Gibson Melody Maker Modified c. 2003Gibson
This one's a heavily worn, heavily modified road dog that has the soul of a rock & roll demon! This Gibson Melody Maker was manufactured in 2003 and, since it's birth, has seen a few modifications and improvements. The most obvious is the high output EMG humbucker with a coil tap located in the pickguard. The little micro switch takes the tone from "Gargantuan hammer to the forehead" to " Spinning saw blade". There's a lot of tones in that one pickup, one little switch and two knobs! Next, the guitar has had Grover tuners fitted to improve sustain and tuning stability. Grovers are like the Cadillac of tuners! Next, the stop tail piece bridge has been replaced with a one piece integral bridge / tail piece assembly. This guitar is loud, fat, crunchy and chewy sounding. There's just oodles of sustain on hand. There's a nice acoustic resonance and a loud midrange honk to the tone. Weighing in at a light 7 lb. 6 oz., this Melody Maker sports a medium oval "C" shape neck with a medium low action. The frets show minimal wear and, altogether, the guitar plays really great!. There are plenty of small dings, chips and scratches in the satin finish. The strap pins have been removed and re-positioned. This Melody Maker also appears to have a headstock repair at some point. You can't feel it and it's not super obvious. Headstock repairs are something of a Gibson's rite of passage into the world of rock warriors. For short money, you can have a stripped down, modded, purpose built piece of rock weaponry.