Gibson SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar, Satin Ebony
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- Slim taper neck
- 491T Humbucker pickup
- Satin Finish
- Gigbag included
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The first one was perfect. No issues, but it was noticeably heavy. More about this later.
The second one had some of the same issues that sgbuyer describes. The pick guard was warped or had bubbled up in the exact same spot as his, near the bridge and jack. Mine also has lifted up at the point near the bottom cut away. Some of the pick guard screws are install at an angle and not perpendicular to the guitar surface. It looks sloppy. The headstock, fingerboard and frets also show a lack of attention. The back of the headstock where the serial # is stamped was not finished completely. It was not sanded flat so the first and last number of the serial number are very faint. The "made in" stamp is barely discernable. Yes these are cosmetic, but it show a lack of quality control for this guitar. How hard can it be to sand it flat and not have the surface have "rolling hills" which prevent the stamp from working properly. The fingerboard is missing a chunck at the nut in the first fret at the bottom e string. It looks like the corner edge splintered off. The surface between frets show unsanded wood blothches, that would have disappeared had a hair more wood been sanded off. The frets have some kind or residue on the sides, corrosion or wood stain which will not scratch off.
I find it weird that one instrument can have so many issues especially in light of the personally signed quality inspection check list Gibson provides with the guitar. One of these cosmetic issues would be acceptable to me. All of them together is just not right.Read more ›
Then I saw this and jumped on it for this price.
Kudos Amazon, it came in one business day.
Gibson - you should be ashamed of yourself. I expected a less than stunning glossy finish. I expect to do some slight truss rod adjustment and other setup tasks to get it working perfectly. What I don't expect from a USA made Gibson were these problems:
- Neck horribly warped at the low-E side - you cannot even fret the G, B, and E strings on low frets and sound a note! How did THAT get past the quality check? It must not have been played by a tester.
- Bridge installed shifted. The Low E string is about 3mm from the neck edge, the High E string is about 7mm from the neck edge. IE, strings are not centered on the neck.
- The A string actually contacts the low E string and low E string tuning post!
- the Pickguard is not worthy of the worst indonesian squier guitar. And it was installed such that it bubbles up at an edge at least 4-5mm.
- other issues that don't affect playability, just cosmetics.
In short, it is about as bad as the worst pawnshop knock-off guitar. If this is coming out of Gibson USA I am frightened for the future.
I called Gibson and they claim I got a lemon. They were really good about talking through it and are paying to have it sent to them and a new one sent out, which they say will be checked to be sure I don't get another horrible one.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good value for the closeout price but tuners don't stay in tune..Published 5 months ago by melikedvd
This is a great playing, thin SG, and very light as well. I don't like the flat, wrap-around combination bridge/tailpiece, as this makes precise intonation impossible. Read morePublished on August 23, 2012 by Archangel1