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iamqman 02/14/2012

Gibson Melody Maker : iamqman's user review

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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.