateral force on a cable plugged into the jack may cause the pickguard to crack. This is why most Gibsons have the jack mounted into the body wood itself even if it is perpendicular to the body. The guitar has a single tone and volume control and a 3-way toggle switch pickup selector. The guitar has a simple wrap around bridge probably made from aluminum. There is no adjustment on the bridge for strings so good luck if you are having a hard time getting your guitar intonated. The guitar has one of Gibsons faded finishes. Gibson started doing faded finishes to save money. They are pretty much a painted guitar without the final clearcoat on it. This means the finish is unprotected and will easily come off the wood. Some people who like the relic look will like this others will not.


These guitars come with Gibsons 50s style neck profile. The Gibson 50s style neck profile is commonly referred to as the baseball bat neck profile. It almost feels like you are holding to Ibanez necks in your hand. This may make it hard for people with smaller hands to play the guitar. The fretwork on this example was not very good. Gibson has been hit or miss on the fretwork of their lower end models lately. I would wager to bet most Epiphones have better fretwork that this guitar. Due to the body being so thin the guitar is very light which may be good for some people. It does not feel like a quality or solid guitar in your hands.


Gibsons are known for their big fat tones but apparently they forgot that when they designed this guitar. Due to the thin body and low quality wood the tone is likewise as thin. The single coils are thin and tinny with an almost painful high end sound to them. They are also very noisy. The guitar is very jangly sounding. This is not what you would associate or typically expect from a Gibson guitar. The sound may be usable for some types of country music or maybe punk rock.


There are an infinite number of foreign made guitars that are better than this Gibson. This guitar frankly feels like a toy and sounds like something you would buy for a 5 year old at Wal-Mart. I really do not know why Gibson would put their name on something like this. The street price on these guitars is around 500 dollars and frankly that is asking too much. Gibson is hurting their brand image by selling something like this. This is clearly for the people who just want to say they own a Gibson and dont care or know what a Gibson is supposed to sound like.
Audiofanzine FR12/15/2008

Audiofanzine FR's review

Gibson Melody Maker
(Originally written by micka78/translated from Audiofanzine FR)
- Where was it made? (USA, Japan, Mexico, France...)

US-made guitar

- How many frets, what kind of pickups and what is the pickup configuration?

22 frets

- What kind of bridge (Floyd Rose, Wilkinson....)?


- Which controls (volume, tone, pickup selector...)?

One volume control and one tone control.

- What kind of neck?

60's-like neck...


- Is the neck comfortable?

Yes and no! I'll explain myself: when I first tested it at the store, I found the neck rough because of the lack of varnish but after having playing it some time I now find it pleasant.

- Is the access to the upper frets easy?

It's ok. The guitar is rather light so you can allow yourself some acrobatics on the upper frets, but it wasn't really conceived for that purpose.

- Is the instrument ergonomic (body shape, weight...)?

I had never had such a light guitar before...

- Is it easy to get the right sound?

It depends on your setup. Personally, I got a quite fat, metal sound pretty easily and also a crunch sound. But I don't really like the clean sound.


- Does it fit your music style?

Yes and no! It does the job fairly good but I needed more versatility.

- Which amp(s) or effect(s) do you use with it?

At home, I use small 15-watts Fender and Vox amps. It is more than enough for training. I also used Line6 Toneport UX2 for demos. For rehearsals with a band I generally used a 100-watt Marshall or my 200-watt amp and I found the results really good.

- What kind of sounds do you get and which settings do you use ("crystal-clear", "fat", ...)?

Good versatility for distortion but the clean sound was quite disappointing. But it's a matter of taste.


- How long have you been using it?

I bought it in June 2008.

- Which feature do you like the most / the least?

I liked the idea of owning a Gibson (even an inexpensive one). For a small price you get a guitar made in Gibson's Nashville factory. It's much better than its worthless Asian competitors. Thumbs up to Gibson for manufacturing this model again.

- Did you try any other models before buying it?

No because it was love at first sight with this model.

- How would you rate its value for money?

Excellent. It's great to own a US-made guitar for such a price! It's perfect for beginners but also for enthusiastic musicians and semipros who will most likely customize it (I wanted to add a mini-humbucker). Important thing: Mount straplock pins because the original pins are really bad. The guitar can easily fall down.

- Based on your experience, would you buy this product again?

Yes and no! Yes because it's easy to customize, which is one of its main successes. No because it's way too fragile (it has no varnish) and you'll have to spend a lot of money to customize it, like I did.

I sold it and bought a Gibson Les Paul. But if I ever have enough time to customize a guitar I think I'll get it back
MGR/willy costello 12/23/2003

MGR/willy costello 's review"Gibson Melody Maker"

Gibson Melody Maker
i went to the nearest guitar center, saw it, tried it, but didnt get it. 1 vol, 1 tone, and input is on the top of the guitar, which is awkward. comes with p90.

i like the feel of the wood, its a different type of wood than any guitar you will ever see, the neck is fast, its very light weight, im guessing 10 pounds, the sound is nice and full when distorted on a crate amp, the clean channel is pretty striking and clear, while i was playing the neck, it was easy to push down the strings, and easy to move up and down the frets, its well made gibson.

its too small, its like the size of a les paul but what makes it even smaller, the body is thin, like a little more than an inch thick. which makes this guitar a bit small for me.

the condition is good of course.

the melody maker has a great sound over all and good feel when playing, the neck is just fine, its very very very very very light, easy to bend strings, and its colors are satin red, satin black, and satin yellow, i dont know why its satin but i guess they just make the colors looks a little more darker, when i first picked it up, it was nice, but after a lot of thought, i thought it looked fit for children even though the sound is gibson quality. over all pretty good.

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Dreadredful's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good scratch"

Gibson Melody Maker
I have the 2007 version with a simple single pickup, 22 frets, volume tone, big stick. It's made in the USA. Since I use another pulling strings I changed the waparound with a Schaller bridges. Sober finish, I like it but it may surprise.


The handle is very comfortable, easy to play. The weight is ridiculous, very nice. Access to acute is lespauliens. We get a good sound easily, for my part I always down the tone to 6 or 7 story to turn a little loud enough treble.


I play many different styles, both the noisy noise that jazz, or a little more modern music. One would expect that with a single microphone that is very versatile little guitar, but paradoxically it is enough. She transcribed exactly what you play, it will not fix your sound like guitars more upscale, but it transcribes your game perfectly. It gives me enormous interest of this guitar, you hear your game without bonus or alteration.


I played for about 2 to 3 years. Today there is a micro version (my favorite) for only € 250 Cygnus, instead of buying the 2014 version is only erstaz to paul studio I suggest you save € 300 with this version which is very versatile!

ddn's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Amazing for the price? Incredible all!"

Gibson Melody Maker
This is a Gibson U.S. for the price of a Fender Mex. Body and mahogany neck, Kluson Deluxe mechanical. A micro simple enough and loud slamming, you can soften a bit with the knob of tone.

The neck (glued) is copied from a Les Paul 59, wide thick, comfortable.

The bridge is on the principle of wraparound, without a guide rope. It's cheap to death and yet it works very well. The action is (slightly) adjusted, intonation is not (at all) adjustable. You do not know what it is that the intonation or what's the point of the set? I assure you I have played guitar for years without knowing it and I do not wear really worse.

Note that all the electronics on the pickguard is screwed which provides an opportunity for easy upgrade not too expensive: U.S. sellers on ebay offer sets + pickguard pickups that are more than easy to install ... Unscrew the old pickguard screw the new hop and it's over. It is also easy to change the microphone to a humbucker or a P90 kind of the same format, Curtis Novak, Seymour Duncan make excellent (and expensive).


The handle is one of the best I've had in my hands. The polish glides little. It is like a BIG ax handle. However, I feel terribly comfortable with.

The body is fine, without cutting, the first time I've had a hands I thought playing on a cutting board. The varnish seems more than fine.

The guitar is very light and well balanced.


The sound has nothing to do with his gibson classic. Amateurs sounds round and fat gibson HB usual actually buying anything. The sound resembles a vintage telecaster, a danelectro. This is slightly less slamming, can be a bit more presence in the bass, but the universe is not that of the twang and big sound. She has a long sustain and deep, perfect for quiet arpeggios that I love.


I went to a store and try it I got attracted by the price secondhand. As I said earlier I felt like playing with a cutting board on which one would riveted lipstick telecaster. Spent the first two minutes, I could no longer ask. I played with more than three quarters of an hour, the seller (very nice, let me try the three different amps) finally come and ask me "you like it that much?"

Oh yes, I like it that much. Are found in secondhand 250 euros, the price of a squier midrange. The finish is medium, so she slips / was relic / age / embellishes even faster. The mechanics are excellent. The bridge and electronic models of simplicity and reliability. With the original microphone, it does not sound gibson for two francs, but it is easy to change the microphone.

For me, this is not a beginner guitar. This is THE guitar for beginners, keep it, play it, cherish it. And also if you want a gibson with a sound different.

Guilll's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Sole and exclusive"

Gibson Melody Maker
In the 50s, the Melody Maker beginners silent version of the Les Paul. It has the same shape, but without the table, without varnish, with one single coil pickup and a trs simple wraparound bridge. The Melody Maker 2007 is the closest reproduction of the original, not to be confused with current version, double team a microphone. It is manufactured to sr United States.
We have:
* A simple micro, especially the guitar and on any other Gibson Submitted
* A volume, a tonalitbr /> * A handle 50's style, so pretty big
And that's all.
The painting is known to be particulirement dgueu on this guitar, so much so that on mine it does carrment Fully turns by the former owner! The look is all the better for me.


The guitar is enjoyable to play, trslgre, it's almost like a toy! The handle is great if you have large hands, perhaps a little less otherwise ... Even when it is large enough, we like it or not. Personally I love it.
This handle, and Access in acute (not bad, but still a Les Paul from this point of view l), do not make a guitar for the game idalie ultrafast awful fa Schreder is. This is a machine plutt riffs and bluesy solos.
Easily obtained a good sound condition to play on the knob of Tone ... and to love his Melody Maker, trs typ without equivalent in Gibson.


Then the sound ... Premire thing: it's not a Les Paul or SG at a discount. The Melody Maker has its own sound, which has nothing do with those of his seniors. This is a guitar that achte for itself, not to imitate one another.
At its plutt it approaches a Telecaster, and more aggressive and even more basic. The microphone is amazingly powerful, by the aid rsonance empty guitar, impressive for an instrument of this price range. Play the Tone knob is required to: Tone background, the sound will often be too aggressive in the treble, by lowering the body is rcupre ranging up almost compensate for the lack of neck pickup. From this we get Manir get sounds amazingly Varis, even if the basic spirit remains the same. Tone zero or low rev it a little amme ct "acoustic guitar".
Personally I play the blues with this guitar though dirty, fingers or slide and is perfect for a. It will also trs well for everything Punk, and other styles o sound dirty and goes inside is ncessaire.
As it is less clear sound INTERESTED is a guitar that needs a little dirt to be fully expressed.


For an instrument of this price, the Melody Maker is surprising trs. I have lots of guitars on jou Chres not, and we feel it is much use dtach lot: it's a guitar that has its own personality, and a DGIG Print-General for "real musical instrument" not found often in this price range. The Gibson logo on the head probably also plays a little, to be honnte, but I do not think it is limited to: o)
Please note that said, it's not the guitar for everyone: it requires of its apprcier this typ trs and not be on horseback or on finishing versatility. But if you take it for what it is, it may be the best qualitprix all the guitar market today (in time, it goes without saying).

lolomicro42's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" effective!"

Gibson Melody Maker
Made in United States, mine is 2002, a great handle that file, or nothing that simple! A good P90, a volume, a tonalitée.


a small weight, a super light scratches, the sound of it right away, you plug it does everything thoroughly, we play! me, mine is in open ground


my style rock!! the fate of his fingers he is a super skyscraper with its huge, well rock, I play on my JTM 30 with mutieffets, but even without, direct plug in it sounds!, but it can still play a variety of things, but the ground remains rock


I have 4 years I love her like the first time when I want a good punk rock is all! I have other guitars but I can carry around everywhere, it myself, and I go I take it!, good finish no top! (By dint of playing with the red handle my stay in the left hand) but of course I would do the same choice there is no hesitation to have a single

victhebig's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" One of the best guitars in the world! Yes!"

Gibson Melody Maker
Gibson USA: excellent rglage factory.
But to find a good guitar should try for hours, hundreds of models ... Do not hesitate!
My models: white satin, single coil (single micro)
Mahogany, Corian nut (h will make a bone)
Acryllique inserts (need pearl)
tonnament: Mechanical solid.

Lgre like a pen ... to be finished with my shit in his body rigid SG!


I chose the white satin
as the sunburst was a rough race trsdsagrable ...

The game is top of Mount .10 -. 52 I think
Yet the game is fluid, the strings are very good with action Idale RULES!

Solo: super sustain, almost better than a super bending strato!

The body vibrates vibrates vibreeeeee!! A pleasure


Coupl my little Peavey Envoy solid state,
or the Mesa Boogie Express ... It is a pure delight!

The clean sound is rich, like a crystalline Tlcaster, really great.
It gives all class gibson ...

The distorted sound is a pure pleasure to rock and punk 1.
We can do without mtal with Adrangi too ... The palm mute out better than all single coils I've ever had (even the Gibson P90)

I do not know the specs of the mic, but I'm not going to change it!
He goes over all output humbucker Epiphone, Gibson and even some (490T)


bought yesterday,
remains how to grow old!

I'm in love, and this is my deuxime Gibson! (The other SG Standard)
Try, try re!
Ptite a standard guitar with a sound!

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" must stop the rantings"

Gibson Melody Maker
I think everything has sucked up and said if we removed the qualifiers description remains objective.


I wanted to use this guitar for playing in bars just leases it back! trusting the review for quality. anyway I just need a basic rhythm guitar, without any particular research.


Ben on my Marshall I can get a sound out. but not two not even with a pedal (Digitech RP350)


I could not do anything with this guitar. I had to buy another model I have been tried in the shops. (and I lost 390 euros) Morality beware of rave reviews they may emanate from trade to work.