Sonic Evaluation

If 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 Report

This 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, but it still tunes just fine. 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 functional.


Brand Used
Model1965 Melody Maker
Finish ColorCardinal Red
Weight5.41 lbs
Body WoodMahogany
Neck WoodMahogany
Neck ShapeRounded
Neck Dimensions.800 1st - 1.01 12th
Fingerboard MaterialBrazilian Rosewood
Nut Width1 11/16"
PickupsStock Gibson Single Coil
Controls1 Volume, 1 Tone
TailpieceGibson Lighting Stop Bar
CaseGibson Black Chipboard Case

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Serial Number: 313965

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