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Gibson SG Melody Maker Electric Guitar, Satin Ebony

3.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Slim taper neck
  • 491T Humbucker pickup
  • Satin Finish
  • Gigbag included
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Product Description

Gibson’s “Golden Era—the late 1950s and early 1960s—is best known for the emergence of the company’s iconic Les Paul Standard. But the Les Paul wasn’t the company’s best-selling guitar during this historic period. That title belongs to the legendary Melody Maker. Now Gibson has taken the Melody Maker design and expnaded it into four completely new models that give the beginning player a chance to have the Gibson Experience at an astoundly low price. Made in the U.S.A as they always have been.

Product Information

Item Weight 13.1 pounds
Product Dimensions 17 x 7 x 44 inches
Shipping Weight 13.1 pounds
Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
ASIN B004M17MN6
Item model number MMSGSECH1
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3.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

3.2 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #142,522 in Musical Instruments (See Top 100 in Musical Instruments)
#3,702 in Musical Instruments > Guitars > Electric Guitars > Solid Body
Date first available at Amazon.com January 15, 2011

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I purchased one of these from Sam Ash in blue before they were sold out. (last week). It is the best guitar I have ever purchased under 1000.00. I feel bad for the other reviewer who obviously received a lemon. Mine suffers from none of the mentioned problems. The neck is perfect. You do have a problem with intonation using the single wrap around bridge but its not out that bad just a little on a string or two. I wish I had purchased a few others since they only made 1200 total world wide. I would have to agree that the other one should have never left the factory in that condition but I am sure if the factory is sending another he will be very happy with what he receives. The poor review is the only one out of the many I read that had a problem. Buy this guitar. You won't be sorry. Wish I could send mine back to the factory and get one they spent the time on to make it perfect.
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So this is my second review of Gibson Melody Makers. I am completely satisfied with my first Les Paul version. I ordered 2 more of the SG version and will describe what I recieved.

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.
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I bought this on a whim since I've been wanting a 1-pickup gibson style guitar to round out my collection for some time. I was going to buy a knock off LP Jr or similar - many can be had from asian factories for $150-$200 and are nicely made and can be turned into a reasonable guitar with a good setup and a pickup swap.

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.
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