Used Vintage 1965 Gibson Melody Maker
Sonic EvaluationIf you read our site regularly, you know that I (Trevor, the resident Guitar Scribe) hail from Kalamazoo, the original home of Gibson guitars. Naturally, vintage Gibsons are my thing, and I fell in love with this '65 Melody Maker instantly. This guitar is an absolute blast to play! I've always felt that Melody Maker pickups are criminally underrated, and this guitar makes a strong case for them to have a seat at the table next to P-90s and humbuckers.
To me, this guitar's pickup sounds like a Tele bridge pup with less twang and jangle and more snarl and punch. The midrange hits like a Bruce Lee windmill kick, the lows are warm but tight, and the highs have some almost P-90 like chime. When you hit a power chord, you instantly feel like you're wearing a cool leather jacket.
Oh, and rolling the tone all the way off allows the bridge to do a darn good impersonation of a neck pickup. It sounds warm and smooth, but it's still clear and has some nice wooliness. Anyone that likes to play raw, aggressive rock music will love this vintage Melody Maker, and it is sure to help some lucky player make a lifetime of joyous noise.
Condition ReportThis magical Melody Maker shows a typical amount of wear for a guitar that has been around for fifty-four years. There are a few bigger dings, the most notable of which are behind the bridge and on the back. The G string's tuner is bent, too. All in all, the wear this guitar has sustained gives it a raw, mean look--pure distilled rock and roll, baby! The frets have a moderate amount of wear, but they still have a good amount of life left. And, this thing plays like butter! It comes with a vintage chipboard case, which is worn but still functions.
|Model||1965 Melody Maker|
|Finish Color||Cardinal Red|
|Neck Dimensions||.800 1st - 1.01 12th|
|Fingerboard Material||Brazilian Rosewood|
|Nut Width||1 11/16"|
|Pickups||Stock Gibson Single Coil|
|Controls||1 Volume, 1 Tone|
|Tailpiece||Gibson Lighting Stop Bar|
|Case||Gibson Black Chipboard Case|
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