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A Classic 'Starter' Gibson, Hotrodded for the Pros! Melody Maker Special
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Melody Maker Special
Gibson introduced its beloved Melody Maker "student" lineup in 1959, and it has been a favorite of players seeking great tone at a great value ever since. In the spirit of the countless Melody Makers that have been modded, hotrodded and upgraded over the years by players aiming to emulate the performance of more up-market guitars, Gibson USA introduces the Melody Maker Special. This great guitar offers all the no-nonsense, slab-bodied styling of the original Melody Maker, but is updated with the legendary P-90 pickups as found on the Les Paul Special, as well as a full-sized Les Paul-style headstock. With these features, and a choice of four gorgeous nitrocellulose satin finishes—Cherry, Yellow, Ebony, and Blue Stain—the Melody Maker Special gives you outstanding value in a genuine, USA-made Gibson electric guitar.

Just like the first Melody Makers to roll off the line in Kalamazoo 62 years ago, the Melody Maker Special is made from solid mahogany. An archetypal tonewood used in countless classic Gibson electric guitars, mahogany has a sonic depth and richness that can't be beat, yet always remains clear and articulate. The guitar's neck is made from quarter-sawn mahogany, carved to a comfortably rounded profile that measures .835" at the 1st fret and .930" at the 12th. Its 22-fret fingerboard is made from baked maple, a heat-treated hardwood that provides outstanding durability along with excellent tonal clarity, and is topped by a PLEK-cut Corian nut for superb sustain and excellent intonation.

The tonal heart of the Melody Maker Special lies in its pair of P-90 pickups, beloved single-coil units that have been favored by rock 'n' rollers, blues players and garage rockers for more than 60 years. Made with genuine Alnico V magnets, these pickups provide as much power as traditional PAF-style humbuckers, but with a characteristic bite and midrange punch that really help them cut through the mix. They are wired through the no-nonsense control section of single master volume and tone control, with three-way toggle switch. Hardware includes a rock-solid wraparound bridge—a component known for its ability to enhance any guitar's resonance and sustain—and a set of quality, vintage-style white-button tuners.

Every Melody Maker Special comes protected in a padded Gibson gigbag, with an owner's manual and coverage from Gibson's Limited Lifetime Warranty, as well as Gibson's acclaimed 24/7/365 Customer Service. Check it out today at your authorized Gibson USA dealer.
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Pricing & Finish Options
  • Satin Yellow
    $1,099msrp
  • Satin Cherry
    $1,099msrp
  • Satin Ebony
    $1,099msrp
  • Blue Stain
    $1,099msrp
Product Features
  • Genuine Mahogany body with satin nitro lacquer finsh
  • Mahogany neck with comfortable, rounded neck profile
  • Baked Maple fingerboard with acrylic dot inlays
  • Pair of powerful Gibson P-90 pickups
  • Vintage-style white-button tuners tuners with 14:1 tuning ratio
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