Perhaps the most underrated weapon in the vintage Gibson arsenal, the Melody Maker D combines the classic late '60s SG body with the added versatility of a Vibrola unit, and Gibson's attempt at Fender-style single coil pickups.
Presented here in resplendent Cardinal Red, this particular guitar has some beautiful lacquer checking (as to be expected of this era) and is in overall great condition. There has been a professional headstock repair at some point, and the guitar has also been fitted with repro Kluson Deluxe tuners (the originals are in the case). Another peculiarity, there is a factory-fitted 'Custom Made' badge fitted below the Vibrola, this was usually done by Gibson as an easy way to hide inconsistencies in the finish (but makes for some extra character!).
Tonally this guitar is somewhere between a Mustang and a Tele, sparkly clean highs and a full bottom end. Whilst not nearly as high-output as a P90 or humbucker equipped unit, the Melody Maker performs ably through a hot tube amp or cranked overdrive pedal. The neck profile is typical of mid-60s SG Specials, with a fat, rounded C profile that is very comfortable to play. The Brazilian Rosewood fretboard has some exquisite figuring, and is becoming increasingly sought after (given the stringent CITES rulings).
Included is the original hard shell case and tuners.
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