Old gold: 1967 Gibson Melody Maker

Old gold: 1967 Gibson Melody Maker

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Gibson first introduced the Melody Maker into its catalogue in 1969. Initially it had a body shape similar to that of the Les Paul Junior, but was slightly thinner and featured a simple inventory including an all-mahogany build, single pickup, wraparound bridge & tailpiece, controls mounted on the pickguard and an unbound neck with dot inlays.

The plan was to be a no-frills budget model in counterpoint with Gibson’s prestige electrics such as the ES and Les Paul. But things were set to change, however and the body had several redesigns during the 60s.

By the 1961 the Melody Maker had a double-cutaway and a year later was offered with an optional Maestro tremolo.

This model here represents possibly the most radical change: an SG-type double-cut – introduced in 1965 with three single-coil pickups and a tremolo, possibly a reaction to the burgeoning popularity of Fender’s Stratocaster.

This instrument has its own specifications and it interesting and demanding on the market for guitars. Also make a great interest to the collector market. The color of the ’67 is another rarity, but this is the unusual metallic custom color.

Source: https://www.musicradar.com/news/old-gold-1967-gibson-melody-maker

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