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All user reviews of 4/5 for the Gibson Melody Maker

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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.
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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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).

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

Gibson Melody Maker
22 frets
Wraparound Bridge (former)
Volume and well-Tone effective.
Single-coil pickup.
Typ Channel 60's round, super enjoyable.
Mechanical GIBSON DELUXE, but pretty Sol tends not to hold the note on bends.
Skyscrapers ultra simplistic: a microphone, two knobs and ITS.

I put 8/10 for mcaniques not top.


Personally I find the extra inning, it really wife the shape of my hand (I play with the thumb on barrs), great for blues least for solo shred ...

The access to acute is facilitated by the low thickness of the heel, but basically it's good ergonomics of a Les Paul after a big regime, not the guitar weighs nothing.

For sound, it is in my opinion the only selling point unless you are absolutely looking for a Gibson.

I put 10/10 great look, taking easy and lightweight hand.


It's perfect my style, I play blues and rock and the sound is parfais ... with the tone of 10 was a kind slamming his telecaster less brilliant, 0 the sound loses some presence but with ca crunch goes nikel, I play with the tone of 7/8 is a good compromise between the cot in my slamming of 10 and crmeux cot 0. Note that although the microphone pretty extreme bridge position (less to put under the bridge) good bass custody and is not too loud on crystalline clean.

I played it with my FENDER BLUES JUNIOR has spent less than a Start in the clear but crunch and overdrive (with a tube screamer) ca super password, one gets the impression that the sound growls when you attack safe, its pretty much slap particularly low.

With the Marshall JTM 45 is magic (good amp is really cool too) sound blues as I love, and when you push the amp and the guitar that attack oats severe, friendly for small dlires old kind hard AC / DC LED ZEP with a distortion pedal. I play a lot of RED HOT and sound of the MELODY MAKER is impressive, I play a Strat but the sound of the tone GIBSON with 10 is quite similar with a chorus

The cleans are not bad with a little grain on acoustic bass.
For crunch and overdrive is really top with this vintage cot in his bourr of mdium not as bad for stoner.
For large distos, it's not really made for (single microphone) but with good accuracy of all distortion is playable but the bulk metal is difficult.

For sound I put 8/10 I love, but hey it's not super versatile.


I've had a few weeks, I love raw cot without varnish, and philosophy you branch and rises and its sounds, no need to split between three pickups, the tone is very well work. I play on a GIBSON LES PAUL ANTIQUE FENDER STRAT a MEX, a LES PAUL STANDARD, and MELODY MAKER is probably the one that throws the least but I find this guitar ROCK N ROLL is not made to drool over but it sounds, if you are looking for a Les Paul has less cot damn it, the grain is really very special. The report is qualitprix ... honest, well less than 500 euros for a GIBSON US has felt the sting but good no frills here: no varnish, no box, a microphone, a flat body. The sound is what is essential.
I would do this choice without problem

I put it 8/10, super nice guitar.
greg lefonctionnaire07/10/2008

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

Gibson Melody Maker
Gibson United States ...
bobinnage in a single acute, one volume one tone.
The handle is of type 60 after Gibson's late enough so ...
... For the Gibson.


The guitar is very light, very fine.
The handle is comfortable in typical Gibson. Access to acute is quite consistent with the standard Les Paul, not an example of the genre. Moreover, its shape is that of the Les Paul and it fits perfectly in the Pouche my Gibson Studio.
It is also sold without Pouche or even cover, which is quite rare in
The paint is very thin, and the varnish does not exist ... it gives a relic limit, in any case, it will soon become one.
the varnish is non-existent that the hand does not catch as it can hang on some Gibson varnished.
The sound is direct, no need to go through four paths is the knobs at the bottom and shoo!


I use very little knobs, but on a skyscraper with a single microphone, I tend to look for the little nuances: and one can indeed say that these knobs fully play their roles, progressive and not noisy ...
But what really makes it all thoroughly.
In his clear, the sound is pretty clean, just drooling ... nothing to do with a P-90, let alone a double, but it is not a sound strat or TV. He really its own personality and Gibson sounds pretty final.
It is biting, and accepts the right drive and even distos ...
Little or no hum either.


I for a week. I like the simplicity of the instrument and its sound atypical.
I got it very cheap, 329 euros. It is quite uncommon for now, but I think it should be a great success in times to come, given its attractive taken.
is a skyscraper that would require also be customized why not ...
I do not regret my purchase because this guitar is complementary and not like any of my auccune shovels ...

EDIT: I just customized the animal over time. I would've added a Duncan P-90 in middle position. It gives a little more versatility ...
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monstawild's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Gibson Melody Maker
- In what country does she makes?

Gibson made in United States

- How many frets, what kind of micro as well as their configuration?

22 frets, with a simple micro "Melody Maker" bridge pickup (which is the micro micro Acute Melody Maker Dual Pickup)

- What are the rglages (Volume, Tone slecteur micro ...)?

One volume, one Tone ... Rock n roll;)

- What type of race?

I would not say what a handle V, C or I do not know what, it's Gibson is round, and it's super enjoyable to play: D


- The handle is it enjoyable?

I would not call it a highway (I hate all forms without sleeves), but slips on its own, it is very enjoyable to play the solos like a pase agreements alone ... done to the rock, not a downhill race 200 km / h

- Access in acute (dernires freight) is it easy?

Yes and no (I know means nothing), easy access to the box until the 19th I would say I play agreements high enough (I go to a SG 24 frets), and we still feel a diff ence on the bass strings (E, A, D), has become quite difficult to play above, except for the treble solos in no worries if you stay on the high strings so (g, b, e)

- Ergonomics is it good (in terms of shape, weight ...)?

My SG dja weighed nothing, it's a feather, very light, good balance, enjoyable to play standing up, really nothing wrong with this cot I would say that getting started is quick and need some time.

- Gets it easy to sound good?.

not hard ... with two knobs ...

a single microphone, but be careful, a good range diffrent!

I play on a Sovtek in the clear

is that of happiness! telecaster sound without a "twang" too violent, too loaded tweeter (which may seem a bit ... chemical) if you push the knob back a tone ... 7 I get a perfect sound, the closer to a light in his telecaster.

The knob to 3 can be used for more severe distortions (such agreements and tremolo picking) ... When the knob to 0, we get a bunch that its second gratteu my group do not like, but that I adore, comprss tuft very vintage ...

a good palette of his diffrent a single microphone, it's a test to believe it: D


- Appropriate are your style of music?

prsque completely ... if I quibble I would have a mini-humbucker raisin bread and more, but they can not do anything for me guitar at Gibson!

no kidding, I play punk, screamo, pop, and even metalcore, but if you love going to the "grain" of the guitar, with very heavy distortion against abstain, be remembered that we play on a single microphone, so hello parasites ...

it's a guitar punk, cheetah chrome played on to the beginners of his career, do not forget;)

- With what (s) amplifier (s) or effect (s) do you play?

I play on a Sovtek, and I use a delay and a chorus ...

- What kind of sound you get and with what rglages ("crystalline", "bold ",....)?

dja said above

- What are the sounds you prfrez, you dtest?



- How long have you use it?

was going to do well 2 months ... happiness!

- What is the particular feature you like best and least?

Gibson of the poor, a telecaster with a mahogany, great versatility for a microphone, I think I would add a kind of micro mini humbucker, P-90 or later ...

I test the two versions, simple microphone and 2 microphones, the microphones do not need version 2, the second microphone does not produce its really interesting to my taste, plus I have in white, and c ' is the class ... ;)

- Have you tried many other models before acqurir?

If you want that was given as long as I wanted to buy a guitar, but I tried the model two microphones, which silent really interesting, and it is in my opinion not very useful ... Note that a cheetah chrome played on version 2 microphones him ...

- How do you report qualitprix?

More than very good, deals!

- With the exprience, you do again this choice?.

100% yes!

edit: I note the decrease due to a major problem, poor mcaniques (I assume), it dsaccorde all the time, and I now can not afford to change mcaniques. .. may seem a drisoire, but frankly Nerva, and I think ingrable live!