Gibson Les Paul Melody Maker Electric Guitar, Satin Ebony
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- Slim taper neck
- 491T Humbucker pickup
- Satin Finish
- Gigbag included
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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.
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I have other Gibsons, acoustic and electric, and this modestly priced electric feels and plays similarly in my opinion. Plugged in, it sounds brighter than my SG, has great sustain and is unusally loud and resonant with out amplification. The one and only volume control allows for a range of tones from crunchy to clean which was more than I expected. Downsides include a lack-luster finish and paint job, something to be expected at this price and intonation issues I'm guessing are due to the fixed wrap around tail piece (the latter being the only reason for 4 not 5 stars and the only more serious concern for more advanced or finicky guitar players). I find it to be very light weight,very comfortable, and enjoyable to play.
Overall I think this would be an excellent guitar for someone buying their first electric or as a "beater" you can have around with a house full of kids and animals (and possibly drunk people). I would never recommend buying a new guitar in the sub $300 range because the minute you take it home it becomes virtually worthless as far as resale goes, but this baby will retain much of it's value at the present purchase price, should you ever be in a tight place or decide you don't want or need it anymore. This is a safe, no-brainer purchase at this price!
Also, I bought a "used" one from Amazon Warehouse for even less. I noticed they had multiple used ones for each style and color in stock. Knowing how Amazon Warehouse works, and the improbability of them having so many "used" but like new instruments in stock, made me guess they were all new instruments with some minor box damage. I received a brand new guitar with the Gibson factory seals still intact with no noticeable damage to the shipping box or guitar itself.
I'm a black, EMG, set or through neck, light weight guitar kind of guy and the Melody Maker - well, its the thinnest, blackest LP I could find.
P90 sound is classic, the 120th Anniversary inlay on the 12th fret is cool and the padded gig bag is a plus. The neck is thick compared to most of my "shredders" but it is growing on me.
Really like the volume and tone knobs used, not crazy about the bone colored tuner knobs. I have 3; Manhattan Midnight Satin, Charcoal and Red Wine. The tone color is very adjustable with the 4 knobs and a switch.
Made in USA Gibson! Great for practice and recording with that good ole LP sound. About the only other advice I'd give it to check out the LPJ if you're looking to purchase a Melody Maker as the LPJ has an adjustable bridge and the body might be a tad thicker, neck may be a bit different as well.